The big thing in the news right now is to grade Obama's performance during his first 100 days in office, report card style. So I guess I'll jump on the bandwagon too.
I don't think we can spend our way out of debt. It might give us the temporary illusion that our problems have been solved but all we've done is postpone the inevitable. Interest on our national debt is the third largest annual expense for our country...THIRD!!!! That's right, we spend more on interest than we do on Homeland Security, Education, Energy, etc... I thought the bailouts were stupid when Bush proposed them and I continued to disagree with them when Obama passed them. And now Obama has proposed an insane 5 year budget that's only going to take our country more into the hole. Throw on top of that that we gave billions of dollars to GM and Chrysler because supposedly they were "too big to fail" and now the jerk-offs are going to file for bankruptcy anyway. Can someone explain to me why we didn't just let this happen in the first place? You know, before we pumped billions of dollars into these failing companies? And don't even get me started on the fact that China is the one buying up all of our debt and they basically own our country. Or the fact that inflation is going to be so out of control in the next 5-10 years that a loaf of bread is going to end up costing 20 dollars.
Although it equates to an empty campaign promise on his behalf, I was happy to see that Obama listened to the people on the front line of the war and realized that he couldn't just withdraw all of the troops overnight. That part of the world is much too unstable and like it not, we are in this for the long haul. I too want our troops out of there and I don't want to contine to spend insane amounts of money over there, but we can't just leave that part of the world in shambles, again. We chose to go in there and topple Sadaam so now we need to be big boys and deal with the consequences.
Foreign Relations: B
I was torn on this one. I don't like Obama going abroad apologizing to everyone on behalf of our country. Not only does it make us appear weak (and make no mistake, strength is the only thing many of the countries respect), but it also validates many countries' claims that we are evil. Our country is not evil nor are we in some quest to take over the rest of the world. We want to live peacefully and do our thing. But if someone threatens our way of life you can be damn sure that we will do what it takes to protect our country. On the flip side, I applaud Obama for defying conventional thinking on his interactions with foreign leaders and other countries. He is thinking outside of the box on this one and only time will tell if his strategy will pay off. I personally hope that it does. This world could use a little less war and a lot more peace. Let's focus on the real problems like world hunger. But the problem in my opinion is that the Middle East Muslim world only sees things in black and white, not shades of grey. They want us to die, we are evil, and our only salvation in their eyes is for us to convert to their religion. How can we ever make progress with people that think like that?