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Monday, June 22, 2009

Should Obama be more forcefully progressive?

Posted By on June 22, 2009, 2:10 PM

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Not too long ago, political commentator and comedian Bill Mahr openly criticized President Obama for not implementing his proposed change that he banked on for election. He also feels that he is overindulging himself in the press instead of taking on other responsibilities.

“He’s getting a puppy!” Maher said on TV. “He’s eating a cheeseburger with Joe Biden! He’s taking the wife to Broadway and Paris —- this is the best season of ‘The Bachelor’ yet!”

Mahr is gifted at using his comedic instincts to make his point. But it probably surprises a lot of people to hear him make such incendiary comments about Obama. Yet, as Mahr says, he is glad Obama is president, but wishes he would push the progressive agenda more.

“Look —I’m glad he got elected. But he’s not really putting it on the line against the banks, the insurance companies, the energy companies who run the country and in many ways, have ruined this country,” Mahr said.

Mahr actually said that Obama needs—not kidding here—more George Bush in him.

“He [Bush] had terrible ideas but what I admired about him is he didn’t care who liked him or didn’t like him or what feathers he ruffled . . . I never thought I’d say this, but actually what he needs in his personality is a little George Bush. He needs to stop worrying about being loved and bring out that smug, insufferable swagger...,” Mahr said.

I can't help but see Bill Mahr's point. I feel a sense of urgency while the democrats are in control of the House and the White House. If there ever was a time to push universal health care, to pass measures to limit CO2 emissions, to compel automakers to adapt and manufacture electric, hybrid, and natural gas vehicles, that time is now.

I do realize that part of George Bush's problem was his conviction that his policies were what was needed for the country, but who's to say that the left shouldn't do the same—especially if progressive policies are actually what is better for the country?

Obama's efforts to implement change in an agreeable manner are certainly commendable, but no matter what, House Republicans will always be opposed to a liberal agenda. Just look at their recent genius environmental proposal; mine, build nuclear power plants, off-shore drilling. That was how they see us handling the environmental issues of the future.

I think Mahr's chastisement of Obama was warranted (if a little exaggerated), but I would extend it to all democrats in the House. Let's see some back-bone. You clearly wanted to see Obama elected, so let's see some of his big change ideas implemented—and soon.

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