As someone who campaigned so ardently against “politics as usual,” President Obama has done little to show that he really intends on implementing positive change for Washington. The only changes we’ve seen are the increases in high-level back-room negotiations and impeachable offenses. Not only is he not fulfilling his promises of transparency (i.e. health care, financial reform, etc.), he has not fulfilled most other promises either. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay. It’s still there. He promised to withdraw troops from Iraq. Oh hey, they’re still there too. He promised to rid wasteful spending. Have you seen the stimulus bill!? And, perhaps, my favorite of all: Criticize Bush on Katrina. And then there’s BP. Actually, on second thought, a year and a half later, let’s just keep blaming Bush for everything.
It was revealed today that Andrew Romanoff was offered three jobs by the White House to abandon his bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Michael Bennet (who mysteriously one day decided that he would vote for Obamacare). Romanoff provided evidence that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina suggested three possible jobs to him. This is not transparency. Or legal, really. Neither is the White House’s job offer to Joe Sestak. While I don’t actually believe the story that Bill Clinton offered him a nonpaying job is completely true–regardless–both situations are clearly in violation of the U.S. Code.
Where is Eric Holder now? Where is the Attorney General who wanted to wanted to investigate the Bush Administration? Perhaps he is too busy granting terrorists Miranda rights. Or, perhaps, he is too busy stating the obvious–like his announcement earlier that he would investigate BP. Thanks for reminding us of your job!
It’s time for President Obama to either step it up to fulfill his promises for change to the American people or to step down for impeachable offenses. My generation will be the best-educated in American history. We will be voters tomorrow. We will be taxpayers in a few short years. We cannot be fooled that easily. We already have Social Security and Medicare to pay for, and that’s enough—really. Please, Mr. Obama, just keep your change.