I’ve spent a little bit of time these past couple months lecturing liberals for their whining about President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. They didn’t pay attention to his campaign, I said, hoping that all his tough talk about Afghanistan and Pakistan was just that: talk.
Now, as much as I don’t want to, I feel the time has come to turn my attention toward the moderates who voted for Obama and are now suffering buyer’s remorse after seeing the stimulus package and his budget. So, as I said to the liberals: WERE YOU PAYING ATTENTION!?
One thing I noticed, particularly during the debates, is that Obama didn’t seem serious about cutting spending. Just the opposite. Despite that fact that we were going through some tough times, he had a long list of spending. I didn’t tack McCain as too serious on the spending cuts, either, but Obama’s wish list seemed particularly lengthy. I also found him fairly specific on his tax increase plans: $250,000 and above.
These are the kind of things that Obama talked about often and with great certainty, so I’m not entirely sure how these moderates missed them. Or maybe they noted what he said but hoped that it was all rhetoric, just like the liberals on his Afghanistan and Pakistan foreign policy. Yet, aside from a couple things, I’ve thought Obama to be pretty honest with his intentions. It was this honesty that led him to tell Joe the Plumber to his face that he was going to tax people making more than $250,000, and to do what even John McCain couldn’t and say that an attack on Pakistan’s tribal region wasn’t off the table.
If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll notice that since the election both of these things have happened. Hey, I also thought that a bunch of Obama’s policy initiatives made sense too, but if you got so wrapped up in the hope talk that you ignored what he was saying on policy, maybe that says more about you than it does about Obama.