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    Another Milken StudentNov 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    While Ami may be afraid of Republicans taking back the house, I exhaled a breath I’ve been holding since Obama was elected. Barack Obama’s presidency did not represent to me the equality and opportunity available in America, but rather, epitomized the worst possible byproduct of universal suffrage: an inappropriate leader elected by ignorant masses. By electing a president with next to no federal political experience, especially when compared to his opponent, John McCain, who boasted nearly 30 years of service as both a senator and representative, the American people demonstrated their inability to understand the problems of their own nation. Barack Obama, was elected because he represented the change that he preached, and Americans believed they needed. He was a young black man, the opposite of President Bush, who most believed was the root of the economic crisis, so it was only natural to believe he could only bring change to our nation for the better. Americans were unable to understand that a radically new face would not be the solution to America’s problems, but rather, a strong, determined leader with clear goals and a track record to prove his competency would most likely lead America safely through the tough time in its history . A failed stimulus package in our wake, a national debt higher than ever, and social healthcare looming over us in the future, its pretty obvious why Obama’s approval rating fell all the way from 65% and is now struggling to stay above 40%. American’s are starting to realize that Obama isn’t the president they thought he would be. If its frustrating to see four year olds draw red on the map, it was terrifying to see ignorant adults paint the white house blue. Americans realized that they had made a mistake by granting power to the Democrats, and I see the Republican ascension to power as a formal recognition of the voter’s folly.

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      Yet Another Milken StudentNov 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      How quickly the integrity of the majority is cast aside when public opinion shifts in the opposite direction of the commentator. It could behoove Another Milken Student to recall a similar dip in popularity when Bill Clinton was president and during which time he lost both the House and the Senate. While Another Milken Student argues this is due to the voter’s realization of folly (an unlikely but possible answer) it is more closely related to the usual effect of having a leader who’s main area of focus is legislative action rather than vague, naive ideological speechmaking. Popularity tends to increase when speeches and promises are simpler (as during the 2008 presidental race) but dwindle when real change is at hand. I would urge Another Milken Student to think before drawing conclusions from rising debt caused not only from action in the last two years but from the last two presidents as well.