In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama was full of promise -- 508 of them to be precise. But with just six weeks to go until Election Day 2012, President Obama has made few new promises and is not repeating many of the original ones.
Americans are justifiably leery of political promises, whether from candidates or presidents. They have seen too many made and too few kept. The cynicism that promises generate increases the distrust of politics and politicians.
There is not a modern nation on the planet that can retire its debt with 10 percent unemployment. President Obama cannot and should not agree to the damaging choices being falsely laid out by Congressional Republican pretenders.
The American Small Business League (ASBL) is predicting that President Obama will rely on the same tired rhetoric regarding economic stimulus, while continuing to ignore the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.
The Comcast-NBC merger is truly a disaster for anyone hoping the American public might emerge from the propaganda morass that is embodied by cable television, and now threatens to consume the Internet.
Between October 2009 and April 2010, coal industry representatives held at least 33 meetings with White House staff on the coal ash issue, almost three times as many meetings as environmentalists and university scientists were granted on the subject.
In 2008, President-elect Obama proposed a windfall profit tax on oil companies. When oil later dropped below $80/barrel, his staff declared the tax was unnecessary. But this week, oil rose above the $80 mark again. What next?
What puts this first year in perspective for me is that: Obama may not be smarter than all of us, but he sure is smarter by a long shot than McCain would have been. And that, for now, is enough for me.