I have not seen much evidence of Obama being in touch with small-town Kentucky, but after reading David Plouffe's new book, The Audacity to Win, I have become convinced that he knows what it takes to run a business.
America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.
If anyone has ever dreamed of being an office holder, 2010 is the year to do it. There are going to be several situations where voters elect a complete unknown, just to express their anger about the incumbent.
Operating a business on Main Street is a lot different than lecturing at the Harvard Economic Club. The team Obama surrounded himself with has spent way more time in a faculty lounge than in the corner barber shop.
After having overcome trillion-to-one odds, the idea of running through the money would seem silly to most winners. However, studies shows that 90% of people blow all their money within five years of winning the jackpot.
I've watched many people get in trouble with upside down car loans, second mortgages or high interest rate financing. Credit keeps many people from living within their means. Then a friend told me he was buying a large house.