(Original): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020502766_pf.html

(Archived): http://www.westerfunk.net/archives/politics/The%20Fierce%20Urgency%20of%20Pork/

Political euphoria, on the part of the people and the President, has now given way to reality. Obama seems to be winging most of his policy decisions so far. He instituted “sweeping” ethics reforms which I myself was excited about and yet nominated not just a few current and former lobbyists to top positions in his cabinet. This is simply amazing, not in a “see I told you and I’m glad this is happening to him” sense. No, I want Obama to succeed, honestly, because it affects all of us if he fails.

But, as many conservatives have said, and obviously most of the American people ignored, his policies simply will not work, no matter how well-intentioned they are. Everyone was warned, on multiple occasions, that Obama had little actual political experience, especially to be President, the overseer of the entire nation. It appears that practically speaking, his inexperience is now showing, but a lot faster than anyone expected.

It is also ironic that Obama said after winning the Presidency, “We have chosen hope over fear,” that he then uses fear to force a ridiculous bill through the Senate. Since a majority of the American people voted for him, I guess we’re getting what we deserve for making a decision based on emotions instead of hard facts. As the writer of this article says,

“After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell — and that this president told better than anyone. I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.”