How Did You Feel About Obama's First 100 Days in Office?
Did mainstream media give it more importance than the people did?
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▲ Screenshot of the FoC Web site. Roll the mouse state by state, information will be shown to you on the left side of the page.
Last week President Barack Obama marked 100 days in office. According to President Obama's administration, with the country in crisis, the president acted quickly to restore confidence and stability to the American economy. According to pundits, this is a symbolic day, and the truth is that what he does every day after 100 days will be just as important -- if not more. Be that as it may, the accomplishments in this time have been remarkable, and have had real effects on people and communities throughout the country, they affirm.

To show this to all Americans the Web site Foundation for Change was created. Through it the citizens may see, state by state, what was done during these first 100 days.

Three days before the special date, I asked a couple of Americans how they view all this information and the date itself. More precisely, the question was: How do you feel about Obama's first 100 days in office?

Below you can see their answers. I have just copy and pasted their replies. I was surprised how hard it was to get answers. I sent more than 50 e-mails to people all over the US and got only two answers -- and it took time. I was unable to have this article published on spot, actually. I am still left with the impression I got during the election period: Americans, for some reason, don't like to talk about the US government.
Thank you for this chance. Here is my answer to your question. How do you feel about Obama's first 100 days in office?
"From the first moments after the declaration of the presidential race winner, I was floored by what the American people were saying they wanted. I was filled with faith that President-Elect Obama would fulfill the promises of the campaign, but I was not so sure the American people understood the severity of the changes that needed to be made in order to make these promises come true."

"Just 100 days after the new President was sworn into office, the naysayers are taking on a new topic. That topic is the fact that Obama is doing what he said he would do. The people may not see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I believe our President is forcing the change we need into our faces and continuing to push the RIGHT choices no matter how much we hate the change it takes to achieve those goals."

-- Summer Banks
Mr. Weaver from PA is not at all satisfied:
"I have many issues with the webpage and with Barack Obama. The biggest problem that I have with Obama is his spending. If everyone who made 75,000 or more in 2006 was taxed at a 100 percent rate, it would have been $4 trillion. That is the same amount of the budget for 2010. A 100 percent tax rate! And he promised not to raise taxes for anyone earning over 250,000. He is spending money we do not have. It will cause inflation and will devalue the dollar. China knows this and will stop buying our debt. This has already started, so the Fed is buying our own debt! Explain how that works?!"

"As the stimulus plan doesn't work, he will spend even more money! We will see hyperinflation at some point. Sometime in a year or three is my guess. Pretty soon more than 1/2 of Americans will not pay federal income tax. Once we pass that point, meaningful tax reform will be even more difficult to accomplish. It will be a huge voting base for the democrats. At some point, the rich, who are the ones that provide the jobs, the innovation, technology, etc will have had enough. They will go "John Galt" if you have read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. We need the rich to succeed. I never got a job from a poor person."

"And the website talks about job creation. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT CREATE JOBS. Jobs that are "created" as government jobs or private sector jobs created by government handouts do not create jobs. The money used for the "created" job salaries were taking away from other people/businesses. It is taking money from Peter to pay Paul. For every $100 I am taxed ("to create jobs") is $100 less I have to spend on food, clothes, entertainment. Demand for these things go down. Jobs are then lost in those sectors. Since the government is less efficient than the private sector, more jobs are lost than are 'created' by the government."
These responses were for me very significant. I am really thankful for Ms. Summers' and Mr. Weaver's participation. But one thing is true, as you saw above, it seems that maybe the mainstream media was more interested in the subject than the American people themselves.


Below are some main stream media specials:
CNN: First 100 days

BBC: First 100 days Check at the end of the page an audio interview with William Galston advisor to Bill Clinton and Diana Furchtgott-Roth who was in the White House with George W. Bush.

2009/05/06 오전 10:26
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