Well, I suppose it had to happen. President Obama and the Democratic party have lost the goodwill of the American people.
With most of the results now in, they hold on to the Senate with 51 seats to the Republicans 46 but lose control of the House of Representatives with 181 seats to the Republicans 234.
How did this happen? Two years ago, Obama had an approval rating of 70%, today however only 30% of Americans strongly approve of his leadership whereas 45% strongly disapprove.
When he was elected in November 2008, he inherited a tidal wave of goodwill but also an economy that was beginning to crash, rising unemployment and ballooning national debt. He couldn’t help that but what has happened since that time? Are there more jobs on the job market? Are house prices increasing? Do Americans feel good about themselves? No, no and no…
It is often said that Politics is not a science, it is an art. The art of the possible. In this blogger’s opinion President Obama came to power promising to reform health care, a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and to revive the American economy.
In October 2009 however, national unemployment reached 10.1%, the highest since 1983 and by March 2010 had decreased to 9.7% and 162,000 jobs. The rate of decrease has slowed since that time and in September 2010 still stood at 9.6%.
There are still American troops in Iraq, nearly 50,000 of them at the end of August. Of those between 30 and 40% have developed serious mental illness since returning home see The Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index
The big winner should have been the health care reform bill. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, providing for major changes in health-insurance procedures but it will only be enacted in 2014.
So, all in all it has been a dismal two-years in the US and that is why President Obama will have one hand tied behind his back for the next two years until he is replaced by a Republican…