So President Obama is now running scared of the European Crisis. In common with many world leaders he is the middle of an election year. His fear will be that the current economic crisis will give Mitt Romney a helping hand into the White House. Other incumbent leaders have fell from popularity swiftly and hard on the back of this financial crisis. You only have to look at the demise of French President Sarkozy to see how damaging the current mess is for political careers. Of course it is not about careers is it? They are in it for the good of their country, aren't they? Bunkum.
Yesterday June 8, 2012, President Obama addressed EU leaders publicly. What he and other US politicians have always failed to admit is that the financial crisis the World is in right now hailed form the USA. Add to this the costly wars which the US have begun, and we like lambs to the slaughter have followed into, and the US has plenty to answer for.
That is old history though and right now the US economy appears to be a little better than of late. Is it real growth or not? That is hard to assess. In an election year so much is changed with the election in mind. This blogger still believes that Obama is the best option for the US right now but it keeps getting harder to maintain that belief. Drone attacks in foreign lands, an aggressive policy and a do as I say attitude, wins no favours in Europe.
However Mitt Romney is the supposed unknown quantity. In truth it is easy to assess what a presidential term would be for him. Would he be a better option for the US?. We still think not. His track record means that the uber wealthy and business community of the US maybe would prosper but the masses would be left to rot. Worker rights and more would be whittled down to nothing until the US imploded.
Currently Obama is trying to please everybody. As Abe Lincoln knew that is not possible. In trying to do so one can alienate the faithful and in effect lose votes. One can soon appear fickle and without direction.
The fact is that President Obama is no dead cert to win in November 2012. He is still in with a good chance but the Romney wealth machine will be a hard one to beat. It seems that in the US it all boils down to money. To date both sides have raised millions for their respective campaigns. The Obama fund raising campaign is now faltering. Romney's is steaming ahead as people realise that he has a chance to win. His personal wealth means that money will never be a problem for Romney in this campaign.
What will be important for the candidates in the 2012 Election is getting people to vote. In tough times the poor and dispirited may not bother, whilst those with a vested financial interest will literally run to the polls.
In his speech regarding Europe Obama spoke sense. What will gall is the attitude that Europe could be blamed for US woes. The President though was we suppose covering his back. In what could be classed as a dressing down for Messrs Cameron and Osborne in the UK he attacked a policy of cuts and austerity. He rightly said that cuts will not get Europe out of its financial mess.
Merkel for Germany and Cameron for the UK would disagree. However both of these right wing politicians will always want to opt for cuts especially for the vulnerable in society. Hell they will not want to hit those who fund them will they, and that will be the problem with Romney. Dig a little into who is funding his 2012 campaign and it is easy to see the way a Presidential term for him would go. Don't fall for the propaganda machine but make your own mind up.
As for a financial crisis it does seem obscene that with all the talk of austerity, cuts, a tightening of belts the US election has been money wasting on a grand scale. Yes traditionally it may have always been that way but in tough times perhaps both politicians should lead by example. One wonders what the final cost of the 2012 US election will be. Enough to cure many financial woes we think.
As Obama addresses Europe it is worth remembering that some leaders are pushing for further conflict only this time in Syria. How much more money are we going to waste on destroying countries across the world. With an unknown opposition to Assad Syria will not necessarily be a safer place if the old regime is removed. Perhaps we should think more before we in the West jump in feet first.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog