It takes brains to bargain effectively


My principal concern about President Obama since his 2008 election victory is that he is unfortunately endowed with a low intellect. To put it bluntly he does not possess the  grey cells required for the position that he occupies. As so often happens, he has been promoted beyond the level of his abilities.

The evidence is there for anyone who takes the time to research for it.

A senior student editor of the Harvard Law Review who fails to publish an article in the Harvard Law Review during his period of tenure is either under-motivated or under-skilled. No one claims that Barack Obama is under-motivated.

A faculty member at the University of Chicago who fails to publish even one scholarly paper in ten years is either under-motivated or under-skilled. No one claims that Barack Obama is under-motivated.

A faculty member of at the University of Chicago who cannot converse with the conversationally brilliant Richard Epstein once in ten years in the faculty common-room quite frankly is completely out of his intellectual depth, as any one who has ever met Richard Epstein will know well.

A President who has not prepared a policy proposal on any issue over a four year spell in the White House is either lazy or under-skilled. Barack Obama claims to be hard-working. If we allow him the benefit of the doubt in that dimension, then the skill issue once again is on the table.  Every policy legislated into law over the period 2009-2012 was prepared by senior  Democrats in Congress.  Obama simply egged on his colleagues from the golf courses, basket-courts and the campaign trails of the nation.

So now, in December 2012, when the fiscal cliff threatens to abort a stuttering American economic recovery, what do we find?  Predictably, President Obama prefers to squeeze flesh in states marginal to the Electoral College, parroting half-baked policy utterances that won him election among a largely ignorant electorate.

You do not hold all the cards of power in your hands, Mr. President. The electorate, even in its ignorance, did not cede to you control over the House of Representatives. That body is the legislative engine of the nation, not the White House. To resolve a major fiscal crisis requires that you bargain intelligently with the Leader of that House.

By demanding $1.6 trillion through tax hikes now, in return for a promise to work in the future for $400 billion in expenditure cuts, you admirably demonstrate the low quality of your intellect. That is a tax and spend proposal in an environment where everyone but you understands that public expenditures are seriously out of control.

If you are not up to this job at this moment in time, why not take more time out on the golf course and allow an experienced Democrat with the necessary intellectual horse-power to take over the bargaining role . Bill Clinton, I am sure, would be happy to oblige.

And the nation would be immensely relieved to see a real President sit down with the Speaker of the House before Christmas 2012.!

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