Friday, 24 December 2010

Obama and Clegg a compromise too far?

In the US the left, Liberals and indeed the Republican right are all unhappy with Obama over his compromise tax bill which averts tax rises for millions of Americans. This Bill also extends benefits payments for the unemployed.
But I think this shows a Clinton type of compromise (something he had to do as he also had a lack of power in the house).
There are some comparisons I can see between Obama and our very own Nick Clegg when considering compromise and hatred. As opposed to the differences like for example Obama not acting as quickly as the coalition to install their policies and reforms. Perhaps Obama needed a coalition agreement.
So both men are becoming a figure of hate when also being a believer and achiever in compromise. Resulting in hatred of the left because the compromise includes some non left wing policy.
However Obama is not that far away from the average American he has been successfully painted as a sell out by some and a far left raving liberal by others.
I think Obama has started too slowly and has not defended himself well, this has now forced him to compromise. Although I would argue that like Clegg he is doing a fair job of compromise.
It appears to me that when you compromise you will be seen as a sell out. Its a shame as I think this is a good attribute and one that the public have always wished for. Problem with compromise is that it makes you look weak when it is a very brave position.
So if this is a compromise too far, its only because in practice the public don't like compromise as much as we thought they did.


  1. Forget Obama and forget his book “Of Thee I Sing”, instead read a BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]: