Friday, December 12, 2008

Watching the Watchers: Mission Impossible

I think no matter what side of the political isle you fall on, you can agree President Elect Obama has an enormous struggle ahead of him. He has promised to take a line-by-line look at the federal budget to try and reign in spending and cut back the deficit, but large chunks of the budget are on autopilot and/or politically out of bounds. Not to mention that all that spending got started for a reason, and every item has its own backers ready to fight for it. The eclectic mix of supporters Obama put together for the election also virtually guarantees that someone will be dissappointed with virtually every decision he makes. Balancing the need to maintain his support and make real changes to the operation of government is going to be a tightrope walk. And if all that isn't enough stress for one person, people really want to make sure he doesn't light up a smoke while President. It's no wonder the job ages people.

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