Yes we can't - why hasn't the Republican House solved the financial crises yet?
Poor ole Obama. The greatest financial meltdown since the 1929 crash (with the possibility of a double dip recession still upon us) meant Obama couldn't do anything to make American's happy. Fox News in a recession is almost as powerful as Goebbels on crack cocaine, the reality that the American dream is ending hasn't really sunk in yet and every government gets blamed even if had little to do with them.
The problem for John Key is that his politics of aspiration don't work in a recession, his optimism simply starts looking vacant and detached from the real world, the joke is that he is attempting to domestically implement free market, low tax, deregulation dogma to solve a global crises that was caused by free market, low tax, deregulation dogma.
Neoliberalism is bankrupt and it's time to brush up on Keynes, social investment is what is needed now, why? Because it is now that people hurt, they hurt bad and in this country Labour did the responsible thing by paying off our debt when the times were good, well they aren't good now and NOW is the time to borrow so that those 220 000 children living beneath the poverty line in NZ have a hope.
To date John Key has been more focused on corporate welfare than social welfare.
For Obama the loss of the House to the Republicans is a gift, he can turn to them and say, 'Okay, solve it'. The Tea Party nutters can't play with anyone else in the sandpit and the moderate Republicans are too frightened by Glenn Beck to compromise, two years of that will make obama look the better candidate than Sarah Palin.