Originally Posted by patteeu
If his stimulus had really focused on infrastructure and job creation (as promised) instead of constituency support and political payback, it wouldn't have been nearly as unpopular. Perhaps more importantly, if he had spent the next year trying to improve the economy instead of getting sidetracked on his highly partisan, wildly unpopular health care reform, he might not have lost so much of his independent support.
Those were probably his two biggest offenses, but along the way he's also been using questionable executive powers to bypass Congress on controversial issues like amnesty for certain illegal immigrants and suppression of the fossil fuels segment of our energy mosaic.
Bold 1:fair criticism.
Bold 2: how would you like to have seen him do that?
Did you think healthcare needed a reform of some kind, just not his? Or not at all?
I'm slightly skeptical about the influence he could have had over the economy. Hasn't the GOP had a majority in congress for at least some of that time?