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It seems like every time I turn around the right-wing has something critical to say about President Barack Obama. I understand politics, criticism, and a certain amount of skepticism and negativity but every single issue turns a molehill into a mountain. Criticism of the previous president was made after a decision. It's like 1992 all over again.

There are legitimate concerns like the housing crisis, Afghanistan, Iran, unemployment, and the ongoing health care reform issues but I seldom hear any constructive solutions. The blogosphere is full of hyperbolic stats like; Obama has spent more than all the previous presidents combined. That stat does not account for the two previous wars being brought back into the budget process, being left with a financial crisis, a broken health care system, crumbling infrastructure, an outdated electrical grid, lack of an energy policy, and an educational system that needs a lot of improvements; to help to keep up with a world that is catching up with us. The president is being criticized for taking his time making a decision whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan or scale back our presence and concentrate on selected targets. He is being criticized by those that encouraged the hasty and misguided invasion of Iraq. It took the 2006 congressional elections to force the hand of President Bush to get a new strategy for Iraq. For the first time in 30 years, we are having diplomatic talks with Iran.

David Brooks, conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote an interesting column where he correlated the decline of the GOP with the rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh. He said it was sad that the Republican politicians mistake media for reality. He said the GOP is leaderless right now, because no one had the guts to step outside the rigid parameters that these talk radio personalities have developed. He said the party is losing because it has adopted a radio entertainer's niche -building strategy, while abandoning the politician's coalition building strategy. Mr. Brooke claims that the talk radio jocks enable the slightly educated snobs who believe that Glenn Beck really is the voice of Middle America.

Locally, many seem to think conservatism is godlike and liberalism is the root of all evil. The Conservatives do not want to take any blame for the economic collapse of the last eight years. Their solution is to double down on those mistakes. I was listening to the Senate Finance Committee's hearing last night and all I heard from Republicans was tax cuts and protecting private insurance. They were reminded that they voted for a public option for property owners along the coastal areas but when it comes to human beings, the public option will lead to socialism.

Maybe now that a lowly freshman Democrat from Florida finally spoke up and said what needed to be said, the Democrats will find their backbone and start fighting back. I used to think a working knowledge of the issues was adequate for a reasonable debate but I now know that you have to drown out the noise before you get to that point.