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Friday, September 21, 2012



The novel “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck brings forth a powerful message: the deliverance of workers from "Dust Bowl” oppression. Steinbeck believed that the deliverance would eventually come through cooperation but at the cost of “terrible wrath”. Unfortunately, the deliverance did not materialize in the “Grapes of Wrath” and perhaps in that sense, the novel is incomplete.

When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for the Great Depression and its effects." It is reported that he boldly said, "I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags".
Steinbeck's novel may also be said to be a “shorthand” for the crisis which has gripped the Great America since the Bush presidency and which president Obama inherited.  

The novel is an unapologetically passionate depiction of the plight of the poor and vulnerable - the Romney 47%!

Arguably, President Obama is one of our greatest contemporary speakers; but his presidency and the current presidential campaign (against multi-millionaire challenger, Mitt Romney in particular) have shown that his greatness goes far beyond mere brilliant oratory. Like all true great men, he unapologetically leans on the side of the poor and the vulnerable.

In many ways, the arrival of Romney is a “God-send” for the Obama Campaign, in the sense that it has brought into sharp focus the gains and potential gains of the Obama Presidency! I am not afraid to argue that President Obama has perhaps done more for America than any other president. The arrival of Romney on the scene makes those gains look even more profound.

When President Obama assumed the presidency, America faced its worst recession since the days of Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath”. Obviously, the most affected were the poor and the vulnerable. President has not only give them hope; he has brought real gains to them, chief among them is Obama Care!

Stimulating or generating growth in a non-recession environment may be challenging; but removing a country from a recession (or slowing down a recession) is exponentially more challenging! President Clinton was irrefutably a great president and during his tenure, he brought about real and significant economic growth; but the challenge for President Obama is exponentially greater: he had to stop and reverse a massive economic recession. He has succeeded; he has rescued a failed and badly battered US economy, he has stabilised it and he has grown it, albeit very slowly. All of the above happened in the face of Republican sabotage.

Under Bush, America took a precipitous nosedive and lost millions of jobs; the republicans knew it; some of them felt it and they knew about the long-term and monumental impact on the economy.

Listen to Romney carefully! Romney never talks about specifics or a short or medium term fix; he always talks about what he’ll do in the next 4 or 8 years. Yet, he dishonestly berates president Obama for not fixing all of the Bush problems in less than 4 years; but even with the gains under the Obama presidency, Romney projects a return to a full recovery is a long term process.

If we use the state of affairs under Rush as a reference point, as a yardstick to assess Obama’s performance, we can logically conclude that he may have done more for America than any other president. As I mentioned earlier (an it’s worth repeating), he stopped the Bush slide of recession; and even in the face apparent massive republican resistance and sabotage reversed it and brought about economic growth. That is a phenomenal achievement by any standard. In addition, he brought about health care – something no other president had done. He has made it easier for students to enter college

Obama captured and killed Bin laden (something Bush failed to do) and at least, won America a reprieve from Al Qaeda terrorism; he ended the money-hungry war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Bush on the other hand wasted trillions to go to war at the expense of the American economy.

President Obama has facilitated world peace; there is a measure of stability in the Middle East around the world now. President Obama has a brilliant mind and a steady hand and that has contributed to stability.

My view is, if Obama gets a second term, then America and the world will certainly be a much better place! VOTE OBAMA!

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