Originally Posted by ElasticNinja
99%? Really? Obama could have probably tried harder to cut spending while keeping in place stimulus. Defence projects are still getting overfunded in many cases for example, while there is a massive deficit.
I think I've found the problem here. You don't understand that the US government isn't a parliamentary system, which is understandable since your country is parliamentary, and that's probably all you've ever known. But the US government is not
parliamentary; the executive branch is not intertwined with the legislature. President Obama is not the leader of the majority party in Congress, and therefore can't command Congress to do his bidding. President Obama can't dissolve the government if it doesn't obey him. And most importantly of all, the President of the United States of America has no power or obligation to legislate
I hope that helps you get that sorted.
As for the annual budget deficit, the US government can operate that way. There's no law saying that the federal budget must be balanced, unlike in many of the states.
Still, I think that its fair to say that liberals like the idea of helping everyone own their own home. Those on the left and right less so.
Once more it looks like you aren't understanding how things work over here. I'm not blaming you, and intend no offense. I wish that more Americans took as much interest in their own government as you are taking in it.
The buzzword "liberals" is synonymous with "the left". But even that is misleading because the US has no more left wing
remaining. Over the last 30 years, Americans have gone from a healthy balance of left and right to one that's entirely right of center. The people who are called "liberals" or "leftist" are in fact centrist
or somewhat right of center.
Those who are called "the right" in the US are very far to the right. In addition, most of those who we call "the right" also have strong authoritarian
(as opposed to libertarian) beliefs. History has shown us that the combination of extreme right-wing and strongly authoritarian politics is a very dangerous combination.
As far as home ownership goes, none of the political "sides" had any real interest in home ownership. George W. Bush said what he said because his masters wanted to make quick and easy profits by putting people deeply in debt. It was all a scam. If regular citizens tried that, they would go to prison.