I hailed the new president as much as everyone else when he was elected. He obviously does a very good job right now, much better than Bush ever did. He’s enthusiastic and he obviously wants to fix things. But there are three policies of his that bother me:
1. Warrantless wiretapping
Nothing has changed in terms of wiretapping from the Bush era. I refuse to believe that Obama is such an information hog though. I think what’s going on is that the government knows something that we don’t, something so dangerous, that wiretapping is simply needed and Obama just has to flow with it. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this.
Bail out this, bail out that. I think that some bailouts are needed (no one wants to lose their 401k money, right?), but not for every business out there. You see, if a business is out of money, is possibly because the product ain’t good enough anymore. For example, when Toyota creates fuel efficient cars, and most US car manufacturers don’t, why help them? If they are not willing to answer to market’s needs, they don’t deserve to be bailed out. That’s capitalism, you like it or not. Ok, maybe a little of bail out is good, for the sake of the employees, but these businesses need to wake up, smell the coffee, and create products that make sense.
3. Siding with RIAA
Obama is a big copyright proponent, but he’s going a bit too far. The copyright law needs reform, needs a broader scope on fair usage, that much is clear. Art should not be as much chained as it is right now. And yet, Obama doesn’t seem to think so, which actually might say something about the man’s true understanding of the younger generation and new technological realities.