Why? I'm counting only the issues that the executive branch could fix unilaterally, without any effort from Congress.
- The treatment of Bradley Manning shows that the US government under Obama still stoops to torture. This is the moral issue of our times and our government's behavior -- keeping him naked, in solitary isolation even before he comes to trial -- is obnoxious.
- The soft-gloved treatment of the financial industry and the subsequent revolving door where the architects of the policy leave to take multi-million-dollar jobs at bailed out firms reeks of corruption.
- His economic policies have failed. At his first press conference, Obama listed three ways of verifying the success of his economic policies: 4 million new jobs, functioning credit markets and stemmed foreclosures. On 2/3 of his own criteria for success, his policies have failed.
- He's gotten us involved in a tribal war in Libya. It's one thing to support the people in a modern nation like Egypt or Tunisia. But Libya, Yemen, etc. are tribal societies and the rebellion in Benghazi is not democratic yearning -- it's merely that the Eastern tribes want to take over from Qadaffi's Western tribes.