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Voters' Views: Tom Taber

As Barack Obama completes 100 days in office, we ask Republican and Democratic voters from across the US to reflect on his performance.


Tom Taber Retired | Democrat

I would use the word 'refreshing' to describe the Obama presidency

Tom Taber
Age: 59
Lives: San Mateo, California
Occupation: Retired
Last election voted:
Green
In 10 words or less: Optimistic, outdoor-oriented, physically fit, unconventional, non-conformist, sceptical of authority

"I am impressed by how quickly and effectively President Obama has taken command during a time of economic crisis.

He has assembled an impressive team, including his former rival Hillary Clinton. I support his decision to close Guantanamo Bay detention center, his scheduled withdrawal of troops from Iraq and loosening of travel to Cuba.

He seems to be restoring America's strained international relations. I would use the word 'refreshing' to describe the Obama presidency.

The president promoted a broad and ambitious agenda during the campaign. I am concerned that his focus is too diffused at a time when he needs to concentrate on getting the economy back on track.

Because my investments have suffered from this downturn I am eager to see the root causes of the economic crisis dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Obama's strategy seems to be to spend massive amounts of money that we don't have in order to stimulate the economy and to bail out companies that are 'too big to fail'.

This will be accomplished by selling debt to foreign countries. I think this is a dangerous strategy that threatens to trade the current crisis for hyper-inflation a few years down the road.

I am also troubled by his determination to preserve financial institutions such as AIG, which should be broken up into smaller, regional entities that are more responsive to consumers and are not 'too big to fail'.

It will be several years before we know if this strategy is right or wrong."


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