Scripture tells us to seek wise counsel and to listen to the words of the wise. As rare as it is for Obama to follow scriptural teaching, he is trying to seek wise counsel of those around him on what to do on the economy.
The problem is, scripture specifies ‘wise’ counsel. Though Obama is seeking counsel, he is turning to fellow Democrats for that counsel and here of late, they are anything but wise.
David Plouffe, Obama’s senior adviser and William M. Daly, Obama’s chief of staff, are advising him push pieces of legislation that will pass Congress. Whether or not these pieces of legislation have any real impact on the economy doesn’t matter, they just want him to have a track record of being able to get measures passed by both parties. They believe this will appeal to many independent voters.
On the other hand, Gene Sperling, Obama’s chief economic advisor, believes that Obama should press harder on his economic agenda such as tax incentives for businesses that hire more employees. He is telling the President that Republicans have been weakened by the way the debt ceiling was handled and that the president needs to take advantage of it.
Other Democrats are advising him to take action to help homeowners that are facing foreclosure. They are urging the president to take a strong stand on issues such as raising taxes on the wealthy even if he knows they will not pass the Republican House because it will make him look stronger and tougher.
So who is Obama going to listen to?
Who is there to serve as his ‘wise’ counsel?
Perhaps instead of listening to those immediately around him, he should listen to the American people. Not just Democrats, but listen to Republicans, Tea Party and Independents alike. For once in his political life, Obama needs to stop looking in a mirror and look outside the window to the nation that he is supposed to be responsible to.