Americans should learn from Singapore and have a preselection process for their presidential candidates based on a set of stringent criteria so that unqualified people can be weeded out and not waste the time of voters. Better still make the criteria so stringent that only one person can qualify and do away with the election process altogether...that would really save alot of time.
This Obama guy is just a 2 term rookie senator who has not undergone rigorous grooming to ensure that he fits into the political establishment. He is not only threatening to change America, he is threatening to change the world. Lets look at what changes Obama is aiming for (most of the text is taken from his campaign website and you have my comments in red:
Ensure Freedom to Unionize: Obama believes that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA's passage and sign it into law.
Protect Striking Workers: Obama supports the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. He will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers, so workers can stand up for themselves without worrying about losing their livelihoods.
[Oh this Obama guy really has alot to learn from Singapore! We (in Singapore) all know the main role of unions is to persuade workers to accept collective wage cuts during recessions and to moderate their demands when times are good.]
2. Tackling Poverty. Obama will raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation to make sure that full-time workers can earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs such as food, transportation, and housing.
[Minimum wage is an idea repeatedly rejected by our esteemed leadership. Having no minimum wage allows a govt to boast that it has created numerous jobs that does not pay enough for basic living and to berate its citizens for being fussy when they reject these jobs. Come on.... people who cannot make a decent living because there are thousands imported from Bangladesh willing to do their jobs cheaper should be taught to accept inevitable fate instead of trying to raise a family on their low salaries.]
3. Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama's Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.
[I hope that Mr. Obama understands that spending our national estate upgrading budget selectively on constituencies based on political support does not amount to pork barrel politics. It serves to educate voters on the importance of their votes.]
4. Open Up Government to its Citizens. Making government data available online in universally accessible formats to allow citizens to make use of that data to comment, derive value, and take action in their own communities.
[I think Obama has alot to learn when it comes to dealing with govt information. Singapore as gone on the other direction by use of the OSA (Official Secret Act) to prevent govt data from ever getting to the hands of the citizens. Singapore has no Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)which means you can only get data that the govt chooses to release to you..... data that will help you understand that your govt is doing a great job and that you should be grateful for their leadership. All other forms of data is considered harmful, confidential and against national interest. All you need to know is how great your govt is.]
Looks like Barak Obama has alot to learn about leadership, good governance and integrity from Singapore leaders. His lack of grooming really shows up in his desire to bring drastic change to his country. Singapore leaders carefully selected and groomed for the job knows the importance of promoting harmony and acceptance rather than change. They harmonise the goals of the power elite with the amount of hardship ordinary Singaporeans can be made to endure to perpetuate a system they have created to give themselves the highest remuneration in the world. Singaporeans are lucky to have good leaders.