Monday, November 10, 2008

Will the Obama magic work for the financial recovery?

Mr. Barack Obama has made history and made changes in the occupant of the white house by his passion for “change.” The election to the office of the president of Obama is partly attributed to dismal policy adopted by the incumbent, George Bush.

The president elect has vowed to push an economic stimulus package through the Congress immediately when he takes over the office in January, 2009. At his first news conference in Chicago after the announcement of the results he said, “This morning we woke up to more sobering news about the state of our economy.”

One of the major tasks that require the urgent attention of the new president is the high unemployment rate which hovers around 6.5 per cent, the highest in the last 14 years. He was having consultations with the billionaire investor Warren Buffet, CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, former Federal Reserve chairman, Paul Volcker but desisted from arriving at any major decision at that time.

On the tax front, Mr. Obama said he and his advisers would continue “to take a look at the data and see what’s taking place in the economy as a whole” and planned to announce a tax cut which would benefit 95 percent of the Americans. Another industry that cries for Mr.Obama’s attention is the automobile sector and small businesses, assistance for the state and local governments.

The average American has his heart filled up with hopes that the new president elect can do something to lift the sagging economy and in turn can improve the living conditions. But the million dollar question is “How long will it take to improve the liquidity flow and reduce the unemployment rate?” Let us hope that happens soon.