An discussion/argument I keep hearing goes like this:
Obama is a hardcore leftist, thus all his failed policies fail on purpose in order to sow chaos and create an emergency that, according to Obama—and every two-bit banana republic El Presidente—demands forceful action. In short: what seems to be managerial ineptitude is a cover for further power grabs.
The other side of the argument is that Obama and his army of bureaucrats are in over their heads, a Praetorian guard of Marxist ideologues who wallow in classroom theory, but have zero experience in the real world of cause and effect.
This either/or argument misses the larger truth.