The defeat of the Democrat party in the house wasn’t unexpected, but it is a sad day, because it clearly highlights how unable Washington is to move away from political posturing and really working to help the American people. I was a huge Obama supporter in 2008 and I still believe in his views, dreams and desires for the country. He has brought excellent huge legislation into action and solidified our reputation again, internationally. But he didn’t answer the heart of the Amercian people. He wanted the job and knew what he was getting into — the worse mess in the economy since the ’30’s. And as in corporate America, you can’t look back. At a certain point, you have to forget what caused the mess and just work at clean up and a rebuild. You have to look forward and as we all know, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome, which seems to be the Washington game plan over and over again…on both sides. Obama was humble and self-reflective and brought up his willingness to bridge gaps, but at the same time, the seeming Republican agenda over the past 2 years was to block Obama, no matter what. If you didn’t see the full press conference, here it is.
I have a proposition to the government — both parties — as they move forward. Cut all their salaries to what they would make on unemployment insurance. Put them all on COBRA. Those that are wealthy won’t feel the pinch, just as the wealthy are barely disturbed in their daily lives in the economic disaster (e.g. Meg Whitman being able to spend $130M on her campaign without a blink). But those who rely on their government salaries will start to feel the same pinch that we all do…granted it may take them a year to feel it…but I’d like to see their attitude changes as their pocketbook pinches. Would that change the political posturing? Don’t know. Just an idea.
And pre-post, I received this from Frish, a friend and reader:
His observations worth sharing:
Individually, human’s are pretty smart (compared to other inhabitants of the Earth). In a group, we cannot act with wisdom. Why people would vote in Republicans, after what Republicans did to this WORLD, is simply further proof.
Last week a friend invited me to the taping of Bill Maher’s Real Time, where Jimmy Carter was the special guest interview. The country is, according to Jimmy Carter, more polarized than almost anytime since the Civil War (see interview below). I agree with him. The country is polarized. A ton of courageous civil servants put their necks on the line to try to move the country in a tough direction…today they are out of their jobs…in fact, they will likely be getting unemployment soon and paying COBRA for their medical health coverage.
The people always speak. I wouldn’t have spoken in the same way (i.e. I’m a Democrat through and through), but seriously, our leader need to get jobs developed and available now, and the Democrats and Republicans have to work together to move initiatives forward…and fast. I, as most of you, hate the polarization. As Obama said “We are stuck in neutral.” We may be at the cusp of either watching the great American empire fall, or if the Republicans look to a future within their own party, a possible way to move foward that strengthens our country rather than kills it. The entire world is watching, so we fail, then we fail on a world stage. You can only be the world’s greatest power once in the lifetime of an empire.