Darned if you do….Darned if you don’t. President Obama has had nothing but trouble from this Congress from both sides of the aisle from politicians who face serious election opposition in 2012. They have no intention in taking a hit for the Gipper. Not this time around. The Mid-Term elections were quite enough for them to realize that the safe bet was to distance themselves from this president by periodically disagreeing with his policies. The result? A split Congress that has a hard time if not impossible time passing any major legislation regarding the Mid-East conflicts or the ailing american economy.
First, let us deal with Afghanistan. According to the New York Times; “When the President expanded the Afghanistan war a year after taking office he faced serious opposition from Republicans who criticized his deadline to bring american troops home. His decision on Wednesday to accelerate their withdrawal came with few reprisals, a sign of remarkable shift in the politics of war.
President Obama who addressed the nation in a 15 minute speech from the White House, stopped short of declaring victory, but he did suggest that the mission had been a success and that it was time to turn to a new foreign policy and to place a greater focus on domestic concerns. This conflict has gone on for years, and frankly, Americans are tired of war. They have seen enough caskets, and with respect to 911, they feel we, The American People have made our point to the world that we will not just sit by the wayside while terrorist attack and bring down american buildings because of some pent-up hate for anything American.
There are indications that American Foreign Policy is about to change, and that shift might include Foreign Aide as well. At least, that is my Pipe Dream. A serious reduction in American Foreign Aide is in my opinion the right thing to do, especially when one considers that half of these nations that we pump billions into annually, hate the very turf we americans walk on. They like our money, they will take it in a heartbeat, but they hate the American People and everything we stand for. While I think the war on Terror is not yet over, bringing our troops home is the right thing to do. But a gradual withdrawal should include an option to step up the pace if it is able to be done without destabilizing the entire Mid-East region.
However, there are those in Congress who think the withdrawal is not fast enough. Most of them are Democrats. These are the ones jumping ship, because they do not want their constituents to think that they are indebted to or loyal to Obama. They feel that flare of Independence and the ability to say to the folks back home, ” Oh Yeah, I’ll stand up to this President, I am not obligated to him or his administration”.
The Budget however, is another matter altogether. The Budget talks chaired by Vice President Biden are near collapse as the G.O. P. leader quit today. The breakdown was triggered by the surprise decision of Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader and one of two Republicans participating in sessions, to quit the sessions during last-minute negotiations. According to sources in Washington, this will trigger direct intervention by President Obama who has to come up with a budgetary solution suitable enough to begin the process of reducing the deficit. He has no choice in that this weeks talks were considered crucial as the August 2, deadline for the increase in federal borrowing authority nears.
At issue is Republican clarification that Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases. Cantor said that there is no support for tax increases in the House, and he did not believe now is the time to raise taxes in light of our current economic situation. He said that regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax increase issue must be resolved before discussions can continue.
The president has countered that he will not balance the budget on Middle Class Americans while the ultra rich walk away without paying into the economic recovery. I have to support the President on this issue because, so far, with all the money, bailouts, and enormous profits incurred on Wall Street, not much has been done to boost the ailing American Economy. Republicans say that by not taxing the rich that they can hire more workers and boost the economy. However, anyone can see that has not been the case. Large corporations, and the Ultra Rich are instead hoarding the money, thus aiding only in stalling the American economic recovery.
It is therefore a sad commentary, when one considers the current state of affairs in Washington. We are basically back to Square One. It being election time in America, there is only one thing Politicians are thinking about right now.
It is not the economy that has to be fixed.
It is not the Mid-East war that we need to get out of.
It is not Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, or any marid of Social Economic issues that must be dealt with here at home.
It is not the restoration of the American Middle Class, or the ailing Veterans who served our country and can not get adequate Medical Treatment so vital to their war-torn recovery, and that these heroes richly deserve.
It is not the thousands of Americans who lost their home, and the American dream. They care less about any of that. They’ll tell you they do. But they are not the least interested.
All they are interested in right now is their re-election. Re-election is power, and money. This feeds their greed.
Therefore they will play any game, go anywhere, do anything, say whatever it is you want to hear, take whatever they can glean from your wallet. They will lie, cheat, and abandon all loyalties, in the name of Politics. Because that is how they are re-elected.
We The American People will be better served when we learn first how these people think. Then, and only then will We The People be able to comprehend what must be done to regain this great nation. Because it is We The People who must take it back. We must rise up at the ballot box and vote with understanding, and determination. But first and foremost we must learn to understand “It is not what a politician says that is of any importance, it is what he does not say”.
This election more than any before could spell the future trend of this great American experiment, of freedom and Democracy. This election depends on “We The American People”.
That’ my point of view, and I look forward to hearing yours.
Have a great night and as usual………….GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!