Sunday, January 9, 2011

Naughty Children

I heard on the radio how the Republicans have an agenda now that they are in control of the house.  I think that’s great.  I was hoping to hear how they were going to balance the budget, stimulate the economy, help the poor, and educate our children. No.  The Republicans think they should act like two year olds and stomp their feet till they get their way.  Instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting to work – attempting to work with the President and Senate – they are going to keep their ball gripped tightly in their hands and hold their breath until someone gives them their way. 

Here’s the thing, while they are acting like uncooperative and spoiled children, the everyday people are running out of unemployment, losing their insurance (which was too expensive), losing their homes, paying too much for gas, and going from bad to worse.  What are they going to do about that? 

I’d like to tell our political parties to get their heads out of their asses and do the job they were hired to do.  Run our country and ensure that everyone in the country has a voice.  Everyone doesn’t just include those who pay for your political ads.  It is the child who wakes in the morning to no food or heat in the house.  It is the gay couple who has been together for 20 plus years and isn’t allowed to get married because of the Christian right wing.  It is the two income family who is struggling to make ends meet because their adult kids can’t find work, gas is over $3 a gallon, and there is no public transportation.  It is EVERY individual regardless of color, creed, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or anything other ridiculous classification society has tossed out there. 

Regardless of level of government, all elected members need to work together, compromise and find solutions to the problems we are facing.  Otherwise when the next election rolls around the same thing is going to happen.  If life doesn’t get better for people, they are going to vote out those in office and look for someone new. 

Instead of tooting their own horns and saying we are going to fix this.  Someone needs to step up and actually do it.  I respect President Obama and feel he is trying to get the changes in place that this country needs.  However, when he has to deal with contention instead of cooperation, he can’t make progress.  This means, we can’t make progress.  Where is the cooperation monster from Sesame Street?  Perhaps if this critter showed up in the House and Senate, the representatives might get an idea of how they are supposed to work.

Someone wise once said be the change you want to see in the world.  I see Obama trying to be the change he wants to see in the world.  I see the political opponents saying oh you aren’t part of our group so we can’t play nice with you.  That is ridiculous and the people who get hurt are the everyday people who have to deal with the lack of progress on the issues that matter.

Another famous quote comes to mind – if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  I wish our political parties would stop being the problem and start being the solution.

4 comments:

  1. Simply put, I couldn't have said it better. I've been keeping an eye on our local (state) government. Just this morning, I was reading about Walker's "Five Pieces of Legislation to Get Wisconsin Working" and was saddened to see that not one truly relates to job creation. NOT ONE. Income and franchise tax breaks for businesses (nothing about new hires or # of employees) and protections for business against "frivolous" lawsuits...plaintiffs (citizens) must prove intent to sue. How do these things create jobs, much less benefit the average citizen? Now there's talk of either "rationing" Medicaid or even eliminating it altogether. I'm beginning to seriously think that republicans truly hate poor people...the same way the KKK hates Black people.

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  2. My daughter was telling me that the Republicans couldn't see their part in the shooting of the Democrat in AZ. Let's see one web site by Republicans showed this woman in crossfires of a gun. How does that not suggest that you'd like to see her dead? I know some people who are Republicans and they are reasonable people (some of them). However, the party seems to be changing into the rich man's party. I can't afford them.

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  3. Nicely put, both of you. I've been troubled by the same things (and by coincidence, I got political on MY blog, too, about a closely-related issue). The words and images we use have consequences, and when a person who is wildly popular in some sectors habitually uses violent and hate-filled language it is hardly surprising if followers...well...follow suit. With great power comes great responsibility.

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  4. Very true and I'm disgusted by the politicians who are saying it isn't their fault and back pedalling to deny. You are in a position of power. Your words affect EVERYONE whether for good or ill. You want the priviledge of being heard then you take the responsibility for being heard.

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