October 10, 2012
On the eve of a major national election, it really does not seem to be productive to have adults pointing their fingers and blaming others when we know good solutions require diverse perspectives, compromise and critical thinking.
Fact is: President Obama has championed some great solutions and legislation, only to be continually stymied by some in Congress who steadfastly refuse to debate or discuss.
I’m having some real trouble trying to understand: Why or how is any of this Barack Obama’s fault?
What I’ve observed over the past several years is the GOP Cabal led by John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell hell-bent on stopping anything that could possibly improve our domestic economy.
Yet, despite their herculean efforts – as close to Treason as I can envision – the S&P 500 hovers near an historic high and the unemployment rate has steadily descended, most recently clocking in at 7.8%.
President Obama inherited a society and an economy which suffers from at least 4 decades of whipsaw and erratic decisions.
Our public education system is broken. There are some bright spots: for example, Maryland and Florida. In general, we need to stop pointing fingers, and get to work to move our K-12 system into the 21st century.
We have way too much government. Not at the Federal level, specifically. Not at the state level, specifically. But, we’ve not really stepped back since around 1776 to figure out: How could we be most efficient? How could we be most effective?
I know for sure that New York State – where I live and pay obscene amounts of taxes – sales, property and income – is completely out of touch with the real world.
There is hope and potential out there, but it won’t actualize because of empty political rhetoric.
Real and sustainable progress is only possible if we as a nation demand that our leaders stop bickering and start collaborating.
Otherwise, we will soon end up as a colony of China (or the Koch Brothers).