During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama pounded out a continuous theme of change and Mitt Romney talked about the fact that Washington is broken. While, to date, I’m still not exactly sure of what Sen Obama has in mind with change other than not being obligated to special interest groups (which is admirable in itself for a politician!). I find the theme of these two men to be exactly what the doctor ordered.
The President and Congress have the lowest approval ratings in memory. If asked what this Congress has accomplished, I would have to say I don’t know what they have successfully accomplished. I can say they had hearing after hearing about the conduct of the war in Iraq. I can say they attemped to push through legislation that would grant amnesty to illegals without open debate because they knew the American people would object if they knew. (In fact, when the people found out about it the phone lines were swamped on Capital Hill with people calling in with their thoughts and that resulted in the bill being killed!). I can say that they held hearings on the use of steroids and human growth hormones in baseball. The Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House are an embarrassment to the nation, in my opinion. It doesn’t matter what their party affiliation happens to be, they would be embarrassing if they were with ANY party.
And what has President Bush done for us? The President, while strong on the war on terror and right on tax cuts, has been involved in some questionable dealings himself. He seems to be in favor of open borders (strange for a war on terror guy) and seems to be a little too interested in how the Mexican government feels about us.
Meanwhile, Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt, our borders are still not secure, students are dropping out of school at an alarming rate and those that don’t are getting sub-par education, the Constitution is under constant attack, the dollar is falling in value and we are in a recession that could very easily turn to depression
We need to get things moving in a positive direction again. We need an overhaul of our education system, we need to become energy independent, we need to fix the Social Security problem, we need to secure our borders. We need to get our act together. Stalemate in Washington has got to stop. There is too much to be done and, I’m afraid, too little time to get it done. But we should begin to at least try.
I will be giving my view on what should be done on these issues and more, while also addressing current items of interest in the news in the future.