Unlike my mom who was actively involved in politics, I’ve always taken a laid back approach. Maybe that’s been a wrong thing to do. For too many years I’ve trusted that government would get out of the way and let the People grow via the tenets of the American Dream – hard work which leads to prosperity.
Sadly, government has become a major roadblock to the American Dream. Whether left or right, red or blue, politics is bringing the American Dream to its knees.
So lately, I find myself reading everything I can about what’s going on because sadly, I do not trust one of the people in power to do what’s right for me or for America. They are all — red and blue, left and right — too busy endlessly campaigning instead of leading.
Today will see yet another video bite to stick in the public’s craw — the health care summit. A last step to make it seem as if they are all really listening before they use reconciliation to jam a bill down the throats of an American public that wants health care reform, but not what’s in the current bill.
Why is it so hard for the politicians to see this? Aren’t there enough polls out there for them to heed?
Some seem to think that it’s an issue with them not explaining it more clearly. Maybe . . . they . . .should . . . talk . . .like . . . this . . . because . . .the . . . .American . . . . people . . . are . . . too . . . stupid . . . .to . . . .understand . . . .duh.
The only stupidity is believing just that — that the American people are stupid. That they are willing to fork over their Freedom to a distant government that doesn’t hear what it wants.
Recently, the Consumer Confidence Index took a big hit. According to Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer Confidence, which had been improving over the past few months, declined sharply in February. Concerns about current business conditions and the job market pushed the Present Situation Index down to its lowest level in 27 years (Feb. 1983, 17.5). Consumers’ short-term outlook also took a turn for the worse, with fewer consumers anticipating an improvement in business conditions and the job market over the next six months. Consumers also remain extremely pessimistic about their income prospects. This combination of earnings and job anxieties is likely to continue to curb spending.”
This was apparently “unexpected” by experts. Seems to me that if you have the pulse of the American Public this should certainly not be unexpected. Like me, many are following what’s happening and not liking what they see from either the red or blue, left or right. It shouldn’t be unexpected that based on that, consumers are not optimistic and are pulling back from spending money, etc.
So I’ve had my rant about politics this morning. What about you? Are you happy with the direction we are taking? Do you think we need to focus on jobs more?