The most immediate priority facing our nation is to create jobs for the 25 million Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, or have simply given up looking for work. During the great depression politicians of both parties understood the need to work together to fix the economic crisis that had befallen this nation. That is something seriously lacking in the current congress.
There has been a total disconnect between this congress and the American people who elected them. This congress to date has failed the American people. It makes no difference if they are a Democrat, Republican or whatever other political flavor is out there. In this congress extremism on both sides of the political spectrum have ruled the day and further damaged the American people’s confidence in their government. There are no winners among those who promote this foolishness. However there is one clear loser the American people.
Leaders of both major parties have only served to divide and polarize this nation for political gain. They have spent so much time painting their political opposites as the reason for our economic woes and in doing so have created an environment where government cannot work as it was designed. As a result they fail to realize their opposite has become their evil twin. Both parties share equal blame for this dysfunctional congress.
Good governance requires compromise and reaching common ground on difficult problems. Virtually every problem facing this nation can be laid at the feet of the congress. Sitting together rather than divided and focusing on common goals rather than common divisions is the way the business of this country should be conducted. Rather than turn a deaf ear to the extremists within each party and sit and work on solutions, they have chosen to play the blame game. They blame the poor, the rich, the public employees, the right and the left. Whatever they feel will gain traction in their political world without ever blaming the real culprit; themselves.
We are tired of the politics of “No”. We are tired of the politics of brinkmanship. We are tired of the politics protecting the few at the sake of the many. We are tired of the politics of finger pointing and name calling. We are tired of the politics of gridlock. We are tired of the politics of the current congress. We are tired of politicians of both parties wasting the precious time of the people to use our legislative branch for two years as a political platform to influence the 2012 Presidential election.
This is not about who the next president should be. It is about getting this country back on course. They were elected to serve this country and not their political agenda. The American people expect their elected representatives to work together. They expect their elected representatives to participate in viable solutions. That is their job. That is their mandate from those who voted them into office. That is what they were elected to do. We expect that from them. In return for our votes and our trust in them the result has been a miserable abject failure. It will be remembered this November.