I used to be proud to be an American
I do not normally discuss politics. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I believe that it is the purpose of a government to provide certain services to its people, but I also believe that the government should be fiscally responsible. Those are not incompatible objectives.
There has always been strife with our politicians. But in the past 12 years, the pot went from being stirred vigorously to being really heated up to being almost ready to boil over.
The current problem first manifested itself during the 2000 Presidential elections. The Swiftboating of Senator Kerry was emblematic of the new way of winning. No need to have a good platform or a good track record. All that was necessary was to smear the other side, to go lower than the other side dared to go. The tactic was even named Swiftboating after the smear campaign against Kerry. Unfortunately, such tactics are successful in our sheeple society.
The 2008 Presidential elections saw the new Tea Party's rise. The Tea Party revitalized the Republican Party, but it also splintered it. The Tea Party has an extremist platform that is more fanatical than realistic. Unfortunately, the 2010 midterm elections saw the Tea Party move into the House, assuring the Republican Party a House majority, but only in number, not in the party platform. The Tea Party also assumed power in many states.
Now we have the politicians piggybacking solutions to the budget deficit to the debt ceiling. These are two issues that need not be joined. Raising the debt ceiling has traditionally been technical legislation with little fanfare. This time, though, we have the Republicans seeking to use the debt ceiling issue as a vehicle to move their agenda. It is backfiring on them.
Cutting expenditures is the wrong thing to do considering the state of the economy. We need to be creating jobs, not cutting expenses and putting more people out of work. The more people that work, the better the economy fares, and the more revenue is generated. Jobs create revenue, but tax cuts for the rich does not create jobs. Tax cuts for the rich just allows the rich to keep more of their money.
The more squabbling that goes on in Washington, the more discouraged I get. The Tea Party fanatics are not willing to negotiate and compromise. They are willing to wreck the country in order to achieve their idealogical goals. I do not like them gambling with country, particularly when they appear to have a loosing hand.
I despair that the 2012 elections will see any improvement. The United States are filled with sheeple. There is no other way I can explain why so many agree with policies against their own interests and against the best interests of the country. Fact, the rich pay less taxes percentage wise than middle class Americans. Why would any sane person think it a good idea to give the rich even more tax cuts? It has been proven that giving the rich tax cuts does not increase the number of jobs in America, nor does it improve the economy.
I am rambling here. I do not have the answers. I can see the problem, and it is the party politics in Washington. Specifically, it is the politics that has split the Republican party. One part has the sole purpose of overthrowing the current Democratic administration. The other part are idealogues who want things their way and are not willing to negotiate. Neither of the two parts are large enough to dominate and they cannot work together. It is a sad time for America.