Skip to comments.Get A Grip: Americans Must Demand Better Government in November and Beyond
Posted on 09/30/2012 4:57:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
Barack Obama is beating Mitt Romney.
Wait- Romney and Obama are tied in Pennsylvania.
And how about all those bungled calls from the NFL fill-in refs?
Americans are seriously pre-occupied as we enter the fourth quarter of 2012. Obsessions about the football season and Dancing with The Stars are a pleasant diversion from our present hardship and gloomy future, and frustrations over the logic-defying presidential polls makes for interesting talk show fodder.
But after the election and after the close of 2012 Americans will need to grapple with myriad problems in our government. Whoever wins the White House will face an avalanche of trouble in the months ahead, and the ways in which these problems are addressed will reverberate for generations.
Americans must begin to see through the rhetoric of politicians and the slant and soundbytes of the media, and demand better government from those elected to serve. The pass the bill and then figure out whats in it approach is unacceptable. So lets start with our get a grip agenda with this: Americans must sober-up about our economic and fiscal condition.
At present it would seem that were taking the upcoming election about as seriously as a football game. Team Obama has the home field advantage, while Romney and company are the visitors trying to upset Obama at his homecoming. The make-up of the Congress will then round-out each teams roster, but the players are thought to be all essentially the same.
Yet America is in serious trouble. Private industry is suffering shell shock from the flurry of demands and restrictions placed upon it in the last three years, most of which have stemmed from environmental constraints, so-called banking reform, mortgage restrictions, and Obamacare. Our currency is being debased by the minute, as our governments debt exceeds 70% of our GDP and the Federal Reserve continues to print money while keeping interest rates artificially low.
President Obama is committed to making matters worse- he promises higher taxes and more government spending, and has offered no vision for undoing the disastrous and damaging components of Obamacare. Mr. Romney is moving in the correct direction by proposing an expansion of free trade and modest spending cuts, but does not (and in political terms perhaps cannot) come close to where we must go.
So Americans must decide do we want prosperity and opportunity for the long-term, or do we want the short-term yet unsustainable pleasure of politicians satiating our petty jealousies towards rich people and dolling-out lots of free goodies? If its the former we want, then well have to seriously change some things: freeze income tax rates where they are; cut corporate taxes; raise the Social Security eligibility age to 72 (for, say, American workers age 45 and younger) and allow for private investment of portions ones withholdings; gut Obamacare and start over; and cut taxes on small businesses and restrictions on small business lending.
And heres another agenda item: America must begin utilizing its own resources again. While the currencies of Europe, Japan and the U.S. have fallen in to varying levels of disrepute over the past four years, the dollars of Canada, New Zealand, and Australia have remained relatively strong. And these three countries share something else in common as well- they all harvest and export their own natural resources.
Canada exports oil and natural gas. Australia exports iron ore. New Zealand uses its land to produce and export food, wood products and heavy machinery. Americans must decide do we want to be more prosperous and secure, or do we want to feel like were doing something nice for plant and animal life by not using our natural resources?
A radical environmental agenda has co-opted the national dialog to the point that we only talk about drilling and refining when gasoline surpasses four dollars a gallon. And as for manufacturing and farming plenty of us blindly accept the notion that these endeavors do nothing but rape and pillage the earth and consume too much energy (if you dont believe this, ask a farmer in California). Its time to utilize our resources and unshackle our farmers and manufacturers and to do this we have to demand change with our government.
And agenda item number three: Americans must respect private enterprise as the necessary engine of our sustenance, instead of allowing it to be co-opted for political agendas. President Obamas renewable energy agenda sounds noble and makes people feel good. But after running up untold billions of dollars in debt with the financing of green energy companies (over 80% of which were headed-up by Obama campaign donors), there has been no such energy produced and a majority of these companies have already lapsed into bankruptcy. What masquerades as the green energy industry is nothing more than debt for future generations spent financing the Presidents environmental politics of today.
A similar phenomenon took hold last decade. Despite President Bushs attempts to slow things down, both Republican and Democrat leadership in the Congress enabled the cheap credit, lax lending, and affordable housing policies that supposedly drove home ownership to an all time high (its hard to say no when everybody gets a house). It made the politicians popular in the short-run, but it drove us to the brink when the bubble burst. Government co-opted the real estate and lending industries, and it failed us in painful ways.
We are not helpless victims of politicians. But will we demand better?
Americans are suicidal if they re-elect Obama.
You said it. He must not be allowed to win
I believe that America needs to learn a very hard lesson. It’s something that we needed to learn decades ago, but just never figured out. I say that four years of Obama have been insufficient for people to learn what they need to learn.
Eight years of Obama will teach America a valuable lesson. Of course, there may not be an America in 2016, but the people may have learned a thing or two by then.
Until the media fully grasps the lesson that we already grasp, the country will not be capable of turning the corner.
Two-second soundbytes; diversions and constant racket and entertainment . . confusion and chaos . . .
Cakes and circuses . . .
I blame the time zone. Warsaw is at least 6 hours ahead of where I live.
We are not helpless victims of politicians. But will we demand better?
Uh, I've got news for Austin Hill. Should Obama win re-election, the "get a grip" agenda that he proposes in his article will fall on deaf (rather large) ears. Why would anyone think that in a 2nd term, Obama will do a 180° turn and heed the will of the American people? He will believe, as he did in '08, that he has a mandate to further the Socialist policies that are the inner core of his (and his handlers/puppet-masters') beliefs.
No, 4 more years of Obama will be more of the same, probably to an even higher degree. The voters may demand that their representatives in Congress keep him in check, but that'll be a pipe dream.
Comments like yours make me think that FR could use a “like” button.
Eight years of Obama will teach America a valuable lesson.
Considering that we are on the fast track to financial ruin and getting pretty close to the last stop on the "Obama Debt Train" line...
Maybe Obama should win...(as long as we win the Senate) because after the coming world wide crash that will make 2008 look like a walk in the park... Americans will wake up to the fact we as a people MUST be vigilant to actually pay attention to DC...and who is running this country....
If Romney wins the GOP will take the brunt of the blame...simply because the MSM will not report the actual reasons why this happened...
It’s really like Atlas Shrugged. If the voters with brains “go Galt” then the Left gets exactly what it wants. The country collapses and people say: “Huh. Maybe Capitalism really is the better idea!” and then the sensible people come back and say, “Step back. We’ll fix this.” And the media and the academics say “Thanks. We’re sorry we screwed it up.”
The statement above is sooooo correct ... and so is this one "Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people".
In my encounters with people in my town, work, etc... this summer/fall, I can easily conclude that the vast majority of them are completely clueless. They don't want to hear about politics and the problems we all have, they just want to keep tabs on their fantasy football/baseball teams and talk about the upcoming TV season ... we truly are doomed.
Nay...the media and the academics will just say like Obama today...we need more time to get it right...and if these mean evil conservatives would just help us it would be much easier to achieve...
Bear in mind... capitalism in their minds is the root of all social ills and problems...
Americans are suicidal if they continue to tolerate the MSM and the Left's criminal activities to ensure they remain in power.