Preaching To The Choir
How Americans Are Tired Of The Song And Dance
So let's take a trip back to third grade history class. We learned that there are three branches of government in this country -- two of them are the Executive and the Legislative. The Legislative Branch is broken into two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress writes the laws and then the President either signs the bill into law or vetoes it. Seems simple?
Politics aside, Americans (including myself) are getting fed up with the systematic game that our elected officials are hiding behind. When we vote someone into office, they are elected to represent their constituents, not their own self-interests. When our Congressmen speak about whether they will support or not support a bill, they say the "I" word A LOT. "I" am voting for this bill because "I" like it, or "I" am not voting to support this bill because "I" don't like it. It is ridiculous. The fact is that it is not about YOU; it is about the American people and what THEY want.
This game of politics when it comes to the lives of Americans is disheartening. This payroll tax holiday that is set to expire at the end of 2011 is going to affect the average American about $40.00 in each paycheck. That adds up to just over $1,000 in a year. And for someone making $40,000 a year, that isn't chump change, especially when you have a family to support. With the economy spiraling downward (if you haven't noticed), and people unable to pay their bills, our government is fighting over what party they should show allegiance to. Last I checked; we pledge and allegiance to the American flag, not a political party (I learned that in first grade).
The president is acting smart. He is not only taking his message to the airwaves to reach voters and to tell them about the gridlock in Washington, but he is also trying to change the "process," by reaching voters directly through social media. Remember this point: Obama won the 2008 election due to his outreach and efforts via social media; it just might be his ticket to win again in 2012. Americans may want change, but change doesn't happen overnight. Perhaps people that voted for him in 2008 are getting to understand that now?
So, is Obama preaching to the choir when he is voicing his discontent with Congress not doing their jobs? Well...yes. BUT, Americans are fed-up! And Obama is adding fuel to the fire to make it plainly obvious that Congress is not doing their job, which can only obviously help him in an election year. He is trying to save taxpayers money (you know, that print green paper). Who is going to be mad at someone who is trying to save them money? It appears, that Obama's approval ratings are up (49% approval rating as of this week), and Congress...well let's just say that Americans are not exactly happy with them. Obama's strategy seems to be: He may very well lose the battle but will win the war.
Watch out Congress, you just might find yourself out of a job come the 2012 election. Perhaps the view will be much more different when you are standing on the unemployment line with millions of other Americans that are out of work. Maybe then it will make sense to understand what the American people wanted, and not follow your own agenda.