Amen, Mr. President

August 13, 2011

When I was a kid of 12, delivering the Peoria Journal Star to the people on my route, I started reading Ann Landers’ advice column. I recall something she often said to advice-seekers: "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."

That’s the first thought that popped into my head when I read the article quoted below.

Obama: Something is wrong with country’s politics


Seeking to align himself with a public beleaguered by economic uncertainty and frustrated by Washington, President Barack Obama declared Thursday: “There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics.”

His toughly worded message — he said there was frustration in his voice, in case anyone missed the point — came amid a series of polls showing that people are disgusted with political dysfunction and are dispensing blame all around, including on Obama.

I think you’re absolutely right, Mr. President. There is something wrong with our politics.

What could that be?

Maybe it’s because your administration has been asserting control over more and more segments of the economy and those have become politicized? Health care, auto makers, large investment banks all come to mind as examples of the crony capitalism you espouse – where the businesses being bailed out or subsidized start to spend their efforts seeking political favors instead of focusing on their customers and markets. Of course, a lot of this started during the Bush administration but you’ve had three years to change course. And haven’t.

Maybe it’s because your administration uses the political system to pay for political backing by labor unions? Here’s an interesting chart I ran across this week.

Maybe it’s because all levels of government continue to impose relatively minor but annoying regulations — like those on light bulbs and lemonade stands? This isn’t your personal responsibility, of course. On the other hand, it fits right in with the leadership example your administration sets.

Maybe it’s because the way your administration has expanded the political sphere over more and more areas of peoples’ lives means that you’re going to see a lot of resentment of that expansion?

Or maybe it’s your party’s never-ending spending increases in the face of record deficits and debt levels? All the debt ceiling deal did was make some promises about slowing the rate of increases in spending in the future. It didn’t actually reduce current spending. That was a great compromise, wasn’t it? Yep, just what a bad balance sheet needed.

I think what’s wrong with our politics, Mr. President, isn’t that the Congress won’t stop wrangling about toeing your administration’s line.

The problem is that your administration has an unreasonable line that many of us aren’t at all interested in toeing. I hope my representative continues to vote to obstruct your policies.

God bless gridlock.

One comment

  1. […] mentioned before that it seems obvious the Obama administration is paying off its union backers with political […]

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