— Ronald Reagan
Now that the mid-term elections are over, the real fun begins, (can you hear my sarcasm?). The past few weeks since the elections, the Democrats and Republicans have started in on each other once again to pass blame and to criticize the ideas and direction that each side believes is the best way for the country to move forward. They talk about the “lame duck” session of congress and what they will try to push through. Will they be able to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” Although this issue may be important to some, its resolution is not essential to turning the economy around.
During the many interviews and face to face debates on the network and cable news stations, the phrases “The American People” and “The Future of our Children” come up often. Each time they do, my head feels like it wants to EXPLODE! With all of the talk about their concern about the American People it is quite apparent that they care very little about our current and future state.
While they bicker with each other, many Americans struggle to make ends meet. They’re concerned about the cost of health care, about the economy, about high and burdensome tax rates, and the never ending spending of our financial resources on things that do not keep our people safe or enhance the quality of our lives.
Last week I was walking in our downtown area where I met two men sitting on a bench drinking coffee. As I began to speak with them they said that this is the worst they have ever seen in terms of the economy. They spoke of the struggle to find work, to pay bills and to get ahead. This is what is on the minds of the American people.
Please hear me when I say that I am not expecting the government to take care of me or my family, I can do that myself. What I am saying is that our elected leaders continue to miss the mark on what is truly important to us. For many of them it is about winning and losing the party fight. It is about their personal agenda and making the other side look bad. We must demand from our elected officials to put away partisan political games and get this country back on track, together.
We can accomplish great things when we “don’t care who gets the credit.”