As The Political Year Comes To A Close, How Bad Are Things?
November 28, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Tomorrow, Monday, November 29, 2010 is the last working day of the 111th Congress and as a serious political shopping cart filled with items that won’t get “purchased” in time to help America and because this was an election year those critical issues at hand could not be placed on lay-a-way until January, some critical issues find themselves extinct to the detriment of all of us.It seems almost 100% certain that Congress will not take up the funding of the extension of unemployment before next year and as I wrote a few weeks back the devastation will be felt in every corner of this country. You can spin this item any way you want but the bottom line remains the same and with he basic needs of millions of families sickened by unemployment the cure is out of reach and the consequences are clearly destructive to the foundation of our country, and all of this is happening in the name of politics.
Republicans honest and aggressive effort to make sure the lame duck session was true to word, and lame it has been, by any definition. Clearly political posturing and grandstanding was central to the efforts of Republicans over the past two weeks. In Washington, DC, doing nothing is always doing something.
As we whittle away the remaining days of 2010 and begin to look toward what promises lie ahead with respect to domestic policy, one thing is clear above all else: President Barack Obama has no choice but to stand up against the rhetoric and positioning to make sure without a sliver of doubt that no matter the cost politically and personally he will not stand for the asinine posturing and detouring of a core group of political bigots and spoiled, wealthy alcohol driven “leaders” who believe that their cure for the country does anything more than bend us over while they play their political version of the movie Deliverance.
Over the course of the next few weeks the now legendary Wall Street bonuses will become a matter of public record, and as these captains of industry who keep just enough money in the Democrats pockets and a more than generous amount of money in Republican pockets will offend every sensibility known to the common man as a record amount of wealth is spread around in this annual bonus hypocrisy.
While lawmakers go home this week to avoid their constituents, those same constituents will suffer the indignity of feeling that they have failed their families and will pray for a solution that won’t come in time for them. Lawmakers who will be attending holiday parties and who will be patted on the back and praised over and over again, as the people who work at those banquet halls serving them drinks and cooking their chicken won’t be able to pay rent or finish their degrees because the life they once had pre George Bush is seemingly lost forever.
While people who are sick and dying try to figure out their medical challenges and debt, lawmakers will continue to use the lies of Health Care Reform to further depress those who are stuck in a health care system that has bankrupted so many and will continue to do so.
At a time when there is so much work to be done, work I should remind you that is critical to reviving an economy that since 2007 has seen the poverty gap increase at historic levels and has also seen the uber rich grow at record levels as well; shrinking the middle class and further castrating a society that just wants to get paid fairly for a days work, how can the Republican Party believe with any sense of reality that what we need is to undo instead of move forward?
And now as international conflict and a worldwide financial crisis grows deeper, stronger roots, how much time and effort; how much money and energy will this country have to expend to assist, as it must, to help world leaders navigate larger scale international crisis’?
Circumstances should be the defining criteria for how we mandate an agenda, seeing priorities and cultivating and responding to them in a way that solves them not complicates them. We can no longer defer decisions of critical importance because political credit is paramount to accomplishment, and unless uncommon leadership steps up, Mr. President, the very idea of democracy will be tarnished, and that cannot be an option.
These are amazingly complicated and serious times and unless and until courage and conviction become the uncompromising scepter of rule, I hold out little hope for progress in the next two years.
Showing up is no longer enough. It’s time to stand up.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at http://www.mediatraining.me