Two years ago, the United States began looking for ways to become less polarized politically. Dissatisfied with the policies of the Bush administration, we sought a new beginning. Whether or not we had one, we did not go in the correct direction. We elected a president who campaigned on the promise of bringing people together. In debates, candidate Barack Obama touted his talent of having the ability to bring people who disagreed together. Since becoming president, President Obama has done the opposite. He has continued the polarization of political ideologies in this country. We have become less united.
After passing a boondoggle of a health care reform bill, President Obama has taunted the citizens of this country to be calm and stay more divided. After passing this train wreck of a bill, one would think the president of the United States would try to reach out to the people who disagreed with him and tried to bring them into the fold. But, Obama has done the opposite. Obama's idea of bringing people together is to forget your own ideas, and come over to his side. Oh yes, and don't forget to buy into all of the lies and misleading statements that the administration is trying to sell us.
When health care reform monstrosity was passed, President Barack Obama drew a conclusion that the American people would suddenly begin to like it once they saw what was in it. According to recent polls, more than half of the citizens in America statistically, still oppose this bill and they do not like it.
President Obama's plans for the summer include touring the country and stopping off in Democratic districts with the need to continue to sell this bill to the American people. We still don't like it.
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated how arrogant and out of touch he is with mainstream America. It was also a very poor attempt at humor. It was not funny. He was speaking to a lefty group of core constituents who are probably in the 47% of America that does not pay taxes and can't get enough of a "stick it to the rich"attitude.
What is a joke is the fact that President Obama believes he can continue his progressive agenda by imposing more regulation and higher taxes on the American people. The tough fighting ahead and order to make a bunch of backroom deals and arm-twisting with health care reform bill along with his dwindling poll numbers, you'd think that President Obama would take a step back and perhaps listen to his constituency -- the American people.
The state legislative year ended on Apr 22, 2010. As one commenter put it, it went out with a whimper and not a bang. For the most part, this is good news.
As part of Jim Doyle's lasting legacy, he was going to push through a Cap and Trade bill for only Wisconsin. Yes, my fellow citizens, Wisconsin alone was going to keep the globe from warming up and melting the polar ice caps if not to do anything more than set an example for the rest of the country. If this bill had been passed, there may not have been a volcano eruption in Iceland. Who should we blame for this? The Republicans? The previous administration? Now, how will the citizens of this fine state be subjected to higher utility bills? I guess WE energies will just have to keep going back to the public service commission to request rate increases just like they do every six weeks. Only using this method, the government doesn't get their larger share. They'll have to work a little harder to increase taxes now. As they say in sports, there's always next year.
In a recent front-page story, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a news item about a citizen who effectively stole $700,000 from the Wisconsin Shares program. This is a state run program that shells out money to just about everyone who completes the paperwork. You don't have to do anything at all to earn it other than to from the government and the taxpaying citizens of the state. The cases that have come to light have shown that there are no consequences criminally for cashing in on this generous program. After all, it's for the children.
I don't know the name of the citizen, and frankly I don't care. While it is doesn't matter. It's all the cases being handled and reported which makes it worth mentioning. This scum bucket noble citizen steals $700,000 (that's the amount he was caught with) and his only crime is that he did not report it when he declared bankruptcy. Being that the non reporting was the only crime and not the taking of the $700,000 from the taxpayers, he only has to spend six months in jail. Does that make it a felony? Maybe not. As an added bonus for the entrepreneurship, this model citizen gets to keep all but $40,000. So after a six-month jail sentence, he gets to come back to $640,000 of it plus whatever debts had been discharged in his bankruptcy case. That sounds like a pretty good deal. The newspaper didn't even mention the best part, he gets first rate health care coverage while he's in jail. There just isn't a downside to this.
You may have lived through the Summer of love. You may have watched the Summer of George. What will 2010 bring? If it's anything like the direction that the country has been going in the past year and a half, we are in for finger-pointing, name-calling, hate mongering and polarization.
Two years after looking for a new direction in the government, one that is more cohesive, cooperative and cordial, we have gotten just the opposite. We elected a president and Congress based on the promises that they are going to work together with the other party to get America on the right path. What a mistake that was. We elected a president and Congress that has been more divisive and more polarized and has let us in the wrong direction. Yet the speed to get in the wrong direction has picked up.