I must be too simple to parse this properly in my head. The national debt in the US exceeds $13 trillion dollars. Too many damn zeroes to type without getting fatigued. Unemployment is at 9.5% nationally with no signs of immediate improvement. Foreclosures continue, as more and more folks find themselves between a rock and pit of burning lava.
So why does this bother me? I’m employed for now, with a reasonable expectation of keeping my job. I am making ends meet, so long as nobody goes and moves the ends on me. In short, I’m in better shape than many people I know.
Here’s why it bothers me. First, President Obama has been an extreme disappointment for me. I voted for him in 2008; hell, I didn’t really see a choice. The Republicans killed any chance they had of keeping the White House by hooking John McCain up with Sarah Palin. The other parties (WHAT other parties? Checking the candidates put forth and the publicity those other parties generated, they may as well not even have BEEN on the ballot) weren’t serious contenders. Which is a shame, because if I had more information (and BETTER information) on these candidates, I might have voted way outside the party lines.
But for me, Obama’s message of change was a welcome breeze, a breath of fresh air. That lasted all of about a month into his administration. He’s not instituted a single “change” that he promised on the campaign trail, and with more than half of his first term gone there is no chance that anything significant will be done now. He’s in all likelihood a one-term president, unless the Republicans blow it again. I don’t see the Dems presenting a single worthy candidate, and I can promise you that many of my fellow Obama voters will sooner vote for Captain Jack Sparrow in November 2012 than vote for Obama again.
The real part that is stuck in my craw, though, is this: so far, President Obama and the Democratic party have managed to hold fundraisers for the Dems that have accumulated in excess of $51 million dollars.
Read that again: so far, President Obama and the Democratic party have managed to hold fundraisers for the Dems that have accumulated in excess of $51 million dollars.
This, at a time when the average American is on the brink of financial ruin. They are raising money for THE NEXT CAMPAIGN.
Tell you what, guys – you DONATE EVERY DAMN DIME you raise to help provide for your fellow Americans who are now uninsured and destitute thanks to your greed and avarice. That will go a lot further in getting your asses elected than any commercial you can come up with.
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