By R.J. Huneke
In brief, there has been an overwhelmingly negative response to the United States President Obama from anti-liberal to liberal-minded conservatives that claim that the President is forever in the wrong because of his detrimental actions with regards to the two most vital areas of governing (in their opinion, not mine): Economics and Defense. It goes beyond having a progressive thinking, democratic, left-leaning makeup and extends an argument that only the conservatives in the US have a mind to protect Americans from terrorism, economic hardship, and all of the myriad threats that the world imposes on the country from without and within.
Though I will admit there are issues that I differ with the views of President Obama on – Guantanamo is still open, for one – I am a strong supporter of this leader who has often looked beyond the prevalent political parties and lobbyists in the US and fought for the betterment of the people, which is something that has been severely lacking in American politics in my lifetime.
I was recently asked to name one significant positive thing that the President has done to benefit Americans with regards to both Economics and Defense, the logic being that only a Republican and a conservative President could hold those two areas in any regard.
Here are a few of the things that President Obama has done to better the United States Economic and Defense state to date:
The tug of war hurts.
The extremist right-wing politicians spurned their way into power, and it appears that they refuse to even negotiate politically with the other side (the left-wing). The Democrats have done little to help the situation in the US; they either agree to not negotiate with the Republican side (extreme and Tea Party laden as it might be) at all, or worse, they flounder like dying fish out of water amongst themselves, because certain agendas are not Democrat enough for them.
What does all of this generalization and summary of the complex political situation in the US actually mean?
Well, for starters the country suffers continually from a decades old 20th Century battle between the only two parties that are voting-wise worth a damn. And both sides are representatives of the super-rich colossus of Western society.
Only in America do the super-rich not only get every tax break and write-off and a disproportionate amount of income taxation, but they also hold all of the important political seats (themselves, or by those who they've bought).
President Obama is the first president since the 1980's to try and halt the growing gap. He is challenged at every turn by those from his own party and those in the opposing party. Let the man work
Think on this: the US is riddled with federal deficit and state deficit at nearly every juncture, yet the politicians continue to argue about what to cut from the middle and lower class Americans. Never mind that the disparity between the rich and the poor has grown every year from Reagan through George W. Bush (at times earlier too), but why does the income tax structure that is so much more even nearly everywhere else in the world provide such an unfair imbalance in the US?
Why do all of the millions or billions of little people have to make up for a deficit that could easily be written off with a marginal increase in the income tax of all of those who take in more than a few measly million US dollars a year?
The only answer I can come up with is ignorance. The politicians have kept the millions from marching on Washington D.C., because the majority of Americans do not request the most fundamental of tax changes: make the rich pay their fair share.
Spread the word. Please.
The election has brought change...again. Despite the W. Bush boys having eight years to damage the country, the Obama administration and his Democratic colleagues have been held accountable after just two years in power.
Now I give you Bill Maher: "Two years ago people voted for one type of change, now for the opposite. Is it any wonder this country can't dig itself out of the hole?"
Election Post will be continued...
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