Does The Future Bring Increased Conflict Or Collaboration?
The mid-term elections are now over and as expected the Republicans dealt the Democrats a stunning defeat. The Republicans gained a significant amount of Congressional seats and comes January they will control the House of Representatives. The Republicans also picked up at least three seats in the Senate narrowing the Democratic majority and ensuring the Democratic Party would not enjoy a super majority.
Angry Voters at the Polls
It has been all over the media for some time that Americans are fed up with the government; Congressional approval ratings are in the basement and President Obama’s public support has dropped. Clearly people are fed up with the economy, unemployment, the housing collapse, big business bailouts and an array of bread and butter issues.
Are the Election Results a Repudiation of the Democratic Party?
While some Republicans are touting their victory as an indication of public dissatisfaction with President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the reality is many people are fed up with the ineffectiveness of the government as a whole. The Democrats took a beating in the elections mainly because their policies have failed to invigorate the economy and they are the party in power.
Dissatisfaction with the Health Care Bill and the Bailouts
Polls indicate that the majority of Americans support Health Care coverage for all citizens; however, the polls also reflect that approximately half of the people support the repeal of the Health Care Bill. The polls may seem somewhat paradoxical; people support Health Care Coverage but many oppose a bad Health Care Bill. ObamaCare was a backroom arrangement and the bill is flawed with special deals and questionable financing.
Many voters are disgusted that the Federal Government can bailout banks and big businesses while families are losing their homes at record rates and struggling small businesses are left to fend for themselves.
A Republican Victory Celebration May be Premature
More than a repudiation of the Democrats, the election results indicate disapproval with the Washington gridlock in general; the Democrats just happened to be wearing more bull’s eyes on their backs.
Collaboration an Opportunity for Both Parties
The American people want the Federal Government to work for them and that will only be achieved through a significant increase in cooperation between the Democrats and Republicans. Here are some things they can start working on together:
Health Care – don’t repeal the Health Care Bill – go fix it.
Job Creation – the economy will not turn around until there is a significant drop in unemployment. The Nation needs less people on the unemployment line, more people on private sector payrolls earning a decent salary and paying taxes.
Energy Independence – the United States has been jabbering about energy independence since the oil embargos of the 1970’s. Vigorously working on energy independence will create jobs, significantly reduce the trade deficit, reduce the national debt and enhance national security.
Reduce the Budget – scrutinize expenses line by line: eliminate the waste and pork. The pet projects and bridges to nowhere need to be sidelined in order to fund ventures that promote the common good.
Reduce the Deficit – stop indebting our children and grandchildren. The government like individuals needs to balance the checkbook.
Shore Up Social Security – properly fund Social Security and Medicare ensuring future viability.
Outsourcing – keeping good paying manufacturing and high tech jobs here in America made for good material for 2008 campaign speeches; it is time to walk the walk.
Illegal immigration – the borders need to be secured: the solution to illegal immigration will not be resolved by suing Arizona.
None of these issues have a quick fix or an easy solution but they can be worked out. The resolutions will take determination, hard work, cooperation and people pulling together.
I hope the Democrats and Republicans got the message.
New York Post Wednesday November 3, 2010
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