Congress has reconvened for the Lame Duck session. The first day has brought much posturing and feeling out of positions within each party and between each party. What America needs now is for the members of Congress to put down their swords and pick up the gavel and begin the debates that will find unity and compromise. America cannot wait any longer for petty differences to be buried and for our leaders to address the ongoing economic problems that are leaving millions of Americans in doubt about the future of their jobs. The futures of the long term unemployed that have suffered for so long already cannot continue to hang in the balance.
In an article found in The Hill 11/15/2010 titled Senate opens lame-duck session with sharply different views of election result , J. Taylor Rushing writes the following:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday cast sharply different views of the midterm results as the lame-duck session opened. McConnell described it as a “change” election, while Reid said voters did not give the GOP a blank check.
“The American voters sent us a message two Tuesdays ago. That message is that they want us to deliver. They want us to work together,” Reid said. “The voters didn’t elect only Republicans. They didn’t elect only Democrats. And they don’t want either party to govern stubbornly, demanding their way or the highway. When the heat of the campaign season cools, our constituents are more interested in us getting things done. They’d rather we work with each other than talk past each other.”
“They’d rather we work with each other than talk past each other” is worth repeating, as this is the only way the economy is going to be fixed. No republican and no democrat can, by their own will, bend the entire nation into recovery mode. America needs a united front from our leaders for us to rally around. When all we see is bickering, posturing, and positioning we are left to just throw our hands up in frustration and disbelief. I can’t believe that all of these people that put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us, can be so convinced that if they just say what they think loud enough, and long enough, that they will now be able to simply jump into their pants and show us all how it is done. It still takes people to build things, and to tear them down.
With approximately 15 million officially unemployed plus another 6 million 99ers that have “fallen off the books”, action to fix the economy is long overdue by Congress and by the President. We can argue all day long about the cost and the effectiveness of the Stimulus Package, but the result speaks for itself. The economy has lost over 7 million jobs from the peak obtained in November 2007. Only positive action that returns consumers back into the markets, that returns the need for the creation of additional goods, will create the jobs to fill the demand for them. There is within America a huge demand for jobs, but very little supply. In a capitalistic society why is supply not meeting demand? There is only one real answer and that is Globalization. We are ignoring our internal needs while ruthlessly sending jobs overseas for next to slave wages, for the wants of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
It is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Leaders in the past, both corporate and political, have decided to expand global interdependence at the expense of the American people in general, and out middle class in particular. It is not too late to turn the tide, but this will require an act of patriotism; not partisanship. It is time for democrats and republicans to learn how to live, work, and play with each other in the name of the United States of America , for one simply cannot be both united and divided.