Sometimes the comments section is not enough for me to voice my opinion of a subject that really interests me. I recently read an article by David Reinstein called: Seminal Concerns About “Us” Following the 2010 Mid-Term Elections.
I followed the Mid-Term elections closely, and I voted. I think it a shame that more people are not more interested in the election process and what their politicians are doing. Many people are willing to take a back seat and let others make all of the decisions.
I agree with David that, “Changing the people in power may not be the real key to needed change at all…”. I do think that the people who have been steering our country are ideologues. They decide, based on their personal ideologies, what they think is best for the country. Who we should be voting for are people who are willing to listen to their constituents, and not to the special interest groups.
I think that people truly want change in this country. The kind of change many want is a reform in government. The federal government is slowly becoming the final authority in everything in our lives. The individual state’s sovereignty is being eroded.
People wanted healthcare reform that worked and I don’t see the current monstrosity working to hold down costs. I know that some people believe in the current healthcare reform bill. As an example of why I disagree with the current law; my health insurance premiums over the past two years have increased by 30%. They increased in 2009 by 17%. That’s before healthcare reform passed. Now that the healthcare reform bill has passed, the percentage of increase was 13%. That doesn’t look like much of an improvement to me. I see healthcare being a major problem for many years.
If you’re a conservative, you can’t understand the type of spending that the government allows for your hard earned money. We have politicians, like John Kerry, who feel that the American voters are uninformed and easily led. Then there’s Dennis Kucinich, in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, who in essence said that the mid-term election outcome is a result of the impatience of the American people, and that now that impatience has been transferred to the Republicans. Long term Senators and Congressmen many times show a disdain for ordinary citizens.
We need to follow a different path. Cut spending, do something about special interest groups funding political candidates. Candidates for political office spend millions on getting elected. Quit spending tax money for things like funding for candidates in Presidential elections. Put some limits on how much taxpayers pay for rent on congressional district offices. We pay over $18,000 a month just for Nancy Pelosi’s district office in San Francisco. I would love to see earmarks and deal making disappear from our government process. I could go on and on, but then you would get tired of reading.
I don’t want it both ways. I want it done sensibly. I worry that the economy is going to crash, that I won’t be able to afford healthcare, or that everything I have worked for in my life will disappear. Am I being an alarmist? Maybe I’ve been watching too much Glen Beck.
This lowly individual doesn’t see any real attempts at change going on. Legislators refuse to work together. Political ideology gets in the way of good governing. Basically I agree with David. Thanks for writing your article, David. I enjoyed reading it very much. As I said before, I wish that more people would take an interest in what is going on in their government. Until the American people see real cooperation, and the federal government and our legislators stop over stepping their bounds; we won’t see real change, and the frustration will remain.