Legislature Stymies Obama AgendaBy: Mildred Robertson
Arguably the most powerful man in the world, President Barack Obama still seems to have trouble keeping his House in order—and his Senate too. Much like spoiled children, legislators carry on their antics late into the night, stopping only for snacks and bathroom breaks. The posturing of Sen. Rand Paul and other legislators doggedly working to thwart the President and his agenda, only offer a disservice to the American public whom they claim to represent.
We have faced self-imposed crisis, one after the other, for no other reason than to keep this president from implementing his agenda. Any victory for President Obama seems unacceptable to partisan politicians who have lost sight of the real reason they are in Washington D.C.
Whether I voted for them or not, they are SUPPOSED to represent me and the majority of other Americans who decided that Barack Obama’s plan for America is the best choice.It appears that many of our legislators, although they refer to themselves as “The Tea Party” have forgotten the foundation of our Democracy. The American Revolution was not about taxation. It was about taxation without representation. Because of their single-minded opposition to the president, our government has stalled and no one is being represented.
I have watched the pundits on various news broadcasts who insist that the President “DO” something. What is it that they would have him do?
He has offered compromise. He has introduced proposals almost identical to those the opposing legislators introduced themselves. He has sent out surrogates to schmooze and negotiate. He has used his bully pulpit to appeal to the American public. But the opposition is so entrenched in the idea that the President should win no victory that they resist all such overtures.Now, while they are doggedly fighting to ensure he doesn’t win, he seems to win anyway. He won the Detroit bailout, he won the Stimulus battle, he won the election, and he won healthcare reform. While slipping in the polls from time-to-time, he continues to win the hearts and minds of the American people. He has even won a shaky economic recovery. All of these victories came hard fought, and without any meaningful support from across the aisle.
The pundits are right. Something HAS to be done. But it is not up to the President to do it. It is up to us. We sent them to Washington D.C., and we need to bring them home!