Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's the People's Government, Stupid

"...and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth." ~ Abraham Lincoln

In hindsight, I think President Obama's election win was all about the hope of giving government back to the people. Many Independent voters were disillusioned with President Bush and the Republicans. They believed in Mr. Obama's promise of bipartisanship, elimination of earmarks and reducing the power of special interests. Instead, I've seen hyperpartisanship, proliferation of earmarks, and significant catering to special interests be the standard of President Obama's first year. To paraphrase Rahm Emanuel, the Obama administration let a good crisis go to waste.

Hopefully, a new class of candidates will arise for the 2010 midterm elections, candidates that realize the people want ethical, holistic and principle based government. Here are a couple elements I'd like these candidates to support:

  • Bipartisan solutions. I believe all sides have valid points that need to be incorporated into a solution. For example, I agree with health care for everyone, but not at any cost. For me, a successful program needs to be fiscally sound and require personal responsibility from individuals also.

  • Elimination of earmarks. This form pork has become the norm in our legislative process, essentially buying votes instead of investing effort to create a better solution. Eliminating earmarks with cause legislators to focus on the real issue instead negotiating more benefits for their constituents.
  • There are many problems that will need to solved in the next few years, including the decreasing deficit, reducing entitlements, broadening health care, and saving social security. I want politicians who will serve all the people when developing solutions, versus serving special interests through backroom deals.

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    1 comment:

    Edwin said...

    Great vision of what it should be like. Unfortunately I'm doubtful it ever could. Arguments are RARELY about the actually facts of an issue.

    Arguments such as health care reform clearly show the real numbers leaning towards the most liberal agenda. Yet this makes no difference to the conservatives as they don't care about the numbers and their most radical pundits will just make things up like "death panels" that have no basis in truth yet their supporters cling to them.

    Without going from issue to issue, both sides do the exact same thing. They are politicians who are trying to get re-elected and even make a difference if they find some time (which is rare). They will cater to their constituents regardless of what the facts are.

    If they want to believe there are "death panels" then for all the politicians care, there are. Our government is based on what the citizens want but the citizens themselves are so easily manipulated into thinking anything that this has no bearing on real solutions.