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People are getting lazy even while voting. Here in MA we just gave our worst Gov. ANOTHER TERM! Damn…
On the other hand, at least we CAN vote without being killed for how we vote.
WRONG, Mr. Bell! America's anger is NOT because nothing changed. A LOT changed…like the level of our national debt and deficit. The dissatisfaction arose because the "change" that has occurred is not that for which so many had "hoped" initially; and this last election was a scream from "We the People" to cut that crap out and return the country to a sound fiscal policy!
Democrats had the votes to pass anything and everything without a single "R" vote, so it was Democrats that actually voted to block some of the most egregious changes proposed by this administration and the leftist Congressional leadership.
Remember, Pelosi and Reid were in power for the final 2 years of the Bush presidency — because Democrats had won majorities in both the House and the Senate 4 years ago (in November of 2006). This means that, even on Inauguration Day, 2009, liberal Democrats had already pushed through enough spending measures to balloon the “Bush” deficit by almost 750 percent. That’s a total increase of about $1,040 billion ($1.04 TRILLION), or an average deficit increase of more than $43 billion PER MONTH…and that's BEFORE Barack Obama even took the Oath of Office.
I once asked Lemont why Obama just didn't DO everything he said he'd do by getting ALL the dems to back him and IGNORE the Republicans. Lemont told me that Obama is not a dictator, that's why. In my opinion, Obama's promise of getting both sides to work together was INFANTILE and naive. Even when he saw it wasn't working, he kept making concessions to the Republicans like a weak wimpy doormat everyone can step on. I know he was trying to please everyone everywhere, but he forgot the old saying. You can't please all the people all the time. Another one is if you try to please everyone, you end up NOT pleasing ANYone. Still being the first Black president probably made him want to be more cautious than he should have been. On the other hand, if he HAD been more stern and commanding, he may have put his life in mortal danger from all the gun toting rednecks and neo-nazis and KKK who are still out there.
If we'd voted for Independents, Libertarians, and other Third Party candidates, we would not be in the mess we're in right now.
Obama needs to use his State of the Union address and stand with an easle and lay out the areas of the budget and the percentage of the overall costs they represent. Earmarks, for example, are less than 1%. The republicans talk that up as being a huge way to save money. I don't think so. Reality – Social Security, Medicare and Defense are the big 3. That needs to be explained in detail so people can understand. Then people need to tell their elected officials where they want the cuts made. Here's the bottom line. You want to reduce the deficit it will only happen with sacrifices in services for all Americans and increased taxes.
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