Friday, July 11, 2014

Your Attention is Being Focused on Obama for a Reason

Granted President Obama is not the best. He is just another big oil thrall. On the other hand I think anger is misplaced. If you really want to fix our government, start with congress. Ever since Obama took office the GOP has done nothing but oppose him at every turn. There has never been a congress so polarized in the history of the nation. The Affordable Care Act's passage is part of what caused the problem, or rather the attitude of the GOP when it comes to it's passage.

John Boehner, Speaker of the House,

Congress wasted 100's of hours, and millions of US tax payer dollars attempting again, and again to repeal the ACA. Last count was over 50 times! Now here we go again with this lame law suite.

John Boehner, as Speaker of the House, sets the agenda in the house. "Speaker of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party's legislative agenda."[1] " In pursuing this goal, the Speaker may use his or her power to determine when each bill reaches the floor. They also chair the majority party's steering committee in the House."[1]

If you want to find the cause of our frustration you'll find it with John Boehner and his pals. Do the research. I have tirelessly watched these guys, and dug for information, and I call it like I see it.

"But even measures that both parties’ leaders want to get done, such as immigration reform, tax reform and transportation legislation have scant chance of reaching Obama’s desk."[2]

Next month, on August 1, if there isn't a transportation bill passed, there will be no money allocated for fixing our roads. That will affect approximately 700,000 transportation workers. Why hasn't a bill been passed to fund our roads? Because a bill hasn't yet reached the floor of our House of Representatives! The rub is, the US government isn't bringing in the money they used to on gas tax. Cars are getting better milage, and people are driving less. Some people want to raise the federal gas tax, while others want to tax every mile you drive, or make toll roads.

"Rather than imposing new tolls on drivers, Republicans are soon expected to pass a separate bill in the coming weeks that would raise money by stopping most mail delivery on Saturday, and also pass a short-term highway funding bill. The GOP says Democrats have also offered the idea of ending Saturday delivery as a way to save money at the U.S. Postal Service."[3]

Don't forget the United States federal government shutdown of 2013. All that was complements of the speaker of the house and a bunch of other GOP cronies. They kept insisting on tacking the defunding of the ACA onto legislation to fund the entire government. "From October 1 through 16, 2013, the United States federal government entered a shutdown and curtailed most routine operations after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014, or a continuing resolution for the interim authorization of appropriations for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed October 17 after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law."[4]

You can't blame all of the mess on President Obama. It is our dysfunctional congress who is mostly at fault for damaging our economy and our countries reputation. Even the credit rating of our nation was down graded for the first time in history! How messed up is that?

President Obama can not, and will not be our president next election. So instead of allowing the spin masters cause you to pay attention to the wrong stuff, pay attention to the stuff that matters. Like our do nothing congress. Like why has this congress been the least productive in the history of America.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speaker_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives

[2] http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/200295-worst-congress-ever

[3] http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/06/09/obama-opposes-transportation-bill-without-302-billion-in-new-spending/

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_2013