When You Piss Off the Left and the Right I Must be Doing Something Right!

IMG_0489Over the last several months I have really grown to love twitter. Its fun, I’ve met a lot of nice people; lots of people have had such positive feedback about my tweets and my blog its really been a nice experience. I have noticed something interesting over the last few months; some of my tweets are attacked from the right; others are attacked from the left. The other day someone said to me to get out of my GOP bubble. If you have ever read any of pieces on this blog you will know how ludicrous that is to say to me. I like to think of myself as open minded on most subjects, I like to hear all sides of an issue or argument then make up my mind. I have no problem calling out DEMS or the GOP if I feel they arent doing enough or if I dont like what they are doing. I have never liked the idea that belonging to one political party meant you had to agree with everything that party did. Does saying Obama was a complete disappointment make me unable to be a DEM. Does saying the tea party and GOP that obstructed Obama at every turn should be tried for criminal acts and possibly treason does that make me a DEM?

I think what is going on in Washington right now is disgraceful, we as a country should be embarrassed with how our elected officials are acting and how little they are getting done. The fiscal cliff has been known for 18 months or longer; why didnt President Obama show some leadership earlier rather than get us in an unnecessary down to the wire outcome. This is so reminiscent of the debt ceiling fiasco its frightening. When our credit rating was lowered the main reason was because the United States was seen as not being able to govern itself. And yet here we are again doing the same thing. Both sides are to blame and both sides disgust me at this moment. We have a world in turmoil, the Middle East is on the verge of collapse; we have a jobs and longterm unemployment crisis that is being ignored for the daily theatrics of the fiscal cliff. Anyone taking a clear look at whats going on would realize what we are arguing about is pretty pointless. Obama wanting to raise the taxes on the top 2% is a start, but by no means will it solve any major debt problem. One of the main drivers of our long term debt is the Bush tax cuts; eventually they will all have to go. The GOP not wanting to raise rates is just absurd. Of course rates have to go up; and the higher your salary or take home pay the higher the tax bracket you will fall into. Thats a must.

President Obama has been, and continues to be a very weak leader. He might be extremely bright and have decent policies but he doesnt know or is unable to articulate them to the country. Thats an essential talent for a politician. He is not showing leadership now, all he is basically doing is saying I won the election and have a mandate to raise taxes on the top 2%. Like I said earlier that wont do much good anyway and also the election was much closer than it appeared. Obama beat Romney by a slight edge in lots of different locations. What seems like an electoral college landslide was much closer. Obama also gets a failing grade for not having developed working relationships with the GOP and even DEMS. As I said earlier the behavior of the GOP should have them behind bars. That doesnt let Obama off the hook for not reaching out more.  I am quite pleased Obama won, Romney would have been a disaster in my opinion. But Obama is failing to get the economy moving and hasn’t done one thing for the unemployed since September of 2011. That is unacceptable.

Life is complicated, its not black and white; it comes in many shades of gray. I wish other people could see the good and the bad in things and not just have a partisan view. That will get us right where we are; gridlock. Its time to see everything thats going on so we can make our lives better.

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9 thoughts on “When You Piss Off the Left and the Right I Must be Doing Something Right!

  1. Great article. That’s the funny thing about Twitter; 1 word can get some creepy followers & replies. Sometimes its fun to troll them.

  2. Andrew I also am a Twitter user and it has changed my views looking at things globally . Whenever people I found speak the truth it does piss others off who really aren’t doing what they know they should be doing .
    Your ability to cut to the chase has made me do some thinking of my own . That is always a good thing to make people accountable . Our dear country is broken at the moment and a tiny band aid isn’t going to to it . I pray daily for our leaders in this free country to start leading . As always well done Andrew .

  3. “Fresh air” stuff, Andrew. I’m glad my Twitter pal Joan above /\ led me here. One of the first things I realized was that the only Twitter List of mine you “fit” in (at present) is “Misc.”, since you don’t identify yourself as being “of the Left”, at least not in this post. Good for you! — even if you do, since you’re clearly not a partisan. I frankly don’t hold out much hope for our nation – or the planet – but hard-line partisanship definitely hasn’t helped, and won’t ever get us anywhere at all. But partisanship’s a tough nut to crack, as evidenced by the difficulty I have dialoguing even with my own #Awesome and #Brilliant, conservative nephew. (who coincidentally turned 37 today 🙂 So “Kudos to you!” and keep at it, Andrew, and I’ll try to read more of your writing. And thanks a lot for the follow. If I don’t follow you back, you’ll be in my “Misc.” list until I create a new one, possibly for you alone, something like “Level-headed Nonpartisan(s)”. 🙂

  4. First, I agree with you about Twitter. It is the coolest place and I’ve met some great people like you and Joan. I also agree that Obama has been a disappointment. I wanted him to come and kick ass and take names. I am a progressive and I was sad that he didn’t get Gitmo closed, that he continued the war powers, that he took so long to take a stand on marriage equality, to name a few. I do NOT agree that he has been a weak leader. I sent you a list of the many things he has done. We came so close to utter economic disaster (I don’t think most of us knew how close to the abyss we came.) that he’s had to focus too much energy just to get us back to even. I think he had to pick healthcare first, but, I truly believe you will see a different president these next four years. How he endured the hatred and lies that the RWNJ’s have thrown his way, I’ll never know. How long would you try to reach out to the other side when they constantly rebuff your efforts? If you haven’t read Dreams From My Father and Audacity of Hope, I highly recommend them. They help the reader to get some insight on how Barack has evolved and what motivates his efforts to this day. I also recommend, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team Of Rivals as that is Obama’s handbook.

    1. Hey Pat, thanks for taking the time to read my article and have such thoughtful comments about it. I am not sure if you and I disagree on anything, I agree that Obama has done a tremendous amount of good for our country; the stimulus he enacted saved us from another Great Depression, the economy was much weaker than anyone realized at the time. We thought in Jan 2009 that GDP was -6 when it turned out to be shrinking at 9%. He also got healthcare passed which is something that DEMS have been trying to do for about 100 years. My issues with Obama are that I do not see him as a leader, he did get these things accomplished but he did not create policies that made the country want to follow him. A lot of this is because he is unable to articulate what he is doing and why its good for people. The healthcare ACA is a perfect example. No one really knows what the bill entails or how it will be an advantage to the public. This is because he hasnt stepped forward in a way to convince explain and convince people its a plus. Dealing with all of the obstructionism did cripple him; but again he didnt come off like a leader who was being rebuffed by obstructionists, he came off as impotent. Like I said in the piece I am very glad he won over Romney, but I am not sure Obama has the skills needed to be president; to lead, to listen to others opinions, to articulate whats good for us, and to develop relationships where Congress will vote with him. Bill Clinton had those skills, I dont think Obama does. I hope he is different in the next 4 years, I hope he grows into the job.

    1. Pushing harder for job creation, he has done nothing since September 2011. He is the president of the United States, he needs to forge alliances and get some employment bills passed. He should think long term, what can he do to make the US a better place and create more jobs. Cross country high speed national trains. Tax incentives for hiring long term unemployed. Plenty he could try, and he is doing none of it.

  5. Andrew,

    First of all, I enjoy your take on the American politicians. Stay true and get them to work for what is good for America, not just for the parties. As for the president, he is articulate, but has been stifled by advisors. No question, he needs to know he is elected by the people, not the gimmicks from his parties. The president needs more people like you to speak on issues with real passion. While there will never be another Bill Clinton, and yes, he was not the best behaved but he gets the message to the people because he always spoke from the heart. I knew he cared and he wanted me, not the masses to understand. This country needs a spokesperson for the Obama Administration to address America ” the country of the offended” if he can’t do it himself, Mr. O-Biden can. I know I will anger many but it’s true in this part of the country. We just need someone who can decipher the lawyer speak into layman terms and tell us what the Obama care will cost. Give details on a diagram of the benefits, who is eligible and when it takes effect, just like the HMO garbage they sell at every newcomer’s (employee) orientation. The country will get over the initial shock of a tax hike. We pay $4.95 every morning for Starbucks to peak at the pretty Baristas to get our hearts thumping to start the day, $1.90 for a bottle of water to wash down the $6.00 greasy cheeseburger at lunch, and drink $10 martinis with pals to shoot the breeze about how our life sucks; why complain about the 2% tax hike? Stop compromising on the age of eligibility, those people have worked hard for their medicare benefits. Pay our share, get the ball rolling. Don’t we all want to live the high life and be Americans? Sometimes I think Americans are ashamed to be Americans. Big, bold, beautiful, generous, kind, risky, fun loving, caring, respectful, Boy Scouts, Yippie Kyyahe that got us to the moon. I want to live like the Jetsons, have levitating cars so we don’t have to fight traffic everyday … stop worrying about small things.

    You asked, so I gave my two bit … :- )

    Annie

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