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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We Need More Facts I Can Provide Them

Like everyone else I am getting sick of the constant coverage of the presidential election. The gaffes, the zingers the car elevators. If Obama wins what would make the next four years better than the last 4? Would the GOP all of a sudden start cooperating with him? Would he be more of a  leader that takes charge? The situation could be even worse if the GOP goes back to their strategy of obstructing everything Obama does so Obama wont look good. If Romney wins? Who knows what to expect; he has changed his position on so many issues its hard to tell what he would do. The GOP is making it pretty clear they dont like him. Would he become a hostage of the tea party, no negotiating. His way or let nothing happen, keep people unemployed, let the credit rating go down again, default on our debt? The reason we were downgraded was because of the dysfunction in Washington, not because there was any thought the US didnt have the money to pay any bills.

There are so many crisis’s going on right now in this Country and not one of them is being discussed, addressed or even acknowledged. Barack Obama has been a terrible leader and a huge disappointment. Why isnt he out there talking about whats wrong and offering suggestions to fix the problems? Take the devastating unemployment situation as an example; he proposed a jobs bill in September  of 2011. At the time he was pretty sure it would not pass. Now he uses this as a talking point on the campaign trail. He has not offered one other solution, plan or lifted a finger for the long term unemployed. Nothing. It is true the GOP has obstructed everything he has tried to do, but thats not a good enough excuse for the 25 million people who are unemployed or underemployed. What amazes me is how little people think about things like this, many Dems think, well he tried. The fiscal cliff is another example of Obama and Congresses incompetence. According to Tim Geithner if we go over this cliff we are looking at a downturn worse than the one we saw in the 1920s and 1930s. And yet not a word from anyone about it.

What I would like to do is be given a platform to discuss major issues, ask challenging questions and get answers from our elected officials. I’d like to gather non partisan experts in their fields to ask them the basics, so everyone is educated on the implications of kicking the can down the road yet again. I would like to have a basic understanding for the public to understand exactly what the 2009 stimulus did for our economy. What would unemployment look like now if we hadnt had it. What if we had had a larger one, how would that have impacted the economy. What other solutions were available? I want facts on the table. I’d like these so called experts to discuss the debt ceiling debate; what that did to our economy, job growth. And if the people who wouldnt come to any agreement were really committing treason against the United States by allowing it to default. I’d like to ask members of the GOP about their obstructionism and how much they are responsible for the lackluster economy and unprecedented unemployment rate. I’d also like to hear the expert point of view on that.

Our news media is beyond pathetic; they are more interested in getting a scoop than a real story. Why has Romney and Obama not been forced to layout what they would do as president for the next 4 years? We need another outlet for getting better information. Our media asks the wrong questions then doesnt follow up when their questions arent answered.

I want to be that change. I would like to have a non partisan tv/radio/internet show that can have a full research team to explain facts; I have a different point of view and would be able to ask better questions get more information. The FNC and MSNBC’s of the world can exist but there should be a place where every can go to get reliable non slanted news. I have no agenda other than to find out the truth and let other people know the truth. Ask the hard questions. Even humiliate the Congress and the president to actually do something. People always tell me I see things in a different way, I have a different voice. I’d like to put that to use in educating our fellow Americans so we can spend more time fixing than fighting.

So, if you know of anyone that can help back me in this venture please contact me. Our country needs to get back on track. We are caught in a soundbite culture I want to change that. The more you know, the better off you are.