I’d like to touch on the subject of fiscal responsibility. Both the far left and the far right are just biding their time, waiting for the tea party movement to run its course and die out. What they cannot seem to grasp is that the very diversity that they think will tear the movement apart is in fact it’s very strength. There is a wide range of views that are coming together under a common umbrella: they are all fed up with being lied to and tired of condescending politicians treating them as though they were stupid. The very tolerance that the progressives try to manufacture and legislate is manifested right in front of them and they are unable to recognize it. To see the supportive cooperation and acceptance long sought they need only look at the opposition. People just want their government to start working for them. They want proper representation AGAINST the many well-heeled organizations who are trying to get a larger piece of the pie. THAT PIE BELONGS TO THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS, NOT CORPORATE AND UNION INTERESTS.
It doesn’t matter if you disagree with someone on gun control, you can still work together to rein in damage to the environment. Abortion foes can agree to feed the homeless. We can all agree that our soldiers need the best equipment and support, no matter what our views might be on the merits of the war. People just want their political leaders and representatives to remember that THEY WORK FOR US. Public Employees!
Too many of the people who we put in office are so desperate to retain their position that they lose their effectiveness to forward the vision that carried them there in the first place. The vision of their constituents. They represent all of us, not just those that voted for them. They need to remember that getting there is opportunity given by us. The rest of the job is carrying through with the promises that they made to convince us that they were worthy of the position. If they worked as hard at that end of the bargain as they did at maintaining the status quo we would have no qualms about keeping them in office. I think that a lot of politicians are coming to the end of the “fool all of the people some of the time” period and entering the day of reckoning. We’ve been rewarding the wrong kind of behavior for a long time in our political arena, and people are getting fed up.
Don’t you hate it when your kids lie to you about school and you think that they are doing well and then you get the note saying that they haven’t turned in an assignment all semester and that at best now they can just barely pass the class? Why, then, are we letting our leaders get away with the same thing?
On that same subject, I see that Oregon used federal stimulus money to temporarily plug holes in the budget without addressing the reasons for the shortfalls. The are now budgeting for the next two years as though that money that wasn’t there now will be there then. Of course, there is no federal stimulus coming and so the money will not be there and the state is predicting huge shortfalls in the coming four years. It’s as though I worked for a company that had an unusually good month and I took home a large one time bonus. I’ve been a bit foolish in the past, spending more than I could afford, and had to use the bonus to pay down some debt and buy a few necessities. So far, so good. But then I budget for the next month, including the amount of last month’s one time bonus into my budget for this month two and then spend accordingly. Near the end of the two month period some bills are due but I have no more money. Rather than re-adjust my spending to match my actual income I demand that my employer give me more of the dwindling funds that he has to again bail out my overspending or I’ll just stop doing as much at work, but I find that he is overextended because he’s been bailing me out with draws on future company earnings already, so he gets fed up finally and fires my butt.
So that is where we are, or should be, getting. Fed up and ready to fire their butts. The success of the tea party movement; It’s just common sense taking over.