Thursday, March 11, 2010
Obama's First Year - What happened?
The year was 2009. Obama's first year in office. America was optimistic, if only, because there had been a change in the US top public office.
I remember the massive $750+ billion Stimulus bill or "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." Wow! All Americans were impressed. As soon as he was sworn in he spent the big bucks and Congress seemed on-board for anything Obama wanted.
Then just as soon as the Obama freight train seemed to be moving at full-speed, it came to a screeching halt.
Heathcare. We heard in the Winter of '09 that the summer was going to be Obama's healthcare summer, come hell or high-water.
A beer summit, and a year long debate mob-style later. What does Obama or the American people have to show for the last year? Job benefit extensions to almost two years, and an economy that sports the highest unemployment in decades.
Not only that, but as Obama sank into the quagmire of the Healthcare debate, he spent near all of his political capital.
Now without the super-majority in the Senate, we are again stuck in Washington molasses. What will get done this year? Anything?
At the very least, we as Americans, need to start opening dialog regarding all the social problems in this country that are so devise we have just ignored them for so long, we actually feel as though our problems are out of sight, out of mind.
We need to reform gay-marriage so it is standardized across the country. The "war on drugs" is now becoming one of the longest wars in modern history. Prisons are bulging, not correcting. People are secretly be drugged in every way by corporations to keep up consumption; high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything these days. Our dependence on foreign oil hasn't been addressed, just talked about? Where did the Picken's Plan go? And terrorism, and the ongoing open and covert wars continue as they were ongoing businesses like a corporation.
Yes, there is a lot wrong with this country, but perhaps the saddest part of the story is that we as Americans lack the stomach to address problems and fix them.
For now while the closet is only half full, it's easier to hide the problems, and that's what we are doing.
Freedom of speech is wonderful, but action is required to feed the family. Why are we all laying down when there has never been a time more calling to stand up and protest at the very least?
It's because we are comfy. Comfy in the money, our fat beer bellies, and trophy wives to risk change, even if for the better of all mankind.
Obama, you have less that 3 years left possibly, you better start making bills turn into laws or we'll remember you for just being the first Black President, not a great leader.
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