Politics is somewhat like the music scale. If you don't find a way to use the notes in the middle, you don't have any harmony . . . only the Do-Dos on each end.
Have you noticed how we have spent our time, effort, and money building a "dependent" class of people. We have even made it easier to be classified as "disabled." by liberalizing the conditions to qualify for the benefits. The number of citizens receiving disability benefits has risen sharply and there are now about 20 percent of the population receiving them. The numbers of people on food stamps has also risen dramatically and there are now almost 48 million people in that program. And, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka "Obamacare," enrollment appears to provide government subsidies to about two thirds of the program's enrollees.
These three items are mentioned not in a mean spirited way, but are intended to show that the necessity for such programs, to a large extent, was generated by the lack of jobs. And it will get worse as the federal government uses "regulations" that were not initiated and passed by Congress, but have the force of law, to stifle and attack businesses. The desire to kill the coal industry is one example. The "30-hour work week," designed to force businesses to provide Obamacare coverage to what had been part-time employees is another. The highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world is another. And, perhaps worst of all, is the "spinning" of record low unemployment rates and job increase numbers when, in fact, our labor participation rates are the lowest they have been since the Carter administration in 1978. Our job growth is actually less than 15 percent of our population growth.
James Carville, the campaign manager for Bill Clinton, used to say, "It's the economy, stupid!" Maybe now is the time to say, "It's the lack of jobs, stupid!"
Today we have politicians doing their best to further divide the country by attacking businesses, promising incredible and undeliverable "free stuff,", and working diligently to divide the country by race, gender and ethnicity . . . remember, they aren't looking for harmony, just the Do-Dos on each end.
Those running for office may not understand the depth of angst of the citizenry. The "people", for whom the government is supposed to be of, by, and for, are upset with the government — all branches, all parties, all bureaucratic entities, the "professional politicians," the spinning, the lies, the infighting, the ignoring of the Constitution, the usurpation of the states rights as defined in the Tenth Amendment, and more. And the people are also upset with the press, who have abandoned the purpose for which they were granted special privilege by their inclusion in the First Amendment. The press has become sycophants and cheerleaders for those on the political left — due diligence escapes them.
The presumptive nominee of the Democrat Party, Secretary Hillary Clinton, is being challenged by the Socialist Senator from Vermont. The angst of the people is evident in that they are flocking to a man they view as "different," even though he is a professional politician, because he is offering them more and more "free stuff" and, in doing so, is encouraging the young to enter the ranks of the dependents. It appears the Democrat party will grant Secretary Clinton the nomination, regardless of what the will of the Democrat voters may be. A thorough review of her career comes up lacking in bone fide accomplishments but an abundance of distrust. But, at this time, what difference does it make. If Democrat leadership were influenced by the angst of the people, they would be showing more concern . . . and perhaps be more reluctant than to have her as their nominee.
The Republicans aren't much better. In what can best be labeled as a school yard brawl, 17 candidates duked it out and 16 professional politicians fell by the wayside. The now presumptive nominee reached his goal not because he is politically knowledgeable, or has a firm grasp of the Constitution, or some special insight on job creation, or a thoughtful foreign policy, he simply has a slogan and, most importantly to the people, he is not a professional politician.
So now we get back to our original paragraph. Are we going to have politicians who recognize and respond to the angst of the people so we can have some harmony in our political processes? Or, are we going to have to put up with the Do–Dos for a while longer?
Leadership in both political parties should take heed . . . the people aren't done yet.
(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)
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