At times, and they seem to occur with ever more frequency, I despair for the future of our country or — more specifically — for our political system. Democracies are inherently inefficient, unwieldly, and chaotic. You want efficiency, get yourself a dictator. Democracies function best when party politicians and the constituencies they represent are able to hammer out a compromise. Unless you have been living in a cave in Tibet for the past 20 years, you may have noticed the incandescent implosion of our political system.
Our political representatives, and I use that term gingerly, stumble through the wilderness searching for creative ideas. Instead we get tired rhetoric. Please spare me the “rightness” of any particular political philosophy. A plague on all your houses. Click on Amazon and buy Eric Hoffer’s classic The True Believer and then talk to me about your political philosophy.
Last night President Obama gave his State of the Union address. He seemed to put aside the non-starter health reform package, itself a prime example of how misinformation can come together with intransigence and political incompetence to prevent any possibility of rational discourse. Instead, he focused on the need for jobs. How brilliant! While the recovery has staggered forward, politicians of both parties have done nothing substantive beyond extending workers’ UC benefits. How creative!
I guess I must be somewhat dim. With our nation’s infrastructure deteriorating, with the need to sever our reliance on oil, , with our public schools unable to compete with those of our global competitors, with our ascendancy in technology being eroded, I fail to understand why government and the private sector can’t come together to create and sustain a true national jobs program. It’s long past due; it’s a crucial step toward a robust recovery; it’s essential to maintain our position in the global marketplace.
This is an election year. Make sure the politicians of your persuasion understand we will hold them accountable for reaching across the aisle and hammering out a jobs program worthy of the name, worthy of our workforce, worthy of our nation.