During their numerous speeches, Barack Obama, his cronies and all the "Talking Heads" who want Obama's job always manage to get around to one of their favorite talking points, which is their great concern for what the "American People" want and deserve.
In my opinion none of them have a good understanding of what the American People need. They are trapped inside their own elite bubble along with their own agenda. The GOP candidates spend most of their time telling us how corrupt the other guy is. Well, we already know that! I want each one to sincerely state just how he is going to fix a lot of fixable things that are wrong with our country. A good start would be to address gasoline and heating oil prices. You don't hear a peep out of any of them on that subject, nor do you hear many questions about it during their numerous debates and news conferences. All you hear is "He did it. She did it" No one indicates realistic concerns.
If you live in a rural area where natural gas is not available, you have no choice but to pay whatever the price of heating oil happens to be because the alternative is to burn wood (good luck with that.) Coal will soon be in the same category as heating oil, providing it will still be legal to use as a source for home heat. Obama has pretty much declared war on coal, unless it is shipped out of the country. During Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign, he blasted Bush for doing nothing about the high price of gasoline. What has Obama done so far? Compare gasoline prices to what they were then and what they are now. Approximately $1.85 per gallon then versus $3.75 per gallon now. Do the math. This administration and Congress is out to lunch when it comes to being truly concerned about skyrocketing gasoline and heating oil prices. After all it doesn't affect them because they just tap into their taxpayer funded expense account. Because we are paying their expenses, I think they all should be required to drive a Chevrolet Volt!
The ever increasing price of gasoline is now beginning to get some media coverage. I guess people are becoming alarmed as they try to budget their summer vacation. Those who are supposed to know, say gasoline will be $4 - $5 per gallon by Labor Day. God only knows what heating oil will be. Obama wants to put all his emphasis on Green Energy. Well, the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine 24/7. Maybe there isn't a whole lot that can be done about gasoline and oil prices given the situation throughout the world, but it would be comforting to hear our elected elite and all the "wannabees" publicly address the issue during their media exposure.
Our government is out of touch as to the way it spends taxpayer money by throwing huge amounts to foreign governments who are obviously two-faced and unappreciative and by allowing ridiculous earmarks and so-called loans for which taxpayers get no benefit, such as Solyndra. In most cases when these "giveaways" are exposed they are described as a "mere drop in the bucket" when you consider the overall picture. It was revealed recently that members of Congress were guilty of insider trading in the stock market. They had access to confidential information while in closed committee meetings. Somehow this is illegal for everyone except them.
After this was exposed, Congress moved quickly to draft legislation to make this practice illegal for them also. It is my opinion Congress moved quickly because they wanted this revelation to go away quickly in the hopes that no more questions would arise, otherwise more names would surface, thus causing more distrust from the American people, who they are so concerned about. Right! Our government, from federal all the way down to and including local has grown into a giant monster with a big ugly politically correct nose which it sticks into the affairs and values of the American people.
Government meddling is evident in the school classrooms, the home, the church and the workplace. All phases of government have a responsibility to taxpayers to stop spending our taxpayer money irresponsibly; and the American people have a responsibility to pay attention to who our elected officials are and what they are doing. Everyone should exercise their right to vote responsibly. Forget about voting "R" or "D." Remember Congress refuses to enact term limits. However, we as voters can impose our own term limits and vote anyone out of office who has lost sight of why they were elected in the first place. It is very clear that career politicians are the problem. Term limits apply to the Presidency, why not Congress? The message we, as voters, need to send to those we elect to office is quit wasting our money! Otherwise you're gone and we will find and vote for a dedicated and responsible person to take your job!
Joseph S. Slope
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