looks like trouble by r u my rik?Just a month ago this coming Friday, we saw new President inaugurated. People watched with pride as the new President took the oath of office. In his inaugural speech he said, “every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents…That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” Yet today, scarcely a month later, we evidence the party of no exacerbating the gathering storms and emphasizing our differences instead of trying to find our areas of agreement. When our President extends his hand in a gesture of friendship and conciliation, his hand is met with clenched fists and closed minds.

It seems the loyal opposition has decided that it is in their own selfish political interest to promote conflict and discord over the unity of purpose the President talked about. They have decided that their political future lies in sewing dogmatic rigidity and ideological intransigence instead of accepting their own responsibility for creating an atmosphere of fear and petty grievances. They have crushed Democrat’s for the past eight years and rejected any initiatives Democrats offered simply because they could. Even when Democrats became the majority party, the margins were so narrow that the Republics were empowered to obstruct their agenda. Given the opportunity, Republics favor process over substance every time and now they have proceeded to engage in class warfare to obfuscate their own dearth of problem solving skills. If I never hear the words redistribution of wealth again, it will be too soon; the same thing goes for tax cuts for the rich! Now they are absolutely loathe to allow Democrats to go down any new road that might lead to success. They have no other arrows in their quiver, but they refuse to let Democrats try to take the air out of this depression with a crossbow. Even as their own Governors suffer in the storms, they refuse to provide the boats to survive the rising tide. If they can’t take all the credit, they will not allow anyone else to prove themselves a hero because they put party ideology above all.

Sounds like it’s time to take off the gloves and start pointing out that the recalcitrant members of Congress are little more than "government legacy costs" in the making and defining the banks and financial institutions as recipients of government welfare, so these beggars cannot be choosers anymore until they repay what they owe us. Then we point out that once the banks square up and start acting like banks again, then and only then can they expect the respect that once was theirs. Or they could go away permanently because that’s where fate (and their own poor choices) got them, so they have no business being cocky to begin with.

Excuse me. Is my bitter resentment of those who were complicit, in league together in a conspiracy that created this disastrous economy showing? Well, I have a right to be indignant because they work for me, not the other way around. And they should consider being a little more respectful, a little more accommodating and cooperative as they work together, each with the other, in a spirit of civility, Republics and Democrats alike, or they should be afraid. They should be very afraid, because I am an American voter and, whether they liked or respected me before or not, they’re not gonna like me when I get angry.

Ann in AZ

Ann in AZ