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Do We Have a Domestic Agenda?
« on: April 24, 2013, 02:58:02 AM »
That depends on the definition of the word we.  There’s the royal we used by the political rulers, each faction claiming to represent the will of the people.  Then there’s we the people.

We don’t use the term domestic agenda but we have some very real priorities.

A recent survey by Pew Research showed a long list of public priorities over the past twelve years.  The top four priorities showed remarkable consistency as to goals.   A stronger economy and more jobs are the top two priorities, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents agree.  The three political factions also agree on reducing the budget deficit and defending against acts of terrorism.

The means to reach those goals differ but consensus on priorities should produce some results from those elected to serve.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

Congress locked down the legislative process by making sure that members serve us at their will.  The way districts are drawn, only sixty to eighty districts are competitive in any given election.

Should any truly useful legislation pass the House, there would be little chance for Senate approval.  Legislation threatening the status quo must meet the requirement for a super majority of sixty Senators ready to vote to stop filibusters.  This is the nearly impossible first step before a simple majority vote takes place on any legislation.   Both parties agreed to that rule before this session of the Senate.  Both bear the responsibility for the outcome.

Who do they think they’re kidding?  The public know that Congress does nothing, by design.

That leaves President Obama.  His domestic agenda consists of gun control, immigration reform, and deficit reduction.  Gun control wasn’t even a campaign issue.  Immigration reform relies on Republican support.  After falling all over themselves to show Latino voters that they really care, the Republicans are back to angry rhetoric.  Deficit reduction is literally impossible when the military budget is off the table and we have a real unemployment rate of 23%.

Where does that leave us?

There are some differences between Republicans and Democrats but the commonalities far outweigh those differences.   Each party has an overriding, enduring commitment to maintaining the status quo.

It is difficult to see anything other than rapid quantum leaps in science and technology providing an answer the way the system is structured now.  The people serve the rulers.

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