I watched the above video and I have to say that I disagree that both sides are polarized.The American people have watched and listened as President Obama has stated — ad nauseam — his intentions to work together with the GOP. In speech after speech, on every issue that the President has worked on, time after time after time, we have heard him state unequivocally his intentions to “compromise” to work with the GOP. The GOP have entrapped themselves into a maniacal financial web with their big industry donors that they cannot afford to work with anyone who will hold big industries accountable.
And it is not just because the President is black. We could have elected Kermit the Frog and as long as that frog determined to put a stop to what the health care industry has done for close to 100 years — gauging the American people and more currently, allowing 45,000 people every year to die because they cannot afford access to quality health care, or what the financial industry has done with those obscene mortgage loan instruments that caused the housing market to crash, they will stop at nothing to ensure that they continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of 98 percent of Americans.
Boehner and McConnell, along with others like them, have no choice but to follow their orders not from the people who voted for them but from the big industries and special interests who bought them.
Between 1989 and 2010, Boehner has received $24,762,294.00 and McConnell $37,697,031.00 for a grand total of $62,459,325.00. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Boehner’s and McConnell’s top industry donors include:
McConnell (TTL Receipts $37,697,031)
- $5.3 million | Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
- $3.3 million | Miscellaneous Businesses
- $2.8 million | Health
- $2.5 million | Ideology/Single Issue
- $2.3 million | Agribusiness
- $2.3 million | Lawyers and Lobbyists
- $2.0 million | Energy and Natural Resources
Boehner (TTL Receipts $24,762,294)
- $3.8 million | Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
- $2.4 million | Miscellaneous Business
- $1.6 million | Health
- $1.4 million | agribusiness
- $1.0 million | Energy and Natural Resources
- $782,231 | Lawyers and Lobbyists
- $545,384 | Ideology/Single Issue
I looked at these figures and added up the monies received from the health, lawyers and lobbyists industries to the monies received from the finance, insurance and real estate industries. Boehner received $6.2 million and McConnell received $10.4 million for a total of $16.6 million. Call this GroundHog math. Call it what you want. If I were these industries, after my giving these two individuals $16.6 million dollars of my money, just try and tell me that I don’t own these two people. I don’t just own them, I own their first born!
One dose of GroundHog math and it is not a stretch to realize how McConnell and Boehner will vote on any bill that proposes to hold these industries accountable or seeks to reform them for the sake of the American people. In their stance to not compromise and just say “no” to anything Democrats and the President has tirelessly tried to work on, McConnell and Boehner have sent an unequivocal message to big industry and special interests. Namely, that these industries have nothing to fear and can rest easy when it comes to their bottom line. Namely, that Boehner and McConnell will continue to ensure that these industries remain unregulated, allowing American jobs to be sent overseas or allowing engineers and doctors to be imported from outside of our borders for half of what American workers would be paid.
Boehner and McConnell have and continue to state — ad nauseam — that they will not compromise on extending tax cuts to the super wealthy; that they will repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, privatize social security and slash Medicare, for starters.
It is Not Big Government that is At Issue; it is Big Industry
President Obama was elected into office not necessarily on a “progressive” or “liberal” agenda; that’s just GOP/GOTea Party distract speak. We elected President Obama through an incredible grassroots effort that said big industry with big (and now foreign) dollars will no longer “govern” our lives. It is not big government that is at issue. It is big, unregulated, unmonitored and run-amok-on-steroids industries that are at issue.
Moving forward, we need to stop blaming the President and keep our eyes on the real prize, namely restoring America’s middle class in every way possible. Restoring the American dream for all of America’s citizens and not just two percent of our population. We need to stop blaming the President and recognize who the real bad guys are. Tough choices will, no doubt, have to be made. Let’s make sure that those who put us in this mss are held accountable with our voice, every day.
I heard one of the talking heads state that politics is no longer local. Not true. Because we saw an awakening among voters, a shift in voting patterns and a broadening of voter-power base does not equal local politics has died. Just like “it is the economy, stupid” local politics is quite well and alive; it just got better.
Municipal elections are coming up in 2011 and then we march right into 2012. Special interests and unregulated big industries are already working even harder using race and hate bait to distract us. I’m keeping my eyes on the prize and moving forward.