Senator Obama Sheep Canâ€™t Read
By: Ken Hughes
Itâ€™s a well know fact sheep canâ€™t read or think and theyâ€™ll chew on anything put before them. The Obama supporters bare a striking resemblance to people following like sheep, thereâ€™s a reason for this. In the presidential campaign of 1932 Franklin Roosevelt introduced change as a campaign slogan. Democrats have been following that mantra since FDR was elected president the first time, and as long as it works theyâ€™ll continue using it.
The voters have been hearing about change for 75 years, the only changes are as congress gains power and the citizen lose rights the changes come. The question is what will Obama try to change and will congress go along. One of the things both candidates promise theyâ€™ll change is discretionary spending by congress. Congress isnâ€™t about to give up one of their favorite perks. Most people have heard the old adage, [paraphrased] â€œIt takes whisky to buy votesâ€ That was back when George Washington was a candidate for President. These days it takes money to buy votes. Rather to pay for votes themselves politicians let the tax payers pay for them with pork projects. Neither McCain nor Obama is going to get congress to give up their tickets to reelection.
Obama and McCain have both put new health care proposal together. This is another issue thatâ€™s been languishing around the halls of congress for years. Health care in America is an industry. Industries provide jobs, pay taxes and have lobbyists protecting their interests. Nothing is going to happen except a lot of conversation and stalling by congress> The public hasnâ€™t felt enough pain yet to get interested.
The only change thatâ€™s likely to come is an energy bill more friendlily to the consumer. That will come because congress went home and heard the voices of their constituents demanding more domestic drilling. The entire House and one third of the Senate is up for reelection theyâ€™ve gotten the word and they know itâ€™s time to play nice and do something about the oil shortage situation. Technology will eventually resolve the critics concerns over oil, until then we need oil and lots of it, preferably our own.
Until the doors on the voting stations open many people are like sheep, they graze on election rhetoric without knowing what itâ€™s all about. How can anyone possibly pay attention to the promises made by candidates when the candidates themselves donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re promising half the time? Thereâ€™s no way a presidential candidate can go through a year long campaign and keep it all together in a neat package.
These presidential candidates would have the voters believe if elected theyâ€™ll have the authority and the power to turn water into wine and lead into gold. Presidents have no such legislative authority and little domestic influence that congress doesnâ€™t allow them. President make requests 535 congress persons either grants or declines them at congresses desecration. The best a president can do is veto legislation he disagrees with and hope the veto isnâ€™t overridden. Congress has the power of the nationâ€™s checkbook and as such holds the peopleâ€™s interests in their hands.
Over the years congress has created the illusion presidents are responsible when things donâ€™t go as promised. Nothing could be further from the truth. When lending financial instructions fail itâ€™s because congress was asleep at the wheel. They didnâ€™t provide adequate regulations to keep greedy speculators from milking the system. When industries fail itâ€™s because congress over regulated them into near bankruptcy forcing them to seek more favorable conditions elsewhere. Since World War Two, congress has negotiated deals with foreign governments expanding their production capabilities often at the expense of the American worker. Presidents can only request, congress must decide even in foreign trade issues. Congress has traded our production advantages for a promise of leading the world in technologies. Then they open the doors of our Universities and teach our competition how to better compete with us.
In the nearly eight years Bush has been president Democrats, the media and congress have been lying consistently in an attempt to blame him for what they fail to do or accurately report. Only two previous presidents [in their day] have been as maligned as George Bush, Abraham Lincoln and Herbert Hoover. A president can be a person of great ability if they canâ€™t get the cooperation of the country their greatness often goes untested. The public rather than make decisions based on logic and facts often rely on what the media reports. If one sheep drinks Kool Aid the rest followand so it is with the majority of voters. To often we hear â€œI donâ€™t have time for politicsâ€ when the fact is they donâ€™t have time not to be interested in politics, The decisions made in congress effect every aspect of our daily lives if theyâ€™re wrong whose to blame but â€œWe the Peopleâ€.
Voters have less than two months to decide who will become president. The new president will go before congress and present his agenda for the coming four years. Congress will nod and applaud and then do it their way. All a president can do is walk away knowing he did his best. In the end the Good Old Boys of congress prevail.