Originally Posted by edfreeman
Man, reading both sides of this pitiful diatribe makes me wonder if the politics of this great nation won't be the end of it. No matter which direction you look from, the other side is demonized, plotting against the masses like some prime time TV drama. And, no matter how long and elegantly either side writes the latest salvo, it is peppered with immature name calling and an escalation of the same (and I bet one of them chimes in with "he started it . . . ")
A president, congress, etc., any entity of the federal government, has no power granted by the constitution to control the economy, period. If you want to make a positive change in the way this country is governed, go read that document, and make everyone in Washington (both sides) obey it.
Not to merely take issue with your plea, and recommendation, but, someone is always responsible. In this case there are those who argue it is the President. And there are those who argue the President does not have the power to be responsible, the authority to make decisions for the better or worse of the nation, is shared between the Congress and the President. When the President and the Congress are wholly run by one of the two political parties, it is too easy to blame something as impersonal as "political party A" or "B." At the moment, and especially at the moment for the political party in charge, the President is as close to royalty, or a dictator, as has existed in my lifetime. His party does not tolerate dissention, and he has established a very tight grip on the will of his Congress.
Only recently, as the mid term elections loom and the cumulative gaffs and poor leadership examples make reelection for those Congressional members in shakey districts risky, is any individualism being tolerated.
Those in power at the moment have made it clear, reading and heeding the Constitution is not a priority. Their highest priority is most often staying in power and then reaping what they perceive as rewards for those in power. Party loyalty above loyalty to America and defending the Constitution. Not unique to either party, just much more obviously abused when one Party is in control of the whole shebang. Jim