Friday, April 16, 2010

What is going on in Washington, and what can we do about it?

With our economy in shambles, our military fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan (and our leaders making noise against Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia, Somalia and Yemen), our infrastucture decaying and our state and local governments on the brink of bankruptcy, the very same Washington politicians who promised change in 2006 and 2008 seem instead completely devoted to continuing on the course charted out over the last decade by their supposed rivals.

Why is this?

Why can a Democratic President and Democratic Congress not bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan? And why have they instead increased the number of troops in Afghanistan and expanded the war to Pakistan?

Why did the transfer of wealth from the working- and middle-classes to the wealthy actually intensify under President Obama and the Democratic Congress from the record levels reached under President Bush and the Republicans? And why did so many Democrats campaign on promises to continue the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy while our cities and schools are dying on the vine from a lack of available funding?

Why was a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress unable to even offer a public option choice in health care to Americans, let alone a Single Payer public health care system?

Why are our civil and constitutional rights still being assaulted by the US Justice Department, with torture, spying and surveillance, detention without trial, and more, still being authorized by a Democratic Congress and signed off on by President Obama? And why did that Congress sit by while a Democratic President actually authorized the assasination of American citizens without process?

The answer is simple - Democrats in Congress are not doing the work of their constituents. Period. They are, instead, following another agenda. (They are not alone in this - ask any Republican who voted for Bush because they wanted to cut the deficit and lower taxes on working people.)

There is only one way to change this:

Look at the voting records of our Congressional representatives and, if we don't like what they're doing, vote them out. Instead, vote for someone who wants - and will do - the things you think are important.

I am considering a run for Congress this year to rid our district of our pro-war, pro-Wall Street and pro-HMO Congressional representative Nita Lowey. I would like your input. Please drop me a note at dondebar@gmail.com and let me know what you think.

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