Archive for June 2011
Why is the above always the case?
The answer is that the electoral process does not work successfully.
The political process is controlled by our two political parties. Each party is focused on their agenda:
Push their ideology
Get their candidate elected
The political process is not about getting a qualified president. It is about politics.
Politics is telling the voters what they want to hear so they will vote for you. Politicians lie. The voters do not want to hear the truth, they want to hear good news for them. Example: If I am elected, gas prices will go to under $1 a gallon. If the voters believe this, they are fools but they will vote for you.
The blame is on both politicians and the voters.
Change the presidential selection process to focus on the most qualified candidate. A candidate that if elected president will make significant progress in getting the United States back on track.
Politicians will never do this. Voters will have to act independently of the two political parties.
What is the status of the country today?
Permanent loss of jobs, wages declining, inflation is high and rising, especially health care; government debt is increasing as more and more levels of government can not balance their budgets, more government fees and higher taxes. The economy is shrinking. And whatever else can go wrong.
More and more military involvement for no reason, alienating our allies for no purpose, making enemies throughout the world, just plain doing everything that is wrong and accomplishing nothing.
A giant catastrophe on the road to the end of the United States.
The future does not look very bright. Future presidents will be worse than the previous ones. For example, Obama did not learn from the Bush administration mistakes; he got the United States into another military and political boondoggle(Libya). It is a no win situation; the winner will be anti-American and it ignited increased anti-American sentiment in the Arab world.
And what is the reason for this involvement? What does Obama think he will accomplish with this boondoggle.
The economy goes through recession after recession; jobs are lost permanently; the national debt continues to increase. President after president does stimulus packages and bailouts. The presidents have created an economic house of cards that will one day collapse into financial disaster.
The United States has had 44 presidents. The quality of the presidents has ranged from very poor to slightly good, but most of them have been poor; they have just muddled-through.
Why is their performance rated poor? None of them made significant progress in solving/resolving major problems/issues facing the United States.
Why have these presidents failed so badly? This is the big question. The answer is simple. They were all politicians. All politicians can do is get elected, feed their egos and look out for themselves.
And the worse of it is that there is no change in sight.