The show must go on

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On the Left:

The most important part of our jobs as United States Senators is to create jobs in our states. That is especially true in times like these, when so many are reeling from so much economic pain – Harry Reid

and on the Right:

in my view it’s an insult to the millions of Americans who want us to focus on jobs – Mitch McConnell

They’re having a big ol’ soundbite fight!

They’ve chosen their words carefully and positioned themselves firmly on the correct side of the aisle. Now they can skip off with their corporate campaign finances and continue the show.

A responsible legislature would let this bill come up and have the JOBS discussion over a potential piece of legislation. A functional media would report without bias upon the proceedings and possible effects of the legislation. A thoughtful, engaged populace would pay attention and decide for whom to vote.

Instead, Republicans and Democrats feint toward legislating with bipartisan political burlesque (now playing in “We the People’s Theater”); the media fans the partisan flames and drools psychotically over the polls; and a distracted populace remains ignorant and fiercely protective of their partisan views.

It’s easier for our elected officials to smack-talk in the substance-free campaign world than it is to govern responsibly. It pays better too.

  • http://badassbard.blogspot.com Thomas

    National media have become stenographers and sports reporters, caring much more about tactics, victories and losses than on anything so pedestrian as governing the nation.

  • http://stubbornfacts.us Simon

    Someone has to say the obvious: Reid’s statement that “[t]he most important part of our jobs as United States Senators is to create jobs in our states” is fiction. The most important part of their jobs as United States Senators is to represent their states in the creation of federal policy. The next most important part of the jobs is to create policy which keeps the nation safe from external thread. Job creation? We would all do better if we’d lose the blinkers and recognize that government can’t create real economic growth, it can only get out of the way and let enterprise do so.

  • Wickedways

    Simon echos my sentiment.

    Every politician was sent to Washington D.C. to represent the people of the state in which they were elected.

    Over the last century and most notably since the civil war the Federal government has gone on a power grab and has usurped from the states powers that were never intended to be granted to the Feds.

    Now government is about Alaska trying to tell Californians how to live. This is such absurd BS folks.

    I know Im talking to a brick wall at this site. But Simon gets it right. The states elect representatives and senators to represent that state. NOT.

    Let me repeat NOT…represent Democrats. Republicans. Libertarians. Green Party or any other party.

    If we had 535 RINOS and DINOS we would have a nation that might actually work at solving problems rather then perpetuating them for power.

  • http://itsthe21stcentury.wordpress.com Jim Satterfield

    Unfortunately Simon’s ideology has one big fail. Large publicly held companies, for the most part, have no interest in creating jobs in America. They only want the cheapest labor in the world and that sort of leaves the U.S. out of the picture. Smaller businesses don’t have the wherewithal to do so, or at least they haven’t displayed it in years. When the private sector fails, as it has recently, what do you do? Well, the modern conservative blames government, saying that if only our taxes were even lower and we had no regulations on business that all our problems would go away. They can’t even admit that the recession was caused by lack of regulation for huge sectors of the financial industry who displayed their business acumen by collapsing spectacularly with no government intervention required.

  • Chris

    But Jim, the Free Market offers salvation! If only you would embrace the Free Market, and open your heart to the Free Market, then you would be enlightened!

  • Edith H

    When it comes to JOBS, so many are oblivious to technology as the REAL GAME CHANGER. You are now in a Knowledge Based-Digital-Global Economy and it didn’t happen just yesterday. The internet, computing technology, and automation in tandem with outsourcing eliminated many more jobs than they created. It has nothing to do with Presidents Bush or Obama or their parties. No silly conspiracy, their failure was in not being forthright and proactive. Think of all the jobs that have been disappearing: clerks and secretaries, operators, professional salesmen, printers, bank tellers, toll takers, meter readers, gas station attendants, or jobs that have been consolidated like HR. What do you think Quickbooks or Peachtree did to accounting or on-line tax preparation? How does something as mundane as a nailing gun affect construction and roofing? I’m just scratching the surface here. As a buyer, I have purchassed $50K of a material in a day or two without any HUMAN interaction; it’s nothing; it’s routine. If anything, I am underestimating. USSteel shed 100 thousand jobs over a ten year period and still produced the same volume of product. Variations of this story have been told over, and over, and over again for decades. Where do you think the people and the jobs went? This has been accelerating over the last thirty years and was part of the public dialogue forty years ago. Today, even in China, automation and computing are taking their toll on the number of manufacturing jobs. People who blame the government or party, or person sound very out of touch. Politicians didn’t casue this; it is a byproduct of human ingenuity; a terrible disappointment for those who are compelled to engage in pathetic name calling and mailicious lies, I know. I long for a politician who will step up and honestly discuss the trade offs between cheap goods and good jobs.

  • http://politicalforum.net Slarti

    Well let’s look at the substance. I’m no fan of the GOP, but they did eventually accede to providing tax cuts for small businesses. As much as I hate to admit it, popular legislation has gotten through.