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Carol Perkins: Fix It

'As individuals, we need to buy more American made products. Supply and demand keeps the economy alive. Unfortunately, the economy we are keeping alive is not our own' -CAROL PERKINS
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By Carol Perkins

The weight of the world is heavy on so many people right now. Most are struggling financially. Some people have lost their jobs or were scaled back, have given up their homes and moved in with relatives, lost their insurance and benefits, can't afford gas to drive to work, car payments, and are depressed and fearful. For the first time, I am really worried about my country and countrymen.

I don't know when or why we started spiraling downward, and I certainly am not pointing at any particular president because each owns his share in bringing us to this point. No one cares whose fault it is. We just want someone to FIX IT! That should be the slogan for 2012, " I WILL FIX IT!" Bob the Builder style campaign. "Can we fix it? Yes, we can!"

Our Congress and the Senate are notorious for battling like children on a playground, holding their "toys" in the air, wiggling them in front of whoever wants them, but not intending to share. We don't have time for recess!

Are you as exasperated as I am with political grandstanding? Are you already burned out with the rhetoric of presidential hopefuls who pump out the same sound bites? "Time for a change" is just gobbledygook each candidate croaks like a frog. Politicians waving their fists into the air, shouting, "I will reach across the aisle," or "We must end politics as usual, or "I will go to Washington to fight for you," wear me thin! Fight in a Giorgio Armani or Prada? Are we Americans swayed by sound bites?

Collectively, those we elected have allowed us to fall into the worst national standing in our history. This is embarrassing and they should be ashamed. Electing new people doesn't seem to change anything, either. Frankly, we might better be served by a busload of Larry the Cable guys who may be short on manners and grammar, but long on common sense. Maybe arriving in a pickup instead of a limo and eating $20 meals instead of $50 (on the expense accounts we generously provide them) might be a welcome change. Do I sound cynical?

Maybe the way to get some action would be to put an end to career politicians. Allow a person to serve only two terms and then return to his private life where he will feel the reward or sting of decisions he has made. If a politician knew there were term limits, then perhaps he/she wouldn't be constantly running for office, courting interest groups or lobbyist. That seems to be the only way to keep a job in Washington.

Have we gone too far in the wrong direction to come back? Surely someone can create a mixture of smart people from coast to coast to figure out what can be done to get us out of debt, working, and self-sufficient.

A start would be for us not to tolerate full-time politicians doing part-time jobs. They need to get busy FIXING America because all of us are weary and confused.

As individuals, we need to buy more American made products. Supply and demand keeps the economy alive. Unfortunately, the economy we are keeping alive is not our own. -CAROL PERKINS

This story was posted on 2011-09-11 06:30:35
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