Govt. is supposed to listen to us E-mail
Opinion
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:25

By L&T Publisher Earl Watt

For decades, the colonists could not understand why the British Parliament and king continued to act against the best interests of Americans.

While the government moved across the ocean after the revolution, many today still believe that the government is not acting in the best interests of the people.

How did we create a government that is disconnected from the people it represents?

How do we know our elected officials aren’t listening?

Let’s start with the health care overhaul.

According to a USA Today poll, opposition to the health care law known as Obamacare has hit a new high. Those who oppose the bill outnumber those that approve 53 percent to 42 percent.

Does that mean the law will be repealed?

Not likely.

You see, our elected officials are smarter than us. They realize we do not know what is in our best interests, and so they protect us from ourselves.

I wonder what the colonists thought about policies like this, where Britain knew what was in the best interests of the colonists and simply dictated to the Americans.

We know what they did, but here we have a way to solve these issues without bloodshed.

We vote.

Since the passage of Obamacare, the Democrats have been punished in the House of Representatives, the body of elected officials closest to the people.

And yet, the law stands.

It will take another election cycle, control of the Senate and possibly even the White House by those who oppose the bill to truly represent the view of a majority of the people.

Why can’t those in the minority view on this issue realize this was a mistake and something the people did not want?

Because the real division in America is not the rich and the poor, the White, Black or Hispanic, it is those in political power and the rest of us.

They no longer listen to you.

How interested do you think Harry Reid is when he hears a Republican constituent from Arizona is on the phone?

Likewise, how interested is John Boehner in talking to a Democrat from Ohio?

The two parties have become too big to fail, and we fall for the tricks when they look to blame each other for government shutdowns, ineffectiveness and inaction.

Currently, Congress is having one of its strongest showings in public support, all the way up to 18.8 percent according to Real Clear Politics. In March, 2012, it was 11.3 percent.

How sad.

Less than half of us trust the government to solve problems, both foreign and domestic, according to Gallup.

The list goes on, but the fact is simple — our government doesn’t listen to us, nor do they want our input.

While this seems to be a problem in Washington, just how far does this arrogance of government go?

We will find out locally when the decision on funding schools comes up.

Will our elected officials allow the people to vote yes or no on the use of sales tax, or will they make that decision for us?

Will they try to play games by shuffling tax dollars from special use sales tax to fund every day expenses in a veiled attempt to claim they have lowered the mill levy, or will they do the job of elected officials and allow the people to decide like they did on the recreation center?

How are we supposed to trust our elected officials if they do not listen to you and prevent you from being able to vote on the issue?

Yes, there are major differences in America, but they are the difference between those in the ruling class and the rest of us.

When people run for office, they talk about how much of a difference they want to make. They talk about wanting to open doors. But when they serve a few months, that all seems to change.

Instead of listening to the will of the people, they listen to the bureaucracy and special interests.

Remember that on election day. Remember those who wanted your input, and those who denied it.

We can revolt and revoke those who serve in the ruling class. According to those who founded this nation, it is our duty to do so.

 

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