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Politicians Have a Talking Problem
People talk too much. I don't mean talking through hubs or comments or anything, because that is pretty much writing in a fluent and coherent manner. We live in a society that glorifies talking, face to face, up close and personal. Our whole economy is based upon it. I'm not saying talking is bad or anything. I'm saying that we collectively just won't shut up.
Politicians are the worst talkers anywhere. If you're a Republican, you talk way too much about how big government is getting, and rant and rave about how we need to reign in spending and lower taxes and not get into anyone's business. If you're a Democrat, you talk way too much, period.
I'm getting tired of all this talking. It just won't do. You see, politicians don't talk for the same reasons you and I do. When ordinary people talk, they do it in order to express their opinion and see whether anyone shares it. When politicians talk, they do it in order to get reelected. And if you listen closely to what politicians have to say, you will find that they never had much worth saying anyway.
Take Mitt Romney and the Republicans, for example. They love to talk loudly about how big government is getting. They talk about how we need to cut spending in all sectors of the economy. Except for big corporations. They get plenty of funding. And Romney and his friends love to talk about how we need to cut taxes, especially for the rich. For Democrats, none of this makes much sense.
Now, take Barack Obama and the Democrats. They love to talk loudly about how government needs to do more to help the economy and the middle class in these troubled times. They talk about how we need to raise taxes on the rich, who are not paying their fair share in taxes, and how we need to increase spending. Except for big corporations. They get too much funding. To Republicans, none of this makes any sense.
Here's the truth; Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, none of your favored politicians are being honest with you. It is true, as Republicans say, that we need to make cuts to the national budget. But they've got the wrong list of things to cut; Infrastructure, education, health care and the environment are all things that, as a country, we need to watch out for. Because infrastructure gets us places and helps us do things, education teaches us how to use infrastructure, health care keeps us healthy and productive and a clean, livable environment keeps us from getting sick to begin with.
It is also true, as Democrats say, that we need to raise taxes. But they are wrong to say that raising taxes on the rich will solve all our problems. What they don't want you to know is that they will also raise taxes on the middle class. When they say they won't, they are lying. It is not hard to understand why. (Who wants their taxes raised?)
All of this talking is exhausting, and most people are tired of politicians talking. What is worse, money also talks, and so now, after Citizens United, corporations and unions are now people who apparently can talk. Not that corporations or unions ever had much worth saying.
As Americans, we need to have a talk, but not with politicians. We need to talk more amongst ourselves, and figure out who to replace the current politicians with. We shouldn't expect much from the new ones, but maybe they will have heard our voices, and figured it out. If they want to keep their seats, they shouldn't just tell us what we want to hear. They should show us results.
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