Comments to recent articles relating to recent legislation passed by Congress indicate that more and more readers are advocating that it is time to stop all of the change so we can digest the full scope of changes already enacted. Not being in a position to fully grasp the magnitude of massive legislation in the last year and a half makes me wonder right along with them. Would the country be better served at this point in time if President Obama simply stopped pressing for more change and started explaining how already enacted change is supposed to work? With a significant amount of time passing from his campaign promises that gained him the Presidency to today, just where does he stand on the overall agenda for change that he promised? What pieces of his overall strategy are coming together well and what areas are left wanting?
I can see how pieces of his strategy are coming together, but I cannot claim to understand how he thinks the big picture is doing. It’s time that we have a concerted sit down so the general public knows what steps they need to take now to make the plan unfold properly. My gut reaction was while pressing for additional changes, the President put the Stimulus Plan on autopilot instead of effectively trying to nurture it into full blossom. I feel like it got launched and then buried under all of the other legislation. The Stimulus is not working as well as I, nor many other American’s, had hoped. Is it simply dying from neglect?
It is one thing to have a vision of the future. It is a whole other can of worm’s to have a person truly understand the inner workings of complex 2,000 page pieces of legislation. When will it affect them? When will their business need to be in compliance? What pieces need to work together? It is time to put on the brakes for just a little while so we can stop and digest the meal before venturing back out into the lake to do some more swimming.
The next big issue coming down the pike is whether or not to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. In what form or fashion the new legislation will take, rest assured, I don’t think there will be a resounding decision to collect taxes so they can be re-distributed to the rich. With too many “average” people already envious of the 70 foot yachts currently owned by the rich, we just can’t seem to understand why they now need one that is 100 feet long, did the lakes or oceans get larger when we weren’t looking? Frankly, it is time for them to take one for the team as punishment for just sitting on all their cash and not investing in creating new jobs. If they won’t put their money to good use, then I know somebody who will. There may be no “I” in “team”, but there is a “you” in “us.” Promote the general welfare. Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire requires no energy whatsoever. So, let’s stop for a minute, catch our breath, and look to where we are going next before we all jump off the cliff like lemmings.