President Barack Obama continues to outsource the responsibility of job creation to congress, imploring voters to press their elected representatives to “pass bills that will create jobs.”
Speaking at a hybrid car battery plant in Holland, Michigan – an endeavor made possible by the stimulus package – President Obama says that there is nothing sub-par about the United States:
“There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics,” he said to a city ravaged by a 9% unemployment rate, down from 13% in 2009.
Obama pointed to such economic stimulants as a payroll tax cut extension, a road construction bill and free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, as legislation that was “ready to go,” but was still being held hostage by a GOP controlled congress.
“You hear it my voice. I’m frustrated,” Obama said.
Yes, Mr. President, we do hear it in your voice. Your frustration that congress will not make your job easy is very apparent. However, it is past time that you start playing offense and use all the strength that you possess to get out of the corner you have been backed into.
MSNBC’ s Rachel Maddow said it perfectly on Meet The Press:
There is one party who will not negotiate — the GOP — and there is another party who only wants to negotiate – The Democrats. The GOP has solid, non-negotiable things that they want and they fight for them. They will not cave. The Democrats don’t come to the table with what they will not cave too, they just want to “compromise”.
It is true that Democrats did not come out and vote during mid-term elections, instead waiting on the excitement and adrenaline surrounding the presidential race before once again letting their voices be heard. It is also true that the GOP, fuelled by the Lipton Liars, has acted like terrorists, as VP Joe Biden claims, andhostage takers as well, as accused by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), in the debt ceiling negotiations.
But that same unequivocal firmness that President Obama uses to fight counter to his party’s mission – excessive military action in Libya and Afghanistan, refusal to stand firm on reproductive rights or LGBT equality, extending the Bush tax cuts and such intrusive policies as the Patriot Act, throwing the social safety net of millions of American citizens in the fire during debt ceiling negotiations – is the same firmness we should see when he is forced to wrestle control of domestic policy away from the GOP.
Yes, President Obama can point to a myriad of reasons for the dismal state of the economy. He can even throw in a George W. Bush reference or two for good measure. The fact remains, though, that he is the Commander-in-Chief, not the Observer-in-Chief, and his refusal to fight against the stranglehold the GOP has placed on his presidency – and the livelihood of vulnerable U.S. citizens — has weakened his legacy.
Mr. President, that is something that congress cannot change; only you can.
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Kirsten West Savali is a staff writer with Your Black World. Based in Los Angeles, California, her provocative topics explore the interconnectivity of race, gender, politics and culture. Kirsten’s commentary can also be found on AOLBlackVoices.com, BlackPower.com, BirthplaceMagazine.com, CarsonVentureMagazine.com, The Loop21.com, and others. She is also founder of The Nomadic Poets Oasis, a website dedicated to the elevation and exposure of Poetry and Spoken Word. Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter: @KWestSavali