CREES: Is anyone doing the real work of the people?

There are a lot of problems facing the nation and world today.

A LOT of problems.

My biggest problem? We have no one dealing with the problems… not really. In just about any and every survey carried out in recent months, the list of problems we, as a nation, understand as being important is surprisingly similar no matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, senior citizen or millennial.

Whoever you may be, our problems, worries and concerns are largely the same.

One recently published list suggested the main concerns for American voters were:

• The economy

• Federal deficit and budget

• Wall Street and inequality of wealth

• Health care

• Immigration

• Environment and global warming. …

• Guns

• Declining moral values

Another list I uncovered found other (but similar ) worries including:

• Lack of economic opportunity and employment

• Government accountability and transparency / corruption

• Food and water security

• Education concerns

• Safety / security / wellbeing

• Religious conflict and moral decline

And then there was a survey of millennials finding concerns including (in order of importance):

• Climate change / destruction of nature

• Large scale conflict / wars (

• Inequality (income, discrimination)

• Poverty

• Religious conflicts

• Government accountability and transparency / corruption

• Food and water security

• Lack of education

• Safety / security / wellbeing

• Lack of economic opportunity and employment

The order may be different, but in large part the lists of concerns or perceived problems created by different age, ethnic, economic and politically leaning groups are quite similar.

And… there is virtually no one actively or effectively dealing with these issues or problems on the helm. I’m sorry, but despite the protestations of those in Washington, nothing is getting done, no how and no way.

The president is worried about his wall, Obama, the Mueller report and golfing.

Congress is worried about the Mueller report, the Mueller report and (wait for it) the Mueller report.

Republicans want to denigrate and diminish everything in the report while Democrats want to use the report like some Inquisitional document to clean house.

And, frankly, that’s all they are really doing. The report, the report, the report.

Two years of anticipation of the report and now two years to make something out of it before the next election.

Everybody is working hard at it… from the president on down.

Mueller, Mueller, Mueller… and more Mueller.

But… healthcare? Climate change? Wage and economic inequality? Poverty? Educational inequality?

Ummmmmm… nuthin’! (And if anything, things are getting worse!)

Every day is filled with the wall and the report. The report and the wall.

But is anyone working on the people’s business? I fear not.

Now… our folks in Washington will fall all over themselves explaining the complicated and complex issues they are dealing with daily. They will trumpet miniscule accomplishments from the rooftops.

BUT… at the end of the day… it’s the wall and the report.

Nothing is getting done. Not by Republicans (who have dedicated their lives to protecting this president) nor by the Democrats (who have sworn to bring him down.)

The wall and the report.

And soon… way too soon… the full force of an election cycle (during which nothing gets down anyway) will be upon us.

Has the form of government imagined by the Founders and Framers so eroded that true and stable governance grinds to a halt as both parties and all three branches of government chase each other down the road like a dog barking a car into the sunset?

How sad that our democratic republic is being so belittled by kooks on both the left and the right lacking any form of gravitas or serious consideration of the greater good.

All one needs to do to understand the truth of what is going on in Washington today is listen to the rhetoric – childish at best.

“Traitors” “Treason” “Criminal” Coup d’etat” “Invasion” “Vermin” and then watch the chest beating from both sides.

But what about the economy, the burgeoning deficit, continuing Wall Street inequality, serious consideration of immigration issues, employment security and more, and more, and more?

These issues apparently aren’t nearly as important as the wall and the report.

Do we really need to face another couple years of this?

Is anyone in Washington actually earning a fair wage for a fair day’s work?

Can anyone honestly say this president and the members of Congress we have sitting in Washington – on both sides of the aisle – are worth the money we spend to keep them there?

I can’t.

I’d say “Vote ‘em out” but that’s simply and sadly not realistic.

We’re stuck with them… the entire ineffectual lot.

The wall and the Meuller report… excelsior!!!

The real and necessary work of the people… meh!

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Posted by Jim Crees

Jim is the editor in chief of the Pioneer, Herald Review and Lake County Star. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8360 or by e-mail at jcrees@pioneergroup.com.

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