According to the Congressional Budget Office they predict that this year if the Obama wins in November and a Republican victory in the House with a significant number of Republicans maintaining their seat in the Senate our congress will again display the kind of partisan politics where nothing gets done. Never before has an elected body been so antagonistic toward a siting President. Now Congress is poised again to disrupt this nation with the prospect of another debt ceiling show down. The last one congress had only pushed the United States closer to that fiscal cliff. Today, the United States is still positioned at the rim of this cliff where at any moment we could actually fall into the abyss of financial Armageddon.
What is so disturbing is that so many business leaders fear that a continuation of the Obama Administration only further pushes an already antagonistic Congress to be even more antagonistic. The logrjam that has crippled the US economy will only prevail for the next four years. Meanwhile the average Joe citizen is in a continual cycle of financial woe and misery. Another disturbing realm of reality in our economy is that corporate profits have gone right through the roof. From 2008 to this past year over 1 trillion dollars of clear profit was enjoyed. The sad part is that American business could drastically improve the overall US economy by rerouting these profits into hiring and paying living wages. To this day they haven't and the prospect if the Republicans continue to have their way these business won't.
It is quite apparent that an orchestrated effort is in play in which the Republican Party in sinc with corporate businesses are maneuvering and posturing themselves in a way that will only widen the wealth gap here in the United States. A gap so wide it is unconscionable. This orchestration is like holding a gun to the head of the United States economy literally by saying to the afflicted voter, vote or us or else, you the poor hapless American citizen, will only continue to wallow in despair and misery. The sad fact that even if the voter votes Republican most of Americans will still be faced with and economy that only favors the wealthy.
It is no surprise that to millions of Americans that money is at the heart of our political process. When more money was pumped into Wisconsin's recall election than both Presidential candidates combined efforts for the months of April and May leaves little doubt that what ever political party who dominates the funding that party is virtually guaranteed victory. Today, when so many of our elected officials are now professional legislatures: Professional meaning in a perpetual state of campaigning never mind focusing on the real concerns of their constituents but rather on gaining the upper hand in monetary campaign contributions it is now no wonder that nothing gets done.
The present Administration is purposely being denied the opportunity to pass initiatives that may improve the economy. Granted both the Congress and current Administration don't see eye to eye very often but that should not prohibit compromise. But, what else can we expect from our professional elected officials in Congress today. It is primarily the Republican party that is completely clueless about the solutions that can remedy and salvage the United States before we all fall off that cliff and into the abyss of economic Armageddon.
Meanwhile another crisis is on the horizon across the Atlantic. Europe is awash in a financial deaththros. The Ero is struggling to keep the countries of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal afloat. By pumping billions of Euro's in the Spanish financial networks to shore up their banks like in Greece has only fed fuel to the fire of a total economic catastrophe. With so much at stake those billions of dollars pouring into those Financial institutions only to ask for more billions isn't the answer for Europe's long range recovery. With the United States bailing out the financial and auto industries may have kept the wolf away from the door sort of speaking for a while longer wasn't the answer for the United States either.
There are many contingencies in play in both Europe and in the United States that continually derail those solutions from ever being considered that would ease the financial burden and improve economic conditions. It is the failure of our political process to elect public servants that truly understand the severity of those dire predicaments that the United States and Europe are in today. It is also the failure of our political process to have people who can equate these conditions all of us live under with the understanding of the solutions needed that will have a profound effect on alleviating those conditions that are curtailing the opportunities for attaining a better quality of life for all. The answers and solutions are out there but, until our elected officials see the light of day their tunnel vision will continue to deny so many that quality of life all should have.