Sometimes I’m embarrassed to live in this country

So President Obama is going to give this speech on creating jobs.  Okay.  Now, I don’t get too much into politics because usually after five minutes of listening to some of these people, my blood pressure is much higher and I often want to punch my TV.  But the other day these analysts were discussing what he might say.  One of the things he might say is to increase spending to fix our infrastructure.  Here, here, I say.  We’ve should have been spending money to fix our failing infrastructure for the past thirty years.  It’s a simple proposition: spend some money now to fix the problems of X, or wait for something to fail catastrophically and spend far more money to replace X.  In my simple opinion, it’s a no-brainer.

Now the Tea Party with their rigid “Governments spending money is evil” ideology will foam at the mouth at the possibility Obama will say this, let alone if he actually does.  To them I say that’s stupid.  If you’re driving along and you get a flat tire, you get out and fix it.  You don’t keep driving until you fuck up everything and you have to buy a new car.  I mean, we SERIOUSLY only have three choices: spend money now to fix the “minor” problems like bridges about to crumble, spend even more money when these problems explode, or let our infrastructure collapse, along with our economy, our national prestige, our ranking as the world’s strongest nation, etc., etc.  Not fixing our infrastructure will destroyAmericain ways Al-Qaeda has wet dreams about.

Now what did the Democratic strategist say about what might be in Obama’s speech?  Don’t mention infrastructure because it doesn’t connect to people.  Apparently, if our President comes out and says, “Here is a problem we are facing, here is how we fix it, we are going to fix it,” just doesn’t get us excited.  It lacks pizzazz.  I guess we want the President to come out with a top hat and cane and sing and dance.  Who cares if it actually solves problems, as long as the people notice something.

Of course the question is, are the political movers and shakers to blame for underestimating the American people, or are the American people to blame because we care more about some idiots on a beach than serious matters?  The answer – I suspect – is a little from Column A, a little from Column B.

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