Mr. President, Members of the House and Senate:

Get a grip. Do what you were elected to do. As a Democrat, Liberal, Republican, Conservative – whatever label – we can only hope the reason you won your last election is that the constituents who voted you in bought into that label. So you are correct to lean into the agenda that comes with it.

Get real. We in the trenches of everyday life – whatever label – are forced to live with compromise. We all want everything to go our way but live with getting what we can and dealing with it. I believe most of us want the other worker bees to get some of theirs too – even if they want something we might not, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. The majority of us know we can’t have it all our way, and are willing to live and let live.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Grow up. For the last four years and more all of you have been playing hardball “My Way or the Highway” with each other, resulting in very little of what we needed and wanted being taken care of.

Compromise! Play nice with each other and get into “Give and Take” mode. We don’t expect you to get us everything we want. We don’t expect you to prevent those with different wants than us from getting something they want. Start working together, without the bullying rhetoric, without listening to just those who contribute the most to your next election, and get some meaningful, positive work done. Work that will get more people at least some of what they need and want, and keep all of us and our country moving forward.

Remember all of us. It’s not all about you.

Thank you.

Taking It to the Streets

Occupy Wall Street

I respect the “Occupy Whatever Street” movement folks, and salute their tenacity.  They have been keeping the general population’s anger with those who caused this current financial crisis and those who allow it to continue, near the top of the media’s hot list for quite a while.  Well, they did lose traction the day Kim Kardashian announced her divorce intention, but hey – as crises go, the media found that hard to beat.

My feeling is that it is all for nothing.  The target of our anger, the “Wall Street” mobsters (as good a name as any) will not change because they don’t have to.  They control the machine that feeds them and keeps us where they want us, and our government has shown no meaningful intent to alter that scenario.  And no, the pompous speeches and glorious photo ops with scowling faces and threats, nor the toothless legislation count at all.

To me, the core reason this movement took off and is breathing so long is rage.  Not a rage based solely on the wide gap in the numbers of “haves” and “have nots”.  A deep, burning rage ignited by the ultimate exposure to date of what a bullshit driven system we flounder in.  The most in your face example ever that justice is for some of us, not all of us.

We have been in this mess since 2008.  Everyone knows, and your government has acknowledged, the mess was brought to an irrecoverable stage by the unethical and criminal acts of a large number of investment insiders.  These greedy bastards knew what was going on with property mortgages and other credit issues, and exploited it for their personal gain.  They also knew they would get away with it.

A few of the high ranking and most obvious crooks were paraded in and out of court, and some were put behind bars.  But the large number of quiet thieves who rode the pre-crash wave, bleeding every dime they could out of it into their own pockets, still have that money.  They were never exposed or called to task – never made to pay for their blatant  abuse of the system they created, and never made to return the money they stole.  The mob who caused this financial breakdown remain untouched, living the good life with the riches resulting from their criminal activity.

What’s the fix?  “Wall Street” will not relinquish control of their magic money machine.  Your government leaders (please note I did not say “representatives”) will not call them on that for fear of losing the financial support for their singular purpose in life: getting reelected enough times to comfortably retire in luxury.  Add that these “leaders” will also not give up control of their machine – the one that decides who is allowed to successfully run for any office of consequence.  Pretty bleak, huh?