Friday, February 4, 2011

Should America Follow The Lead?

   Well, if most of you follow the news, you will know of the protests going on in Cairo, Egypt. It would seem that after thirty years of being ruled by one person, it has finally taken its toll on the population. What a lot of you may not know, is that this is not the first time in history, that another country's population has rallied together for a cause. In fact, throughout history, many countries have protested against their government, in an effort to change the way the government or leader has ruled over the years. Many Mid-East countries have done the same in the past. Other countries, including France's, "French Revolution", have done so as well, including right here in our very own backyard, when our forefathers fought for the so called freedoms we now have today. When I watch these news stories, or read about these revolutions, I cant help but wonder, "Why haven't we done this yet?". I mean, when you look at the data, it would seem that out of all the revolutions and protests that have gone on throughout the years, have all been for things that would be considered "not as bad" as the things that go on in our very own country today. If you think back to a time not too long ago, we bailed out a bunch of wall street companies, to which most of them screwed the American public. A nice thank you, considering we paid for the bailouts with our very own taxpayer money. Also consider all the money we give to other countries for all kinds of reasons and problems, but right here in our own country, we have the same problems, if not greater, that could use that money. The list goes on and on, but my all time favorite, is the way oil companies price gouge and our government never says a thing about it in any speech or proposal. We are told it is because of the price of oil per barrel, and conflicts in other countries, and any excuse they can give us. Well, my friends, the numbers don't lie. When companies, like Exxon, are reporting billion dollar profits, in excess of $40 billion, well that's not because the price of oil went up, its because they raised the prices, period! Its very simple folks, you don make a profit if you are paying more, thus having to charge more. You make a profit, when you pay less and charge more. So essentially, the big oil companies continue to pay a certain price, then tell us that a war in some god forsaken place, or a shortage, or that some fish off the coast of India has laid eggs, so we had to raise the price of gas. The first time Exxon, or any oil company reported a $40 billion dollar profit, our government, who is supposed to look out for the welfare of the American people, should have questioned how they made such a profit, when the price of oil has supposedly gone up. So, if you noticed, the question or topic of oil prices is avoided like the plague by our politicians.
   It wouldn't be fair, if we didn't mention the health care issue. Another reason as to why we need a regime change in our country. Has it ever struck anybodies curiosity as to why prescription drugs are the most expensive here in our country, but dirt cheap for the same medication in another country? I'll tell you why! Its because our health care is not determined by our government, it is controlled and determined by the pharmaceutical companies, that lobby our congressman, and bestow lavish gifts (in the form of money), to hear their pitch about a product or law (which means to vote in favor of them), in the hopes it will go through (which means it will). We are the one of the worst countries, when it comes to allowing the rich and powerful to run this nation of ours. Not one politician in D.C. represents the people fairly. Instead of voting together for things that will makes us better for it, they would rather vote against or for something, because of what party you belong to. So it doesn't matter that your Democratic leader has a great bill or law that will help us, when all the republicans are going to vote against it, all because it wasn't a Republican bill or law. If you watch politics in our country nowadays, it is nothing more than a civil WWEake it to the streets, take it to the steps of our political leaders, and most certainly, take it to the very steps of the White House. Because voting doesn't work, and writing to your congressman doesn't work, and little town hall meetings don't work. Nothing works, because your cries can not be heard over the sound of money being put into their pockets. You wan to cut back the budget, how about cutting those big fat paychecks our congressman get for doing nothing. If a person is representing the people, then he should have to live like the people. I don't see how you can even begin to understand the trials of living in poverty, until you live in poverty, and that's half the problem. We pay these guys so well, that they live a lavish lifestyle, and lose touch with the American people. Did you know that some states have as many as 53 congressmen?!! 53? Really? Why would we need 53 congressman to represent one state? Talk about sharing the wealth. If these guys would do their jobs, they wouldn't need 53 representatives. Considering a congressman can earn up to $400,000 a year, cutting back to one representative per state could save us billions of dollars a year. I think the mob has more business sense than our government. I know I am not the only one who feels this way, or sees the blatant crimes taking place in our government, so again, my question is, "Why haven't we done this yet?".
   As Americans, we have a duty to right what is wrong, and we have a right to. We need to stop hiding behind our computers and cell phones, and get back to the basics by voicing our opinions as a whole. Instead of writing to our congressmen, we need to show up at their doorsteps and offices. We need to rally together to show them that we are not stupid, and that we are sick and tired of being robbed blind by our government, and that we want change for the people, by the people.