December 2, 2012
I find it curious to say the least that during the election, many voters believed the President once elected could change things at a personal level for many American votes.
The President is at the top of the tree. He mainly deals with high level decisions on domestic and foreign policies. The information he received, is highly selective and limited based on the limited decision making he needs to take to full fill his role as the President.
The type of decisions he has to make has been filtered out by lower echelons in the political and governmental systems.
It is the mechanisms which are an inherit part of the governmental systems which have to account and deal with the problems, at the level of the ordinary American voters, thus the President would have very limited input in how these systems function. He would have very broad views of certain policies, which in turn have to be acted upon, by those within the mechanism, which in turn would be based upon decision making at that level.
So who are you really voting for? It may have more impact if many concentrated on local governmental officials, Congressman or Senators. Each stage by stage would have narrower and narrower and more concentrated awareness of the problems of the American votes, and citizens.
June 5, 2009
I agree, magonia; change from the bottom up is the best/only solution. Focusing on local and state issues/candidates seems to be the way for real political change. Interesting to see how policies of the rival party President are adopted and even advanced when change comes to the White House. Obama's continuation of spying and military force in the neverending 'War On Terror' -TO- Bush's signing of the No Child Left Behind Act (a reauthorization and steroid shot to Johnson's Elementary and Secondary Education Act ; which was passed to help our bold, selfless, altruistic leaders fight yet again for us - the 'War On Poverty').
All Presidents no doubt believe(d) they were doing great good and, to be fair, those examples are not without merit. It's the way they feed the machine and grow government with layers of bureaucracy and redundancy or slowly grind at individual liberty that's the problem. The antithesis to what America should be, imo.
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison
April 9, 2009
We do not always feel political decisions, most go unnoticed and we do even realize money has been spent for our benefit. We do not think about how federal money may have just built something that does affect our lives, hopefully for the better. Big ones we do feel like Obamacare, and our policies in the middle east, decisions about Ebola, etc. Most of the time, all political acts or decisions, are mostly not seen or felt. Bills that may change a tax law, or a school program, local decisions to fix holes, or upgrade street lights. Like sports every game is not the Superbowl, they are small unnoticed games, nobody attends or thinks about. Yes we here about big things, like a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but who thinks about what we expect government to be doing normally. Fire and police budgets, schools, keeping the streets clean and garbage trucks running.
Presidents have cabinets, and they have advisers, and we have 3 branches of Government, that in general works, but it is slow, expensive, and most of the time feels not very productive. Congress can't agree most the time, and real decisions are conflicted by party differences. If it gets to the White House, Presidents accept or reject, and it is either all or nothing. The State of California has something I do not understand why a President has, call "Line Item Veto". Federal Government may work much better if the President had this power.
Our system is very complex, between the Federal Government and the powers of State level Government, where many policies get in a quandaries. The Constitution is clear about the powers of both. In addition you have the judicial branch of Government that may put issues into limbo for decades, so the wheels of Government are slow, and we do not think we are ever affected, because results are never immediate.
You will never please everyone because we all have different issues. Laws enacted may be useless to some and everything to others. To some Obamacare was a blessing, to me I think it will backfire so bad it will be a disaster. Nobody will ever be happy 100%, President is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. His score card never pleases everyone.