The political economy in the country is just as bad as the economy. In fact, some think the former is worse.
Is anyone really surprised that the country is mad at Washington? All we see when we turn on the TV are issues that we do not feel affect us directly. And when there are issues that Americans want to be solved, what we get more often than not is political theatre and 1960s talking points.
Approval ratings are some of the lowest we’ve seen in many years and for good reason.
President Obama came into the White House, promising to change the way business is done in Washington and to be more transparent, and he has really only made progress on one: transparency. The problem with being transparent is that critics are going to see what you shouldn’t be doing and become upset as opposed to a president that might choose to be more secretive.
When it comes to changing Washington, the administration has not done that yet. The issues Americans are dealing with are not a result of the past 2 years (or even ten for that matter). All of these problems have been culminating as a result of multiple variables. Two being our dependence on cash (campaigns) and political, war-game tactics.
Truth is this year’s midterm elections will cost an estimated $3.7 billion. Those who have had more access to capital tend to win more often than not. This is a problem as this leaves incentive for the corruption of our representatives by special interests and groups with lots of money.
Until we change the way we see and understand politics, we should stop being surprised when politicians represent others as opposed to the people that elected them in office. We elect the people we deserve. Maybe some of this anger at Washington should be aimed back at the people who elected the representatives: the American public.