“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works,” Obama said. “Whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”
“Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward,” he continued. “Where the answer is no, programs will end.”
I am encouraged by this comment in President Obama’s inauguration address from 20 Jan 2009. That President Obama will even hint that he may eliminate an ineffective or useless agency is encouraging. He is right to warn all that we better be willing to sacrifice and change and that government cannot continue to provide all it has attempted to do. I have even heard him admit that we cannot sustain our current level of borrowing as lenders will want payment sooner or later.
President Obama has claimed that Government is the solution in previous speeches and yet claims no responsibility for conditions of the financial sector even with some of his endorsed projects creating some of the worst problems. The fact that the crowds booed President Bush and blame him totally for our problems is also in part because Obama and others only pointed to the Bush decisions and policies and took no credit for blocking and interfering in cleaning up government agencies.
No President is a King as designed by our US Constitution, but the populace seems to give this president kingly expectations, or even a savior’s power to solve all problems with his intelligence, charm and mere presence. Now I do think he feels the weight of what he has bought into and knows that he will either help clean up a mess he helped to create or it will get worse. That explains why he now pleads for time to resolve and repair issues and systems that have long been broken and based on shaky foundations.
There is so much bloat in Washington DC and the government of these United States that our borrowing will have to increase in order to feed all agencies and laws and rules that are in place now. That there will have to be cuts of agencies expenses, changes of oppressive and expensive laws and even eliminations of departments is an unavoidable truth if we are to reduce our debt. There are certainly departments that just take from the citizens and give no value to all, just serving a few. Any Federal agency, taking money from all, should provide benefits to all or not exist. This may be a higher standard than a politician currently can address, but is a very real one that we better approach, and soon.
Certainly the way to this type of solution is not complex, but is not easy. A more localized and community based solution to education, poverty and many other problems is in order. This would keep money at the local levels and laws more relevant to a people and their problems. If we have truly come a long way and we love each other we will not boo an outgoing President and we will not expect the impossible from the current President. I pray we do go back to the virtues and morals President Obama quoted from President Washington (Washington said these come best from church and Bible and are needed to keep our country safe). This will take a Federal monster off our backs and put personal responsibilities for our freedom on them. We can develop the strength to support those awesome and necessary responsibilities.