Oct 102010
Authors: Samuel Lustgarten

President Obama earns my unwavering pride. Unlike his predecessor, the Texas vacationer, Obama’s fortitude and stamina have been unmatched by most. Time and time again, he has stepped up and spoken out against Republican plans.

From health care to continued tax breaks for the rich, he’s gone beyond partisan politics. But my benevolence to the executive branch is not shared for his legislative accomplices.

Election season is nearly upon us, and the media is clamoring to predict the upcoming results. The metaphorical guillotine is being wheeled out as I write. Promises are being made for a revolutionary, new leadership.

The political dance and circus-like antics within Congress have led to a frighteningly minuscule 11 percent of Americans who have confidence in them. Voters will most likely follow their disgust by sticking it to Democrats.

I actually welcome the congressional housekeeping that’s on the horizon. Despite the weekly phalanx of conservatives that lambaste my liberal ideology, I think we’re in agreement –– just for different reasons.

Obama’s spoken-word rises above the legislative child’s play. In near-daily speeches, he compels voters to look at results. Obama is quick to reference health care, credit card reform, foreclosure prevention and student loan reform.

As the executive branch touts their progressive reform, Congress is making a mockery of it by sitting on the single most important legislation of these last two years: tax reform. George Bush’s reign as president subverted any hope of having a balanced budget.

His tax cuts for all –– greatest for the rich –– have made us subservient to colossal debt ratios. Now, in their moment of glory, redemption and courage, Democrats are letting fear dictate their vote on a reformed tax code going into the November elections.

The delay is a slap in the face to every liberal who grumbles at the rapacious rich. Millionaires get huge savings under current tax structure, while the reality is that the average American makes a salary of roughly $35,000, according to the Census Bureau. The disparity is unconscionable.

The thunderous rage-forming spittle from the mouths of bigoted Tea Party members suddenly makes an iota of sense. The government hasn’t had our backs. The lower- and middle-income workers that labor tirelessly to feed, dress and educate their children have been left behind.

Wall Street was bailed out and top executives took home handsome bonuses for terrible performance. Persistently high unemployment numbers paint a picture of stagnancy. The recession may have technically ended, but the hurt is still searing.

This leads many to conclude that Democrats should be expunged and swiftly ousted. Their selfishness and failure to govern seems like a worthwhile punishment for inadequacy. These toddlers shouldn’t preside over the whole of America.

In a defensive ploy, Democrats publicly opposed further tax breaks for the rich in the last few months. They went into the fetal position and prepared for a beating at the polls. With the haranguing almost complete, they took out their last card and instead of curtailing Bush-era profligacy now, they decided to wait until election season was complete.

The time for fervent tax reform may never come. If, as predicted, Republicans defeat Democrats this election season, the Democrats will be out of power before justice can be served to the under-taxed elite.

As I ponder where my vote will be placed, with disgust welling up inside, I’m uncertain what may result of my indecisiveness. A Republican victory may ensure that burgeoning debt and unemployment become permanent for the working class.

Revenge is a costly consequence of anger.

Vengeance toward the stupidity and utter self-aggrandizement of Democrats has fallout. As much as I want to replace the Democrats with humans that have functional, critically-thinking brains, the right-wing alternative isn’t better. Drearily, I must compromise my expectations for a real liberal, and vote for the standby –– Democrats –– even if it’s wrong over wronger.

Samuel Lustgarten is a senior psychology major. His column appears on Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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