Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.
The fact that opinion polls show Americans are unhappy with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy amazes me. Any high school graduate should know from social studies classes that Congress holds the purse strings on all economic matters facing this country.
Fact is that nearly every economic proposal the president has put forward has been met with opposition and filibusters from Republicans in Congress who are determined to see him fail despite the damage they are doing to Americans.
The blame for our economic woes is not President Obama’s but that of American voters who literally tore the promise of progress from his agenda when they handed the ruling body (Congress) over to Republicans who take their orders from corporate America. Thanks to voters, there will be no jobs bill or any bill passed in any way, shape or form that would violate the Republican pledge to Grover Norquist (of Americans for Tax Reform). Amazing, isn’t it, that the pledge to not raise taxes takes precedence over the Pledge of Allegiance? It looks like the ideology of Mr. Norquist overrides that of President Ronald Reagan who raised taxes several times during his presidency.
Do your homework, America. Before you vote in 2012, take a good, hard look at where Republican policies have taken us over the past decade. The power is in your hands. Use it wisely.