Not feeling the pain

In your May 4th paper, Terry Madonna and Michael Young wrote about “A Good Start” discussing Pennsylvania’s upcoming gubernatorial election, and mentioning “an isolated, increasingly frustrated” Barack Obama “struggling desperately to pursue an agenda blocked almost completely by the opposition party’s veto in the Congress.”

Sorry, Terry (and Michael). I don’t feel your pain. Or Obama’s. Few do.

In a recent poll, USAToday found us “saddled by angst” over the slow economy and shrinking employment rolls and skeptical about Obama’s signature-achievement health care law. “Things need to change,” one Minnesotan is quoted saying.

Ironic, isn’t it, that the 2008 Hope and Change flimflammer is now opposed by more than 2-1 in USAToday’s poll?

By a margin of 65%-30%, Americans polled nationally say they want the president elected in 2016 to pursue different policies and programs than the Obama administration, rather than the one an isolated, increasingly frustrated Barack Obama is “struggling desperately to pursue.”

And the “isolated, increasingly frustrated” Barack Obama is “blocked almost completely” not by the opposition party, in my book, Terry. The Obama agenda is blocked by the people’s elected representatives. The “opposition party” in Washington didn’t infiltrate like the Russian agents in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, they were elected as Representatives to represent the American people in the various districts.

Perhaps our isolated, frustrated president should get out more, play a little more golf, take a few more vacations, mix and mingle some. Leave the Secret Service back in Washington and get in among we the people, the ones whose votes put all those agenda-blocking Republicans in the House of Representatives.

If he’d listen, we could tell our president (and Madonna and Young) a thing or two.

Andrew Reibson


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