When President-elect Barack Obama takes office, what should he do with respect to local and state issues? How much federal government involvement should there be?
I’m from Illinois, so of course I’ve seen a little state government that I wish I hadn’t with respect to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
In my estimation, the main thing Obama needs to do is to create trust in government. How does he do this?
First, people have to know politicians are doing what they are supposed to be doing. This means even after they are in office they have to be watched. Historically, we have not had effective practices — or practices at all for that matter — with respect to keeping an eye on incumbents. This would include mental, physical and financial check-ups. Further, it would include frequent, not annual, reports to committees who would release them to the public. Yes, you’re right, it may slow government down a little, but we would know what was going on and we would not be getting so many surprises as if we’d been bad kids for Christmas.
The next thing that Obama needs to do is create stability. Simply, no matter on what level, prop up what needs to be propped up. Keep the local banks open; keep local businesses open and keep the schools open. However, stop pandering to Wall Street because they do not represent the economy in any way.
(As an aside to that comment, we are being told by the minute that we are dying as a society economically. However, I see gas at $1.50 per gallon and I see people doing Christmas shopping the same as they are every year. In fact, some stores close to me have been packed everyday.)
Obama should take a “picture” of our economy, a “freeze-frame” if you will. Show us where we are without allowing it to get worse. Then start to move.
I feel it is a good idea to offer stimulus payments to the public. It will help people just plain feel better. Tighten controls on people in office more than anything. We have had too many people allowed to be alone in a corner.
I am a conservative, so typically I would say let’s infuse money into businesses. The problem with that is it takes time. Further, we’ve also seen how unreliable business has been. Government work programs would not be a bad idea.
Of course, it would not be wise to stay on that path. We are based on free enterprise. And, it would be wise once we get our bearings that we begin to unwind government involvement.
It is necessary to remember above all else that we, as citizens, are to blame for the state we find ourselves. Hopefully Obama will be savvy enough to recognize that the most important thing he can do is return truth to the electorate.