The beauty of the American political system and Constitution is that it permits evolutionary change and improvement through an iterative process. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt led the nation to address the needs of poor and working Americans by providing Social Security. He established program to put Americans back to work developing need infrastructure and improvements that simultaneously created a better business environment.
The American economy is a government and private sector partnership. Government creates a healthy environment in which geniuses, inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs may flourish. The theory is that while business enterprises optimize return on their ideas and resources that produce superior products and services, the government enterprise optimizes return on national resources that include capital, materials and people.
The belief is that people are self-determined and will pursue their best position in life when supported by the right policies and services.
Some people are born luckier than others in terms of having wealth and resources. That means that those who are at or near poverty are going to require more support than those who are better off. How that works is at the heart of the ideological dispute.
By modern standards for civility in America today, it is unacceptable to have anyone living in poverty. It is equally unacceptable that the economic system deprives an upward mobile Middle Class while 1% controls 90% of the nation’s wealth.
What the world sees playing out in Congress is a battle between the greedy and the rest of us Americans who just want to engineer a sustainable economy and stable lifestyle for all of our lives.
Free enterprise is a good thing, but unregulated capitalism is a bad thing because it is unsustainable and misguided by a profit motive that is out of balance with social responsibility. The battle today is about America finding a new equilibrium, and about elected representatives catching up with We the People.
"Poll: Congress approval at 10 percent
The approval rating is the all-time lowest approval number for Congress on a CNN poll. | Reuters
By JOSE DELREAL | 9/30/13 5:55 PM EDT
Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low, according to a new poll released just hours before a likely government shutdown.
The CNN/ORC poll shows that only 10 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 87 percent disapprove. The approval rating is the all-time lowest approval number for Congress on a CNN poll. The approval rating is down from 20 percent earlier this month.
President Obama’s own approval rating has taken a dip in recent weeks, down to 44 percent from 53 percent in May. The administration had a long summer of setbacks, following the revelations of sweeping surveillance powers by the National Security Agency.
The survey of 803 people was conducted Sept. 27-29 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points."