Will America ever get it's act together and bring back our Jobs and stop fighting Wars?

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Main Street Wants Actions on Jobs, Not Blunders on Syria

By Salena Zitomain street actions jobs blunders syria salena zito - September 15, 2013

Pa. – Tracey loaded three large cardboard boxes with tomatoes, peaches,
green beans, cucumbers and fleshy beets for a young couple about to
embark on their first adventure in the art of canning.
Rows of
perfectly presented vegetables lined the shelves of her family’s farmers
market, where State Route 31 meets the base of a mountain.

The young couple peppered her with questions about “putting up” their
produce as they recalled watching their parents filling cellars with
canned vegetables and fruits that lasted from autumn through spring.

They also chatted about jobs and ways to cut corners; all three
expressed worry about an economy that has not improved for more than a

Behind them in line, a group of young people discussed the
possibility of war with Syria – all of them astonished that this is what
the White House is focused on.

“We keep waiting for the White House to talk about jobs in a
meaningful, constructive way so that our families, communities and
schools stop crumbling,” said one young woman as she contemplated buying
fresh honey.

Americans are suffering in ways Washington doesn’t grasp.

If you drive the 140 miles from this spot into the nation’s capital,
the first 125 miles look about the same – farms, small towns and
remnants of a once-thriving industrial livelihood barely holding on,
creating a ripple effect for schools, police and fire forces facing
steep budget cuts because of lost tax bases.

The moment you enter Rockville, Md., and eventually exit onto
Connecticut Avenue toward the heart of Washington, your senses are
drenched in prosperity; shops overflow with people, every off-street is
gentrified, construction is everywhere – and good luck finding a decent
place to eat without an hour’s wait.

Organic-food stands mimic Tracey’s Somerset County farmers market –
except that the prices are tripled and her warm service is replaced with
a polite but vacant exchange.

Down the cross-section of numbered avenues to the White House,
President Barack Obama is beating the war drums on Syria; he has reset,
walked back or waivered over striking that war-torn country because of
its regime’s alleged chemical attack on its own people.

His message has been weak, vacillating and downright confusing not
only to Congress and to international allies but, by their own
admission, to his staff.

Historian David Peitrusza believes this bottomless disconnect with
Americans’ needs and the president’s naked indecisiveness on war is
shockingly unparalleled. And historians are rarely, if ever, stumped for
historical parallels.

“Obama's ill-conceived, badly executed, unnecessary and profoundly
unpopular Syrian adventure remains without precedent in American
history,” said Peitrusza, “There is finally something new under the sun
and, while it is not anything demanded by or of any utility to the
American people, it may prove to be of some genuine value to them in
facing this White House's shortcomings.”

Back at the farmers market, a brilliant American flag dances in the
slightly cool breeze that signals summer is escaping and fall is around
the corner.

In fact, the length of Glades Pike Road – the old name for Route 31,
back when it was an artery of the “underground railroad” – is lined with
farms graced by flags posted alongside natural-gas wells that help many
small family farms survive in southwestern Pennsylvania.

On a back-road, a handmade sign jutting from the weeds declares,
“Stay out of Syria” – a reminder of what national polls show: Americans
passionately (by 63 percent, in a recent Pew survey) oppose Obama's plan
to intervene in that country.

They are equally dissatisfied with his handling of the economy: His
approval plummeted to 35 percent (in a Gallup survey) long before news
that, for a fifth year, there was no “summer of recovery” and the
percentage of Americans working or looking for work has fallen to its
lowest level since 1978.

Those who work in or report on the White House live in a protective
bubble humming with commerce; they don't understand why folks out here
are restless and unsatisfied, unhappy with the thought of another war,
weary of the lack of backbone on the economy.

The folks outside Washington want action – just not the kind that this blundering White House is trying to sell.

Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page columnist. E-mail her at szito@tribweb.com

Related Topics: Syria, Economy, Barack

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  • princess 2013/09/16 09:05:18
    Not under this communist leader/administration.
  • cmdrbnd007 2013/09/16 04:29:13
    Not with the idiots we have in Washington now.
  • atomikmom cmdrbnd007 2013/09/16 04:33:52
    They think only of themselves and their wants and needs and to BLAZES us!!!
  • cmdrbnd007 atomikmom 2013/09/16 04:37:30
    You got that right. They say power corrupts and I think anyone looking at our politicians today can attest to that as fact.
  • atomikmom cmdrbnd007 2013/09/16 04:38:28
    YUP!!! That's a fact!!!
  • BonnieDeutsch 2013/09/16 04:26:33
    Most of those jobs aren't coming back and we should understand that. Our various Unions should take a bow at what they did to cause that to happen. Now we have to figure out what to do with all these out of work people. So let's not let the Dream Act or anything close to it get passed, so that we won't be dealing with millions more who need jobs. America first !
  • atomikmom BonnieD... 2013/09/16 04:31:57
    Why can't our Government take care of us? They are American Jobs, not other countries Jobs. It's bad enough that we have to deal with Illegal Immigrants robbing us of our Jobs, but for our Government to cheat us out of working and providing our families with a safe and secure future? That is a ripoff!! on our part.
  • Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL 2013/09/16 04:11:52
    Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL
    We're done, for all intents and purposes. The only thing holding us together is the US dollar bill. When that goes belly up (and it will), that'll be it.
  • atomikmom Sal Mon... 2013/09/16 04:26:34
    )-: BUMMER!!!!
  • Sal Mon... atomikmom 2013/09/16 04:28:34
    Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL
    Yep. I'm old so I won't have to grow up in a communist-based America with Obama at the helm.
  • Peewee ~PWCM~ 2013/09/16 04:01:13
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    Not in the current administration.
  • Jonathan V. 2013/09/16 02:46:44
    Jonathan V.
    Who knows?
  • atomikmom Jonatha... 2013/09/16 03:02:36
    Now he says that if he can't have Syria, he will go after Iran!! Obama is off his Rocker!!
  • sbtbill 2013/09/16 02:06:57
    But not under corporatist right wing Republicans or blue dog corporatist Democrats. It will take people like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on the left and Rand Paul and Johnson on the right.
  • Sal Mon... sbtbill 2013/09/16 04:12:53
    Sal Monella ~PWCM~JL
    Did you know Bernie Sanders is a proud Socialist?
  • munda 2013/09/16 01:45:21
    It is going to get much, much worse before any rebuilding can be done.
  • atomikmom munda 2013/09/16 01:54:48
    I feel for our future generations!!
  • atomikmom 2013/09/16 01:22:21
    I don't see it happening anytime to soon. Poverty means nothing to Obama and his crew, nor does it to the Republicans. It's all about Money ,War and control, and all we American's get is chicken Feed!! and Pennies!!!
  • BonnieD... atomikmom 2013/09/16 04:33:51
    The "Dream Act" was a nightmare brought to America by Democrates so let's be fair, it's not all Republicans.
  • Cat 2013/09/16 01:20:47
    Our posterity is too lazy for manufacturing work.
    they are afraid of getting dirty and sweaty.
  • atomikmom Cat 2013/09/16 01:25:53
    You are absolutely Right!! Cat, War is more important to our government. They get the money and we don't get Diddles!!!
  • Sister Jean 2013/09/16 01:18:26
    Sister Jean
    I sure Hope so
  • atomikmom Sister ... 2013/09/16 01:27:01
    Same Here Sister Jean same here.

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