Will America ever get it's act together and bring back our Jobs and stop fighting Wars?
Main Street Wants Actions on Jobs, Not Blunders on Syria
By 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.
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
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
“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
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.
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