On Monday April 29th on the six month anniversary of Super storm Sandy’s devastation of the east coast and particularly the New Jersey shore, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that presidential politics were the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with President Obama last fall.
According to Governor Christie “The president has kept every promise he’s made. I think he’s done a good job. He kept his word. Everything the president promised me they’d do, they’ve done. I don’t have any complaint this morning on the issue of disaster relief.”
The storm destroyed about 360,000 homes and/or apartment units here in New Jersey, and some areas along the shore are still devastated and may not be repaired for years to come and the Governor went on to say that even though he and President Obama have fundamentally different views on governing, they were still able to work together to do what needed to be done for a devastated region. And the fact that they disagree on many things politically did not come into play when something this important needed to get done.
Wow! So it can be done. Political opponents elected by the people to serve the people can work together to help use the power of the government to help solve the people’s problems.
Instead of resorting to stupid tricks like sequestrations and filibusters our politicians need to do the jobs they were democratically elected by the people to do. They were all elected to represent the people and to work with all of the other representatives of the people regardless of their political affiliations or motivations.
Instead most, if not all, cavort about like elementary school kids who think the others among them have cooties…remember those childish days? Like anyone who is hired to do a job, if you refuse to work or refuse to get along with your co-workers then you should be fired…or at the very least sequestered to a playpen or day care center.
Give Governor Christie and President Obama credit for working together and showing that it can be done and for not being afraid to say so… but why must we always suffer from a disaster before our politicians will work civilly together and in our best interests?
Will we have to be invaded by aliens (the kind from outer space) before all of our politicians decide to work together (as they were elected to do) to solve problems that will help our country and our citizens?
Because these days, space invaders or not, there really is no point in reelecting anyone who won’t…is there?