Jay, who has lived in the Waukesha area for over 20 years, is an active volunteer who has served on numerous local boards and committees. He's married to Colleen with three kids having gone through the Waukesha schools. He is the VP of a local distribution company.
Waukesha's upcoming Mayoral primary election has 4 candidates - each with their own platform and agenda for the future of their City. After reading about their concerns, it is obvious they care about the Community they live in. A full-time vs part-time Mayor differentiates one of the candidates. The ongoing "Waukesha Water/Radium" issue shows differences of opinion on the plan and urgency of this looming challenge. There are other items and areas where the candidates differ and agree including job development, retaining businesses, housing, etc...
But - They all are committed to Waukesha and the years ahead!
Fast forward to the Nation's Capital where our Country's agenda is set...
The Republican Massachusetts victory apparently re-defined and re-focused our President's agenda...
Is it jobs? NO! Is it reducing our grandchildren's paying down the new National debt? NO! Is it stimulating the economy in a new direction with a new thought process behind it? NO! Is it now following through on his 2008 campaign promises for bipartisan politics? NO! Could it now be that he puts our Country's well-being ahead of the rest of the World? NO! How about a serious action plan for the future of education in this Country which recognizes budget constraints will cripple our youths' ability to compete for future jobs? NO!
As reported by all the major and news networks, the President highlighted his ever-increasing tendency to ignore the above true core issues facing our Country and act as if only He knows what the National constituency needs. His "takeaway" and reaction to these election results was to immediately appoint David Plouffe, his 2008 Campaign Manager, to an incredibly high level of influence position within the Obama Administration! "Even before the polls closed in the special election to succeed Kennedy, who died in August, the president called Plouffe to the White House to talk." Plouffe's mission? "Plouffe's primary job on behalf of the White House will be to devise, coordinate and analyze strategies for the House, Senate and governor's races in November."
This is sickening, maddening, and disappointing. Millions of people hopeful for change listened to his campaign stump for "bi-partisan politics with hope for all". They voted on these hopes. Instead, we have gotten a President with a laser-like focus on maintaining a Democratic stronghold in this Country first and policy second.
He dismissed the true message of the Massachusetts voters - "We are not happy with the debts we are leaving our great-grandchildren. We are not happy with closed door, backroom, partisan politics and lobbyists setting National Healthcare. We do not accept the current stimulus plans as working. We need true job creation. We have domestic problems which supersede all international problems. We demand change!"
Congrats to the Massachusetts voters for voting the issues.
A huge "thumbs-down" to this President for proving electability takes precedence above all.
Disclaimer: This is not intended as a hack-job on Democrats. My political values are framed by issues...and I vote accordingly regardless of Party.
Back to Waukesha - It is suddenly that much more refreshing to have the Mayoral Campaign being waged by people who are framing their own issues and their visions on the future of Waukesha. They care about local issues which are and will impact this Community for years to come.
There is a lesson to be learned here about what is really important. We should be thankful our local politicians seem to "get it".