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Politics & Power

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President Obama Takes Charge as Democrats and Republicans Continue to Bicker

From debating a room full of Republicans on tough issues to vowing to make recess appointments to get around the blockage of his nominations by Senate Republicans the President has been showing the American people something they havenít seen before. ABC News is reporting that the President will sign an executive order this week to further take charge of the situation in Washington. In response to the failure of Congress to form a bipartisan Debt Commission to find ways to lower the national debt, President Obama will sign an order forming a commission to study the problem and offer policy suggestions to solve the problem.

After thirteen months of stepping back and trying to be diplomatic it seems that President Obama has lost patience with the gridlock on Capitol Hill. The most recent press interviews and public appearances by President Obama indicate a shift in strategy to pursue his agenda for his first term in office. He has made a point of inviting the Republicans to the table with the cameras rolling and made clear to Democrats that if they donít find some way to bring the opposition into the process it will be to their own detriment. He has also made it clear that he will do what it takes to move things forward even if that means angering his fellow Democrats.

This new forceful side of President Obama does seem to be playing better with moderates who supported him in the 2008 election. Those who saw Obama as the candidate of hope and change are seeing some glimmers of the ideas candidate Obama won them over with. Additionally the shift in White House focus from healthcare to jobs has been welcomed by even some from the right albeit with some skepticism about the intentions behind the Presidentís words.

In recent months it has become clear that Americans are tired of politics as usual. Incumbents have been in the crosshairs of activists on all sides. Congressional approval rates are lower than those of President Obama and veteran moderates like Senator Evan Bayh are calling it quits over the deepening divides in Congress preventing the peopleís business from getting done. Calling one of the problems in Washington ďtoo much brain dead partisanshipĒ, Senator Bayh said that Congress isnít getting things done. That sentiment was shared by fellow retiring Senator Republican Judd Gregg who has also stated he is leaving Congress because of the dysfunction present on Capitol Hill. With moderates leaving to escape the partisanship the gridlock may only deepen after the midterm elections in November.

Despite sagging poll numbers and a gridlocked Congress, the President is pushing forward with his agenda. He has said that he would rather be a good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President. It would seem that his actions indicate a genuine desire to get as much done as possible in four years in case he only has one term. It will remain to be seen if Congress will manage to find any consensus or if the peopleís business will take a back seat to campaign politics. Regardless of the direction Congress takes it seems President Obama is intent on working toward his goals for the country and will do whatever he feels will accomplish the goals he has set for America.

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We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

Itís also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesnít care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joeís needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If youíre like a lot of us, youíve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and itís a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just donít care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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