Budget debacle pas deux:
I have spent most of the day being reminded about the absurdity going on in not just Washington DC but throughout the U.S. I have heard the name calling (from the fringe of both parties) I’ve heard it because the lame stream media cannot stop repeating, replaying and regurgitating the same sorry stories over and over again ad nauseam. I’ve watched pundits screech and pontificate, legislators whine and prevaricate and average citizens, who can’t be bothered to find out what all the hysteria is about, complaining about things they couldn’t be bothered to learn about. Frankly, ladies and gentlemen I have HAD ENOUGH.
The general public, Joe Sixpack and Sally Soccer Mom, have absolutely no idea what’s going on. They will sit in front of the TV tonight and watch “America’s Got (no real) Talent” or the “The (brain dead, inane, immoral) Bachelorett”, and continue their slow but steady decline into insipid, uninspired, uncreative mediocracy. They don’t care what’s happening in D.C. unless the president interrupts their reality programming. Most of them are still mentally 4 years old crying because “the presidents on every channel”.
Then there are the Tin-foil lefties who wouldn’t recognize reality if it reared up and peed on their noses. These are the folks who’ve never met a social program they didn’t like. They are all about redistribution of wealth, just so long as it’s not their wealth however. Not too many of these folks have given up their homes, cars, computers et al and gone to live with the homeless. Of course many of these folks come from situations where they were taught that this is what good citizens do, thanks in large part to parents who embraced the counter culture of the 60’s. Still they don’t offer to give up their cushy jobs and lives so that the “less fortunate” can have a shot at the big time. Self-preservation usually kicks in which is why it’s O.K. to leech off the rich, after all they can afford it. These rich individuals are, after all, already footing the bill for the 45+ percent of Americans who don’t pay taxes now as it is. Why can’t they just pay for everyone?
I wouldn’t leave out the fringe on the right even if my integrity wasn’t as precious to me as it is. There are quite a few who say “Default, go ahead”, ” They deserve it”, “It doesn’t go far enough”, “Cut federal job, programs, support for (place your favorite government supported entity here). OK, let’s get real. Just where are those people you’re planning to put out of work going to go? As those of us who are already laid off know there are very few jobs out here. Unemployment was not created so people could live off of it. What about those houses that will go into foreclosure, the businesses that will fail because people don’t have the money to shop there anymore? What about communities that will no longer be able to supply basic services and those who will also be laid off because there will be less tax income, due to the problems mentioned previously? If you think we have a homeless problem now, just keep throwing people out of work, either in the public or private sector.
I don’t know what the “PERFECT” answer is. I’m only human, therefore fallible. I do know that we have to begin somewhere. We have to make a start. Is this deal the perfect start, of course not? People were involved which common sense should tell you means it is not perfect in the least, but it is a beginning.
So while some of y’all are out there experiencing verbal diharreah about the fact that your personal agenda/issue/feeling wasn’t addressed in the debt ceiling talk/agreement, maybe you could dial it back a couple of clicks. Or may-haps it’s time for banks and loan companies to call in your mortgages or credit card companies to insist that you pay them what you owe them right now. What? You don’t have the money. What? You’ve maxed out your credit cards. What do you mean you can’t come up with the money immediately? What do you mean you need more time? You’ve had all this time to get things in order. You’re lack of planning does not constitute someone else’s emergency.
The folks in Congress act more like the American people than anyone wants to admit. What a surprise? I’m appalled. Verclempt (yiddish for amazed) Totally freaked. But then again I’m sure that the public’s self- awareness being what it is, no one will ever admit to it.
We have met the enemy and he is us – Pogo
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. – Thomas Jefferson