Monday, July 25, 2011
Without further ado, the envelope.
The Republican Party: What else can be said of a Party that has gotten its opponents to capitulate on massive spending cuts – many of which will profoundly impact seniors and the working poor – and yet won’t even consider a scintilla of revenue – even when it will likely come through tax reform and the closing of loopholes? Not much that hasn’t already been said, I’m afraid.
And then, adding insult to injury, this greedy and corrupt body is prepared to shipwreck what’s left of a shaky recovery, plunge the nation into a deep recession (or worse) if they don’t get everything they want. And even if they do get everything, there is still the possibility that the debt-ceiling deniers in the House will block any increase in the debt on purely ideological grounds. My God, four year olds behave with more maturity.
With only days left before the unthinkable happens, and the markets teetering on possible collapse (the Asian markets are already falling, with European markets responding in kind), John Boehner is “working” on a plan to resuscitate the House’s CCB plan (Cut, Cap and Balance) which everyone knows – including Boehner – is DOA in the Senate. As if that wasn’t bad enough, if that pipe dream doesn’t work, Boehner’s Plan-B is to allow a $1 trillion dollar rise in the debt ceiling for $1 trillion in spending cuts. Translation? We get to go through this nightmare again in about six to seven months.
You can’t say you weren’t warned, America, which brings us to our second place winner.
The American People: Well, maybe not all the people; just the ones who voted for the Party of No last November in anger and fear. Like what you see? You should, you helped bring it about. There is an old saying: Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You end up buying anything and everything.
Last November, the electorate bought the mother load of all lies: that a party, which was primarily responsible for wrecking the economy and, under two of its more revered presidents, had tripled and then doubled the national debt, was fit to retake the reigns of power once more and safely navigate the country back to a path of prosperity.
Never mind that they had nothing substantive to offer in over two years as a minority party; never mind that the same crap that they were peddling (cut taxes, reduce the size of government, let the private sector do what it does best) had already been tried once under Herbert Hoover with dismal results; never mind that virtually every economist went on record as saying that while long-term debt was a problem, in the short run, the debt was actually helping and not hurting the recovery. All that was superfluous to millions of voters who took out their frustrations on the incumbent party and allowed the proverbial serpent out of its cage and back into the garden.
And now, after cutting off their noses to spite their faces, many of these same voters are starting to realize the gravity of their actions. Like a drunken sailor who wakes up after one of his all-nighters to discover the damage he had caused the night before, all these voters have left is their buyers' remorse as they witness the candidates they gleefully voted in wage a non-stop war of ideology against the middle class, the working poor and the elderly. Worse, still, these same candidates are now threatening to destroy an entire nation to further their agenda.
It is only now beginning to dawn on these gullible fools that they may have been duped. Ya think? In states like Ohio and Wisconsin, a majority of voters polled now say that if the election were held today they would NOT vote for the candidate who won, but rather for the one who lost. Too little, too late, I'm afraid. To coin another well-known phrase: You made your bed, now go lie in it.
Next time have a snack before you go shopping.