This was to be a placeholder post until tonight when I posted something real. But it’ll have to be real enough. Suddenly a huge storm blew up and is headed for us and I’m shutting my computer down very soon, so have a good evening…
As congress-critters sit and bitch to their bosses (us) about how the other side is causing all the trouble it becomes ever more obvious that even still none of them are interested in fixing the problem.
They are all still far more interested in who maintains power as of the next election than they are about enacting something that is binding and rooted in reality.
How do we know this?
Because they are again talking about “compromise”. Which is a load of BS. When a patient is dying of a gangrenous limb you do not compromise and cut right through the middle of the infection – you cut off the limb, and you take enough to be sure you got it all. There are some issues where two viable sides don’t exist, and any decision made that doesn’t include drastic binding cuts is completely non-viable.
When you have spent yourself into a huge debt you do NOTHING to incur more. And you cut and cut and cut until you can’t cut any more, then you cut again for good measure because the first time you probably pulled the punch. And then you are man enough to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
We’ve been waiting for decades for elected officials to address the entitlements issue, which is what is going to strangle us. I’m seeing precious little evidence that they believe this is the critical moment it really is.
Their behavior is similar to what you could imagine if an ENTIRE chapter of the local AA fell off the wagon at the same time. All of them hopelessly addicted to the power and money, all of them in partial-to-total denial, and all of them on some level simultaneously pointing fingers and covering up for each other.
And I’m bothered by the press releases, too. Both sides.
A perfect example of the unprofessional non-serious behavior is Jay Carney trying to be hip. This isn’t NFL where you get to use lots of euphemisms and metaphors. Americans are sick to DEATH of speech that isn’t just pure hard facts devoid of fluff and rhetoric.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected charges that Obama hadn’t revealed an actual plan to solve the debt crisis.
“We have shown a lot of leg on what we were proposing,” Carney said.