Wednesday, July 27, 2011
via the Washington Post
"There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle." ~Alexis de Tocqueville
I'm a poor excuse for a political blogger. Perhaps because I feel things far too deeply and that, already, spells disaster for a life in politics. Regardless, each time I make an attempt to write about the Debt Deficit Debacle of 2011 everything either up and changes or I end up so frustrated by the entire process that I throw my hands in the air and go back to do something far more productive than following adults behave like four year olds. Something like watching Basketball Wives. I'd rather watch a bunch of angry black women yelling and throwing drinks at each other than watch the President and Speaker of the House have a pissing contest. This. Right here. What we're seeing is not only posturing at its absolute finest but also the epitome of what happens when men are in charge of everything: It's like they're averse to compromise. Or being rational. It's a sad state of affairs right now and the policy wonk in me wants to get into the nitty-gritty of whos and whats of the trillions that need to be cut and how we got here in the first place and oh my God, if I hear one more Republican state how awful stimulus funding is without mentioning TARP, I'm going to lose it. Can you sense my anger about this entire situation? One that defies rational so how am I to be rational myself?
Have you been watching? Even if you started yesterday when you witnessed the Speaker going "mano-a-mano" (his words) with the President of the United States. What are your thoughts? Our country is in some serious trouble though Sarah Palin thinks we're all getting worked up over nothing. There's nothing to fret about as she waves a hand in front of your face. But, I care and worry. Most people do. The markets that help keep this country running sees this as Armageddon. So what do you think? Because I, for one, am embarrassed.
Yes, the whole world is watching, Mr. President. And we should all be ashamed of what they're seeing.