The Debt Limit Bill has finally passed in Congress but not without a lot of pain as well as serious reservations about the Congress’s ability to lead. The polls clearly show that most Americans are angry at a House Divided and a Government that has failed in leadership at a most crucial hour. Had Debt limit legislation not passed, it would have been devastating for The United States.
What with all this however, after all the name calling, angry shouting, bantering back and forth, the crisis is not over. it has only been delayed. A stop-gap measure, if you will designed to keep the nation solvent, while at the same time assuring that Debt Limits and high roller spending is not the focus of Campaign 2012. With president obama running for a second term he was sure to not want this ugly mess to be hanging over his head.
However, it is the American people who watched in horror as it seemed that their representative, Democratic, Majority rule government came apart at the seams. Angry legislators hammering away at each other, An angry President who acted as if he were the only adult in the room, and of course, let us not forget the newest of the fray……..The Tea Party. They openly set the pace when one their rank and file stood before the cameras and said They are the responsible ones. And clearly, at that broken moment they were making it clear, that if they were not heard, that if they did not get things their way, then they would let America slip into economic oblivion without a bat of the eye. A stunned nation knew that at that moment we as a nation were in serious trouble.
Then of course there is all this talk about Entitlements, otherwise known as Social Security and Medicare. Even the president was ready to give in it seemed, and place Social Security and Medicare on the table. The problem is of course, is that these are entitlement, not welfare. Millions depend on these for their subsistence. It is all they have. Any discussion of cutting Social Security or Medicare has a sour taste, even if you do refer to it as adjustments.
On the Right the very idea of slashing away at military spending is sinful indeed. It will harm the nation in its power, its authority, clout, around the world. With a weary eye on China Right leaning Republicans would want to avoid any cuts here.
The Tea Party wants to use Slash and Burn tactics across the board. everything and every one, accept that is for the rich and Ultra Rich as well as the Mega corporations. They say these are the ones who will create the jobs America needs to get back on her economic feet. So far though, not one has offered to hire people, and begin the process of putting Americans back to work. Instead the incentive dollars they got were hoarded away, and remain hoarded away, until the next allocation can be rangled out of Congress.
We sit therefore in much the same place we sat before. Not much happened in Washington despite all the hoop-Da-La. Everything seems much the same. Most of us will return to what it was we were doing before all the hollering started. Some will pack the car for vacation, others grab a fishing pole and head for the lake. Others will do the same as they have done every day for months now, rise up early in the morning, drink a little Jo and head out the door looking for work.
And as for Washington? Well, they will be real quiet for now, licking their wounds, putting on an ice pack here and there, and pray that Americans will do as they have done before. In six months or so forget about the whole thing.
That’s my point of view, Hope to hear yours…..Have a great day America. Take a big sigh and get ready for round two.