Message to Congress: Do something, damn it!

The Mayans might have been a few days off on what doomsayers claimed would be the end of the world on 12-21-2012.

Instead, it could come at midnight on Dec. 31 if Washington continues to do nothing about the impending fiscal cliff.

Partisan politics continues to polarize Congress and the lack of action by elected officials to do anything about the expected recession-causing fiscal cliff has the stock market diving this morning.

Despite increased consumer confidence, despite increased spending by consumers, despite increased activity in the real estate market, despite an improved economy, and despite decreasing unemployment, the majority of economists agree that it all could come crashing down if Washington lawmakers are unable to extend the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire on Dec. 31.

I don’t know about other Americans, but I’m tired of the political rhetoric being spewed by both parties. I’m tired of the rigid my-way-or-the-highway stance too many elected officials (or should I call them idiots) continue to take instead of working to compromise and create legislation that would actually help move this country forward.

I am so disgusted, so disappointed, so angry at every politician in Washington who keeps putting their own political agendas ahead of what’s best for the American people and the country. Instead of sitting down at the table and working to create good legislation, they balk at everything and prefer to stand in front of a television camera and point fingers.

I would like to break their fingers.

Instead of the end of the Mayan calendar, I wish today were an election day. And I wish I had the power to vote out every politician in both parties who refuse to sit down and work across the aisle. Those people are not doing Americans or this country any favors. In fact, just the opposite. They are dragging this country down.

They need to be gone.

The goal should be to balance the budget. To get there, the country’s debt needs to be reduced. To do that, revenues need to be raised and spending needs to be reduced.

It’s a pretty simple, tried-and-true formula.

So ignore all the lobbyists, sit down at the table and come up with a solid plan to reach the goal.

In other words, DO SOMETHING, DAMN IT!

3 Responses

  1. Sometimes, Doing Nothing is Doing Something.

    The Republican Party appears to be reeling from the Election Results.
    It is to the point that they are acting as if we are in a “lame duck” session, and we are not. We have a standing President.

    What if the Bush Tax Cuts lowered our revenue by trillions? That is measurable, and I believe it was supposed to stimulate the economy. I give them 2005, but the other 7 years ended with such a economic devastation, that I feel fairly certain that the Fiscal Cliff is not very high.

    We go back to the times before Bush gave the one percenters permisson to cavort with greed, run amuck.

    So, without the media coining the term, Fiscal Cliff, we would simply be watching President Obama achieving a large part of his goals, by allowing the Republicans in Congress to “hand it over” by refusing to go on record “voting” for a tax increase.

    I think, instead, by the next Congressional Election, many of those Republican seats may change, because it will appear they did nothing, and taxes got increased.

    Pretty clever strategy to get what you want, anyway, and have your opponent fall on the dagger in the process.

  2. Amen.

  3. Finn, it’s good to know you’re still with us, as the last time I encountered you, you had just collected some information to do a story for The Star on the Old 56 coffee gang, which included my father, since departed, at that time. Then the next thing we hear is that the newspaper is showing you the door, along with a few other good employees. My term for that is that you were “McClatchy’ed”. Sounds like a hatchet job to me. And unfortunately the blood-letting down at 18th & Grand continues to this day. By the way, your story was laminated and placed in a frame and is now proudly hanging on the wall at Mom’s place. In fact, it is in close proximity to the styrofoam chunk from IHOP that appears in the picture Chuck took of Mom in the wake of the Joplin tornado, which she and I survived together while down on the floor in the back of the restaurant. The end of the world? Yes, the Mayans appear to have been off by at least a few days, but the way things are going anymore, I say bring it on! I’m as ready as I’m ever going to be, particularly in a spiritual sense.

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