LET’S PLAY FOLLOW THE LEADER!
Posted January 2, 2013on:
Barack Obama campaigned on drawing another “line in the sand” by saying those earning over 250 thousand annually would be included in that magical 2% that would ease some of the pain in the collection of much needed revenues as we headed toward the fiscal cliff.
Surprise, surprise he then did an about face and raised that number to 450 thousand, a number that placed those doing quite well within the ranks of the overburdened middle class! So much for “standing tall”.
Boehner “caved” in the end, right up to the last minute before we took the icy plunge that would have sent us back into recession but not before the allegedly telling Harry Reid to “go f*ck yourself” at one of the numberous meetings that were held over the past few weeks. Charming!
Our financial and economic fates are in the hands of the same people who granted George W. Bush everything he brought to the table. Tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded wars that still survive after 12 years, non negotiable prescription drugs, and a bloated defense budget that brings smiles to Halliburton and its investors. And today they scream for “austerity” as if they had nothing whatsoever to do with our present state of collapse.
We have managed to “kick the can down the road” for a few months, allowing political oxygen to take a short breather as we prepare for another fake fight concerning the debt ceiling.
Obama has declared that he will no longer “negotiate” in this fracas but when was the last time we heard that one?
Of course he will and they know it. The final solution that we have been crawling towards is to eliminate every social safety net that has been the lynchpin of relief to the rest of us living below that 450 annual income level while turning it all over to Wall Street and the insurance lobby in the form of privatization. This was one area that Bush was unable to “sell” but rest assured it has not “died” out of a lack of interest.
We have come to appreciate that few of our elected officials can be counted on to represent us and our interests. Few of us can afford to hire our own lobbyist. Most of us are without the means to shove hefty donations into campaign warchests by “special interests” whose focus is much different than yours and mine. My guess is that there are not many of us who have “access” to the powers that be.
There is no leadership coming out of DC. That would require “guts” and few there have the desire to stand up on behalf of the majority – in this case that would be us – and work to solve the issues at hand.
Obama is shooting for a legacy. The GOP is thirsting to wrest back the power. And the rest of us can only sit back and helplessly watch this miserable display of governance in disgust.
We can only brace ourselves for the next round of stupidity that is bound to occur within the next 90 days when the debt ceiling takes center stage and the same group of lawmakers, along with the same “wishy washy” president, take us for another fateful ride.
More threats, more acquiescence, more “lines in the sand”, more gutting of programs to meet another artificial “deadline”.
Just don’t look for a “leader” in this next round of kabuki theater. You will be sorely disappointed.
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