American Political Theater
By: Wayne Brown
What is it about 29 billion dollars in debt service that demands approval of a 900 billion dollar debt ceiling increase for the federal government? What is it we or might I say, President Obama, plans to buy that costs the taxpayers an addition 831 billion dollars over the next two years…all of it borrowed money? Who came out of this so-called last minute agreement as the winner….why none other than our little money spending President Obama basically getting all that he asked for on this Christmas in August. The rest was filler, eyewash, something for the soul of the taxpayer to help him ease the pain of swallowing as the heroes take to the stage and proclaim victor y for all. It reminds me of the guy down the street who is swimming in debt to the point that he will drown and then one day he comes running down the street with yet another credit card with a new credit line.
Obama got what he wanted which was taxpayer money to buy votes and popularity for his re-election campaign. Those who represent us on both sides of the aisle got what they wanted which was essentially off the hook and out from under the eye of scrutiny by the American public. Oh, and they also get to keep on spending which is what all do so well. They all promised to slow the rate of growth in spending which was the math they employed to get the ten trillion dollars they promised to save the American taxpayer over the next ten years. Now, assuming that ten trillion dollars is real, what do you suppose they will do with it? Do not say pay off some of the debt because you would be wrong. Saving money by buying something on sale does not necessarily mean that you have the cash on hand to use the difference in the price to pay a bill…cash flow does not work that way when you are overburdened with debt. No, the answer is the effect of saving that ten trillion dollars will likely not show up anywhere. It won’t be in the treasury or down at the bank or in the President’s pocket…it won’t be anywhere except in our imagination.
The best way I can explain the money saved in this deal knocked out by both sides of the aisle is to say that we purchased future debt at a bargain. We are going to get to spend as though we would end up with a 35 trillion dollar national debt at the end of ten years but this week, and this week only, friends and neighbors, we are going to let you have that spending at the ridiculously low, unheard of price of just 25 trillion dollars at the end of the same ten year period. Now is that a deal or what? Yeah buddy! What fool or political hack in his right mind would turn down a once in a life time opportunity like that? Not many it appears.
Without runaway inflation, it is doubtful that the value of America’s good and services, the Gross Domestic Product, can reach a level of 25 trillion in ten years. If it does, it will have almost doubled in value in that time frame. That cannot happen without inflation through the roof. This is not China and our annual growth rates no longer come anywhere close to a double digit number. Given that fact, what do you think ultimately happens in terms of debt and credit ratings for America? All those fears which were bandied around this past few weeks are inevitable and an absolute certainty over this period of time. Our elected officials have sold us out once again and kicked the can down the road because they have no balls and they do not feel they are highly paid enough to make the tough decisions which are overdue to be made and adhered to in this Country.
Why don’t we, as taxpayers, all chip in and ship the President his own personal shopping cart for Christmas this year. Based on his financial needs outlined in this agreement it is apparent that he is going to be in the market for a lot of things. For God sakes, I hope one of them is not another stimulus package. I’ll bet it is because that is a wonderful place to bury money and not account for it when people ask questions. This man is breaking America’s financial back while he vacations an plays golf. By the end of his first term, he will have added over 7 trillion dollars to the national debt. Not bad for a one term President equipped with a Congress that cannot even generate a budget for our government…no wonder we spend freely. Hell, shopping carts for everyone…let the government buy them!
The two party political system has failed the American public miserably over the years of its existence. For so long the American taxpayer has looked the other way and not paid attention. Now, we see the charade for what it is but we have people in office who wield so much power that we may not be able to regain control of what rightfully is ours in the first place. The scam has gone on for far too long and now it has run its course in terms of originality. We are no longer fooled by some new look, approach, model, or math…the process is a system of reruns with new labels attached to them to sell as “new and improved”. What a steaming, smelly, load of total crap which has been perpetrated upon America.
In this entire process of frantically searching for just 29 billion little dollars, we have managed to commit to increasing our overall debt load by almost twice in just ten short years. Then we have the President, Senators, and Congressmen willing come out onto the steps of the capitol and proclaim their bipartisan support for this eleventh hour bill which has surely save the nation as the clock ticked down in the final minutes of the game. I don’t’ know about you but I feel abused and I think someone in Washington thinks that I am stupid which really pisses me off.
We have but one recourse come November of 2012. We have to send all of these people home and start anew. We have to send the message that they dropped the ball; they ignored accountability; they ignored our desire to move significantly closer to living within our fiscal means in this country; they saved their pork-barrel asses instead of making the hard decisions which are far overdue. It might also be noted that no one of them came forward to say they wanted to give back a significant portion of their salary and benefits as a symbol of their dedication to join the fray of the Americans who are suffering under the disastrous leadership of these posers in our capitol…not one. They continue to earn their six figures, qualify for retirement with no little or no vesting, navigate around Obama Care and enjoy the fruits of all the other benefits of being such important people. We don’t need to tax the rich in this country; we need to clean out Washington of the cockroaches who live there. Let everyone of them go to sleep at night in fear of not having a job after the next election…maybe that would change their minds about making hard decisions.
The self-assigned importance of those who serve us in Washington is enough to gag a maggot. Talk about entitlements; these folks take the cake. There is no sensitivity to spending the taxpayers dollar…it is simply a benefit of gaining the position. “How dare you speak ill of me sir, I am a U.S. Senator!” That is the attitude I see from Reid and McConnell. Boehner should be starring in Walton reruns in the place of the original John Boy. I noticed he is not crying as much lately….must have sucked it up and is now showing his political muscle. The Democrats could not have gained more in this process if Boehner had been absent from the proceedings. That’s okay, he looks good on television and he shows up for all the Sunday talks shows and that’s all that is important in the end….you know, communicating with his people, the real Americans who work hard and pay their hard earned tax money. With folks like this around in Washington, who needs a guardian angel?
The “debt can” will officially be kicked down the road with the Senate’s shoe-in vote around midday Washington time on Tuesday, 2 August 2011. The President should be on the White House podium soon after the official vote has been confirmed hailing the new day in Washington when both sides of the aisle can come together to save America for certain ruin; hailing the heroic efforts of the leaders who have brought their parties together in America’s darkest hours to vote on a ridiculous program that all but doubles the national debt over the next ten years just to figure out how to pay off 29 billion dollars in interest debt service in 2011. Yes, it will be a grand old time in America and an even grander one in Washington as the actors of the Capitol Hill Little Theater celebrate the success of their latest three-act drama which won hearts and minds and sent the big bad wolf away from our door. Our straw house called America is safe once again.
Thanks to a majority of those on the right, the President has received what amounts to yet another stimulus package to apply as he desires. Yes, over and above the debt service due, the right has just handed the President another $800+ billion dollars. But this stimulus is different. Remember how the first one got wasted on things like green jobs, ACORN, unions, etc.? Well, you’ll see some of that in this second package but mostly the focus in it will be on getting Obama re-elected so that he has four more years to create another 7 trillion dollar debt load of deficit spending for America.
In the pool of talking heads of Congress out making the talk show rounds last night, I watched as a New York Democrat remarked that the federal government had been distracted for far too long. He stated that it was past time to get back to the focus of “spending” and creating jobs in the economy. They say that ignorance breeds ignorance and here is a great example of it. Ignorance is doing the same thing over and over. Stupidity is following those same steps yet expecting a different outcome. The federal government is not task to create jobs and couldn’t do it if they tried unless you are talking about hiring more folks down at the post office and expanding government payroll. If that logic worked, why not just send about a half a million citizens a check for the net proceeds of a $50,000 annual salary with taxes withheld. The government would get the benefit of the revenue tax stream and the citizen would spend the money and improve the economy…sounds like a plan but why has no one suggested it? It meets all the qualifications for ignorance and stupidity.
The only thing the Republicans have accomplished with their compromise on this bill is to assure that more of the status quo will continue. They essentially conceded over two trillion dollars in debt accumulation for the promise of a “cut in the rate of spending” over the next ten years. There is a rumor there were also some really pretty beads and a bottle of whiskey in the deal but Boehner will not confirm or deny that fact.
Wake up America, you country is being pissed away by a whole bunch of folks who have everything but your best interest at the forefront of their mind. The Capitol Hill Little Theater has just kicked off another of what looks like a banner season of “fool ‘em and rule ‘em”. Transparency is all around us as we are bathed in “hope and change.” Gee, I “hope” that we don’t go broke while we are “changing” our minds about how much we like socialism.
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