To Hell with America - They Just Want Obama Out!
Game of Chicken - and Full of Shit
This addendum just added, after hearing President Obama speak to this issue some half an hour or so ago, and then Boehner the Boner holding his line that he expects all of us to hold our noses while he INSISTS on a "solution" or package that let's America's economic classes stay as separate as possible. Only he cloaks it in some transparent "but it'll burden business and thus kill jobs, and the economy, AND innovation, AND entrepreneurship - the whole woooorld, man!" line he's been towing ever since the yacht owners, fellow congresspeople, and hedge-fund managers said "don't hate me because I'm better than you!"....
In short - both the President and the Speaker delivered us a Cliff's Notes version of an already dumb fight - making the far left and far right extremists look like taxpayer supported Dumb and Dumber.
Although usually in pieces such as you're about to read, I disclose personal bias relatively early but still try to keep a leash on myself and at least hypothesize the benefit of the doubt to conservatives and their political leaders in America.
So, I guess this is my disclaimer that, at least as my fingers move at this instant, I am wearing my bleeeding-heart-liberal, NAACP cheerleading (white, thus not a member), ACLU-card-carrying (literally), tree-huggin', "share the wealth", Ivory pure (99 and 44/100%) leftie hat, and I am loaded for bear to pounce full throttle into the disgusting politics being carried out by some republicans, particularly Speaker John Boehner.
I honestly don't personally have the background to judge the credibility of the doomsday scenario predicted if the children in Washington can't play nice together and get the damned job done, but we have all been bombarded with talk of default and debt ceiling apocalypse and America's credit and economic disaster, and most of it, as well as my own "due diligence" research for writing this hub, points to very bad consequences should our government not get their heads together and reach an agreement before the August 2nd, 2011 deadline (set by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner) to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit.
I myself have pondered why he can't just change the date, if the consequences for failure are s'uch the Armageddon predicted. Short term, I can't answer this. I don't see why there is absolutely no WAY that he can.
But long term, I reluctantly get it. It's for the same reason I have such a piss poor credit score myself - by this hanging on to the shred of hope for something "magic" to happen - that the Secretary has to be the grown up that then President-elect Obama nominated on November 24th, 2008. At some point, America, like I and every other consumer and American citizen, must pay its bills, or suffer the consequences.
Unfortunately, this puts him in the unenviable position of having to be the teacher asking for the kids' homework, or that Capital One telemarketer/collector who keeps asking for the payment that some (ahem) consumers keep trying to kick down the road.
To go with the teacher analogy, it would be highly inappropriate, unprofessional, probably unfounded, and near-mutiny causing for a school principal to undermine teachers' authority to be in charge of their own classrooms. They were hired for their experience, competence, character, reputation, record et cetera - to do a job - a job that comes with the *authority* needed to meet the *responsibility*.
"Principal" Obama would be making a terrible mistake - the implications for which I am barely able to tick off in this piece - were he to undermine the very authority of somebody he chose.
So, Geithner has no choice. That means that the class (congress) has to do their work or else! Yes, Geithner probably could kick the can down the road - but at the cost of his credibility, effectiveness and ultimately - results - as well as that of the Obama administration, and America as a whole.
It seems that Boehner is trying to be the rebel that gets the classroom of kiddies to "go on strike" - and say "You give us our ice cream (tax cuts), and less homework (spending) or ELSE". His walking away from discussions with president Obama is akin to stomping his foot and threatening to take his ball and go home. Wait - what the hell am I saying?? This is Boehner! He'll just start the water works and tell his country, amidst crocodile sniffles, how much he loves it!
Now, in real terms, what he's trying to do is game this thing such that NO MATTER WHAT - Obama loses. Boehner, and I suspect many others in Congress, feel like Rush "I hope he fails!" Limbaugh: they want this democratic, "socialist", "spread the wealth", "You lie!" or even............black?.......man out of the White House.
Yeah - yeah. The race card is the easiest card in the world to play, a cliche', and in this author's personal opinion, very likely more a red herring than anything else. But aside from that conspiracy theory, the fact remains that most conservatives in congress are united in one goal, sending Obama back to Chicago after one term.
Disgusting. See - if this economic crisis is averted, Obama dodges the bullet that may very well take out his presidency at what, if we Americans are as wise this time as last, the half-way point - the same bullet that had been literally fired by a certain "America is going to hell" American, and mortally received, by a certain other American who likewise had a dream.
Whine all you want, republicans. That's your 1st Amendment (and human) right. Hell, Boehner himself phoned in to Limbaugh just this past week - very likely to reassure the AM loudmouth that the speaker is towing the extremist/tea party/gun-toting, flag-waving, kick-back pocketing line.
But, don't you DARE sacrifice the baby with the bathwater, so to speak, by doing whatever the hell you can to get rid of Obama and his "strange" or "dangerous" or "socialist" or "radical" or "hopey, changey" ideas, just so that you can try and get your way.
In fact, isn't that quite cynical, and very insulting, to think that the average voter is gonna just say - well, shit - it happened on Obama's watch, so....gotta throw the bum out!
The American people elected Mr. Obama, and the American people will damned well speak again in 2012. This gamesmanship and POPaganda is unacceptable. You want so badly to keep your precious majority - your job, Mr. Speaker?
Do it! Get off your weepy ass and look out for the country you say you love so much.
No matter which team (or party) "wins" - the game must, must go on. Don't flush America into that so-called "giant sucking sound", just to prove your fallacious point or win your game.
'Cause, see, this ain't a game. Stop playing!
Mr. Speaker, GET BACK TO WORK!!!