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When Failure Is An Option
Economic Train Wreck
Hope You Weren't Delusional About This
I've been watching the circus that Obama and Congress created called the "Super Committee," not with much glee but listening to the political nonsense none-the-less. My gut, which I have a tendency to listen to more and more as I grow older and wiser, told me that it was going to be an exercise in futility and one of the biggest smoke and mirrors acts this group of professional pickpockets could perform for the average American who wasn't paying attention in the first place.
Our economy is a train wreck. It doesn't matter "who" did it really because all you have to do to ID those folks is look up there on The Hill at all the faces who keep blurring your television screen and usually have been posturing for the public for decades. Did you expect this "Super Committee" to really accomplish such an easy task as cutting the deficit by a mere $1.2 trillion? If you did, why? The whole thing was no more than political theater once again for people to gobble up. The party partisans among us love this kind of fodder.
"It's all the Democrats" fault or "it's all the Republican's fault" is now the mantra across the air waves. So lets just clear the smoke and grab a mirror and take a look in it closely. Who are you seeing in the mirror when you pick it up? Every American voter in this nation needs to take a good hard look. The fault lies with "We, the People..." We keep sending the same idiots back too many times expecting a different result. Albert defined that as insanity. Those are ideologues in most cases and place many things, besides the welfare of this nation and its people, before what they were elected to do. The common man gets relegated to the back of the bus all in the name of ideology and the quest for power. Sadly that is what our government has evolved into.
The fact is we cannot afford to continue to fund the antics of this circus. We just paid 12 of these clowns a helluva a lot of money to once again do nothing to try to further their cause. Please don't be naive and ask, "What cause?" The cause of political one upping which political party the other espouses to be a member of. The amazing thing is that there are enough people in this nation who buy into that nonsense and display that when they walk into the polling places every couple of years, pull the same lever or push the same buttons and walk out of there thinking that "this time everything is going to be different," which it rarely is.
That committee was destined to fail the day it was created. It was a punt and a vivid display at the lack of leadership we are experiencing. Those are mostly ideologues, not leaders. The particular breed that was hand chosen to do "the dirty deed" were hand picked thoroughbreds with ideological pedigrees and years of experience in the smoke and mirror industry. Those were the good old boys and girls who have toed the party line, many for a decade or two, who weren't going to be any more bipartisan than our current President is capable of being. Once an ideologue, always an ideologue. They aren't any more capable of thinking outside the box than someone locked up tight in the box with duct tape binding their itty bitty minds.
The ultimate in smoke and mirrors was their "task" itself. You see $1.2 trillion sounds like a lot of money to the average person. Well, because it is but it wasn't near enough to do more than spin a wheel on the train wreck they have created. Time for some more math?
Take $1.2 trillion and divide it by 10. Lets round it down for simplicities sake. Now even Stevie Wonder can see this (no offense intended Stevie) act for what it is - smoke followed by many, many mirrors in the form of our tax dollars. The figure you should have come up with is $120 billion dollars per year for ten years. During that same ten year period they will add about a trillion dollars per year to the deficit. Now I'm no mathematician but I come up with a negative number every time. Or maybe it's my calculator? What does yours say? The smoke might be too thick to see is what I think.
There was a bipartisan effort put forth though but it isn't a pretty picture to view unless you have those party blinders slammed firmly in place on your face. It was a superb effort at making both political parties failure to ensure the fiscal soundness of our nation. Yeah, just let these 12 ideologues get together once again for some good political theater so they can continue to fund their pet projects and waste more tax payer dollars that they don't have. Bridges to nowhere and companies like Solyndra dance like sugar plums in their sick minds.
This needs to be all about spending at this point and very little about revenue. To illustrate my point I only need to point out that if you took every single penny that ALL of the people who make over $200,000 a year make you won't close the gap on Obama's budget deficit. Those people are the job creators in this country, not the federal government. How many jobs are going to be created when you take away their money?
Then the dreaded path not one of those people who were elected to uphold the US Constitution won't go down appears like an illusion to these delusionals because they see themselves as more important than we are? Which path do I speak of? It's the path of taxing the middle class and cutting spending, and I mean drastically. Yes, it is all about smoke and mirrors and punting. Have you had enough yet?