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Budget (Mis)Management, D.C. Style

In It Bugs Me on July 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

As the deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling approaches, with all the subtlety of a freight train, it seems all that Congress can do is point the Flying Fickle Finger of Recrimination at each other, and bellyache that nobody’s listening to them.
Well, much to their surprise, people are listening… and they don’t much like what they hear.
I know I don’t.
The Tea Party people (mostly Republicans, it seems) are inexorably opposed to any tax increases, or what they deem “tax increases” to be. The Democrats are holding fast against ANY cuts to “entitlement” programs, like welfare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps (under whatever acronym they’re using now), or assistance to the poor, the disabled, veterans, and other victims of the laissez-faire attitude of the Bush administration.
There seems to be no room for compromise, and no flexibility in the ossified viewpoints of the most vocal Republican and Democratic lawmakers. (Although I don’t know why we still call them “lawmakers”, since making our laws seems to be the farthest thing from their minds.)
There has been rumbling that Congress should be locked in the Capitol, and not be let out until they come up with a plan that has agreement from both houses of Congress, and a chance of being signed by the President. It doesn’t seem to be headed that way, but that’s what America (the non-Congressional, non-lobbyist, non-special interest population) wants.
My opinion? If they can’t come up with a deal, stop paying THEM first. And don’t pay them any salary, benefits, or perks until everyone else has been taken care of, and the country doesn’t have to worry about raising the debt ceiling again for a while.
Oh, and by the way, they should get NOTHING retroactively. The country doesn’t get paid, THEY don’t get paid.
That’s my take on it.

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