My take on the debt ceiling “crisis”

Some political rating is about to take place. I’m sorry in advance to those of you who hate it when I do this. I’m also sorry for those of you who don’t care. Not because I’ll be filling the voice in your head (unless you’re reading this aloud) with political humbug, but because it’s ridiculous that you don’t care what’s going on with your own government.

So there.

Sean and I are carpooling on the way to work (going on week 3 now) because his car has been out of commission (the dreaded transmission). And every morning we listen to NPR report on how debt ceiling negotiations in Washington DC are getting nowhere. NOWHERE. The Speaker of the House, John Boehner and President Obama had a bit of a deal going on, and then sudden Boehner just stopped calling the President back. From what I read, Boehner said that he didn’t have anything to say, so he just didn’t bother calling back.

What?!

When the President of the United States is waiting by the phone, you should at least call back to say that you don’t have anything to say. Am I wrong here?

This is how I imagine Obama waiting for Boehner's call.

Now, I understand that the Republicans, as wrangled by the Tea Partiers are trying to make a point here. And for the most part they’ve gotten their way on everything. I hope that they’re just holding out like they did with the potential government shutdown that happened in April. Nonetheless, I still think it’s pretty rude to string the American people along, to string businesses along, to string the other party along just to get what you want. This isn’t an in-the-kitchen spousal argument with your kids peeking in from the darkened doorway, it’s the freaking country waiting on your to make up your minds.

Now the Republicans and Democrats are each going to make up their own little plans to bring to the table. It’s like a faction of third graders making “clubs” on the elementary school playground. And then I read all these Facebook/Twitter comments, blog opinions, and the like from people that I just have to whip out my willpower to avoid responding in an impolite manner.

My favorite blood-boiling remark goes something like this, “Obama needs to put on his big boy pants and just solve the debt crisis.”

I'm blaming everyone I didn't vote for.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold up a minute there, pilgrim. Last time I checked we elected 535 congressional representatives from our respective states. And last time I checked we were paying their salaries via our tax dollars (which adds up to more than the President’s $400,000). And last time I checked (which is right now), it is their job to produce legislation to be passed. While it is part of the President’s job to prepare the federal budget, he’s going in 1 v 535… Not much of a lead if you ask me. Very Battle of Thermopylae.

Meanwhile, everyone in Washington is shaking in their boots as they correlate the deal with upcoming reelection season. Republicans are yelling that Democrats only care about getting reelected. Democrats are holding up mirrors hoping the accusations will deflect so they won’t sound like parrots when they reproach the republicans for the same reason.

The whole process is tiring, and I’m just an observer. An angry observer.

Amen, brother.

Because of the time in which Sean and I moved, we were unable to register to vote in Georgia in time for elections last year. I most definitely plan on voting this coming election because the current people in office are running this country like a joke.
They need to quit considering reelection and just do what’s right.
I admire the New York Senator Ray McDonald who voted for something that he knew was right regardless of whether or not it got him reelected (caution: language).

“You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn’t black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing,” McDonald, 64, told reporters.

“You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing.

“I’m tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.”

Why can’t more politicians be that way? Why can’t they do what’s right when it comes to civil rights? Why can’t they do what’s right when it comes to the budget? Why can’t they just do what’s right?

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