Pass Us A Bill…..Something to Make Us All Happy……
The last couple of weeks Americans (and I suspect much of the world) have watched on in dismay as the worst of our political system oozed nonsense over the debt ceiling and our rising deficit.
Rest assured — no politician will leave this unscarred.
My personal “throw your hands up in the air and say whatever” moment came late last week when the House was engulfed in failure to agree on a bill to send to the Senate that had absolutely no chance of passing there anyway. I just don’t understand what forces cause our elected officials to put on a protracted clown parade while Main Street watches on, puts their heads down and continues to try to just muddle through this very tough economic patch.
From Main Street the answers seem so obvious.
#1 — Pass the debt ceiling limit of some large $ amount that buys “us” another 6-9 months.
#2 — Cut spending across the board by some meaningful %. (Yes that’s right, across the board, because you’ll never agree on any specific cuts anyway – and if you do we suspect they’ll be more pork somewhere to buy the cuts we need – eventually negating them.)
#3 — Raise taxes by closing loopholes. No more special deals, no more industry carve outs (Congress has already had more than a dozen studies of our tax code and suggested changes — dust one off and eat the taco),
#4 — Phase out Federal benefits to the wealthy (including me). I won and have created my own safety net.
#5 — Revise the Federal spend and tax code to encourage investments in people not assets. A cheaper iPad doesn’t help the unemployment rate.
The American people are watching our elected officials commit political suicide and I suspect we’re quite willing to consistently vote most of them off the island until we end up with a set of folks that can quit bickering and get stuff done.