A heck of a lot of wasted words have been uttered, printed and broadcast in the past few days about the debt ceiling machinations. There's the "Gang of Six," the Boehner plan, the Reid plan, the Reid-McConnell plan, Plans A, B, and C... blah x 3...
Just hours ago, the House passed the Boehner bill, but who the hell cares? It will be shot down in the Senate. And if by some miracle it passed in the Senate, President Obama would surely veto it.
Ditto for Sen. Harry Reid's bill. It may squeeze through the Senate by a narrow margin, but will most likely be shot down by the House. I don't think there are enough dense Republicans to buy the snake oil and empty promises the Demagogues will try to peddle. But then again, the Republicans have often had a tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Aug. 2 "deadline" is a man-made, ficticious bogeyman that will prove about as "catastrophic" as Jan. 1, 2000 did to computers and software. In other words, all of this hysterical scare-mongering by the Demagogues and their media lackeys is about on the level of the grossly hyped Y2K scare of the 1990s. We are NOT going to default. We'll find a way to move money around and keep paying our bills, even if it means a temporary government shutdown.
President Obama has been so pathetically detached during this whole mess, and so childish in his finger-pointing (it's GEORGE BUSH and the evil REPUBLICANS!), that much of the public has lost all respect for him. Even some of his formerly ardent supporters have given up on him.
American Thinker's J.R. Dunn sums things up well in this piece, castigating the Celebrity-in-Chief for being a hollow and petulant man, utterly derelict of his duties with regard to the budget process.
Obama's presidency now reminds me of Jimmy Carter's in the woeful summer of 1979, when the peanut farmer gave one of the most wretched speeches in the history of politics: "Crisis of Confidence," aka the "malaise" speech. Obama will do what Carter did, and blame the American people, now that we're so sick of hearing him blame Bush and the GOP. But the collectivist's act has worn thin, and millions are tuning him out.
Let's just say that for the past few months, Obama has been having an extended, prolonged version of the famous "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" scene from "The Wizard of Oz." As someone once remarked, "There's no there there."
Some kind of debt ceiling deal will be worked out in the next few weeks; what shape or form it will take I have no idea. But it's worth remembering that the context of the debate has changed dramatically, especially since the 2010 election. The Democrats are at least willing to concede that there won't be tax increases in a debt ceiling agreement, even if their supposed "cuts" are really smoke-and-mirrors.
If the Republicans had not stomped the Dems and claimed the House last November, quite a few Democrats would have voted in favor of Obama's farcical budget two months ago. Instead, the budget went down in flames, 97-0 in the Senate. That really ought to tell you something. And it does, to those of us without the thick skulls of our fearless leaders inside the Beltway.
The hour is late. While Rome burns, Nero Obama fiddles with massaging his ego and catering to his narcissism. His weak-brained media stooges continue to carry his water, but hardly anyone is paying attention to them either.
It staggers my mind that there are tens of millions of people in this country who consider the debt ceiling an issue that ought to be debated. We are digging ourselves deeper and deeper into economic hell, and we're debating how much more to dig? Isn't there an adage, "If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging"?
The debate ought to be on how much to cut spending NOW, not on how much more red ink we can pile onto future generations. This is an absolute no-brainer. If there were such thing as negative I.Q., I am afraid a lot of lawmakers would fall into that territory.
Go ahead and work through the weekend, you jokers. The nation will still go on no matter what you do. But some of you might want to update your resumes and start tapping into your professional networks. November 2012 isn't that far away.