The Current Fiscal Crisis
Our current fiscal crisis is the result of the failure of our elected empty suits to make difficult decisions and take decisive action back in 2011. The question then was whether or not to raise the debt ceiling. The answer then as it is now is, no we should not.
Our elected empty suits were elected and they get paid, very generously, with benefits that would choke any size horse, to make tough decisions and take decisive action for the common good. They are incapable of doing that. They are politicians who want to dazzle the press and tap dance in front of their voters. They have no incentive to do the right thing for the right reasons.
I would rather be identified as an armed robber than a politician. An armed robber has a purpose and will accomplish that purpose. When the armed robber threatens you with the weapon you will feel robbed and the robber will take your valuables and leave you behind as the victim.
The politician will say some of this and then some of that and when you question him about this he will answer about that. When faced with a leaky faucet the politician will complain loudly of the poor work performed by the plumber, as well as the potential flooding and waste of a natural resource that could end the world as we know it, but will then try to sweet talk that same plumber into donating cash to a political action committee run by the politicians son-in-law.
The end result will be that the leak has gotten worse and the gullible public believes that politician took a stand against leaky faucets but the plumber is now a contributor and potential voter.
This crisis was created by the empty suits who failed to take decisive action in the past. As they sit and discuss the details of the situation they don’t look at how badly the tax payers are being treated, they don’t look at how poorly much of the money they spend is being spent and they don’t consider the impact of their failure to do the right thing for the right reason.
Problem solvers would look at ways to solve the problem.
The situation can be described as a failure to take decisive action in 2011. It’s a self-inflicted foot wound created by the shallow cowards who hoped this sequester would stimulate action by the committee of empty suits established to do what the body of the whole was afraid to do.
They are now faced with a 2.3% burden that is not targeted wisely. One point of view is to take a deep breath and let it happen. The world won’t end. There could be better ways to take the cuts but they made this mess and we can survive it. Where ever the cuts come from there is certainly enough waste and mismanagement to absorb the hit.
Another point of view is to insist on more revenue by raising taxes from the super-rich, rich, almost rich and want to be rich. Higher tax rates do not translate into more revenue, they never have, but that is a point of view.
Another point of view is to accept the situation as it is and target the cuts to less painful areas and reduce spending without increasing taxes.
Working together as a team to resolve the issue for the tax payer is an option, but politicians can’t do that. Problem solving is not part of their skill set. The right thing for the right reason does not add to the balance of their political action committee, or to their approval ratings, or to their chances at reelection.
Politicians can make problems, they can exacerbate problems, they can sugar coat problems, but they cannot understand or solve them.
Politicians are dirty, nasty, ugly, people and should be voted out of office.