Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Day After - How Do You Feel?

A friend sent me this cartoon from The Economist as an indication of how he felt about the debt ceiling debacle in Washington. 

On Sunday, I was relieved, but by the time the Senate voted on Monday, I was angry, and still am. 

I was angry that Wall Street was tanking because the economy is in such a fragile shape. 

I was angry that the bill just passed will make it even more difficult (impossible?) to do what needs to be done to get more people working.

I was angry that we will have to go through the fall with this again as the super committee tries to come to an agreement that wasn't possible now.

I was especially angry at those who elected a Republican majority to the House and a stronger minority in the Senate in 2010. Paul Krugman put it best when he concluded his July 14 column "Getting to Crazy," with 
So there has been no pressure on the G.O.P. to show any kind of responsibility, or even rationality — and sure enough, it has gone off the deep end. If you’re surprised, that means that you were part of the problem. 
The Democrats, the media, and the citizenry failed to put that pressure on the Republicans so all of us bear responsibility for the continuing tragedy.

I tell myself that if our nation and the economy can survive the next six months, I look forward to giving the American people a chance to decide in the 2012 elections because I don't believe the Republican position can stand rational scrutiny and I hope the voters have learned a lesson. 

But then again, does rationality count for much with the electorate?

- Doubtfully, Milo