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


Susan S. said...

It's hard to be hopeful about the future.

Milo Thornberry said...

Thanks Susan! This evening I tried to get the background and issues of the current impasse over FAA funding. The Republicans seem to have taken a no compromise position and the Dems have decided the draw the line. I don't blame the Dems. The "future" is here.

Susan S. said...

Where are the states(wo)men? It seems the politicians aren't getting the job done!

from The Onion:

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WASHINGTON—A day after signing legislation that raised the government debt ceiling and authorized steep budget cuts, President Obama thanked Democrats as well as Democrats for their willingness to make tough, but necessary, concessions during negotiations. "I'm truly grateful that both Democrats and their Democratic counterparts were able to reach this consensus, accepting an agreement that is far from perfect not just for Democrats, but also for Democrats," Obama said Wednesday of the deal that cut federal spending $2.1 trillion over 10 years but included no revenue increases of any kind. "Lawmakers from across the political spectrum—from moderate Democrats to the more liberal members of the party to dyed-in-the-wool progressives—reached within the aisle and showed the nation that compromise requires real sacrifice from everyone." Obama added that while it may look ugly at times, politics is about Democrats giving up what they want, as well as Democrats giving up what they want, until an agreement can ultimately be reached.

Milo Thornberry said...

You're right, Susan! The states(wo)men aren't getting the job done.

Mary N. Clark said...

It is very hard to be hopeful in this economy. All this fuss and drama about the debt ceiling when people need jobs that will allow them to live, educate their children, take care of their health, save for their old age, and be part of a vibrant economy. I feel so bad for the young adults facing a bewildering future. When I was in my 20's I felt like the world was my playground, and I was going to have an exciting and fulfilling life -- the sky was the limit. Not so today. I can understand why young adults are pessimistic. I agree with Susan. Where are the statesmen? Where are the people of integrity who look to the future (beyond the next election)?