Wednesday, July 27, 2011

America Under Seige

It's been a long, hot summer in more ways than one, and it's not over, yet.  Mother Nature has delivered quite a beat-down this year and our elected officials are delivering another.  We might have insurance against the ravages of Mother Nature, but where do we go for relief from our own government?

What probably started out as the usual posturing and threats of a meltdown over the debt limit has apparently backfired on Congress as the Republicans realize their very own tea party is deadly serious about allowing the collapse. It would be funny if it weren't so serious. If John Boehner  had been an effective Speaker of the House, he would not have allowed a minority in his own party to take over and dictate his every move.

Things are bad enough in this country, what with the failing economy and the unemployment situation without all this drama over something as simple as raising the debt ceiling.  Why do we even have a debt ceiling, anyway? Is it some ridiculous effort to balance the budget?  No other country has one.  It's silly to compare today's debt with past debt and deficit. Everything costs more and more every year, and we need to raise some "revenues"  in order to pay our bills.

While everyone in Washington is focusing on the debt ceiling stand-off, they are completely ignoring the one thing that would go a long way toward solving the revenue problem.  JOBS.  In the case of Social Security and Medicare, putting more people to work, and thereby collecting more revenues in the form or Social Security taxes on paychecks would certainly help.

Speaking of Social Security, if our Congress is so terribly concerned about the debt, maybe they should consider the debt the government owes to Social Security.  They might start paying back all the funds they have "borrowed" from that program over the past decades.

If neither party can do anything at all, perhaps they should all resign and let us elect someone who will.

Stay tuned. I'll probably get madder.


Kay Dennison said...

Sing it, sistah!!!!

Margie's Musings said...

Oh I am with you on this 100%. I am going to cast my vote in the next elections against these people who are clogging up the system.

We didn't elect the tea party and I see no reason why they should be trying to run the country.

Looking to the Stars said...

Great Post!!!!! I agree with you :)

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Good post!
I am so sick of all of this. One side wants to make the president look bad and will not give an inch - not giving a @#$% about us. The other side does the same thing.
And don't get me started on those tea party numbnuts.

I have asked my hubby if we can move to Canada. I could get health care once and for all and they speak English so not a big learning curve.

Olga said...

You're mad? This post sounds like the very voice of reason to me. Why are the politicians not listening? Why aren't the tea baggers saying anything that makes sense?

Joy Des Jardins said...

Terrific post Betty...couldn't agree with you more. Geesh, I'm tired of this....

savannah said...

amen, sister! it makes me wonder WHY, if so many regular people know this and understand this, WHY politicians with all their staffers & access to information, etc. DON'T! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Your hot logic is perfectly sane. The only thing that is insane is the "leadership" of our country.
As to the other thorns in your side, I agree with most of them, except that I don't watch much daytime tv. The HGTV whiners is getting old. They complain that the vacation home in Costa Rica doesn't have big enough much room does it take to store your VACATION clothes?
Oh, but here it is Pe-CAHNS.They taste good no matter how you pronounce them.