Sunday, March 3, 2013

Something's Always Wrong

By Toad the Wet Sprocket

Welcome to our Self-Made Crisis Period, number the fifth in the last six months. I'm well past outrage fatigue. I'm just done with these buffoons in DC. I'm done with David Brooks and John McCain being interviewed about the sequester but not one economist.

I'm tired of privileged white men like Scalia denigrating voters' rights as a racial entitlement. I'm tired of climate change being the single most pressing issue in the entire world, and yet the New York Times declares its Green Blog defunct. I'm tired of good liberal bloggers like Steve Gilliard losing his life because he couldn't afford health insurance and Josh Trevino got paid $400,000 to pimp Malaysian politics AND got published in HuffPo (maybe it's time to start looking at newsman Bob Woodward's extra income).

I'm tired of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner lying about the spending cuts that have already happened and demanding that those who can afford it the least largely bear the burden of their terrible administration. I'm sick of living in a post-fact America where no media outlet assumes the responsibility of informing their audience and keeps playing the "both sides do it" card.

I'll say this until I'm blue in the face: WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS FACING US. But our elected representatives are operating with a completely different agenda, and that's to carry us to the next Self-Made Crisis Period. I'm not being overly morose, really I'm not. I'm just done with this stupidity. I think it's time for us to get rid of the petulant brats and get some adults at the table.

(The above from Crooks & Liars, here.)

1 comment:

Bob Poris said...

I read this and had to agree! Reading the daily paper or watching any news on TV is very discouraging. We all agree that there are major problems that are not addressed by competent people willing to debate solutions. We keep hearing silly sideshows that pick on some aspect of any news and ignore the ongoing problems that remain. Our law makers have ignored the potential jobs that addressing the infrastructure that only Government can address. They have ignored a real debate as to our economy based on facts and history. Instead we hear from selected commentators and find no agreement that can help. We face foreign dangers but waste time over political battles that have little to do with solving or addressing the problems. The list goes on and we do not even do the things all parties agree should be done, like close some loopholes none believe are useful, except those that profit.

How long can our government fail to address and resolve differences that have led to gridlock? For the most part only Congress can make laws; appoint people to jobs that traditionally were decided in days, rather than years in some cases. We know we now have homeless people that only a short time ago were working and buying our products or doing needed jobs. We concentrate on the few that we think are gaming the system and ignore the truly needy that do want to work and to return to their lives.

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