John McCain stood in the well of the Senate yesterday and asked whether that branch of the government was doing the work of The People. Apparently he was disgusted that they were going to recess after doing nothing that morning. By the way, what’s going on in the House these days? Or are they still on holiday from the 4th?
Meanwhile the re-election campaigns are in full swing, especially in the so-called debt ceiling talks. Lest anyone be confused, these important discussions are little more than re-election politics on a grand and scary scale. Surely you weren’t under the assumption that our representatives in Congress and our president were actually working for the benefit of The People, were you? The great debt-ceiling debate! Over the cliff! Catastrophic! Ho-hum. It was quietly raised 8 times during the 8 GW Bush years. Yawn.
Political theater at the most contemptibly blatant sewer-level. The People my ass! It’s all about getting reelected. Period. The Republicans want to show that they kept taxes low- taxes not on The People, but on corporations and the uber rich. Of course, they don’t say that. Rather they say that they will not raise taxes on The People. And what about those tax loopholes for oil companies, Wall Street, and other high-rollers? The GOP has the same answer: we won’t raise taxes on The People. The question, of course, is do The People see this ruse? I doubt it. Propaganda at its finest.
Then there is the president. He’s willing to give away anything so that he will be reelected. Mr. Centrist. Mr. Compromiser. No thought about the damage that will cause The People. Just stuff to reassure reelection. He’ll even tinker with Social Security even though that program is 100% funded and has nothing to do with the debt. He hopes the independents will be happy that he’s willing to compromise, even willing to sell-off the prize golden goose if that will bring him votes.
And where are the Democrats?
As we exit Fantasy land, a cold wet wind suddenly awakens us from our temporary journey into the make-believe realm of politics. Two wars drag on with the pipeline from the Treasury to the Pentagon at maximum flow. Factories, businesses and Ma & Pa stores hang For Sale signs in their windows. Soup kitchens become more crowded as do homeless shelters. Bank-owned for sale signs pop up like mushrooms after a good soaking rain. Joblessness spreads like a cancer. Pot holes grow more cavernous, bridges crumble; police, firefighters, and teachers are laid-off. Schools cut programs, class-sizes expand, facilities left in disrepair.
Of The People. For The People. By The People.
Sadly, that’s just a dream of times gone by. The good old days.
But “used to be’s” don’t count anymore
They just lay on the floor
‘Til we sweep them away.