I am old enough that I remember when our federal government worked on real problems. Currently all problems that get “dealt with” seems to be illusory and real problems are swept under the rug.
Last night I was disgusted with the breathless news coverage of the “fiscal cliff” crisis potential, possible, maybe solution, complete with smiling politicians, lights, cameras, and clamoring reporters. All for a “crisis” that isn’t real. The Congress created the legislation that they were scrambling to simultaneously disinherit and counteract. They could have repealed at any time. They could have amended it at any time . . . in the last one and a half years. Undoubtedly they will disjoint their elbows to pat themselves on the back when they are done, even though the real problems will be postponed.
The previous crisis, a crisis centered on raising the so-called debt ceiling, was also manufactured as it had never been a problem in the past. The next crisis will be another round of a “debt-ceiling” dispute.
All of these “crises” have been fomented by Republicans in attempts to get changes they can’t get legislatively, either due to laziness, incompetence, or political opposition. The Constitution is clear. If spending cuts are needed, Congress is the branch of government that is to do it and the House of Representatives is to lead. If House-sponsored legislation can’t get through the Senate or vice-versa, compromise is needed to get things done. So, what do we have? Compromise? No. We have the Congress clamoring for the President to “do something,” when it is clearly not his job and the House telling the Senate it has to lead. This is shameful incompetence.
Apparently in the New America we will never deal with real problems again. Crooked bankers will never be threatened with prosecution, semi-automatic rifles will continue to be sold by the pallet load, people will continue to die for lack of medical care, children will be going hungry on a regular basis, none of these will be addressed because the “faux problems” will be consuming our attention.
Who benefits from this level of distraction? It is clear that the real Masters of the Universe want the focus to be on meaningless problems and not real problems because all of the real problems point to their manipulation of our democracy to enrich and empower themselves. Hey, watch the sparkly lights, look out for the Mayan Apocalypse, how about them Cowboys?
The New America will continue to displace the Real America until we wake up and scream bloody murder that this must stop!