Don Roach: Fiscal Cliff? What Fiscal Cliff?
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Sequestration will essentially result in: More than $500 billion will be cut from the Defense Department and other national security agencies, with the rest cut on the domestic side -- national parks, federal courts, the FBI, food inspections and housing aid.
Where’s the Outrage?
Where’s the outrage people? Perhaps our lawmakers have said “the sky is falling” one too many times and we’re just tired of it all. We’d rather watch the Miami Heat’s version of the Harlem Shake or check out the latest iPhone App. Whatever floats your boat, we don’t want to talk about impending financial doom for ourselves, much less the country.
I just don’t get it. Why aren’t we writing our legislators telling them to get their act together and work this out? Our president blames the Republicans while Republican congressional leaders blame Democrats.
It’s an endless cycle that began with Obama’s first year. The ‘alleged’ hope and change president has been singing the same tune since 2009. In 2009, when things went wrong he blamed Bush. Since, he’s blamed the Republicans. Republicans have been blaming Obama since his first day in office. It’s excruciating to watch so I have some sympathy towards those of us who just can’t stomach reading another story about fiscal cliffs, cuts, sequestrations, and anything related to how the incompetency of our leaders will lead to our doom.
I get it. There’s a lot of burnout there.
What do we do?
And by we, I mean all of us. As you read this, take of your political hat off for just a minute and answer what we need to do to come up with a compromise on these issues. What’s scary about Congress over the last several years is the lack of compromise between the two parties. There doesn’t seem to be much give and take.
Each side tries to score the most political points as if winning that game actually benefits the American people. For those of you scoring at home, it doesn’t.
But it goes on and on and at some point you and I have to be fed up enough to do something. Will we be angry enough when gas prices reach $5 a gallon or when a gallon of milk costs as much as a Big Mac Meal?
When is enough enough?
I have no answers
The sad truth is, I don’t have the answers. If I did someone should be paying me much more than they do. It’s probably true that you don’t have the answers either because someone would also be paying you a lot more if you did.
Nonetheless, it shouldn’t stop our collective pursuit of answers and holding our elected officials accountable for their decisions before we really start to feel the pinch of their idiotic “leadership”.
If you’re not up for that, please put your head back in the sand and I’ll nudge you when things get really bad.
On that high note, have a great day!
Don Roach is looking for answers. Share yours at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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