Maybe I’m not alone when I hear the media beating the drums louder and louder proclaiming the oncoming “doom” that awaits us all come January first – and I’m not afraid.
Wasn’t this stuff all made up by the banks and Congress to begin with? No, don’t assume the “drum beating” has just arrived at the doorstep of my laptop, it hasn’t. I’ve studied the thing inside and out ever since the media started the pounding two years ago. What I see is one more hurdle for Obama to jump over that no other President – ever, has had placed in his path.
Relax trolls, I’m not going there!
So now that everyone’s taxes are set to go up unless the GOP (you remember, the ones who lost the election – by a lot) gets its way. Pardon me if I step back and look at this situation from a distance, say…from outer space, or over a warm cup of tea.
On January first, if nothing is done, the unemployed will still be unemployed. Those in foreclosure will still be in foreclosure. Medicare and Social Security will pretty much be the same – one becoming insolvent in six or seven years, the other in maybe twenty-two. Payroll taxes will rise and government services will shrink.
Oh, and by the way…the rich will still be rich.
So why should Obama rush to bargain with the very folks who got us into this mess to begin with? If nearly all of where we are will still be there come January, why let the GOP off the hook with some sort of “grand bargain”? At some point in time, the majority of Americans (you know, those of us who are “unworthy to vote”, or are in line for handouts or some other such irrationalities being manufactured on the right) need to savor the fruits of victory.
Not to put too fine a point on that victory, I’m reminded of an old Star Trek, Next Generation episode where the Klingon planet had just finished a civil war. The new leader Galron brought in the teenaged son of the vanquished leader to be killed by Worf or his brother. The son stood before everyone and defiantly claimed that his family would one day rule the Klingon Empire and everyone in the room would be destroyed. To which Galron replied; “Perhaps…but not today!”
See you in January.