Weekend Mixed Bag

This upcoming weekend is going to be very special: my kids are coming to visit!  Of course I have a lot to say about various topics in life and politics, but those detailed posts are just going to have to wait and percolate for a while.  In the meantime, I do have some brief comments on the events of the week.

First of all, I am shivering from excitement as my self-imposed, month-long moratorium on commenting on you-know-who is up this coming Tuesday, February 22.  I have plenty of nonsense to report, so stay tuned around the middle of next week for a long-awaited update.  I am shaking in my shoes about the stuff we missed.  Can you believe that I actually honored my pledge?  I can’t.  Oh wait: there is still five days left.

On to my brief review of the week.  What a riot!  Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the GOP thought that their majority in the House would make their legislative proposals a cake walk.  Ha!  What were they thinking?  For the last two years, not only did the Democrats put one of their own in the Office of the Presidency as a result of a definitive mandate in the 2010 elections, but they also won a majority in the House and the Senate.  In a nutshell, the Dems had the White House and both chambers of Congress in a stunning triple victory.  Were the last two years a cake walk for President Obama?  Hardly.  In fact, it was anything but.  Through much compromise though, the President was able to enact historic legislation.  Cake walk?  More like walking through fire.

Yet the GOP really thought that their majority in the House could reverse the Obama legislation of the last two years.  Their stupidity is outweighed only by their laziness, disregard for political reality and lack of concern for Americans.  The majority whip of the House, Kevin McCarthy, is responsible for securing favorable votes for the GOP proposals.  It is the golden rule of politics that the whip does not allow a vote to come to the House floor unless he knows he has the votes his party wants.  McCarthy never counted votes and lost on two issues last week.  Furthermore, yesterday the GOP also lost the vote on the program to continue funding for a second jet engine that even the top brass at the Pentagon admitted was a total waste of money.  McCarthy is no Pelosi.  It didn’t hinder the defeat of these three proposals that the Tea Party freshman are sticking to their guns on their cost-cutting promises to their constituents.  Thus, the Tea Party is fulfilling my prediction that they would be the downfall of the GOP.  Truth or dare?

The second order of business this week has to do with President Obama’s budget for FY 2012.  Yes, he did include many cuts, often very painful to those is the worst of situations.  However, he did not make the big, significant cuts.  Nor is the GOP talking about making those necessary cuts.  Does social security need to be means tested and have the minimum age of receiving benefits raised?  Yes.  Does Medicare need to be redesigned into a more efficient entitlement program?  Yes.  Is there so much more meat to cut out of the Pentagon’s budget?  You betcha.  Neither party has addressed these areas that would have the greatest impact on trimming the deficit.

I listened to President Obama explain why he had to make the cuts he did.  I was very pleased that he maintained a dedication to the future by actually adding funds for science education, infrastructure and climate control measures.  He just makes so much sense in his balancing act between lowering our debt but still enabling our country to be innovative and thus, competitive.  Without such a pledge, backed up by budgetary funds, our country will lose in the long run.

Nevertheless, both parties are loath to hit those areas for budget-cutting that will truly make a difference.  Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, is not one of my favorite guys.  However, as ever trying to have an open mind, I respected him for his comments regarding this budget impasse.  Please read the highlighted link.  Glory be!  Should a politician go to bat for what the American people really need, he will NOT disappear into thin air!

Thirdly, I am enamored of the pro-union protests in Wisconsin and Ohio.  I am not necessarily in favor of across-the-boards union demands, but these demonstrations are important mainly because they are demanding the the continuance of collective bargaining.  That right must remain.  In these hard economic times, it is one thing to require public employees to cough up a larger percentage of their health insurance and pension costs.  It is, however, totally another thing to eradicate their right to collective bargaining.  Fine: reduce the amount the state has to pay toward these benefits, but do not cover-up an attempt at union-busting as a means to lowering the deficit.  No wonder the people are so furious.

Finally, a tribute to Uncle Leo of “Seinfeld”, who passed away this week.  We all had an Uncle Leo in our lives and he will be sorely missed.

Have a great, long weekend.  I have so much more to say but it is going to have to be put on the back burner because this weekend has me occupied, very occupied!  I am tickled pink in anticipation.

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2 Responses to “Weekend Mixed Bag”

  1. amy lilley Says:

    …out of sight, out of mind…I forgot all about, you-know-who….and YES YOU CAN make it for another 5 days…:)))…love the pic of your Castine!!!

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