REWRITE: Powerless Boehner, Paralyzed Congress

Paul Simon nails it every time.  From his latest album, “So Beautiful or So What”, the fourth song is called “Rewrite.”  Who wouldn’t love to rewrite the script of their life and change the ending?  Thus, Simon’s poetry reminded me of the empty efforts of our Congress to rewrite what they haven’t even written in the first place:

John Boehner, supposed leader of the pack, cannot consolidate any power whatsoever.  One minute he is meeting with President Obama at the White House and the next minute he is walking out of those talks.  This must have happened three times already.  In one breath he says we need a short-term solution to the debt ceiling problem and then in his next breath, he says that we need a $4 trillion budget cut over ten years.

It is quite obvious that this budget impasse is due to the political games of the GOP.  Boehner wants HIS name on this budget deal, not that of Mitch McConnell.  What we are witnessing is simply a power play within the Republican Party, essentially a tug of war between Boehner and McConnell.  Both leaders have basically dismissed the Tea Party members of their party, but nevertheless, use that faction as a convenient excuse to cutting a deal.  The danger in Boehner’s and McConnell’s strategy is that their lack of compromise is going to harm our country more than it is going to advance them politically.  It is utterly incomprehensible  that these two savvy geniuses haven’t figured that out quite yet.

Certainly, President Obama has given more than the GOP could have ever imagined, much to the chagrin of his fellow Democrats.  Yet, and yet again, the Republicans keep saying “No.”  I’ll tell you what: the political middle, the “silent majority”, is not going to abide this standoff for much longer.  Even the slow-to-come-to-the-party American population will approach their burning point soon.  This will especially come to pass if our government’s lack of action leads to monetary losses for our all too patient public i.e., higher interest rates, financial market downturns and the shutting down of many governmental agencies which may result in no entitlement checks and the shutting down of our air controllers’ agency, just to name a few consequences.  The American public, that great, patient electorate, is very near its tipping point.  The final straw will be when this government dysfunction hits American citizens right in their pocketbooks.  Will the stock market crumble today in reaction to all of this uncertainty?  The financial markets can fend off good news and bad news, but uncertainty plays havoc with investors.  Perhaps this is the wake-up call that Congress needs to spur itself into action because Boehner and the GOP persist in preventing a decisive plan to go forward.

The behavior of our Congress is now a total embarrassment to our own country and to the world.  Mind you, this debacle has been wholly self-inflicted.  Americans on the street have commented that if they did their jobs the way our Congress has done their’s, they would be fired in a heartbeat.  We are being led down the path of indecision, turmoil, default and bankruptcy, both fiscally and morally.  One would think that if Boehner was so preoccupied with leaving a legacy, he would stop his clownish antics and sign a deal.  He has not shown any consistency in his negotiations, but instead has repeatedly, through his actions and words, vascillated between “I’m in.  No wait, I’m out.”  Talk about a power vacuum.

That shark, Mitch McConnell, has now come up with a new drastic plan: to create a “Super Congress” that would oversee these important deficit decisions that need to be made.  What?  Our regular Congress refuses to do their jobs out of concern for the political  implications so why not hand over the responsibility to a new Congress?  We already have one paralyzed Congress; we do not need another one.  This is the epitome of passing the buck to the max!  Jeezey Wheezey, they just keep on adding layer upon layer of incompetence, bureaucracy and impotence to justify the avoidance of making the tough choices.  Total masturbation.

Just last night, Harry Reid put forth a new proposal: $2.7 trillion is cuts with no revenue increases.  This is a knee-jerk, band-aid approach that would take us through only 2012.  Now watch.  If you ever doubted that the only goal of the GOP was to get that Barack Obama out of office, this will be the final proof.  The GOP will undoubtedly decline this new offer as well, even though it fulfills their ideology.  To accept this deal would mean a “victory” for the President in the sense that the debt ceiling was raised.  The GOP could never let that happen.

Oh yeah: a rewrite cannot happen if nothing was written in the first place.

And here is a toast to our Congress, an august institution hell bent on relishing the perks of their jobs but not the responsibilities:

Five surgeons are discussing who were the best patients to operate on. 

The first surgeon says, ‘I like to see Accountants on my operating table
because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.’ 

The second responds, ‘Yeah, but you should try Electricians! Everything
inside them is colour-coded.’ 

The third surgeon says, ‘No, I really think Librarians are the best;
everything inside them is in alphabetical order.’ 

The fourth surgeon chimes in, ‘You know I like Construction Workers.
Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the
end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would.’ 

But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed, ‘You’re all
wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There’s no guts, no
heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, and there are only two moving
parts – the mouth and the asshole – and they are interchangeable’.

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One Response to “REWRITE: Powerless Boehner, Paralyzed Congress”

  1. NatalieR Says:

    I love this piece and I love the joke at the end except the joke is truly on us. I have read every explanation for our economic insanity from the right, from the left, from the center and everywhere in between. I am still utterly CONFUSED!

    While we sort things out (assuming we do which I rather doubt) I think I might just throw up my hands, sit back, cry and watch old movies. I cannot take Congress and its insipid insanity any more. The only power (minimal at best) I have is my vote and I know the Democratic party with all of its flaws for me is the only game in town.

    The mess is SO huge how it ever gets resolved I have no idea.

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