Sound and fury… another day, perhaps


In pursuit of reason, we clogged phone lines, crashed email servers and overwhelmed Twitter accounts. Sometimes it feels like, if there wasn’t the predictable attrition of immoral and crooked politicians, we would see no glimmer of sunlight in the illusory, dark clouds conjured by the Kochs and Karl Rove.

But our fight is not over because of one compromise, one bill, one law. That it must pass, for all the political and market reasons, is clear. That this is the patio door we slam into on our way to help seniors and the poor is also true. But we don’t jump up and hit the door again, expecting different results. We get up, dust off our indignation and live to fight another day.

We muster more forces, align politicians, from both sides of the aisle. If neither side’s leadership is crossing the aisle to look for votes, then we should. If you live in a GOP district, and your Congressional representative is afraid of offending Boehner or Cantor or Norquist, remind him or her that those guys don’t vote in your district. Voters do, and you can deliver voters to a cooperative Congressman.

Look, it’s not so much the political party, but the ultra-partisanship that is destroying our country. This bill, as flawed as it is, reflects at least some bipartisanship in how it was assembled and, eventually, approved. Can’t we celebrate that, at least?

One favorite quote, from the Bhagavad Gita (18,59), is “When you say, ‘I will not fight,’ you are misleading yourself. Nature compels you to.”

I fight for cooperation, and for the few wise humans who know how to get things done through action-oriented leadership. I’m very disappointed with the state of the State, but I’ve not given up that enlightenment – for which, I am, alas, compelled at least to try to be a cause – will win out. Can never, ever, give up on that.

-PBG

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2 thoughts on “Sound and fury… another day, perhaps

  1. PG, again I enjoy your prose. However, your reoccurring them of our federal governments role to be the provider of all social services as opposed to a limited last resort safety net is interesting to me. Your are asking the citizenry to call your congressman to support seniors and the poor. You continue to identify ultra partisanship as a destructive force in our country, while celebrating the bipartisanship in the bill. I agree with the obvious bipartisanship in the bill that was passed. I would even goes as far as to say that partisanship was effectively used to achieve legislation that was passable. I would point to ObamaCare as a partisan effort that produced legislation against all the unwritten principles in our legislators contract with the American people. In other words it was not bipartisan and was crammed down the throats of the electorate. The bulk of our Federal social services programs like Social Security, Medicare and the like were not designed and should not be, the only means or retirement income, disability income or medical services for our citizens. It is an unsustainable notion and deleterious to the social fabric of any society. One thing is clear from the debate. Since the beginning of Federal income taxes in the first quarter of the last century, total federal taxes collected have never exceeded 21% of GDP. It is reasonable to budget to that level or lower. Currently, our expenditures exceed 25% of GDP. This is a recipe for failure. No social programs or even the basic functions of government will continue at this level. We have more than enough money coming into the Treasury. Our elected representatives’ tasks’ ahead will be one of hard decisions. I for one will continue to support representatives that recognize the problem and work towards solutions that will sustain and strengthen the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the binding laws of our Constitution.

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    1. So would you have voted “no” on the bill? I see your point about the ultra-partisanship making the spending discussion possible, but, to me, that’s the problem. That partisanship brought us to the brink of default, and we ended up with a plan that benefits Congress more than it benefits the American people.
      The triggers that a failing Super Committee will give way to, will guarantee that whoever is on it will get lots of lobbying from the defense, energy and healthcare industries, and that means lots of money coming into Congressional coffers as they gear up for the 2012 elections.
      True, the social safety net is supposed to be just that – a safety net – but for millions of Americans, who were never able to advance on the socio-economic ladder, or who – because of this near depression – fell several rungs, they need the extra help. Aging boomers need the help. Heck, it could be your sisters or your kids who need the help.
      I’m glad there was compromise but even Boehner said the House GOP got 98% of what they wanted. Tax loopholes need to be closed, certain subsidies eliminated, but that’s not part of the bill, nor is it in the triggers. The 12 will fail, either to get something that they can get a majority on, or that both Houses can pass.

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