Have you noticed that each of our political parties of late seem to be in an almost deliberate no holds barred contest to be perceived by voters as the most arrogant, corrupt, idiotic, venal, most ridiculously out of touch governing class in the 235 year history of our republic. To be held in such a low regard as our current crop of legislators, a real effort must be made. There is nothing more offensive to Americans for instance, than to be transparently and condescendingly thought of by presumed superiors as being barely bright enough to get our shoes on the right feet in the morning, yet this is exactly how we are being treated by the majority of our elected representatives. While it is great fun for the voters on both sides to imagine that sheer stupidity is the cause of the escalating bufoonery we are witnessing from DC, I’m starting to think that they are doing it on purpose.
Imagine that you are a Senator or a Congressman. You’ve done the math on the 40 year Ponzi scheme that is our financial system and have come to the conclusion that we are long past the point of returning it to solvency without a major hurt being laid on every man, woman, and child in the country. What to do…what to do. Do you level with a citizenry long ago transformed into spoiled brats that believe they can have whatever they want, regardless of their ability to pay for it? Knowing full well that you, the deliverer of this message, and not the people responsible for running the credit card so far over its limit will be blamed for the austerity to follow? Or do you charge ahead on the path we are on, knowing that the economy is going to crash regardless of any action taken short of the harshest measures, and hope that you can time it so that your political opponents are in control when the whole shebang goes off the cliff. Sure you and I would do the right thing but remember, you’re playing the part of a Senator or a Congressman, not a real flesh and blood human being.
I think it is fairly obvious that the last thing the entrenched establishment of either party wants is to be handed the reigns of power at this particular moment in history. They make a lot of noise about how this amount of tax increase or that amount of spending cuts are going to painlessly turn things around, but unless a healthy dose of both of these are adopted which is in my view highly unlikely, our course has been set. The two major parties will toss the reigns back and forth, bickering insanely as the wagon of state approaches and then goes off the cliff, and then bi-partisanly blame the wreck on those nasty Tea-Party folks when the dust settles. Wait for it.