Now What?
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Election Day is thankfully over. I fervently wish I would never have to watch another political attack ad. But, alas, I shall because I have some TV shows I am addicted to.

Now what? Are we going to be treated to Republican obstructionism in the House? Democratic gridlock in the Senate? Prime time posturing by both sides about how intransigent and unrealistic the other is being?

Or could we dare hold out for a reasoned discussion based upon economic facts? I do not confess to know all of the budgetary shortfalls the US faces. But I do know we are in deep do. We have to raise revenue. We have to cut spending. Defense will have to be a cut as will social programs. Both sides need to shelve their political stances, say goodbye to being concerned about whether or not they will be re-elected, and get busy and do what's best for the entire United States. And if that means compromising on something you like, so be it!

Quit worrying about things which will not matter in 50 years. Our debt situation is untenable. Unless our burgeoning yearly deficit is eliminated, and quickly, none of this "over the next thirteen years" tripe, our total outstanding debt will become crushing. The interest payments alone will overwhelm funds for infrastructure maintenance, Medicaid, and other programs.

I hope our elected representatives have the presence of mind and commitment to this country to address the problem. But I will not be holding my breath.


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gawalkman commented on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM

It's a good day for going kite flying. Maybe I will go out and fly one - for those people who haven't seen a kite in quite some time (or never before).

It's time to be thankful for what we have. Hug your kids. Kiss your spouse or special someone. Hold your spouse's hand when going out to eat. Invite friends over for dinner to discuss GSU sports. Spend quality time with your pets.

Go out and see a movie, concert, or theater show.

Life does go on regardless. There will be plenty of days ahead to worry about such things. For now, enjoy life!

gawalkman commented on Thursday, Nov 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Bryant,

After taking a day off from politics to spend time with people that really matter to me, it's time to get down to business.

Sometimes you and I disagree, but I find you to be intelligent.

In this republican form of government where we elect the people to perform our business, we have lost site of a few things.

One, we are a society that only thinks about the here and now. The "I want it now" attitude has harmed our society. It causes our elected leaders to escalate things that should not be a priority and downgrade things that should be priority. What's wrong with having things tomorrow?

I disagree with your point about not worrying about things 50 years down the road. If the elected leaders in 1932 had put more thought into the future, Social Security would not be a problem today. Yet, 80 years later they are still trying to fix it.

Changes to social and fiscal policy takes years (sometimes decades) to take hold on the American society.

Secondly, our elected leaders must realize they are employed by us and should be answerable to our demands. It seems as of late, the politicians are putting politicians first and the great people of America second. This has got to stop. The politician first philosophy needs to be nuked for morbid now! I have often found in my personal life that people who don't want to lead usually become the best leaders. I often wonder why that is, maybe it is because they tend to be better listeners.

Thirdly, we the American people are to blame for the situation in Washington DC. We fail to vote incumbents out of office after two terms in office. We do not need a constitutional amendment for this. We, the American people, should show our backbone more often by enforcing term limits from inside the voting booth.

As a libertarian, I am enjoying this gridlock in Washington because it means our government is governing less - and that is a good thing. Name one thing that government does extremely well, in a positive sort of way, and I might change my opinion. I think if we go back and look at the American society prior to the eras and epochs of big government - the American people got along just fine.

These are just my thoughts. I could be wrong.

Passinthru commented on Thursday, Nov 08, 2012 at 18:32 PM

Why would you think that anything will be different? There is no significant change from before the election, Democrats dominate the Senate, Republicans the House and Obama is President.

We still have no real government, just the same politically fragmented cast of characters that appears to have little concern for the American people but a far more important personal desire to best their Congressional opposition.

Bryant commented on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 13:42 PM

Walkie, I said," things which will not matter in 50 years." Social Security's design and purpose ensured it's implementation and longevity would matter in 50 years.

Other than that, I agree with your blog. We are the enemy if we accept poor performance and ignoring of our wishes by our leaders (we elected them but they forgot they were to be followers - of our desires, not their own).

Passin, I hope something changes because we're screwed if it doesn't. Congress's approval rating is abysmal but incumbents are still elected. Why? Because they do things for the people in their districts. It is the institution that creates gridlock. Why should my Congressman listen to John Boehner or Nancy Pelosi instead of me (the figurative me)?

And, you left out personal desire for re-election:)


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