America's Playground Intervention
The American government has become analogical to the petty tantrums, bratty disagreements, and careless behaviors of an elementary playground. Pushed far beyond the punishment or reprimand of an intimidating school principal, this calls for an intervention. When teaching or learning in grade school, it may require many varied interpretations or deliveries for a concept to be understood and fully absorb in the mind. Much like the concept of the severity the current political situation Americans find itself in today.
Partisans are so fussed over who wins the "tug-o-war" in the House and Senate, that the quality of the benefits to the country is completely forgotten. What is done is done, money spent is gone, and it's all in the past. It doesn't matter if it's Bush's fault, Obama's fault or anyone's fault. It is the actions after those events and "costs" that we take from here one. The lost lives and money spent in the "War on Freedom" are final, and cannot be changed or refunded. However, moving forward we can determine if the future costs of the war are worthwhile benefits to the country. How can we turn this spending, wars, health care, gay marriage, tax cuts, etc. into a great benefit for the country. If there are no clear definitive benefits, it's not worth the spending or costs to America.
The discussion of fiscal budget, debt ceiling, spending are all associated with "costs," but the costs are not always fiscal because it's "costing" jobs, "costing" lives at war, and "costing" American prosperity. These are the costs or numbers that should be driving the politicians in Washington, but they're too busy keeping score. What can we do with what has been spent? If spending wasn't worthwhile, why continue to spend on the same things?
It doesn't matter how many ways an elementary teacher needs to explain a concept; the concept just needs to be understood. The costs, debt, spending, economy are all contributors to the destruction of this sinking ship, and without changing course it really will be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again. Things really do need to "change," and the connotation is very different than that of President Obama's for the past three and a half years.
Posted by MichaelMears at June 4, 2012 5:43 PM
Michael, I noted a recent WaPo article by Dan Balz that helps explain how we got to the great political divide. He uses information from a recent Pew Research report. The Pew Center has been reporting on the political divide for 25 years providing something of a benchmark.
PRC reports that the more significant divisions are no longer based on race, class or sex but on political identity. While remaining largely static the partisan gap has moved from 10% to 18%, growing more extreme with the Bush/Obama admins.
Two things to take away are that values haven’t changed and political identical has topped other divisive issues. Between dems and reps the gap on scope and performance of gov’t went from 6% to 33%. Social safety net went from 21% to 41%. Environment ballooned from 5% to 39%. On religion, 3% to 15%.
Since 07 reps increasingly believe regulation is harming the economy while dems increasingly disagree.
Minorities now account for 45% of dems, up 36% from 12 years ago. Reps have remained majority white at about 87%.
The Independent population is higher than at any time in the past 75 years.
Balz relates that as American’s bemoan partisan gridlock he reminds us that it is not just politicians behaving badly.
Haven’t read the report but Balz doesn’t relate anything about the economy as causative specific. The CBO says our debt is 16T and will double to 32T by 2025, or something like 150% of GDP. At that point we will be floating in Greece. Standard of living will be down by a fifth.
There are supposedly some 2M high tech jobs that are going unfilled with a lack of qualified candidates. Meanwhile, 51% of the 2011 grad class are unemployed. With 66% of grads carrying student loan debt this is a ticking bomb that will likely be defused with taxpayer (yore) money. This economy is divisive to me.
Even smaller things can be divisive. People in Florida objecting to cleaning up registered voter rolls. People in Calif, San Jose I believe, setting retirement age at 50 with a 90% retirement differential for life.
Using drug money as a mainstay of business and so on …
Drove me to the center looking for a new third party with a different political attitude, rules, abolishment of corporate personhood and implementation of REAL campaign finance reform, etc.
Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.
Also, am not enthused by the dem minorities looking to vote themselves more ‘free stuff’ or the fact that wall st. is up near 300 pts today on the hopes for more federal ‘free stuff’ (stimulus).
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