Finally the latest Washington D.C. budget conflagration has died down into simmering embers. The smoldering wood chips I smell are the recently revealed bipartisan cuts in the deal – programs that help the poor, sick, old, disenfranchised and polluted. Despite all this cutting going on, I have a sneaking suspicion that little happens in D.C. these days without someone making some money – only it isn’t ordinary folk, that’s for sure. But anyway, that was just last year’s budget – now things are really going to heat up – or so that’s what our corporate media and politicians would lead us to believe.
Yes, not only is Congress and the White House supposed to be coming up with a budget for next year, they’re also supposed to be dealing with raising the federal debt ceiling by next month. The Republicans are threatening not to do so – which would basically blow up the entire country economically. All the country’s massive debt and its credit rating would be in harm’s way – and even our military can’t save them from that. The reason the GOP are talking about holding the debt limit hostage is because they want more cuts in spending – but not for the Pentagon, wealthy people or corporations. With the last budget we received a new open season on killing wolves out west – this next go-round on the debt ceiling will probably be directed at a more human target – like Grandma.
I swear, it’s just one antic after another down there in the nation’s capital. But for those work-a-day Americans who are having trouble sleeping because of fears that the U.S. debt ceiling won’t be raised – I promise – it will – and I never break a promise because I don’t make them lightly. The Republicans know their threats are just bluster. The Democrats know it. Obama knows it. All God’s children know it. Even those unpredictable scamps in the Tea Party know it. No one is actually playing a game of dare with the “full, faith and credit of the United States” on the line. Well, maybe they are, but they’re playing it with us – not with each other.
It’s as plain as the nose on my face. If anyone of these “leaders” seriously decided to go down that road and not raise that damn ceiling – those most egregiously impacted would be the rich people, financial industries, Wall Street and all of corporate America. And that is just never going to happen, not on these jokers watch. The stock market would undoubtedly quiver and quake – and no politician would cause this willingly. Au contraire, they will do everything in their power to prevent even the slightest tremble - for they are owned lock, stock and NRA barrel by corporate interests.
The only questions I have is how long this charade will play out, and in the end what will be the price that poor people and the working-class will have to pay as we’re dragged along on the funhouse ride through the ceiling. What will Obama “concede” to the Republicans? Not that it would really be a concession of any kind. It would more likely be something he himself wants to do, but can’t, what with reelection coming any minute.
“I just gave a pretty good speech on the economy and budget where I defended Social Security and Medicare – I did my minimalist FDR schtick and the base and independents are pretty content. So anyway, I can’t on my own just slash these things out of existence, not if I want to get reelected. But I really do love our wild free-market, rugged, every-millionaire-for himself capitalism that we’ve honed to a fine point in this country. And you know that Jamie Dimon, he’s one savvy businessman. Also, I’m trying to load up on a billion for my reelection, and I need these corporate guys and gals real bad. Yeah, so John…Mitch…you demand these slashes at knife point, okay? You'll get whatever it is you want to cut…we can wipe out anything except the military and corporate subsidies obviously – but give me a couple of minority and women’s programs that I can dramatically “save” from your scissors and that ought to serve me well when my campaign really gets rolling.”
Yeah, just sort of a Devil’s agreement among bipartisan bedfellows.
So, sleep well…no need for Ambien or Sominex or anything else. The debt ceiling will be raised, so we can all sleep like babies. Just ignore all that bad drama going on in D.C. and the media. The ceiling will be raised. It will not fall. Although, I do fear after all is said and done between both parties in Washington, that Chicken Little might have had it right – the sky is indeed falling.