I Only Cry On Thursdays

APRIL 15, 2011 4:02PM

Hitting the Ceiling

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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. 


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Excellent. I can only add that if the sky does indeed fall as you intimate it may in your closing, responsibility for that will not lie with the politicians, the tiny number of rich people, the financial industries, Wall Street, or indeed corporate America. It will lie with ordinary American citizens who are getting exactly the kind of government they have earned and deserve. There is never much talk about the responsibility that the citizens in any country bear for their own government. Ordinary citizens are the most adept of anyone at refusing to accept any responsibility for their own dilemmas or remedying those dilemmas.
Brassawe - I couldn't agree with you more. I very "righteously" however, feel that I've done my part - tried my best with enormous amounts of work and activism to push things in a different direction. I can't be responsible for all the lunatics running around, obedient to the system and cowed into subservience. Or those that elect complete imbeciles time and time again. Now, if I owned a corporation that made voting machines, maybe I could set things to rights. What's a gal supposed to do?
Goddammit, you have given me one more damn
thing to worry about when I lay down
overdosed on "sleep-aid" pills
and try to escape my so-so life
in wild dreamscapes of
fulfilled wishes,
like me=rich and

The debt ceiling, hm?

I honestly don't see how the heck
you can raise a ceiling. Unless it's glass.
With glass ceilings, you don't have to worry
about leaks, certainly...Plus, you can see
what's going on up there...

Well, have to go to bed. Need my 18 hours
or i am simply useless.
James - Very funny - one witty guy! You had me smiling all the way through your comment. Nighty-night!
the people are not responsible, anymore than cattle are responsible for the ranch. i tell them to stop acting like cattle, but they just "moooo."

i lead them to the gateway to democracy, but they never enter. you won't, either.
It doesn't seem to me like anyone is pretty content. Obama's approval rating is down to something like 41% today on Gallup. Progressives can't stand the guy, and labor people didn't like his uncomfortable silence on Wisconsin. He's in deep doo-doo.

Well what do you expect an anti-Christ to do anyway?
I wrote the same thing about this. There was not going to be a Gov. shutdown and they raised the ceiling today I think, or have agreed too. It's all bluster, as you say. If Ryan thinks he will even come close to passing that thing he calls a budget he will be laughed out of D.C.!
I hear tell Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein have already had their come to Jesus talk with Boner, so I think your promise is safe. The Democrats do have a bargaining chip in this, however, if they want to use it -- that's a highly debatable assumption, given their love of lobbyist largess.

By voting for the CR, and in the process, for cuts that went against the wishes of their so-called constituents, Democrats provided cover for Teabaggers -- the gang of 59 Repugnants who were thus able to vote against the CR despite Boner's pleas to vote for it. So much for his leadership.

Absent those Democratic voters, surely some of those 59 would have had to voter for the CR, leaving them vulnerable to a Tea Party attack next time out. So ironically, without cooperation from the Democrats, the most conservative Repugnants will be left vulnerable. Twisted, eh?

Leave it to a long ago poet to explain contemporary politics:

"O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."
Sam - Yes, I agree. It's so strange though - Obama keeps appealing to those magical "independents" when it feels and seems to me that the reason he has such low approval ratings and had such low turnout in 2010 elections is because SO MANY people didn't bother to even vote. As smart as he is, he doesn't seem to get it - and it will be interesting, and yet horrible to see what happens in 2012

OEsheepdog - Well...yes...that does make a certain kind of hellish sense.

scanner - Ah...I got to go check that out. Lately, everytime I log on, OS is so slow, I haven't been able to get to the posts I want to read, so I missed that one...honestly, I wasn't copying you, but I will assume you know that. I love your points and blogs, you make such perfect sense and have such a great voice on so many matters of life and politics.

Tom - I think you summarized the whole messy affair perfectly. "Twisted." Twisted government.
twisted under sideways down
i know you're getting twisted
and you can't calm down