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JULY 26, 2011 11:04PM

BUDGET BROUHAHA - Obama's & Boehner's Boner...

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In 1963, while serving at the U.S. Air Force Air Defense facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, I often worked the swing shift.  I was an Interceptor Controller Technician, meaning that as an enlisted man, I worked with an officer to control interceptors. 

My peripheral duties included reading Weekly Intelligence Report publications and giving a verbal summary to the ranking officer on my shift, the Senior Director, usually a Major. 

Also, every night that I was on duty, I would visit all of the offices to make sure the classified materials safes were secure.In the Sector Commander’s office there was a framed quotation.  It went something like this: “Reasonably intelligent men, with a common goal, in the presence of facts, should not have too much trouble coming into an agreement.”  I no longer remember the source for that quotation, and I have tried to find the source, but without success.

However, I remember that quotation every time I hear or read about the word “budget” or “deficit spending,” and the troubles between members of the U.S. Congress, and our President, in the same paragraph. 

I suppose the operative words are “reasonably intelligent.”

We learn all too frequently, that just because someone is elected to federal office, does not mean the person is intelligent.  To illustrate my point, just consider the continuing wake of "sex scandals."

I am at the point where I believe that anyone running for state or federal office should show proof of a passing grade in college courses of consumer finance, accounting, and budgeting.  That might help.  More than likely, too many people with a law background are holding federal office.  More likely than not, most of them cannot balance their checkbook.

In about five or six days, if there is no deal to solve the U.S. government’s impending financial crisis, the manure will hit the fan BIG TIME.  About 88 million people who depend upon their social security checks, or their VA disability checks will not receive payment.  If the government “runs out of money,” these folks will not be able to make their housing payment, or buy food, etc.

It looks like John Boehner, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is more concerned about maintaining his tan, than solving a financial problem.  It looks like President Obama is not holding a torch high, to help light the path for others.  Both of them need to focus on the issue, and quit the political nitpicking.

I am a Republican, and I realize that the GOP has been in power for much of the past 30 years.  With the Clinton and Obama years removed from the equation, the Republicans going back to Reagan, have mostly been responsible for the mess we are in today.  Anyone who cannot realize that must be smoking some real strange stuff.

During the Clinton administration, the U.S. Congress made great strides in "balancing the budget," so to speak.  Since then, it has been a protracted, up hill battle.  It is foolish to continue doing the same old political shenanigans, and expect a different result.  

Last night, President Obama suggested that folks concerned about this impending financial crisis should call their congressional representative.  News reports say the phones were very busy today.

However, truth is, Speaker Boehner and President Obama need to wake up, smell the coffee and get busy solving this issue, NOW.  My grandpa used to say, “It is time to crap or get off the pot.”

88 million voters is a very significant voting block.  If the manure does hit the fan, there could be millions of people with pitchforks converging on Washington, DC.  

There is a quote attributed to Warren Buffet: "I could end the deficit in five minutes.  You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of the GDP, all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection."

Actually, that might work.  

However, to quote Pogo from Walk Kelly 's Earth Day cartoon from 1971, "We have met the enemy and he is us."  We, the people, keep electing and reelecting "reasoning impaired" people to congress.


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Thanks, Kate, for your interesting comment... !
I share your frustration. I'm not sure, though, that even an indepth knowledge of finance, accounting, and budgeting would help. The problem seems more one of people seeking to be ideologically pure; such people do not adapt to circumstances; they try to make circumstances adapt to them. It's a fool's game. I'd like to see more old-fashioned civic virtue: more public-spiritedness rather than clinging to abstract ideological agendas; more willingness to embrace reciprocity and respect and the understanding that there are multiple ways of seeing the world, so compromise is necessary; more of a capacity to care, really care, about the common good, not the good of a few.

I tried to call and got the busy signal; tried to email and found web sites had crashed. At first I was angry but, then, after a few moments of reflection, I felt very happy.
Thanks for your comment Jerry. I believe that the GOP, and to some extent, the DEMS, are wallowing in mediocrity. The GOP has lost touch with the common man and woman. That is not good. Political choices must benefit as many as possible, not the chosen few. Case in point, many people, and corporations, earn $millions$ in income, but do not pay any income taxes - thanks to the U.S. Congress.