Heading Inside the Beltway: Oh Boy

Well, here we go. I’m heading Inside the Beltway today. Of course, that’s if the dog sled can mush me up to Cleveland for the early a.m. shuttle to Reagan National.

Let’s see if I’m ready.

Protective cup for aggressive pat-down. Check.

Socks without holes. Check.

Jar of organic peanut butter removed from carry-on bag. Check.

OK. Let’s go for it.

And I’ll admit that I am looking forward to going to DC on business for what should be the last time this year. Who knows. Maybe I will actually accomplish something during my visit.

Well, probably not. But at least that performance and outcome will square with those who spend considerably more time than me Inside the Beltway.

Consider as an example the deficit reduction commission headed by Erskine Bowles and Homer Simpson.

The 18 commission members spent months meeting, reviewing and blow-harding about how to slice and dice government spending, including Social Security and Medicare. And actually, at some point we are going to have to deal with these issues. Ready or not. (See Fred Hiatt’s view on this in The Washington Post, “The fiscal agenda Obama should seize.”

But here’s rub. In the grand tradition of elected officials and thousands of others Inside the Beltway — all good and dedicated people — nothing was really accomplished.

Yet at the final meeting of the commission, the members applauded their efforts enthusiastically — and congratulated each other for a job well done.

Inside the Beltway.

Sweet success is not always measured there as it is here in the Heartland where people generally have to demonstrate, ah, something tangible for time spent. And attending meetings don’t count.

Just sayin.’

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