Wow. John Boehner didn’t appear to be a happy camper yesterday. Reportedly he told a meeting of House Republicans — many of whom were frosty to his latest debt reduction plan — that now was the time to “get your ass in line.”
Maybe it’s time for all of us who vote and pay taxes (that means about half of the people living in the USA) to tell the Prez and our elected officials in Congress the same thing: “get your ass in line” and do something that is in the best interests of the country and not your own re-election.
And just so I don’t appear to be a complete Asshat these days, I recognize that there is a wide philosophical difference about what is the right thing to do these days. But it isn’t like this is a problem that just fell on the doorstep like a sack of dung presented as a Halloween prank.
So, with the clock ticking, can Congress pass and the Prez sign legislation that will solve this mess?
Tick. Tick. Tick.
That’s unlikely to happen by early next week when the nation’s economy is slated to go face down if the government can’t pay all our bills. Note to those who have retirement accounts and other investments: The stock exchanges appeared yesterday to take a dim view of this Inside the Beltway fiasco, dipping by 2 percent or more. Gold anyone?
In fact, among all the Talking Heads opining this morning on the TV shows while I was chasing the treadmill belt, Dennis Miller on Fox had the best proposal. His idea: Do a reverse telethon. Put the $14 trillion (and change) debt number on the TV screen — and then work back to zero as viewers phone in donations. Warren Buffett. You down with this?
Just an idea — and no worse or unrealistic than some advanced by the policy wonks in DC during the past several months.
So saying all that, it looks like members of Congress and the Prez are in for a long few days and a tense weekend.
For those of us living in the real world, I suggest we chill a little — and take the advice of the great American philosopher Zac Brown:
I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today, life is good today
But keep your fingers and toes crossed.