Sorry for being MIA for so long. Suffice it to say, January always sucks for me, and this one was worse than normal.
But I'm back, and madder than ever. My latest pet peeve? The deficit, and the "lack of political will" (for which read "lack of balls") to do anything about it.
Let me get this straight: We have the Tea Party Movement (not to be confused with Bowel Movement, though there are many similarities), which is chock full o' people claiming to be "patriots." Meanwhile, we have a government that for many reasons (most of them traceable back to some guy named Dubya) is in debt up to its eyeballs. We also have a multitude of economists who tell us that a) deficits are bad for the economy, and therefore bad for all of us, and b) that it's not really a good idea to cut spending massively in the midst of a recession because it could shoot us straight past the recession and into a DEPRESSION (something I'd really like to avoid, because I deal with the personal version of that daily, and it ain't much fun).
Am I right about all that?
Okay, so here's my thought: If all you Teabaggers are such frakkin' patriots, here's your chance to step up. Our elected officials believe that they can't do anything about the deficit because if they raise taxes they won't get reelected.
Tell them they're wrong. Tell them that as true patriots, you are willing to do what it takes to get our government out of this mess. Tell them you're okay with raising taxes with the express purpose of paying down the debt our government has racked up. C'mon, I dare ya!
Hey, what can I say? I needed a good laugh this morning.
But for what it's worth, I'm going on record as saying I'm patriotic enough to be willing to see my taxes raised to reduce the deficit. I can't afford it, but I can't afford to see the economy go in the dumper because of the deficit either. And in case any of you forgot, the economy was humming along nicely under the Clinton administration, a time of HORRIFIC TAX BURDENS according to the loony right. I also appreciate all the stuff I get from our federal government, and I'd like to see all that continue.
So, to Betsy Markey, Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, please, raise my taxes. I won't hold it against you.
Screw up health care reform, however...