The Beltway Boys… don’t ya just love ‘em? The flurry of unread bills laden with pork, the installation of unvetted and unregulated czars, the atmosphere of entitlement where companies are “too big” to fail, the belief that spending money you don’t have will somehow magically turn things around – it’s a money and power grab of majestic proportions.
Too bad it won’t work.
I believe that barring any major international or national incidents, the US economy will someday recover with or without (or despite) intervention from the government. I may be misguided, but I have to believe that the American people are hard-wired to succeed and will not be content to allow a socialist state morph from the initial premise of “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave.” However, it’s hard not to discount that Bermuda Triangle-esque cloud over the junction of southern Maryland and northern Virginia. Add into the mix the alarming lack of common sense and a complete ignorance of fiscal responsibility in Washington and the result is the prime reason why any economic recovery will be a long time in the making.
Let’s face it. Our government is made up of individuals, fallible human beings although most are attorneys (do attorneys have hearts much less souls? Just kidding to my attorney friends.), who while brain smart in the ways of politics and bureaucracy have had little or no practical experience in running a business. Business people know that in order to stay in business they must be personable, accommodating. They have to deliver the goods in a timely manner and with a smile, or the customer will go elsewhere.
Therein lies the chasm between people who maintain a solid bottom line as a livelihood and those who are in the position of raising taxes when they find themselves overextended. Unlike changing grocers or gas stations when unhappy with the service, we’re stuck with our elected representatives for four to six years.
Even then it’s a matter of choosing “the lesser of two evils” (“He’s not Bush!”) or sticking with a familiar name that’s been on the ballot for decades. One need only look to Michigan where we have continually elected Levins, Dingell and Conyers over and over and over. Elected officials of that ilk are the comfort food of the masses, delivering the same warm fuzzies year after year. The electorate are numb to anything else and brainwashed into thinking that longevity is a good thing.