Budget battle. Looming shut-down. Holy cripes, we’re at it again.
This happened in the 1990s, you know. The Republicans forced a shut-down of government and got walloped in the next election because of it. As far as I can tell, the Tea Party is the only entity that wants the government to shut down if it doesn’t get its way. Sounds like a kid with a tantrum.
Speaking of rants and tantrums, here’s mine. There are two ways to fix the budget problem. First, you raise revenues. Second, you cut expenses. So far, all we’re doing is cutting a minute portion of the expense sheet and expecting that to take care of the problem. The Democrats caved into the Republicans and went along with an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. HELLOOOOOOO! Lost revenue! HELLOOOOOO!
And expenses? Military? HELLLOOOOOOO. Huge expense. Very huge. Why isn’t anyone talking about cutting back on the military?
Before anybody talks about slashing discretionary spending, privatizing Medicare or cutting back on social security, let’s talk about tax equity. I’d be a lot more willing to look at the cuts if everyone was paying their fair share – on Wall Street as well as on Main Street (you hear that, GE?). From what I can see, that ain’t happening.
So shut down the f’ing government. I’ll be happy to sit back and watch Tea Party heads roll.
End of rant. End of tantrum. But I’m not feeling better now.