Well, it seems that sequestration is inevitable at this point. Our broken congress is unable or unwilling to come to a budget agreement and now automatic spending cuts to the tune of 85 billion will go into effect tomorrow. People will have their hours cut back or lose their jobs, schools will lose funding and many services that people depend on will become less efficient causing major headaches for Americans everywhere.
I’m not here today to talk about whether increased taxes or spending cuts or, heaven forbid, a balanced approach, is the right way to balance the budget. I’m here to talk about the larger issue that this whole, nasty sequestration affair brings to light; our dysfunctional government. We have two ideological parties who are willing to play games with the lives of every person in this country. These politicians have proven time and time again that the very people who elected them are nothing more than pawns in their sick kabuki theater.
How long will we continue to elect people who treat us with nothing but disdain? The only thing that seems to matter anymore to the American politician are the big corporations with billions of dollars. The rest of us apparently are incidental. It makes no difference if you are Republican or Democrat, work for a private company or are on the public dime, an immigrant or born in the U.S.A. If you are an average Joe American our current government does not work for you.
It’s up to us to change that. Until we get a viable third party and actually support it, the two big bullies on the playground will have no reason to change their ways. I don’t see that happening any time soon because too many people in this country are perfectly fine with their party’s ideological platform and will blindly follow them, even if it’s right over a cliff. A simple thing like term limits would help shake things up immensely. Until we get a few more colossal mishandlings of management responsibilities like sequestration that negatively impact the majority of Americans, congress will continue to put on their makeup and perform their dramatic scenes while ignoring what’s happening to the American people they are elected to serve.
You may be tempted to say, “But they are doing the best job they can and its hard work.” I ask you to consider the huge salaries they are getting paid and the nice retirement they will get when their stint in Washington is over. Then think about how your wages and retirement plans have shrunk, largely due to their lack of competent governance and poor oversight of the moneyed corporations they serve instead of you.
Shed not a tear for John Boehner. He’ll shed plenty of his own.