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Who's Wearing a Pudding Face?
If you look at the results of each effort at legislating since President Obama took office, you will see the recurring scene with the Gang of 6 and "we don't have the votes." Time after time the result is the middle class gets screwed and the rich and powerful get more. Some people would say "that's Politics." I call those people wrong. It's a giant con, do you wanna be a pawn?
What I see is the hijacking of democracy to make it work for the few because they're rich and can buy legislators and judges. To hell with everybody else, and they call themselves patriots. Politicians are trying to walk a fine line of pretending to be on our side while serving the guys in the boardroom. This is the same thing that was happening when Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in. But sadly, our Teddy has not emerged into the spotlight. We have public servants with Pudding Face: "Look at what we get away with."
This latest "fight" (stage play) over the debt ceiling is no different from the health care fight, or the financial reform fight, or the fight over tax cuts for the rich. These were not fights. As far as I can tell the only people fighting for us have been Bernie Sanders, Anthony Weiner, and most of the Progressive caucus. It's becoming more difficult to walk that line. The Progressive Caucus get another chance to prove they are truly Progressive. They can stop this latest stunt if they stand together and work hard to persuade others. Let's "not have the votes" for the GOP and President Obama's games. The stakes are too high for too many.
They play the numbers game on us. When I say "they" I mean those who understand the game they are playing and those who are mere tools in the game. Never having the votes to do any reasonable, logical, beneficial legislation; they like the way that works for them. The result each and every time is that what is needed is not done. That's the bottom line.
No, this is not the way it is supposed to work. It's foul play to connect unemployment benefits to tax cuts for the rich. It's immoral to cut America's safety-nets to give more tax cuts to the rich, anyone can see that. It usurps democracy to completely ignore one legislative chamber's bill because the bill in the other chamber would better serve one corporate overlord or another. Nancy Pelosi had a decent healthcare bill and the senate completely ignored all of it with their shell game in committee after committee. That's not the way it's supposed to work. It's cheating, plain and simple.
What Obama pretends not to want to have to do, (but he'll have "no choice"), is no different than what Governor Scott Walker is still trying to get away with.
The Republican Governors seem to have the same goals as our President's secret agenda. Destroy it while pretending to save it. Betray that which you've taken an oath to protect and serve. Every time a corrupt Judge backs up a cheating Governor they all get pudding face. Every time Obama pats a Baucus on the back, they all get pudding face. Every time the good laws don't see the light of day, the Koch Brothers get pudding face.
Doesn't it remind you of the bad kid always getting the lolly pop and the good kids go hungry and do all of the chores?
The sooner people stop believing this weak narrative backed up with non-existent logic, the sooner we can finally end this bad stage play. Then the adults in the room can really step forward and solve real problems with real solutions that are fair to everyone.