And Today’s Rant is… well, all over the place…

So with the raising of the debt ceiling, Congress is all out in the streets proclaiming how the President has ruined the US’s credit rating and destroyed the economy.  Sad when our own government need to take Gov’t 101. I’m not a fan of many of President Obama’s policies either, but the President doesn’t have the authority to spend money (with some very small exceptions). Per the Constitution, the authority to tax & spend lies with Congress, & every member of Congress, no matter what party, no matter now or in the past, has worked diligently to get us into this massive cluster f*ck.

And honestly, the responsibility for this mess lies with TWO sources: the governmet and the American people. This is our own fault… we demanded the government produce all these goods and services, whether it was military spending, pork barrel projects (notice how when it’s in your neighborhood it’s a good thing? Everywhere else it’s pork?) or social programs, and the government – including members of both parties – spends and gives us exactly what we asked for.

To be honest,  my main beef with Congress lies not in what they’ve done, but in their failure to take responsibility. I’ve screwed up in life – lots. But since I’ve been a mature adult (I’ll argue with friends about the “mature” label later 😉 ), when I screw up I admit it, take responsibility, apologize, make efforts to fix it, & move on. Gov’t lack of responsibility is what drives MY total lack of respect for them. If they’d take responsibility, I’d be willing to move past it.

Plus, I think the people in power are so full of themselves and so enamored of hearing their own voices, I swear they’re blinded to the wishes and reactions of the American people.  This nice little article in The Atlantic ( echoes what’s being seen more and more around the country:  that both major parties are hemorrhaging members – mostly younger people who aren’t willing to sit around and let someone else speak for them – who are re-registering as independents.  I like the way one reader commented about the major parties in an online comment:  “It’s like trying to decide between two bowls of crap that you’re forced to eat and basing your decision on whether you’d prefer having corn or peanuts in it.”


About stoshk

Career military member, and for many years a registered Independent. I'm not a particularly type-A personality, and believe people can disagree on a topic while still being respectful of each other's opinion - everything doesn't have to be a "you're either with me or against me" philosophy. I DON'T believe everything is black or white, I DO believe most rules have exceptions, and most situations have to be judged on their own merit rather than following a blanket "party line." I DO believe that while elected officials do represent their districts and constituents, they also have an obligation to act for the greater good of the nation as a whole, and leadership should be by example, not a "do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. I started this blog because I've reached a point where I feel many aspects of local, regional, national and global life are just plain disgusting me and I needed someplace to vent, and I've had enough positive feedback about the letters, notes and commentary on various subjects that I've posted to friends through email and/or social media that I thought this might be worth it - at least to me. Any and all comments, writings and postings in the blog are solely my opinion and absolutely do not represent the views of the U.S. Government and/or the Department of Defense.
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