The Sequestration Diet Plan
by Emma X
What doesn't kill you still
hurts like hell.
Basically all parties involved understand that we are bloated by debt, and that a fiscal diet plan is necessary. Your average American could sit down in a day or two and figure out the beginnings of a common sense solution. But government representatives, living in their hermetically sealed bubble in Washington, do not have access to common sense. It may be because they don't see the need. They have a job with amazing health benefits, they have homes and financial security, and they are surrounded by interested people who provide them with the political philosophies necessary to continue a lucrative symbiotic relationship, and their huge egos get stroked every day. As long as they continue to appease their patrons, their career is not on the line. But the price is conformance and absolute loyalty. Compromise, or even the appearance of compromise is a supreme sin not to be tolerated, and is punishable by party exile. Which brings us to Chris Christie.
|Sorry to be a prick, but it is time for Congress to|
join the ranks of the unemployed. Government workers
who have failed to perform should be the first to be
laid off under the sequester. Average Americans would
not notice the difference.
Chris Christie is a party guy, and he did his part in the election by touting the virtues of Republican policy and promoting its candidates. Then came hurricane Sandy, and the need to work across party lines. In so doing he committed several venial sins for which he must do penance. He has been excluded from CPAC, the conservative equivalent of the Academy Awards, where the faithful are rewarded with increased party influence, and right wing rhetoric increases the thickness of the Congressional protective bubble. While the Republican party chastises Christie, voters in general have taken note of his leadership skills, improving his overall popularity rating to 74%. He could be the best bet Republicans have for 2016, but they are not sure he can bend to kiss the ring. And no one can fail to note that, like the federal deficit, Chris Christie's scope may be too broad for his own good. So it occurs to me that we may be able to produce a viable popular presidential candidate and solve the debt crisis by putting both spending and Christie on a diet. We just need to pick the plan.
|And Coming soon: Congress discusses the budget!|