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Monday, December 31, 2012

Too many metaphors - So little substance: A Cliff Hanger Gone Cliche

Americans are too blase about how our US Congress works- or doesn't work. Maybe it's time to proverbially push the "do nothings" to "over the cliff" and into the cliche abyss. 

It's time "over the cliff" means more than an economic crises. It should also be the political "place" where politicians who can't compromise should be cloistered, where they can do no more harm, until somebody is elected to work in their places.

Our US Congress gets paid to do nothing, while many Americans rail governmental waste on "entitlements" like Medicaid to help the poor. At least entitlement programs employ people and serve as a safety net for the frail, disabled and children who need assistance with income, food and health care. Our US Congress gets their own healthy "welfare" checks, paid by taxpayers, while getting nothing of substance accomplished.

Even more ironic, the Congressional Republicans are getting paid to do nothing to solve the "fiscal cliff" crises, while extended unemployment benefits are running out for many people who would gladly do the work these political obstructionists are unwilling to get done.

What's even more ridiculous about this "fiscal cliff" is how easy it is to resolve. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how one majority vote would (a) keep the Bush era tax cuts in place for 98 percent of middle income Americans (b) extend the unemployment benefits for those who are still looking for work and (c) raise taxes on the super wealthy to a 39 percent rate. I'm willing to go to the $400,000 income for the 39 percent rate, because, I believe, it's an easier sell to the "do nothings".

It makes no sense, whatsoever, that the Congress can't get this job done.

Congressional Republicans who can't resolve the fiscal cliff crises should, themselves, be pushed over the proverbial edge. They should disappear in cloud of political dust, like the coyote cartoon character who's always outsmarted by the Roadrunner. As a political cartoon, Republicans will soon be as endangered as the real Roadrunner desert birds if these doomsday metaphors continue to define their brand of governing by obstruction. All Americans know it's time for this political "cliff hanger" to be resolved, while the only people who seemingly don't "get it" are Congressional Republicans.
Let's push Congressional Republicans over the edge in the 2014 election. 

Meanwhile, let's demand a resolution of the "fiscal cliff" metaphor, to help real working people, who earn our money the old fashioned way.

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