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I missed the TV coverage of the meeting between the president’s representative and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The talking heads on CNN and
MSNBC made reference to McConnell’s exhibit of levity as he reviewed the contents of the proposal offered by President Obama.
I can’t quite get my mind around the picture of the stone-faced McConnell actually laughing a Phyllis-Diller cackle at the president’s expense.
In fact, I can’t quite imagine what the crafty Kentuckian is thinking while he ignores the recent trip to the woodshed his party suffered on Nov. 6, apparently rejecting the lesson as a fluke.
He and House Speaker John Boehner continue lemming-like toward the fiscal cliff, leading the mindless followers of Grover Norquist’s cult of oath-takers ever nearer the precipice.
Like Norwegian lemmings, when the Republican population in the Senate and House becomes too large, it is in their nature to migrate, sometimes with tragic results.
Could it be that their numbers have reached critical mass in these institutions to the point of total mental stagnation?
If so, it may be that the trip to the woodshed of Nov 6, may be only a precursor of an even more severe downsizing imposed on their population at the hands of the Democrats in 2014.
Could the red states begin to turn purple, then blue, as the Dems use their new power to remove the recalcitrant party of the elephant from power in Congress? Beware, the donkey has brayed a warning that should be heeded.
U.S. Sen. John McCain’s diversionary attack on Susan Rice, an obviously race-based ploy, will not divert the president’s men from their mission. They have been down that road before.
No, they will stay focused on a balanced approach to fiscal policy that moves some of the burden from the backs of the lower income earners to the mega-millionaires and billionaires who should bear the heavier burden since they have reaped most of the rewards of the American capitalist system.
No good can come from destroying the lower classes who are struggling to survive after the transfer of their jobs to Bangladesh, China, Mexico, South Korea, Pakistan and the like.
If the Republican Party succeeds this time, expect to see many more homeless beggars, increased poverty and a declining housing market.
Hospital emergency rooms will be clogged with indigent, disease-ridden hopelessness. Prison populations will spike and swell to unmanageable numbers.
The answer is not police dogs or water hoses. Sensible fiscal policy crafted by the most skilled of both parties IS the answer.
And let’s do this out of the public eye, quietly, in a setting conducive to a compromise that benefits all Americans.
In the words of a redneck comedian, “Get ’er done!”