When will my party leadership wake up and figure out that we’re not fooled? No one is fooled. Either do the hard budget cuts or someone else will. The party squeaked back into control of the house in November, but has yet to show anyone why it was worth it.
Now in a proud display of “fiscal responsibility” they have proposed 61 billion in budget cuts, slashing almost every worthwhile program run by the federal government. NPR, PBS, the EPA and Americorps lead the list of big flash cost saving measures. That’s good, make sure none of these cuts have a chance of passing, that way we all look like we’re being tough without the worry of actually doing anything.
Of course the American people have grown a little since the 60’s, when this kind of baloney worked much better. They are better informed now and they have their own sources of information, something Hosni Mubarak figured out too late. Already the forces of the new age are aligning against the GOP, MoveOn.Org (as if they needed another excuse) is cranking out petitions left and right. We have heard of the Internet right?
Skipping lightly around Defense and Medicare, the Republican proposals seem almost designed to bring the house down around their ears. The EPA? Really? Is that because gigantic oil and chemical spills are good for America? And Americorps, because job training is not something that our 9% unemployed who are just about to run out of benefits need right now.
Easily the cleverest move is to pick a fight with Elmo. Nice one, it’s not like just about every American either grew up or spent hours and hours with their children watching Sesame Street. It’s certainly not like that was the one television oasis alternative for children in the last 30 years. Smart guys, really smart.
Maybe they’re thinking that all the over 60 baby boomers will see this all as good sense. Well guys, not after their grand children get through with them. The twitterverse is already exploding with cries of “save big bird!” I know they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, buy seriously, do you really want to find out just how true that is?
This was our big chance to bow our heads and quietly say “Defense.” The optimum play in a war weary country would be to trim a little off the top of a defense budget that already has interest bills of half a trillion from debts of old wars. This was a chance to look really responsible, put the onus on the Democrats to put up or shut up. Oh well……
Nah, you’re right, let’s go after the minuscule amount taken up by NPR and PBS and get even Colin Powell to call it ridiculous. I guess going after the EPA is a salute to the Koch Brothers, but they’re not going to take the hit guys, we are. Maybe it’s just that we’re more into political theatre today than we’re into actual politics. Maybe it’s a comedy sketch. Maybe “Weepin’ John” thinks he can cry his way out of this?
It’s just possible it doesn’t hurt as much getting your ass kicked by fuzzy educational animals, but think of the “time out” guys. How long will you last under the endless lecture of “niceness is nice, yeah…Really, really nice..” with only an occasional break from a puppet in an overcoat asking if you want to buy a clue?
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2011