|I thought about photoshopping in a giant pile of shit, but|
it looks like the guy in front has that covered. . . .
Imagine you're waiting for a parade to begin. You know it's full of floats and marching bands playing music and what not. You're standing there at the side of the road, excited from all the anticipation, and as you hear the marching band playing from a distance, you see the beginning of the parade approach.
Just as the parade nears you, the guy standing next to you walks out into the middle of the street, drops trow, and takes a giant shit in the middle of the road, directly in the path of the parade. Flabbergasted, the people at the front of the parade stop and stand there, unsure of how to proceed.
Do they side-step the pile of shit? Do they step over it? Do they just continue on walking as if it's not even there and hope that by the time the middle of the parade reaches ground zero it will already be gone, having been spread all over the shoes of those in the beginning of the parade?
That's what this whole god damned debt ceiling thing has been like. Someone, or a group of people, took a big shit in the middle of the road, and those in control of fixing it couldn't agree on how to solve the shit problem. Instead of just stopping the fucking parade and cleaning it up, they side-stepped it and are now waiting for the rest of us to step in it and drag it along. And of course, this brilliant conclusion was only reached after months of just standing there and staring at it.
I understand the need to raise the debt ceiling, as failing to do so would only exacerbate just about everything ever, but I've got this sneaking suspicion that the current deal is probably not good enough in the long-term.
We do have a problem in terms of finances. I'm tired of people pretending that shit is not out of control. Yes, jobs are sucking major asshole right now, but how can we expect them to get any better unless we get our finances under control? Do we somehow think that everyone started getting laid off for no reason? Surely, I current woes are due in part to our fiscal irresponsibility.
The fact is that we have to stop hemorrhaging fake money. Our fiscal policies devalue the dollar and push us to the brink of default. Democrats piss me off because they keep saying "well many economists say that running deficits in a recession is a good thing!" Republicans piss me off because they pretend like raising taxes on rich people is some sort of horrifying sin that's going to send us straight to oblivion (I'm talking actually rich, not the poor bastards who only bring in $250k a year from their business and maybe see $40k of that). And both parties piss me off because one insists on overregulation while the other insists on underregulation.
Seriously, what the hell? Why is it so god damned hard to work out a solution that's going to set us up for success in the future? I suppose the answer to that question is easy: it's because both sides have all their experts that tell them conflicting shit. Doesn't it make you wonder why all these experts can't seem to agree on anything?
Something tells me that perhaps we should take a note from FDR on all this. I know, I probably just wrote a conservative sacrilege, but hear me out before you get the damn pitchforks and torches ready. I'm not calling for an expansion of government, but rather the strategy of "bold, persistent experimentation." We're not going to get anywhere by just tossing around all the old tricks, and I think it's time for a new approach.
The time for partisanship is over, or else we're just going to keep having mad shitters take their massive dumps on the parade path. I don't know about you, but I really don't like getting shit on my shoes.