Should Congress be blind to class differences? Democratic lawmakers confuse fighting for the middle class with using the middle class as an excuse to seize revenue from the wealthy. Facing an unemployment rate that refuses to budge and a dismal economic forecast, the middle class is being beaten up badly enough without the Democratic Party’s help.
If the headlines about Washington’s newest refusal to address the debt have put you in a mood to throw your holiday turkey through a window, stop. Cook that bird. Serve it to your family and friends as part of a horribly ironic celebration of the year’s bounty.
If self-righteousness and sanctimony created prosperity, America would be thriving beyond our wildest dreams. There would be no worries about Medicare, Social Security, or debt. Full employment would be the norm, instead of an abandoned memory. Billions in social spending would be unnecessary.
Our political process has degenerated to the point that worthwhile discussion from Washington is impossible, despite lip service about the good of the country tossed out for the public’s consumption. The discourse centers on what Democrats can do to stop Republicans, what Republicans can do to stop Democrats, and what both parties can do to get even.
Two years of Democratic enabling followed by an ineffectual, gridlocked Congress have helped condition President Obama to believe that he must have whatever he wants, when he wants it. While Democrats amused themselves watching GOP presidential hopefuls hurling criticism at one other, the president again went behind their backs, striking out on his own without the consent of the legislature.
To those in Washington who used to call yourselves friends and colleagues of Anthony Weiner, and have been publicly lambasting him for his alleged indiscretions, you can stop now. Enough sanctimony. Whether we are talking extramarital affairs, campaign fund abuses, influence peddling, White House trysts, lies, drugs, prostitutes, or any of the other unsavory behaviors engaged in by public figures over the years, this is a much bigger deal for you than it is for us.
Months of posturing on the House and Senate floors while battling over tax rates and unemployment benefits culminated in Tuesday night’s feigned display of brotherhood during the State of the Union address. Legislators made sure we knew that they were laying down their partisan pretensions by sitting next to the enemy during the president’s big speech.