This is generally a place for my images of the world as I see it. I have no pictures to illustrate the thoughts I had as I listened to the dueling "debt limit" speeches by the President and Speaker of the House last night, so here are the words.:
Our Congress has become totally dysfunctional! They have been slowly drifting into the abyss for a number of years as seen by the number of times the budget has been continuing resolutions to keep the government running. The current impasse is because some of our representatives say their oath to Grover Norquist overrides their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. They are ready to declare bankruptcy when collectively we have the financial resources to pay our bills. Our debt is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. It should be resolved with judicial budgeting by Congress while making some hard choices.
Many (including the President, leaders of Congress and the media) blame "Washington" for the fiscal mess. They seem to forget that the City of Washington has no vote in these matters. The people in charge come from places like West Chester, Ohio; Searchlight, Nevada; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; San Francisco, California; Springdale, South Carolina; Fargo, North Dakota; Frederick, Maryland and other small towns and large cities across this great land.
And finally a question: Where do these representatives think the money spent by the US Government goes? Somehow they think that if we take 1, 2 or 4 trillion dollars out of the economy, the people now getting tax breaks will magically spend even more money hiring millions of out of work citizens. That money ends up in someone's pay check or some businesses profit, either directly or when individuals receiving it buy food, clothes, medicine, cars, and toys for the kids, etc. etc.