Fiscal Cliff and Election Cliff
FISCAL CLIFF and ELECTION CLIFF – Reviewing the various realities of this morning, I started to focus on 2 "cliffs" at hand, but NOW focus on the FISCAL CLIFF and plan to do the ELECTION CLIFF tomorrow.
TODAY the media is FILLED with various reports and some AUDACITY of HOPE that our elected representatives will NOT take WE THE PEOPLE of the US over the FISCAL CLIFF. Today President Obama is convening a meeting with the 4-key leaders of our US Congress with the courageous hope for a negotiated compromise. What do YOU expect?
FISCAL CLIFF is a national political crisis. The ELECTION CRISIS is local with deadline for candidates for SPRING 2013 elections coming next Wed., Jan. 2. I see an ELECTION CRISIS with particular attention to our SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MILTON since both incumbents - who participated in creating the "mess" in our school district - are seeking RE-election - believe it or not - they want WE THE PEOPLE of our MILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT to re-elect them. I respond, "NO!" There is one and only one person who picked up the packet and that person is NOT yet decided. I plan to deal with the ELECTION CLIFF tomorrow.
Back to the FISCAL CLIFF – the media is FILLED with various reports and some AUDACITY of HOPE that our elected representatives will NOT take WE THE PEOPLE of the US over the FISCAL CLIFF. Today President Obama is convening a meeting with the 4-key leaders of our US Congress with the courageous hope for a negotiated compromise.
IF you want to see one of the updates, I suggest you use this link to Alexander Bolton’s report posted at 6 am ET today on THE HILL, “’Fiscal cliff’ focus shifts to Senate; estate tax emerges as key in talks.”
Alternatively, I read with interest the feature article by Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman with contributions by David A. Fahrenthold and Paul Kane published by the Washington Post, “Obama summons congressional leaders for ‘fiscal cliff’ talks.”
Underscoring the CRISIS MENTALITY of the congressional leaders, the article reports, “Thursday was the kind of day that generations of lawmakers had sought to avoid. Since the 1930s — when an amendment to the Constitution decreed that congressional sessions would end just after New Year’s Day — it has been a bipartisan goal to leave before Christmas and not come back. There have been only four previous post-Christmas work sessions. Two were caused by World War II, another was related to the government shutdown of 1995, and another was triggered by a budget fight in 1963.” REALITY strikes… FINALLY!
I am among citizens who wonder WHY the elected leaders did NOT negotiate earlier. I understand that the GOP leaders were hoping – in fact, earnestly praying, that WE THE PEOPLE of the US would elect a GOP PRESIDENT. I am concerned that apparently the GOP leaders have NOT YET realized and accepted THE FACT that WE THE PEOPLE of the US truly re-elected BARACK OBAMA as US President with a VERY SIGNIFICANT VOTE! IF the GOP leadership does NOT accept the choice of WE THE PEOPLE of the US, they need to EXPECT that we are going to SPEAK LOUDER as we vote in November 2014 to be sure that the GOP people do HEAR US!
I mayself have the AUDACITY of HOPE that PRESIDENT OBAMA will demonstrate a PROFILE OF COURAGE to protect WE THE PEOPLE of the US and FULFILL his campaign promise to focus tax increase on incomes over $250,000.
At the same time, I am totally baffled by the AMNESIA of WE THE PEOPLE of the US that when the GOP screams about the SPENDING SPREE of our US government they do NOT keep in perspective the TSUNAMI-WAVE of spending under President George W. Bush with 2 wars – Afghanistan and Iraq – paid for OFF BUDGET and borrowing along with MAJOR TAX CUTS – these are the cuts which are NOW in focus to expire. Major spending did take place at the end of the George W. Bush administration and as Barack Obama became US President to deal with the ECONOMIC DEPRESSION which the George W. Bush policies caused.
While PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON left a BUDGET SURPLUS after his presidential tenure, George W. Bush instigated a spending spree for 8 years which led to the ECONOMIC COLLAPSE and DEPRESSION.
I realize that for political purposes politicians prefer to call it a “recession,” but it was a REAL DEPRESSION. IF ONLY we had accepted that it was a depression, we would have dealt with it MORE DIRECTLY so that the recovery would NOT have been so tedious and LONG as we muddled along NOT taking the economic situation seriously as a DEPRESSION!
I am HOPEFUL, but NOT optimistic and I am NOT holding my breath. Are YOU?
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.