As it turns out, We the People increasingly have become the “ham in the sandwich” of an ugly ideological debate in Washington.
It is leading to job losses, including in our rural area, and threatens the economic rebound that is underway. It comes at a precarious time too: rising gas prices from the furor in the Middle East. (No it’s not CARB’s fault as. LOL).
The discussion pits hard-right ideologues — including our Congressman Tom McClintock — against more pragmatic politicians.
The ideologues beat the drum of smaller government and are on a mission to oust Obama. Some of them, such as McClintock, Sen. Mitch McConnell and the tea party freshman Congressman, are open about it.
The more pragmatic sorts are tackling the more complex task of managing government — requiring a more conciliatory, compromising discussion. They realize you can’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
This week, leaders of the Private Industry Council in Oroville blamed uncertainty in Washington — brought on by the House vote on the budget bill, or HR 1 — for its closure. McClintock voted for the cuts.
As a result, we stand to lose jobs in Nevada City and Grass Valley — several dozen of them.
The response is a simplistic one: “The government is broke.” No, balancing budgets is about making choices.
The GOPers who decided to cut programs such as the Private Industry Council did not cut other “pet” programs in many cases. It’s all about politics, not economics.
Next week, the stakes become higher: A shut down of government is possible if both sides can’t agree by next week. In his Saturday radio address, President Obama warned that a shut down will stall the economic recovery. No kidding!
I wonder if some of Obama’s harshest critics care. They’re more interested in seeing him fail, hoping for a GOP president instead. (It reminds me of the children’s story, “I don’t care. I’m Pierre.”)
This week liberal politicians are going to launch their own “tea party” protests, spelling out how the deep government cuts will slow the economy.
We the People, meanwhile, are watching from the sidelines — but we’re going to bear the brunt of it.
The video of the “I don’t care” ideologues (and the lesson) is here:
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