It occurred to me that we have something to be hopeful about. The president was telling us how many times the national debt has been routinely raised over the years, and he was criticizing the republicans. He thought they should cave in and go ahead and raise the debt limits without further protest.
The implications of what he said finally penetrated my thick skull and sank in. Something has changed this year. Congress didn’t automatically increase the limit on the national credit card.
What has changed is the addition of those 100 tea party guys in the house. They are holding the republicans feet to the fire. The republican leadership has been forced to consider bringing spending below the debt limit for the first time in years. Congress has always voted to raise the debt limit, usually with little or no protest.
Well folks those 100 new tea party guys are doing what we hired them to do. Instead of being corrupted by the system they are trying to change it.
What is going to happen with the debt limit talks? Will the republican leadership wimp out and pass a symbolic spending cut? It is looking that way. The republicans will get no co-operation from the democrats who have no real desire to cut spending despite their leader’s speeches.
They can not pass a tough bill without the full co-operation of the democrats in the senate. The democrats have seized this opportunity to make the republicans look bad in the eyes of the voters. They have ramped up the scare tactics to maintain the crisis atmosphere. The president makes a new speech daily telling us how drastic the situation is and how those nasty old republicans won’t co-operate.
Is the public buying this act by the democrats? Some people are buying it. After all the democrats have the complete co-operation of the mainstream media.
The tea party folks aren’t buying it. Unfortunately the tea party is mostly folks of a conservative bent. New polls show that most people think congress is absolutely corrupt, and put politicians in the same category as snake oil salesmen.
Will the people who aren’t tea party followers, and aren’t conservative, feel dissatisfied enough to vote more democrats out in 2012? Their ox is getting gored along with the conservative ox.
Perhaps they will vote some of those democrats out. The longer this show goes on the more obvious it becomes that the only people interested in reaching an agreement that reduces spending is the republicans. A point may be reached when they realize that what the mainstream media tells them just doesn’t jibe with what they see going on.
In closing I have one thing to say; “Go tea party!”