Fed up I am! Sick and tired of politics over people. Seriously, for the first time in my adult life I’m thinking that I may never vote again. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a dysfunctional pack of bungholes in my entire life. All they care about is political wrangling and winning; they forget that people’s lives are directly impacted by their inaction.
So as a result of this latest shutdown here’s what happens: All those folks who have government jobs are currently unemployed or furloughed, which means that they’re not getting paid. Now when the government did this in the mid 90s they all got their pay retroactive, but that’s kinds of like giving someone a staph infection then handing them an antibiotic. All the National parks, museums and zoos are also shut down (well over 350 sites equaling 1000s of jobs). If you were excited about your federally-funded small business loan, you can stop because that won’t be happening either. So at a time when the country is trying to put a tourniquet on unemployment our government once again works against its own best interests. But by this time I’m sure nobody’s surprised that our government is acting against our interests. In fact, I would go so far as to say we kind of expect it.
David Letterman joked that Americans cared more about the Twinkie factories shutting down than our government shutting down. When I was done laughing I stopped and thought about it. SadlyŠ he’s right! When Hostess shut down the Twinkie line, Americans flocked to the stores to snap up the remaining boxes. We put them on eBay for $60 a box and we bought them! Some of us even paid over $600 for a box of the spongy treat that you wouldn’t have paid $5.99 for three days prior to the announcement. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again -- we’re living one psychiatric event right after another. The things that should tweak us we shrug our shoulders over and say, "oh, what cha gonna do? It’s government being government. Can’t fight city hall." But when you consider we had more public outcry that this year’s Miss America was of Indian decent than we do that our government is shut down, well Š. Please pass the prosaic and game controller.
Our Government closed, not the Four Columns in Newfane (which you’ll forgive me for saying so I didn’t even know until it went on the auction block). But I guess that’s my point; when a locally-owned business closes it’s sad but not earth rattling. Sure it may impact some folks but for the most part it will go un-noticed. But the government shutting down, that’s a big deal! You can’t run a car without gasoline but you can still get around, albeit slowly. Government is the same: You can get stuff done but nothing will happen quickly. Although, many would argue that nothing happens fast now, and they may have a point.
Back to me not voting, it’s probably never going to happen. It’s the one thing I really believe in, but have been disheartened in on a national level. For local elections I really believe in the power of your vote, especially in your smaller communities. But on a National level Š Meh, and I say that because with spending so out of control, the only way to get it under control is to just close! How come somebody doesn’t lose their job? There seems to be no recourse for you and I to stand up and be heard Š well, if 10 million of us stood up and said something they’d listen. One thousand folks gathered in Zucotti Park in New York and were heard, but over time they lost their steam for one reason or another and it was gone.
Inaction around these things is our worst enemy; we constantly shoot ourselves in the foot and then complain that we’re bleeding! Until we change that line of thinking we’re all just going to stand around and say what the hell is up with that?