As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I wholeheartedly believe that there is not one single politician in Washington that gives a damn about the American people. From the top down, including Democrats and Republicans. It really makes you wonder what we as Americans are doing to elect the most superficial people to the institution that runs this country. I don’t support either party because they are both agenda based, rather than being based on what this country needs. But that is the big question, what does this country need? We need a balanced budget, more jobs (American jobs), less war, better schools, and I think if we start here, everything else can fall into place. But, even as a country, we can’t agree on what we need for the benefit of the whole. We’re a self-interested group, all trying to do what’s best for “me” instead of what’s best for all.
I get it, people are in a situation now, where they have no choice but to look out for themselves, myself included. But what has brought us to this point? The ill-conceived decisions that we let the politicians make. As the voters that put Congressmen/Women, Senators, Presidents in power, how could we allow them to keep ruining this country into the ground. We voted for you so you can make things better, “Change” remember? No matter the party or the politician, they all say the same thing, “I’m gonna make America awesome and change….” But they never do.
In August 2011 the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was formed, or “The Supercommittee” It was put into place to create a plan to make $917 million in spending cuts over 10 years, and deficit reduction plan for another $1.5 trillion over a 10 year period. Why? Because the U.S has over spent every year since 2001. The reasons why vary from war, to bailouts, but all mistakes made by both parties, without caring that they are continually taking money out of taxpayers’ pockets. So by now, everyone knows that the Supercommitte failed. But couldn’t we see that coming? At a time when the 2 parties are at each other’s throats, what made anyone think that they were going to play nice and come up with a mutually beneficial solution?
The Supercommittee was made up of 12 members, 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats, 3 each from the House and Senate. At least they tried to make it a fair fight. But what wasn’t fair, was that the group chosen for creating a sound fiscal plan for the U.S. was not smart enough to put their political differences aside for the sake of the nation. And most of all, not smart enough because they do not have the background in finance and accounting to know how to massage the numbers. Although there were 2 members that had degrees in economics, however interestingly enough one member had a degree in Anthropology….. Take a look at what the 12 members received their degrees in, and decide if you trust their judgement in financial matters:
- Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) – Economics
- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) – Political Science
- Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) – Law
- Sen. Pat Murray (D-WA) – Physical Education
- Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) – History
- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – Philosophy, Public Policy & National Security
- Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) – Law
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) – Anthropology, Law
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) – Government
- Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – Economics, Law
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) – Journalism
- Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) – Law
I see only 2 members of this group that, based on their college education, are slightly qualified to make sound financial decision and have the capacity to understand the impact of those decisions. Usually, when someone is being considered for a position, their qualifications are the most important part of deciding whether they are capable of accomplishing the tasks set before them. What qualifications do any of these people have to decide anything to do with money? I can tell you what they do know how to do, is play the buddy-buddy game to get what they want, not even what their constituents want, just what they want and need to get more power.
This epic failure of the Supercommittee is symbolic of the epic failure of this government, not the Democrat or Republican government, but the entire American Political system. Our politicians have taken a kind of control that can only be likened to the way the rich townspeople in the movie Braveheart made decisions that got them more land and money by making deals with the English to plunder and pillage the land of the poor. I feel plundered and pillaged.
If you or someone you know lives in the states where any of these morons represents, please don’t vote for them. They don’t deserve to have any effect on our lives any more, nor do they deserve to earn the $160,000+ salary that we pay them. Don’t vote for their opponent either, because they are just as dirty and moronic. Go to your local university and find an Accounting teacher and right his name on the ballot. If you can’t find the Accounting teacher, get the janitor’s name and write that in, it’s better than what we have and just as qualified.