“I believe this is, without question, the tea party downgrade” said Democrat Senator John Kerry, issuing the Democrat talking point that is to be echoed by all. David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, quickly conformed by also calling it the “tea party downgrade”. You can bet Chris Matthews, not a very original thinker, will be calling it that, too, along with other liberal media parrots.
Barney Frank, senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, decided to spread the blame around a little and put it in the military’s lap, saying that defense spending is responsible. His complaint about the U.S. being “the military policemen of the world” certainly rings true, but left unsaid is the fact that almost all “free” countries have diverted military funding to social programs and can no longer defend themselves properly. This is the road the Democrats seem to want the U.S. to take.
Military spending, the Tea Party, Bush tax cuts, Sarah Palin, Corporate jets, fat-cat CEO’s – all are responsible for the downgrade in the Democrats’ eyes, but entitlement discretionary spending, one of the S&P’s reasons for the downgrade, is not. Political bickering and posturing are also reasons, but the politics of re-election are still ruling the roost.
Until the finger quits pointing and blame is no longer the main attraction, there will be no progress. In the meantime, those still lucky enough to have a job will watch their 401K dwindle because of asinine bickering and ideological political nonsense. The world will continue to sneer at the imbecilic manner in which our “leaders” are dealing with this crisis and watch our way-of-life vanish.
Taking responsibility is the first thing that needs to be done. So far, the Democrats have made it known that their main thrust is to blame Republicans and the Tea Party. Republicans are concentrating on defending themselves against those accusations. One can only hope that voters will show more responsibility in upcoming elections.
David J. Hentosh