It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
So here we are at the end of the great “Debt Ceiling” debate in the U. S. congress. Catastrophe averted. We can continue to borrow money to pay our bills. And we’ve cut over 2 trillion dollars in spending.
At least that’s what they say. The first part is true – the debt ceiling has been bumped. That was imperative. But the second part? Basically, just political theater. Nothing has been done that can’t be changed, and even if nothing is changed, little will happen for about a year and a half. In 2012, only about $21 billion will actually not be spent. Most of the “savings” don’t occur until much later in the decade.
So we’ve basically been scammed again.
To be honest, much of that doesn’t bother me. Being a card – carrying Medicare recipient and a collector of Social Security, I’d rather not see serious cuts in those programs. But I would certainly like to see the tax code changed (even if it negatively affects me) and I would like to see defense spending reduced. Not to mention getting rid of the nonsensical Bush tax cuts.
But I don’t think much of that is ever going to happen. It’s the old Washington 2 – step going on here, and pretty much all of us are victims.
On a much more interesting (and pleasant) note, I saw these Mammatus clouds yesterday morning at sunrise. They’re the bubbly looking things near the top of the image. I’m fairly sure that I’ve never seen these things in our area before – they’re relatively rare. Most of the time, they form in sinking air, usually after a thunderstorm has passed. Within a few minutes, they’d disappeared from view.
Not for nothing, but maybe Mammatus clouds and politicians actually have something in common. You know, light, airy, not very substantial entities. And then they fade from view.