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Back in the old days there was a breed of Congressman, rugged individualists, who, whenever he (or she) had to cast an unpopular vote, would shrug and say, Let the chips fall where they may.
That political animal is now all but extinct.
In the place of a troublesome conscience (when it comes to unpopular votes) our average modern Congressman has a finely tuned set of political antennae so sensitive he can detect a political threat from miles away and take evasive action.
But, now, the ‘fiscal cliff’ is giving our archetypical Congressman fits.
According to a poll last week, 78% of the voters don’t like the idea of going over the cliff one bit – a political bombshell our Congressman’s antennae clearly have in focus. He also has in focus voters agree with President Obama about raising taxes – but from there his life gets more complex.
Because voters also oppose cutting Medicare spending.
Oppose cutting Medicaid.
Oppose cutting Social Security.
Oppose raising the Medicare or Social Security retirement age.
And oppose increasing debt.
That leaves our Congressman in a fix – suddenly his antennae are sending a hurricane of storm warnings to his frazzled brain and he can’t see a single vote he can cast to reduce the deficit (unless he’s a Democrat voting to raise taxes) that won’t blow him to smithereens.
And to ‘pile Pelion on Ossa’ he faces one more threat: If he votes the way his constituents want today and the economy tanks in two years, when he’s stumping for re-election, voters will be asking, Where were you when we needed a Congressman who had the guts to cast the tough votes?
Nature has played a cruel trick on him. He’s trapped.


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4 comments on “A Cruel Trick of Nature

  1. clarence swinney says:

    Who Dug the Deep Hole? Who Fumbled the ball?
    Numbers rounded

    Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget
    Bush Left Obama a 3500 Budget

    Clinton left Bush a 240B Surplus as far as the eye can see
    Bush left Obama a 1400B Deficit as far as the eye can see

    Clinton left Bush 5,700B of Debt
    Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

    Clinton left Bush a 237,000 net new jobs created per month
    Bush left Obama a 31,000 lowest number since Hoover.

    Clinton left Bush 17 Million Manufacturing Jobs
    Bush left Obama 11 Million Manufacturing Jobs

    Clinton left Bush a 10,800 Dow
    Bush left Obama an 8028 Dow

    Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth Good Will From Most Men
    Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars. Enmity of 1500 Million Muslims

    Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.
    Bush left Obama the most hated President in history
    Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano
    Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment Yes! 8500 not just 700
    Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler
    Bush increased maximum loan by Fannie/Freddie from $153,000 in 2000 to $300,000 then to $729,000
    That is how F&F got stuck with so many toxic mortgages. Bush gift to Big Bank pals.
    Bush increased FDIC maximum deposit coverage from $100,000 to $250,000. Help the rich.

  2. dap916 says:

    Swinney….so much of that is total bull.

    If you want to continue to present these idiotic “facts” here on TAP, have the guts to provide where you got them and the proof behind them being factual.

    I’ve asked twice for you to do that…but, you just continue to post these idiotic figures.

    Not asking for something from Media Matters or some site that just posts what you’re posting without themselves showing where they got their information from. I’m talking about legitimate sites everyone that reads your stuff can agree is accurate.

    Without doing that…anyone that reads your “stuff” just laughs at it and unless you don’t have anything better to do, it’s just a waste of time for ya.


  3. dap916 says:

    I wonder what our guy swinney thinks about this little piece of information.

    hahahahaha…”when you believe blind facts, you stumble all over yourself trying to present them” – FDR

  4. Carbine says:

    Dap, I doubt Swinney can understand your points.

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