So I have been following the debt ceiling debacle, against my better judgement. My understanding of the debt ceiling is that we establish an amount we are saying we plan to get ourselves in debt up to. This means we have to be confident that we can repay the debt…in a reasonable amount of time. So why is it so hard this time around, when during the Clinton era, not only did we get out of debt, but we had a surplus? Well, the problem is a result of the Bush era tax cuts and wars in the Middle East. You can’t go spending all willy-nilly after you cut your hours at work or take a lower paying job, at least that’s how I relate it to my small time life…but that’s exactly what the Bush Administration did with our America.
Compounding those facts with the emergence of the Tea Party questioning government spending, who is ironically (or not so coincidentally) supported by big business; we have a push to cut spending on social programs, social security, medicare, & medicaid…but not reduce the benefits received by big business and oil…not at all confusing when you really look at the special interests there. Is the Tea Party exploiting big business for their funding? I highly doubt it, more likely quit the opposite if you ask me! This isn’t exactly the first time in history where the wealthy have exploited the poor as a workforce…its an age old tradition. I would almost say that money, cold hard cash, or the lack of it, is the new illiteracy!
Think of it this way…if you cannot buy brainwashing of the masses, you have no business voicing your opinion, because no one hears it or cares! On second thought, so few people actually take the time to research what it is they are hearing in the media, or being told in advertisements, they believe blindly…so maybe laziness is the new illiteracy!
To further my self-torture, I read these two articles on projecting where we’ll be as a nation as the result of our debt bill passed earlier this week:
The United States of Austerity
The Hidden Casualty of the Debt Deal
I already had a pretty good idea that the public systems we rely on to keep our environmental threats in check would be lacking, our parks losing funding, and a number of other things I personally value grasping for scraps…but it was confirmed by others with more experience than I…so I got scared.
I started playing out scenarios in my head…what if this and what if that…and I started to think of my Environmental Law professor. What would he be saying in class now? He would have surely expected more of a voice from Senator Patty Murry…where was she on this…all this time? Additionally I started to think of case studies. What happens when the government either refuses to do their job (ie. EPA enforce air quality standards on vehicles)? They get sued, that’s what! And boy did my mind wander at that point, and I honestly couldn’t wait for the lawsuits to begin! Yes, I am a sick f*ck, sue me!
From the sounds of things, it looks like the FAA is the first to be affected by this budget. Just like in Idiocracy, the auto-layoff function has initiated, and already today, employees of this government agency have lost their jobs. How long will it be until the airplanes start falling out of the sky or other less chaotic drama?
It is extremely sad to think that we have to involve the law to get the government to do the things we have told them to do as part of their job. But if the funds are not available to do their job, what else can you expect than inadequacy? Are we so short sighted in our society that we have forgotten why we make these laws…to protect ourselves from those who could care less about the people/environment/rights of others, only caring about their businesses’ bottom line, as an example? (Yes, that was rhetorical)