Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grab your torches and pitchforks

Anyone up for a walk down to the Hill tomorrow night? I'm wondering if looking out their windows and seeing something like this:

might inspire our elected representatives to put aside their petty differences and actually do the People's business. Seriously, do you think we'd get our point across if we surrounded Capitol Hill with people carrying torches and pitchforks? And just stared.

Really hard.

The people we need to get through to are the ones in the middle - no matter how small it is these days. There should be just enough of them to balance out the idiots on the fringes of the left and right to actually get together and actually Pass. The fucking. Budget!

This situation is ridiculous. We are the laughingstock of the world right now. A hard look does need to be taken at the entire budget, but not this one - this year is already shot, just pay the fucking bills and move on. And probably not the next one either - not enough time left to get that done. Now the 2013 budget that's a whole 'nother question. It needs to be looked at now. All of it: Defense, entitlements, social programs, pork. Especially the pork. Get out the knives and start cutting. When we - as a country - owe the world more than $14 trillion we can't even think about a tax cut. I don't care if you believe with all your heart that it will stimulate business. As my dad reminded me and my brothers growing up when we asked for something expensive "We can't afford it."

The 535 "representatives of the People" need to pull their heads out and remember that while they represent the 500k or so people in their individual districts, they work for all of us. And all of us are a bit pissed right now.

And they can be replaced. All of them. And they probably should be.

Here endeth the rant.


Titania said...

Agreed , I'll go with you. It's all about the median voter. The question these days is, tho, does he/she exists?

magnolia said...

not to mention what all of this is going to do in the district proper. none of the other 50 states are going to be effectively stopped from acting.

the boyfriend pointed out that it's kind of a shame that the mail won't stop in a shutdown, because then people would really feel it.

i actually know people who are actively rooting for this to happen. it's obnoxious. but i fear that they're going to get exactly what they want, too. sigh. what a freaking disaster...

HK said...

The commute from Austin for the walk would be tough, but I join you in spirit.

The imagery of this post reminded me of V for Vendetta - great movie.

Anonymous said...

I will be there too, having just "officially" been furloughed because these freakin' tools cannot and WILL NOT do their jobs! Dude, I have a torch too! so there!