It’s that time again – time to make resolutions we won’t keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year we’re leaving.
As for 2012, it can’t end quickly enough. It was an awful year for many reasons. Let me count just a few of the ways:
The Fiscal Cliff
This column is due to my editors by noon on Saturday, so there’s a chance Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut some horrible deal with President Obama to avoid the over-hyped fiscal cliff since I submitted it. If that happens it will be yet another reason to gleefully put this year behind us.
This “cliff” is a creation of government that came into being because those in Washington couldn’t accomplish the simple task of being remotely responsible in the past. Those same people are now desperately seeking to avoid the simple cuts they agreed to just a year ago. Only they can’t even agree with themselves.
These politicians of both parties still have no plan, and most have no desire, to deal with the real fiscal problems facing the nation – out-of-control spending and the crushing national debt. The automatic sequester cuts they desperately seek to avoid are but a drop in the bucket that collects drops to make drops in the bucket of government spending.
As for Congress, not since the Twilight Zone: The Movie have so many elderly people played kick the can. Only they’re playing kick the responsibility can on a dead-end street and quickly running out of road. They hope we don’t notice, and judging by this year’s election results, most people don’t. But just because you hadn’t noticed the glass door you walked through doesn’t mean you don’t end up on your backside all cut up and everything. And just because you don’t acknowledge the basic laws of economics doesn’t mean they don’t apply to you.
In case you can’t tell, I don’t have a lot of faith the people who created this mess can solve it. I don’t think they’ll act any more rationally than the people most hurt by President Obama’s policies did on Nov. 6, when they voted to return him to office.
The only thing worse than Barack Obama’s performance as president was how the wealthy throne-sniffers in the media covered him and covered up for him. Survey after survey showed the Democrat Media Complex was as trustworthy as a junkie hooker jonesing for a fix and swearing that cold sore was nothing to worry about.
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