For example, my polling tells me that most Republicans and independents want a shutdown of the federal government to prove that at least the GOP is serious about major reforms in government spending. When it comes to this subject, I can't help but picture Congress as a rescue St. Bernard dog that is so busy chasing the bright ribbons on his tail that it has forgotten its rescue mission altogether.
Genuine Republicans, plus many independents, also want to end the current income tax system and instead move to what they describe as a Fair Tax. Republican officeholders seem sheepish in their support of this idea because it can easily be twisted to lead Americans into believing that they would be paying more taxes than they do now.
It's a complicated proposal, but in essence it eliminates all federal income taxes and embedded taxes, and it provides a "freebate" to families to defray the costs of essential items such as groceries.
On this issue, most Republicans are not like the brave little dog I took home for a night. Instead, they whimper, cower and refuse to stand by the concept.
Right now, President Obama's biggest problem is an economy that is not getting better. Do you personally feel that you're back to the standard of living that you enjoyed in the early 2000s? My guess is no. And for those in their 40s, there's the added fear that Medicare and Social Security will either be abolished or greatly curtailed.
In a sense, this is exactly what needs to happen. But with such changes would come additional pain for an entire generation of Americans that has paid for their parents' and grandparents' needs by having bankrolled these funds for so long.
I'm not sappy, but I can tell you I'm glad I rescued that dog. Otherwise, she would have been run over and left for the birds to eat.
It's time now for the Republicans to get their act together before they all become so much political roadkill. It can take a stout heart and a focused compassion to save both the slightest of creatures and the greatest of nations.
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