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Fiddling Around

Glenn Reynolds has an aphorism that he trots out every now and than -- mainly about the global warmening alarmists, but it fits in a lot of places: "I'll believe there is a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis act like it's a crisis." It's a handy rule of thumb.

But I find myself needing a corollary: what do you do when you think there's a crisis, but those in charge of addressing it don't act like it?

This week, we passed the debt ceiling. Instead of bringing the federal government to a crashing halt, instead government bean-counters figured out ways to keep rearranging deck chairs on our fiscal Titanic to buy a few more months' grace. But we still have no actual solution to the problem.

Tomorrow marks 60 days since President Obama declared UnWar on Libya, triggering the War Powers Resolution. At this point, he either needs explicit Congressional authorization to continue, or start drawing down the fight -- and ending it in 30 days. There's no authorization bill in the pipeline, and the House is out of session this week, so there won't be a bill. President Obama is about to be in clear violation of the law -- albeit a law whose Constitutionality has been credibly questioned, but never once tested. Will it be challenged this time? Or will it be ignored? That is grounds for impeachment, but we all know that will never fly.

I've had this feeling before. All last year, I howled and kicked about how the Democrats hadn't bothered to pass a budget, instead kicking that can down the road until this spring -- after the Republicans took back the House, where the budget process has to start. And we still don't have one for this year.

I know that there are a lot of demands on the federal government. There are a lot of tasks and challenges and duties and obligations that need to be answered. But these are some of the most fundamental aspects of governing -- making a budget, managing debt, respecting the law.

If the people we've entrusted with the power of governance can't do that, it raises some very troubling questions. Questions like "why the hell can't they do these simple things?" and "what the hell are they doing that they think is more important?" and "when are they going to get off their asses and even start dealing with these?"

As atrocious as Jimmy Carter was as president, one thing you can't say about him is that he just ignored problems and hoped they'd go away.

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Questions like "why the hel... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Questions like "why the hell can't they do these simple things?" and "what the hell are they doing that they think is more important?" and "when are they going to get off their asses and even start dealing with these?"

We live in a republic. With these questions you highlight that we are sorry excuses for bosses. We continue to hire (elect) incompetent employees, most living better than the majority of their "employers" who pay them. Most are very happy to simply ignore the most important duties of their job. For some reason we defer to their arrogance and shrug our shoulders at their malfeasances. Some have no shame in even openly expressing their distain for us. The few who wish to do the right thing are marginalized. These questions are a waste of time to answer.

DaveD,Well said.</... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

DaveD,

Well said.

In this Democratically elected Republic, we inevitably get the Government we deserve.

Our desserts are small.

"why the hell can't they do... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"why the hell can't they do these simple things?"

Because they aren't being held accountable.

Unfortunately the MSM still holds a lot of power to control the narrative. If they don't make an issue of the Libyan war, lack of a budget or anything else, why would our so-called leaders have to give it a second thought?

The Birth Cert. is a good example. The MSM used that issue to beat up on republicans but never ever asked Barry why the hell he refused to release it. It only became an issue when Trump gave it traction and the MSM could not embarrass him enough to drop the subject.

I have a bad feeling that most of the MSM feels the same way Kevin Drum does with their on-going infatuation with Barry Obama. He's quoted as saying:

"So what should I think about [the war in Libya]? If it had been my call, I wouldn't have gone into Libya. But the reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at all, I'd literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he's smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the consequences of his actions, and more farsighted."

Rodney, while Death Valley ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Rodney, while Death Valley isn't as big as the Gobi, I don't see what that has to do with the deficit.

epador,Whatever ar... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

epador,

Whatever are you talking about [he said innocently]?

Nero on the back nine is no... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Nero on the back nine is not Leadership in any way, shape or form. Impeachment is his just deserts, but will never happen because of the Rodney King type civil mob disobedience it would bring across the nation.

So we are stuck with Nero the zero til' at least 2012 ( which cannot come soon enough I might add ) barring an act of God!

Barry's style is to kick th... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry's style is to kick the can down the road. Decisons? How about PRESENT! But hey! HE got OBL! Forget about the other 8 years of work that went into it.

Don't look for any decisive leadership. We're looking at "affirmative action" in action.

Just a reminder of the past... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Just a reminder of the past. GW Bush in January of 2005 said SS and Medicare were in poor shape. The MSM and the democratic leadership said there is nothing wrong with it. ww

ww,I figured out t... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

ww,

I figured out that SS was a ponzi scheme all on my own in 1980.

RE: #8 - The CNN cut of Bus... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

RE: #8 - The CNN cut of Bush speaking to a joint session of Congress, pointing out the coming insolvency of SS and Congress's unwillingness to act - and the Democrats led by Splalsh Kennedy standing and cheering should be played over and over.............

"and the Democrats led by S... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"and the Democrats led by Splalsh Kennedy standing and cheering should be played over and over...."

No thanks! Maria's shrivered face is enough Kennedy for me!

"and the Democrats led by S... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"and the Democrats led by Splalsh Kennedy standing and cheering should be played over and over...."

No thanks! Maria's shrivered face is enough Kennedy for me!

? ... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

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I've been wondering how the... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

I've been wondering how they'd institute a state of emergency requiring martial law. Now I know.

"why the hell can't they... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

"why the hell can't they do these simple things?"

Because if they take a stand on anything they might upset enough people to keep them from getting re-elected.

"what the hell are they doing that they think is more important?"

Raising money and campaigning to get re-elected.

"when are they going to get off their asses and even start dealing with these?"

Maybe after the next election, if there's time before they start running for the next election.

Or put simply, we keep electing people who only care about their own jobs and their own power and put their needs above the needs of the nation they were elected to serve.

Solution? Limit EVERY elected office to one term? Maybe not a perfect solution, but liklely the only solution.

BlueNight: "I've been wo... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

BlueNight: "I've been wondering how they'd institute a state of emergency requiring martial law. Now I know."

I hope you're wrong, but I fear you may be right.


"Tomorrow marks 60 days sin... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"Tomorrow marks 60 days since President Obama declared UnWar on Libya, triggering the War Powers Resolution. At this point, he either needs explicit Congressional authorization to continue, or start drawing down the fight -"


Most likely neither. Barry will take his 'grace' period to golf some more and then when he gets around to it, focus on getting those foreign visitors voting rights. With Barry you must live with the ignorance and revel in the nuance.


I get the feeling that - </... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

I get the feeling that -

Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

"I'll believe there is a cr... (Below threshold)

"I'll believe there is a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis act like it's a crisis."

This, by the way, is a sure way for people to be shocked by health problems they could have avoided with simple testing or changing of habits, investors to get clobbered by bubbles, and parents to turn around and find out their children have become criminals.

Basically, if 99+% of experts say something will be a problem unless you deal with it, but you wait until it IS a problem, you've screwed yourself out of an easy to fix.

"Or put simply, we keep ele... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"Or put simply, we keep electing people who only care about their own jobs and their own power and put their needs above the needs of the nation they were elected to serve."


Yes, they are not public servants. They abuse and use the public trust to enrich and entrench themselve's. How about a fundamental change to the 'job'? Like it is voluntary with no pay,.

Food, lodging and travel at taxpayer expense only. Then we would see the true People with character who care about others step forward.

Right now its a bunch of phony BS.

Best thing that can happen ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Best thing that can happen to this government right now is that it gets shut down. At least we'd then find out what's really important.

As atrocious as Jimmy Ca... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

As atrocious as Jimmy Carter was as president, one thing you can't say about him is that he just ignored problems and hoped they'd go away.

Jay seems almost nostalgic for the earnestness of Carter. A pretty sorry lot I agree our contemporary, arrogant, philandeering politicians, Democrat or Republican. Eveyone of them swearing heart and soul, on the Bible, de rigeur.

But in reality, it is more burlesque show every week, and not only in Washington. I`m thinking about Arnold, 'the serial groper' for whom his wife called his victims "liars", and the serial predator, the socialist DSK, the IMF ex- president who just got a bailout, who was favorite to be the next President of France, next year.

Carter for all his flaws and awful cardigans, one coudn't imagine him doing those things. He is about the only one for whom I can`t.

"He is about the only one f... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"He is about the only one for whom I can`t."

Stevie would rather choke to death than to mention Reagan, and the 2 Bush's.

Garandfan, it is hard to be... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Garandfan, it is hard to be specific when I´m not sure what the real question of Jay was in the first place, that is why mine was a general broadside against all of them.

We can agree (maybe not) that that there is very little honor in any them, even in Saint Reagan, equating the murderous Contra leaders as "freedom fighters" or negotiating with Iran to supply them with weapons when he said he woudn´t negotiate with terrorists and then with vice president Bush " i was outside the loop" allowing Oliver North and others like Willaim Casey to take the blame/ jail time under.."plausible deniability."

No politician wants to get to specific other wise he will be undermined by his own words. At the same time one doesn´t want to be completely inane or unquotable.

Quite frankly, Democrats ju... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Quite frankly, Democrats just do not believe the laws apply to them. Not procedurally, not in specified powers and duties, not at all, in their public or personal lives.

The Democratic Senate hasn't passed a budget bill - or even introduced one - in more than two years, despite Senate rules. Obama's EPA, FCC, DOJ, and NLRB venture into areas they are specifically prohibited by law from entering, violating their own procedures and rules in the production and enforcement of regulations, and enforce those things they deem to and ignore those they wish to.

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hank @ #3 ~ I agree with Kevin Drum - Obama is smarter than Kevin Drum.

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GarandFan @ #23 ~

Stevie would rather choke to death than to mention Reagan, and the 2 Bush's.

We have no objection, your honor!

Warmening?I have n... (Below threshold)
Joe:

Warmening?

I have never heard of such a word, nor can I find it in a dictionary. Did you make it up?

I am not sure which is more... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

I am not sure which is more pathetic:

545 clowns in DC screwing 300 plus million American citizens

or

1 would-be Tiger Wood screwing the aforementioned 545 clowns AND 300 plus million American citizens

or

300 plus million American citizens allowing either of the above to happen

.... respecting the law.</p... (Below threshold)

.... respecting the law.

.... if the people we've entrusted with the power of governance can't do that ....

It is as much as to any other reason be ascribed to the simple fact the people we've entrusted with the power of governance long long long ago abrogated that power to unelected elitist "Democratic" party activist-bureaucrats, to their mobbed-up-unions thug mates, to their Goebbelesque propagandist "press" pals and to Corporatist Lobbyists who have all created so close a copy of the early 30s' Fascist government of Mussolini's Italy that pretty much all that separates and/or distinguishes our government from Mussolini's is 80 years!




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