Just what will it take for this country to get its head out of its ass? We are in a financial crisis that, if it remains unsolved by 8/2/11, will effect the poor and hungry citizens of America like never before (except perhaps the Great Depression). So, "Let Them Eat Cake!!"
During the Bush administration (2000-2008), the "debt ceiling" was raised to pay for the wars, the trumped up wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now, when the issue of raising the "debt ceiling" again for our Seniors, our unemployed, our homeless, etc., the Republicans, rather Grover Norquist, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea-Baggers*, et al, remind us now of our fiscal responsibility and that we need to cut spending. What a terrific sense of timing!
Ever since Obama took office, it has been the singular goal of the Republicans to get him OUT. They continue with every strategy available to make Obama look responsible for our financial crisis. This country has a problem with short-term memory loss. It's too bad that we've developed early dementia because there is no cure and we just might be headed for an early demise. So, why the hatred for Obama? I can see no other reason other than the fact that his tan is too dark!
So, yes, the Republicans will not budge regarding the "debt ceiling". They want the government to default on its loans, hold the Social Security checks for Seniors and anyone unfortunate enough to be on disability and to fault Obama with this debacle. I am one of those individuals who had to turn to the government for disability income at age 63...my work as a nurse as I had practiced came to an end. I would have happily worked much longer had "the gods" seen fit. And thank the gods that Social Security Disability was there for me. So, I will likely not get a check next month. Oh we'll be OK for now, but there are millions of Americans who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, lost hope, who will not be OK.
I don't know what else to say or who to ask for help...not financial help, but help for this country. We have become a very short-sighted nation, a country of comfort with an eerie lack of empathy for our fellow man...and this may be our undoing. Sue
*I'll stop using the expression "tea-baggers" when the Republicans stop saying "Obamacare"!