...to panic? I think maybe, just maybe, it is. Because come next Tuesday, the United States defaults on all its debts, and China will come to repossess us. I don't think we'll be permitted to call ourselves the United States of China. They'll probably rename us something those of us speaking American English can't pronounce, and that'll be just ONE of the things that sucks.
On the table are apparently a few things that will affect me directly. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. And the truly fun part is no longer knowing who's responsible for what. The Republicans and Democrats have switched sides, from what I've gathered via Jon Stewart, meaning that I'm no longer sure who I should be yelling at. President Obama's idea of calling my Congressman to give my two cents seems about as useful as a of gallon of gas during a house fire.
I don't understand the gripe that the rich have with being taxed. If one is rich, and intelligently so, then there are bank accounts chock full of money. Paying a few extra percentiles of taxes should NOT be that much of a problem, as there will still be plenty of money left in your precious bank accounts. (Or have you all lived the American dream beyond your credit, too, and are now so in debt that your savings accounts are empty?) The lower and middle classes don't have extra tax breaks, so pony up and pay your share too. Call it "the price of being wealthy."
That's all I have for the citizenry. For the government, I have quite a few choice words, like, "STOP BEING MORONS!"
We can start by dumping the penny. No one will miss it. That's a few million dollars no longer spent, right there.
Creating useless agencies would also be a big help. Like the department in charge of trying to simplify paperwork and cut down on paper actually used. by other departments. (I read about it once, but can't find it again to save my life.) The result of creating said department was the creation of even more paperwork. It's akin to creating "the Organization to Organize Organizations." It's probably out there...I just refuse to look, as I fear I might actually find it. Stop the uselessness!
These wars for foreign oil, (and that's what most are them are really about), need to end. Our men and women serving overseas, while serving their country is quite noble, are also costing their country a lot of money. By bringing our beloved soldiers home and we could put a HUGE dent in our country's spending.
I say the next time Congress "votes itself a raise," we strap C-4 to all of them, blow them to smithereens, and start again with people willing to take a smaller paycheck. Better yet...Let's see how their service to their country becomes a greater concern to themselves by reducing their pay to the poverty level. I'll bet you a million imaginary dollars that they'll all start working harder to eliminate poverty, and all associated condition, after that move. And they'll be required to do so without increasing spending on anything connected to welfare.
Run the government on Windows '98, instead of constantly passing on the cost of upgrades to the tax payers!
Gah! GRRRRR! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWR!
I'm really not helping much, am I?
I didn't think so.
The thing is that after 2 August, rumor has it that Social Security checks may not be going out to those enrolled. That would include yours truly. Think I did a lot of begging when I started this blog? Just wait until I'm getting NOTHING each month!
The people of this country seem to be sitting back, hoping that the people they voted into office will iron things out and get us back on track. Our politicians, however, haven't been doing very well of late, and so my faith in them is rapidly slipping away. I'm now praying there'll be a check coming my way next Wednesday.
I'll also be digging through my storage containers for my electronic thumb and my towel.