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Our Government Is a Joke!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 22, 2012 9:32 AM |

America awakes this morning to the realization that our federal government is collectively unwilling and/or unable to tend to the people’s business.

Many in America might like to point fingers at one side of the aisle or the other. Many others would bemoan the general lack of real leadership in the most senior positions within the federal government. Folks, we can point fingers all we want and apportion blame however we might like . . . but pointing fingers gets us absolutely nowhere.

A full 16 months from the downgrade of our nation’s credit rating and a full 6 plus weeks from the Presidential election and there has been virtually zero progress in terms of addressing the impending fiscal cliff. Businesses in America have no ability to proactively plan for 2013 and beyond without knowing what our tax code may look like. Families have no ability to proactively plan their own personal budgets faced with the tremendous uncertainty of their own tax bills. Is there any wonder why nobody is willing to deploy risk capital to grow an enterprise?

You would not run your own families and businesses this way. Yet, our federal government is running in exactly this fashion. It is an absolute joke. Unfortunately, the joke is a bad one and it is being played out on every man, woman, and child in America right now.

With so much focus on the immediate fiscal cliff, let’s be real, our nation’s real issue is our ENORMOUS fiscal crisis. If our government cannot even address the fiscal cliff, how will they ever address the fiscal crisis?

Regrettably, though, folks, we have the government that we deserve. While the jokers in Washington head home to be with their own families, I would only hope that they might view a sobering video that looks not at the fiscal cliff but at the fiscal crisis and what it means for our children. This video, Overdraft produced by Travelers Insurance, runs for about 55-minutes. It takes a wide angled view of many issues that embody our fiscal crisis.

If we care to believe that we may have a brighter future, then the issues highlighted in this clip had better start being addressed.

Can we literally embarrass our government into action? I do not know but given the fact that little else is working right now, I think it is high time we try. On that note, President Obama, Speaker Boehner, Senator Reid, and every member of Congress . . . you are collectively a JOKE!! Show us otherwise or prove me wrong.

To those who might view this, I welcome you to spike the eggnog and embrace the truth . . .

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • Tim Favero

    Larry, great post (as usual).

  • Randee

    To say that every member of Congress is a joke. No salient, intelligent human makes such a broad statement. But – I will say that most of Congress are huge dolts, morons and idiots. I will also agree that we get the government we deserve. The best example of this occurred six weeks ago. Knowing that we had an intransigent, stalemated Congress the American people STILL reelected almost every incumbent. WHAT ARE THE VOTERS THINKING? I also disagree that both parties are equally to blame. The big problem the past three years has been the Tea Party, and the fault for this current stalemate lands squarely on their laps. And on Obama’s. He seems incapable of reaching any type of accord with the gOP whatsoever.

    • LD

      Did I say they are all indidually “jokes?” No. I said that they are collectively a joke.

      Forget the fiscal cliff. What are we doing about the fiscal crisis?

    • larry Levin

      the country as romney stated breaks down into tax eaters and tax payers, ad that’s who they continue to vote.

  • DT

    Just like my government, I’m cutting back and you may want to also….I’m going to bite the bullet, too!!!!

    President Obama ordered the cabinet to cut $100,000,000.00 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000.00 ($3.5 trillion) federal budget.

    I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2,000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it’s time
    to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.

    I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio (1/35,000) of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month, I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes,
    I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about.

    I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries – six cents worth.

    Did this President actually think no one would do the math? People need to understand how idiotic a $100 million cut is in a $3.5 trillion budget – ludicrous!!!!!!!

    WHY ROMNEY LOST…
    Romney said, “When I’m elected, I will put Americans back to work.” and 51% said, “Screw That!!”

    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
    One is by sword…
    The other is by debt.”
    John Adams 1826

    • http://www.RestlessBoomers.com Cate

      DT, As simple as the math is, too many Americans either can’t do it as they’re too dumbed down by our educational system, or they’re too busy watching Dancing With The Stars.

      My guess is they’ll learn the math real quick when their $2,000 a month won’t even buy a loaf of bread.

      Good comment.

    • coe

      What a stunning way to dissemble the math…hope you can get by with .06 cents less DT…

  • Disenchanted

    Larry

    Great article. This should be emailed to every elected official. DT- Your post should go public, along with Larry’s.

  • Obsvr-1

    We get the gov’t we deserve ???

    How the hell do we change anything when even the New Reps we send to fix the cesspool of Gov’t go to washington and dive into said cesspool, surface and say “hey jump in the water’s fine” … Washington is the most powerful black hole of corruption on the planet.

    Again I have to repeat: “Washington and New York is the modern day equivalent to Sodom and Gomorrah”.

  • jim wells

    Spot on Larry, as usual.

    The video is great. Both Democrats and Republicans laying out the problems and the solutions. Sadly, we have an administration and a Congress more than happy to ignore the solutions and make the problems worse.

    • http://www.RestlessBoomers.com Cate

      Good point Jim. And let’s not forget that portion of We The People who keep voting the same troublemakers back into office, this last election being an excellent case in point.

      Look at how austerity plans in Europe are working out . . massive rioting by the people who want nothing of it. They demand that they continue to receive their benefits no matter the cost to them or their families in the future.

      2013 is going to be an interesting and I suspect dangerous year.

  • Aaron

    Larry,
    I agree. It’s sad to say, but I see use continuing to fall down this fiscal cliff and we will continue to fall. All I see is curuption in our government. Democrat and republicans are to blame. I see in the next 4 years is – Obama and his constituent will be on 60 minutes and they will point fingers and then say ” I DID MY BEST”…… That is what I see, when we have a 25 trillion dedt…

  • Steven

    We’ve turned our backs on a lot of what our country was founded on and turned our eye’s on what makes us feel good and maybe we should look back at what made us who we really are . I believe you know where I’m heading with this . It’s God who gave us what we have and God will take it away .Look at how we’ve turned away. THINK REALLY THINK






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