Are we going to the edge of the cliff? Or are we going to go, full throttle, over the edge?
I've already stated it is best for the country if we pull a full Thelma and Louise and sail right over the edge. If somehow you don't know the Thelma and Louise reference, please go rent, borrow or buy the excellent movie. While it will teach you only a little about economics, it will teach you a great deal about humanity.
Indeed, what's happening in Washington is mostly "theater." We have players acting on the stage to impress the audience. Both House Speaker Boehner and President Obama are striving for an Academy Award. They want to win. Neither actually wants whats best for the American People, the economy or the future.
These are small men with small minds and smaller hearts. There's no Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in this bunch. And that is a shame. Like Thelma and Louise, we deserve better.
Kathleen Parker wrote an excellent piece about President Obama and Speaker Boehner yesterday. I urge you to read the entire article, but here is a small excerpt:
The cliff negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have taken on the aspect of a game of chicken. Boehner needs spending cuts; Obama needs revenue. America needs both.
Who will blink first before we plummet off the edge into automatic tax increases for all, government spending cuts and a probable recession?
After so many years of partisan intransigence, it's easy enough to assume that all parties are equally guilty, but this time Obama is driving the herd. Elections have consequences, as the president keeps reminding us. By this, he apparently means that he will have things his way, the rest of the country be damned.