The Alternate Universes of Washington
"I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anyone else did...I see my mistakes and I see my flaws, and I did better this time than I did the time before."
Mitt Romney (March 2013)
Just think where we COULD be. President Romney would probably have armed guards surrounding our borders. Bread lines, Unemployment at 12%-to-20% and
Mitt and his Buddies paying 4% tax rates in a few years.
The Senate would still be BLUE, the House RED with a tinge of "Crazy Herbal Tea-Party." What makes anyone think that we would not be experiencing the same gridlock in Washington?
I really do not need to recount the entire Romney episode to you faithful politicos, but I should point out that nearly half the country bought into his "message." This is very scary to me. To me Mitt Romney's message was "White Rich Guy Who REALLY wanted to be the boss of everyone." Ann Romney DID say at one point in the campaign "It's OUR turn."
Romney would have been an interesting Democrat. I would have loved to actually watch him deal with sane politicians and not the wackos far to the right. How would he maneuvered trhrough a field in 2008 of Obama and Hillary Clinton? What could he have possibly have flip flopped on to get states like Iowa to vote for him against THOSE opponents?
How would President Romney deal with Speaker Boehner? Would they cut and slash to the point that there is no Medicare or Social Security. Would Harry Reed want to strangle the would be conservative Romney for caving to the Tea Party Wingnuts like Boehner has had to do?
Obama has had to walk a fine line since day one. Nothing comes easy in that town. It's business as usual and everyone is postering for the midterm elections, which will happen next year.
This sequester business (Automatic Spending Cuts) sucks. Obama was basically forced by the GOP to suggest this form of spending cuts, hoping that cooler (that's a laugh) heads would prevail. The Republicans want these cuts to happen, KNOWING that they will enact legislation to keep the government running when that comes up. The House Republicans also know that President Obama cannot afford to have most of these cuts happen randomly.
The public is getting played by Obama and the congress. They are making it out to be the end of the world and blaming each other. BUSINESS AS USUAL.
That is why we live in alternate political universes. The universe we are told is full of bi-partisan TEAM BUILDING. The real universe is the self-serving LEGACY BUILDING one where everyone positions themselves for personal glory.
I choose the 'LEGACY BUILDING" universe.
Because in order to build a legacy, these clowns have to do right by the people they serve.
If Obama wants his head carved out on Mt. Rushmore, he had better keep the cogressional cannibals from serving his head on a platter with a really bad recession just because they can.