Band-Aids and brinkmanship
I’d love to see some headlines reporting that Congress has been hard at work for months on a well-thought-out solution for the nation’s budget woes. I’d love to read stories about lengthy meetings where the best minds in Washington and the nation, elected and non-elected, get together to find the best possible solutions and make long-term plans for a solid recovery and a prosperous future. I’d love to see legislation thoughtfully written, with careful consideration of all its ramifications, both good and bad.
Instead, “what we have here is a failure to communicate.” An intentional failure to communicate. For two years we’ve watched self-absorbed politicians, concerned only with themselves and their respective parties, castigate the other side for its obfuscation, obstructionism, and inaction.
Now, finally, in the last weeks of the last month of a lame duck session of Congress, the principals are talking, sort of, about a quick fix, a Band-Aid, for massive budget woes that have been years in the making.
It makes one’s blood freeze. Or boil. They can’t possibly, properly, address something as complex as the national budget in a couple of quick meetings sandwiched between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Whatever legislation results can’t help but be ill-conceived and poorly considered, with little thought to its possible long-term impact and unforeseen consequences — which, when they finally become apparent, will in turn be addressed in the last weeks of the last month of some session of Congress and “fixed” with a hastily conjured Band-Aid.
And people wonder why things are in such a mess.