I shared the blog with a friend, for the first time, and he said – you’re a “screaming moderate.” I accept the title. I embrace the description. Moderate, for the record, doesn’t mean you lack a belief system. I have a belief system. Part of my belief is that to move down the road in a legislative environment you have to be willing to take steps. Give something to the other side to get something. I have no problem with that on most issues.
When you have the responsibility – as elected officials do – to lead and manage the country, I don’t understand how you can be any other way. You got elected by a majority, but you represent everyone. You can’t ignore anyone. I know that’s a hard task, but it was done for a couple hundred years successfully and I don’t understand why we need to do it differently now.
This is a democracy not a dictatorship.
The whack-a-doos in Washington (on both sides; but I get that the House and Senate Republicans are the most dangerous at the moment) have to change their ways. We are on the verge of an economic default. That is a BIG DEAL, in case no one noticed. Those of us approaching retirement age could lose all our savings – at a time in our lives when we can’t get it back. Hell, at my age, the odds of me finding another good-paying job are nil. I worked hard, as have millions of others, my entire life to get myself to the point of considering retirement and enjoying the rest of my time. And no Tea Party grandstander is going to take that away. Those younger could lose their houses (does anyone remember the last big economic hit we took – it was a few years ago, people; we still aren't out of that one), their jobs. Those younger than that would have to leave college. It goes on … and on…
So Ted Cruz and his pals need to grow up. This is NOT a game. This is people’s lives. Hell, this is about the world economy, not just the United States’. And at the moment I have no better ideas than to tell these people in Washington: GROW UP! When you are dealing with childish approaches to problems, I guess you have to devolve into parenting techniques.
Is this brinksmanship we are watching? That’s what we’ve witnessed before and Washington always has pulled back from the brink. I get less confident about that each year.
Sincerely, A Screaming Moderate