My week+ long vacation without my wife comes to an end today. I'll have to pick her up at the airport early this afternoon.
This respite was grand; just my dog and cats and me.
However, it didn't erase or even slightly mitigate the malaise I feel for the nation and its future.
The President will "unveil" his "Deficit Reduction" plan in about a half hour and, according to all the polls, including me, no one really gives a damn about "Deficit Reduction." Well, a vast majority doesn't and no matter what the President proposes, our obstreperous House of Representatives is going to toss it aside; most of it anyway. That which benefits the rich will remain.
According to The New York Times, "Mr. Obama will call for $1.5 trillion in tax increases, primarily on the wealthy, through a combination of letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire, closing loopholes and limiting the amount that high earners can deduct. The proposal also includes $580 billion in adjustments to health and entitlement programs, including $248 billion to Medicare and $72 billion to Medicaid. Administration officials said that the Medicare cuts would not come from an increase in the Medicare eligibility age."
Who do these people "represent?" It's certainly not their local constituencies who overwhelming don't care about the deficit; only jobs and good jobs at that.
It seems as if I'm railing against everything these days. I'm so tired of television pundits who predict the future, only to be wrong the next day; yet seem to have so much sway over the nation, whatever side of the aisle a person is on.
As most, if not all of us know, Washington has simply become the land of the lobbyist and Congress, for the most part, doesn't give damn about the way of the world, save to collect their dollars from "K Street" and make merry at cocktail parties. Of course, the Republicans have a simple goal: Get President Obama out of the White House.
That's a helluva goal: The nation is boiling with poverty and recession and all these guys want is a new President, rather than lending a helping hand.
Enough of this. It brings on nausea just to think about it, let alone write about it.
At least the new television season starts tonight. Something to look forward to…escape.