It met rarely and whined often. It gave up before the actual deadline (Nov. 23). It sought to shear over a trillion off the national budget, but came up with peanuts. It inspired satire in the form of, among other things, superhero cartoons. It was the “supercommittee.” For these reasons and so many more, America’s elite political body truly lived up to its name in that was super-lame.
This again proves that when Congress gets together and can’t make a deal, guess what? Moving the date back and getting together again — on the taxpayers’ dime, replete with catered lunches — still doesn’t lead to a deal. Funny how that works.
Whenever confronted with the need to make an actual decision, Congress prefers instead to commence lengthy studies, probing inquiries and cerebral surveys — all of which require much munching and lunching and the drinking of fresh coffee and spring water — that rack up bills yet infrequently give rise to any answers…
I voted for Obama. I might have voted for McCain if he hadn’t picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. I never voted for Bush because my background is in the oil market and I knew a little too much about Dick Cheney. I am neither a Democrat, nor a Republican (although, before graduating university, I worked for House members on both sides of the aisle, just to see what it all looks like close up…It is not pretty).
I am an Independent. Next election, I see very little that captivates me. I know I won’t be voting for the Bloviating Obama.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much left to choose from after you deduct the Limousine Liberals and the Remedial Republicans and apply some basic standards.
Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published an editorial floating the idea of Obama stepping aside to allow Hillary Clinton to rule. The premise was that she would possibly ease the gridlock beleaguering Washington.
Given the extremity of the gridlock, I would say it’s very Pollyanna-ish at this point to believe that HRC can just sweep in and fix things up. Republicans who hate everything Obama stands for are not going to lie down for her, either.
Harvard University convened luminaries of the right and the left at a conference this fall to discuss how to address what appears to be a long-term problem developing in our increasingly fragile American democracy — and how to solve it.
Luckily, it turns out the wise Framers of the U.S. Constitution anticipated that America might eventually become a big, finger-pointing mess and built in a nuclear option.
Harvard’s fiery oratory focused on Article V’s potential as an escape hatch for what ails us. The way, warned famous academics, would be long and hard.
But perhaps worthwhile.
Even so, does our nation have what it takes to head down the perilous path of the Constitutional Convention?