How many times have we heard our elected officials use the expression “kicking the can down the road.” And most of us know what they mean.
What that means is that at every opportunity our leaders put off making important decisions because they don’t have the courage to do the right thing.
It all centers around one big matter – getting re-elected without a primary in the next election cycle. If they make very many of those critical, unpopular votes, those pesky tea party folks will come after them and God forbid their cherished jobs could disappear.
We all know what a cushy job it is to serve in Congress. For openers the pay is more than adequate, there’s lots of time off to court the electorate so they can get re-elected over and over again.
Every since President Barack Obama took over and then was re-elected in November, the Republicans have been after him.
The falling off the cliff issue was barely passed when already other major issues are coming down the pike.
Although President Obama says he isn’t going to deal with the debt ceiling issues, that is not going to happen without a major fight. According to an article in the recent Time magazine, our government will again run out of borrowing authority in mid-February and Republicans say they won’t raise the limit until they are happy with the non-military cuts they want. Once again this means a huge fight with Congressman John Boehner and fellow Republicans.
We have to observe this unraveling of our government and the most we can do is lobby our local representatives and senators. Let’s face it, making sausage is far better than those watching our elected officials posture and duck and hide.
Yes, we can throw them out of office, but the next bunch is probably no better. Never have I been more disgusted over how our country is being run.
So we’re back to kicking the can down the road on all the important matters. And don’t be surprised if Social Security and Medicare are in the mix this next go-around.
“When ignorance gets started, it knows no bounds.” — Mark Twain
Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned.
Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.