Folks, I just can't look at the news regarding the debt ceiling anymore. They have a deal, they don't have a deal, the gang of six has a plan, now we're anti-gang. The President takes to the bully pulpit and lashes out at Boehner, Boehner acts like he's still relevant and not a puppet for Eric Cantor's Tea Baggers. It's enough to make responsible adults wonder how the electric bill gets paid each month.
While they bicker the markets lose more and more value. Haven't we done what we were supposed to? We went to school, worked hard to move up, went out on our own, saved, sacrificed and put away for that magical day when we could retire and live a little. In twenty years I'd like to walk out of Shawshank a free man; no debts, no mortgage and a little security. The more Obama and Boehner and the Tea Baggers dicker the less chance there is of that happening. These are prime earning years and the value of our 401k's and IRA's are flat.
I'm tired of both sides of the argument. Yes, my Fox News loyalists, it's true that some people don't pay Federal income tax. It's because they work in service sector jobs making $8.00 an hour. They used to make more in manufacturing but we decided to ship those jobs overseas, so stop complaining. You got the higher stock dividends you wanted.
To the MSNBC Ed Schultz fans, yes, those manufacturing jobs are gone. Now would be a good time to acknowledge that fact and whip your children if they step out of line at school. Dropping out or just getting a high school diploma will not do it. You need a college degree or training at a technical center. A little personal responsibility goes a long way toward making sure you don't wind up dead ass broke.
We are where we are. It's time the government got their act together and sat down at the kitchen table like mom and dad and decide what bills are important and which ones need to go away. It may mean shutting off the cable TV while we make sure there's milk in the fridge but that's what grown ups do.
President Obama, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, you're being paid to lead. Get to work.