Where are the adults? -- 09/24/08

Aren't there any grown-ups in Washington? More specifically, aren't there any in the Senate? Or the House?

Do those morons have to play their petty little political games with everything?

The question of the day about each of them seems to be trying to decide if their corruption trumps their incompetence or is it that their incompetence overwhelms even their corruption?

I thought that perhaps that on election day this year I wouldn't be wishing for an option labeled "None of the above."

A few months back when I voted for Obama in the Rhode Island primary I had a good feeling about the election.

And just a couple of weeks ago when my brother and I were sitting around in a coffee shop in Newport talking about politics I said "Well, at least this time around we can feel that no matter which side wins, the country would be okay with either Obama or McCain in the White House."

And the way both candidates have campaigned since then make me wonder if I should withdraw that statement.

Yeah, I know, there were a few Democrats who disapproved of McCain's choice of a running mate. Oh, okay so some of them felt more strongly than that, but people who belong to a party that picked Senator Biden... well, just think about sayings about glass houses and the throwing of stones.

I have listened to some of the economic bail-out hearings yesterday and today.

All these political hacks in the Senate and in the House seem to care about is attempting to put the blame on the other party. Both parties are to blame. Both. Not just Democrats but Republicans as well. Not just Republicans, but Democrats as well.

The way I look at it, whoever is busy finger-pointing at the other party is really saying he considers his political party to be more important than the economic safety and well-being of the American public. So far the House and the Senate have indicated that they are mostly more interested in covering their own posteriors rather than in actually doing anything to protect the voters who elected them.

So now McCain came up with two ideas -- one good and one dumb, at least in my estimation. He wanted to get Obama and himself and President Bush together to discuss the current economic problems and see if the three of them could present a united front behind some ideas and to reasure the public. Okay, not a bad idea at all... except apparently Obama had some reservations (like, if anything went wrong, he didn't want to be involved... gee, maybe he could vote "Present"? Oh, right, he wouldn't be there)... And McCain also had a dumb idea: postpone Friday night's presidential candidate debate. Duh... we managed to have an election campaign in the midst of World War II... why should we postpone a debate now? It sounds to me like it would be a good time to find out what the candidates have to say about economic issues. (Not finger-pointing, damnit, but an intelligent discussion. Hah! Like that would ever happen with politicians.) And Obama says he's going to show up Friday night even if he has to debate by himself.

Well, score those two issues as one point for McCain and one for Obama... but that would seem to leave Obama in the lead, especially if he does show up at the White House with McCain (as it appears he will) which might make it one for McCain and two for Obama...

My concerns and worries, however, were calmed by Senator Biden. He was being interviewed by Katie Couric

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

YouTube video just so you don't think I'm making this up...
[Note to any young readers who have had the "benefit" of a modern education where they learned all about "social studies" instead of "hard stuff" like history and civics and such, Roosevelt was not president when the stock market crashed, Herbert Hoover was president in 1929... and they had this new exciting thing then called radio -- oh, wait, Biden is several moths older than I am. Well, then I guess I have to defer to him because, as he has bragged in public more than once, he has a higher IQ than most people. In fact, he has lots of university degrees... oops, nope, he's admitted lying (uh, misspeaking) about some of those. Ah well... at least he holds all of the proper politically correct positions on major questions... or does he?]

All I could think of was that marvelous moment in Animal House when John Belushi called out "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

Hmmm, Biden... Belushi...

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