Failure of LeadershipBy: Mormon Heretic
Let’s start with everyone in the photograph! D&C 38:27
“I say unto you, be aone; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.”
Obviously, they’re not handling this in the way Jesus would have it done. Partisanship rancor is ridiculous. But we, the American people, sent these shysters to office. Apparently we like disunity and dysfunction. It’s our fault.
Who is Grover Norquist, and why does he influence inordinate power over so many congressmen? Why are so many Congressmen voting to raise taxes for everyone (by going over the fiscal cliff), rather than trying to help the majority of the American people? Some idiot congressmen voted against John Boehner’s “Plan B” because they wanted to claim that they “never” voted to raise taxes. But by allowing us to go over the fiscal cliff, they have ACTUALLY voted for the largest tax increase in American History. Are they really so stupid to be the party that voted for the largest tax increase in American history? Why do some congressmen care about “Gomer” Norquist more than the American people they supposedly represent?
“John Boehner and the Republicans”
There are plenty of Democrats that would vote for a deal, but John Boehner won’t allow anything on the House floor unless it is supported by the majority of the Republicans. He doesn’t want to rely on any Democrats for votes. Because he can’t even get his own party to pass anything, he is asking the Senate to send a budget to the House instead of following the Constitutional provision that all budget originate in the House. Why do we have an ideologue instead of a statesman?
“Barack Obama and the Democrats”
Obama has said he is willing to consider substantive cuts in his budgets, but has yet to include cuts in his budget proposals.
“Who is supposed to offer cuts first?”
Well, nobody wants to be blamed for cutting valued programs: Defense, Social Security, etc. It’s like a bunch of brats on a playground arguing over who should throw the first punch, so that guy gets blamed for “starting the fight.” Where are the statesmen in this crisis?
The Washington Post said that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman would be the ideal candidate to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. It ain’t gonna happen, but we can dream, right?
Will there be a deal to avert the fiscal cliff?
- No (58%, 25 Votes)
- Yes (42%, 18 Votes)
Total Voters: 43
Would it be better to go over the fiscal cliff?
- Yes (36%, 16 Votes)
- No (32%, 14 Votes)
- I don't know (32%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 44
Who do you blame most for this manufactured crisis?
- Republicans (21%, 10 Votes)
- Congress (19%, 9 Votes)
- The Tea Party (17%, 8 Votes)
- Barack Obama (17%, 8 Votes)
- The American people for voting for dysfunction (13%, 6 Votes)
- Grover Norquist (6%, 3 Votes)
- John Boehner (4%, 2 Votes)
- Democrats (4%, 2 Votes)
- Nancy Pelosi (0%, 0 Votes)
- Harry Reid (0%, 0 Votes)
- Others (I'll specify below) (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 48
Do you think Jon Huntsman would be an effective Speaker of the House?
- Yes (43%, 20 Votes)
- No (34%, 16 Votes)
- I don't know (23%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 47
And finally, it looks like we have a deal to avert the “dairy cliff” (so milk prices don’t shoot to $7/gallon). And for those who enjoy drama, it looks like we will have our country’s credit downgraded again as Congress fights over the Debt Ceiling again by the end of the year. Why can’t we get a Congress that works together?