Notepad on Life

October 6, 2013

Why I can’t join in with America’s rant against Republicans

Filed under: foreign,politics — - @ 2:06 pm
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No, I don’t think some of the GOP’s frontline representatives have a terribly secure grip on modern reality.

Yes, as a fan of my country’s National Health Service, I am broadly sympathetic to the concept of Obamacare.

But if the seven-year-old quote from one Senator Obama, published at every liberal’s favourite blog, is accurate, then I am not entirely dismayed that attempts to raise America’s debt ceiling are currently on hold…

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Exactly. And, his hypocrisy aside, what makes this relevant this side of the Pond is that too many of our own politicians are adept at presenting policies that effectively amount, not to solving problems, but kicking them down the road for the next poor sap to deal with. Or kick even further down the road.

And if something occasionally comes along, even if prompted by political rather than practical motives, to interrupt this mañana mentality and focus one or two minds on actually dealing with a problem instead of just deferring it, I’m afraid my instinctive reaction isn’t to boo.

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