The following came to me as a comment on this blog, but it’s worthy of a wide read.
Doing what is necessary to meet a crisis is one thing, using a crisis as a ploy to spend us further into debt is not.
So tell me, really, just how connected are you, and all who participate here, how connected are you with your neighbors? We just moved, but, we lived for 31+ years in the same home, and I can tell you the names of everyone on our block. After storms, we have cut up fallen trees. After blizzards, we have shoveled snow, taken people to the pharmacy in 15+ inch snow (and twice that of drifts). My wife is a better neighbor than me – she cooked, baked, baby sat, visited those who are ill, called on neighbors, and organized a social group of moms. We don’t have that relationship here, not yet, after we moved just 5 months ago … but we are working on it.
Tell me how connected you are with your legislators, the administration? My experience is that the federal, state, and local governments take my money and ignore my calls and writings. That’s been going on as long as I have been an adult and a wage earner – now 50+ years. What is your relationship, connection?
We just saw members of Congress and our President sign on to $1+T deficits for as far as the eye can see, and that was before Coronavirus. While I never met them in person, I often felt connected to Tom Coburn, the famous Dr. No from Oklahoma … I remember Paul Tsongas from Massachusetts. And, too bad Trey Gowdy from South Carolina has moved on. Who do you trust among today’s 535, who listens to you, connects with you?
I can’t say whether things would be better or worse had Hillary been elected. Nor can you. And, I can’t say whether things will be better or worse if Trump is not reelected later this year. Nor can you.
I used to say that what America needs is divided government, to avoid situations where we shift too far right or too far left. See President Ford. But, the $2+T deal, with $4+T in fed financial capability, just reconfirms that when it comes to spending other people’s money, including money from those not yet old enough to vote, and future generations yet unborn, the R’s and the D’s are pretty much one and the same. Remember, this came just a month or two after impeachment and a trial in the senate.