Congress & The Media – You Exhaust Me!

I haven’t written in a while because frankly, I am just tired.  I am tired of the information overload.  My brain feels fried.  Between family and friends posts on Facebook and the 24/7 news media, the texts and the emails – I just want to run away to an island that has no cell towers, cable TV or print media.  All the little synapses in my brain have had enough – they are on strike.

It’s Really Unreal that Congress can’t get their collective asses in gear and fix this debt ceiling problem.  Give me a piece of paper and a crayon and I’ll write the damn bill myself.  It’s simple – just 6 words

THE DEBT CEILING IS RAISED TO $_____.

That’s all it takes.  It doesn’t need 39 Republican addendums about everything under the sun.  It doesn’t need any budget cuts or tax loop hole closures.  That all should be done at budget time.  This is about money we already spent, bills we already ran up.   Save all the chest beating and posturing for the pre-election trail. 

But that’s the problem really.  They are using this for political posturing and future campaigns.  No one seemed to care when Reagan raised the debt ceiling 7 times.  Or when Bush 1 & 2 and every other president (including Obama) raised the debt ceiling.  No one blinked an eye.  But THIS time – well it’s just another way they are trying to belittle this president.  It’s disgraceful the way they treat him.   Boehner may as well stand at his podium and call him “boy“.  Everyone forgets that lots of this debt is from the Bush era that Obama got saddled with.  No wonder the Republicans ran McCain and Palin.  They wanted to lose.  They didn’t want to be in the White House when the waiter brought the check.

Here’s the history of the debt ceiling plain and simple:

  • February 2010 – $14.294 trillion
  • December 2009 – $12.394 trillion
  • February 2009 – $12.104 trillion
  • October 2008 – $11.315 trillion
  • July 2008 – $10.615 trillion
  • September 2007 – $9.815 trillion
  • March 2006 – $8.965 trillion
  • November 2004 – $8.184
  • May 2003 – $7.384 trillion
  • June 2002 – $6.4 trillion
  • August 1997 – $5.95 trillion
  • March 1996 – $5.5 trillion
  • August 1993 – $4.9 trillion
  • April 1993 – $4.37 trillion
  • November 1990 – $4.145 trillion
  • October 1990 – $3.23 trillion
  • November 1989 – $3.1227 trillion
  • August 1989 – $2.87 trillion
  • September 1987 – $2.8 trillion
  • August 1987 – $2.352 trillion
  • July 1987 – $2.32 trillion
  • October 1986 – $2.3 trillion
  • August 1986 – $2.111 trillion
  • December 1985 – $2.0787 trillion
  • November 1985 – $1.9038 trillion
  • October 1984 – $1.8238 trillion
  • July 1984 – $1.573 trillion
  • May 1984 – $1.52 trillion
  • November 1983 – $1.49 trillion
  • May 1983 – $1.389 trillion
  • September 1982 – $1.2902
  • June 1982 – $1.1431 trillion
  • September 1981 – 1.0798 trillion
  • September 1981 – $999.8 billion
  • February 1981 – $985 billion
  • December 1980 – $935.1 billion
  • June 1980 – $925 billion
  • September 1979 – $879 billion
  • April 1979 – $830 billion
  • August 1978 – $798 billion
  • October 1977 – $752 billion
  • June 1976 – $700 billion
  • March 1976 – $627 billion
  • November 1975 – $595 billion
  • February 1975 – $577 billion
  • June 1974 – $495 billion
  • December 1973 – $475.7 billion
  • October 1972 – $465 billion
  • March 1972 – $450 billion
  • March 1971 – $430 billion
  • June 1970 – $395 billion
  • April 1969 – $377 billion
  • June 1967 – $358 billion
  • March 1967 – $336 billion
  • June 1966 – $330 billion
  • June 1965 – $328 billion
  • June 1964 – $324 billion
  • November 1963 – $315 billion
  • May 1963 – $309 billion
  • July 1962 – $308 billion
  • March 1962 – $300 billion
  • June 1961 – $298 billion
  • June 1960 – $293 billion
  • June 1959 – $295 billion
  • September 1958 – $288 billion
  • February 1958 – $280 billion
  • July 1956 – $278 billion
  • August 1954 – $281 billion
  • June 1946 – $275 billion
  • April 1945 – $300 billion
  • June 1944 – $260 billion
  • April 1943 – $210 billion
  • March 1942 – $125 billion
  • February 1941 – $65 billion
  • June 1940 – $49 billion
  • December 1939 – $45 billion
  • December 1919 – $43 billion

Yes, it keeps going up.  DUH!  The country is bigger and there’s more work to be done.  A  HUGE chunk of the current debt is from the wars George Bush stuck us in and our ridiculous defense budget.  The Republicans talk about government being too big yet THEY have created more of it than anyone.  Look at the Dept. of Homeland Security.  A HUGE waste of money.  It’s the same damn work being done by other agencies and it accomplishes nothing.  Also we’re paying for defense weapons and crap we will never take delivery on and the armed forces have already said they don’t want anyway.  It’s old technology for fighting the cold war – out dated and unwanted junk.  We even continue to make payments to contractors who are decades behind on deliveries – why?  Cause they fund politicians campaigns – and the circle goes round and round.  Get rid of the way campaigns are financed – finance them with a set amount for every office with a federal fund so it’s an even playing field – and this whole mess would go away.  A LOT of our country’s problems would go away – it’s simple and yet it’ll never get done.  If the politicians were beholden to US instead of their corporate sponsors, their voting habits would change drastically!

And about the threat of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security —– I say any politician who votes to cut ANY benefits to seniors, the disabled or members of the military (past and present) should be CUT out next election day.

HEY CONGRESS –  HOW ABOUT CUTTING YOUR  PAY AND BENEFITS FOR A CHANGE AND LEAVE US LITTLE GUYS ALONE!!!!

I mean really!  Do YOU get to give yourself a raise and benefit increases whenever you want at your job?  No?  Well hell’s bells guys – run for Congress!

I’m in the midst of a mortgage modification.  The papers have gone back and forth because the fool doing the figures can’t read or do math.  He keeps screwing up the escrow payment amounts.  Now the papers are sitting in limbo.  He claims he’s redoing the figures and waiting for his supervisor’s approval.  I know the truth – they are waiting to see if the debt ceiling gets raised and we lose our national credit rating so all interest rates will go up.  They are hoping for it I’m sure.  Meanwhile, my credit card companies are drooling too I’ll bet.

This whole thing is just posturing for the cameras.  If there was NO media coverage this bill would have been passed easy peasey months ago.  So – maybe the media is partly to blame as well.

All I know is I’m checking my atlas for a small island where it’s not too hot, not too cold and far away from electronics.

Whose on board?

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