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1/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: About Henny-Penny
Bob Weete

As I write, America is fretting - or not fretting - about the "financial cliff" we approach. "Leaders" are probably disgruntled that they must "work" on New Year's Eve, and all will be pushed into accepting something - again - that they have not had time to read, to think, to discuss, and to make rational decisions about.

Politicians these days spend, in my opinion, anyway, entirely too much of their time Posturing, Pontificating, and Politicizing. Just not enough real "grunt" work of Practicing what they Preach.

I don't think there are very many people who really have much of a grasp of what the whole "crisis" is about, although it has been said that it is good to take advantage of a crisis. And, incidentally, if there is no crisis handy, then make up one. That way we can create an emotionally-driven demand for action. Now.

"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Where have I heard that before? How did that story go? I have to wonder if this might really be a modern version of the story of Chicken Little and Henny Penny. Will the ending be similar? We mustn't read it until it's published in order to know. That's the politician's way.

"Just saying", what will happen if we do go over the cliff? Sometimes I think maybe it might even be a good thing. If times really get bad, as some say, perhaps America will wake up. It's always neat to be at the top of the mountain, and you can see forever, you're on top of the world!

But, the truth is that when you are in the valley, there is the time for learning, for initiative, for creativity, and for good old-fashioned up-lifting work - together. If you are at your peak, you tend to relax and settle in because everything is hunky-dory, and your needs are being met. Peace is at hand.

The problem is that once you have all your stuff, what else is there to do? Your natural tendency to reach out, to create, to be active is not being satisfied, and you become self-satisfied, and yet there is always that underlying search for more. More what? Money? Really? Is that really the purpose of life? If so, how sad.

What do you get with money? Two cars? Wall-to-wall television? An estate bigger than any of your friends? Diamonds? Now those are the basic needs, for sure.

Well, after a couple of days, it is now a done deal. Not really any change. Just the same "status quo" that some say we don't want.

The status quo this time means that the spreading of fear, the threats, the blame, the efforts to save one's own name and position. Cram it down the throats. This is no way to run anything, much less a country.

This is, as I have said, the way tyrants work - in small towns, in cities, in the federal government these days. I say somebody needs to take a stand. Absolutely refuse to pass another one of these emergency bills without a minimum of 24 hours' lead time to actually read the thing.

It's already seeping out about the "pork" that was slipped into this bill, like all the others. And at a time we are having serious financial troubles. Of course, that's the time for our President to take an extended vacation - at our exorbitant expense, too. I don't know about anybody else, but we didn't have a vacation this year, because our financial situation didn't allow it.

I would really like to start hearing some real Americans speaking out - and frequently - and with conviction that this country must have a budget and all that entails. Raising the debt limit? That is simply the most anti-American, most debilitating neglect of duty I've ever seen. Harry Reid just sits on it. Forget about anything constitutional. Such unprincipled leaders - on either side of the aisle - don't deserve their position, or the raise in salaries, in a recession, for goodness' sake!

Although we common people may not keep an "official" budget for our daily lives, we certainly make ourselves aware of what our financial status is.

When times are lean, we reasonably and responsibly cut back on frills, or non-essential things. We don't irresponsibly go out and run up the credit card. Why is that so difficult to understand?

Unless we decide, for some monstrously idiotic motivation, to deliberately spend ourselves into oblivion. Say, that's okay, now. I forgot. The Gov'ment gonna take care of me. Now, that is not a "Republican" or "Democratic" position usually, but it certainly seems not to be of any real concern to our elected leaders.

No budget in over three years? How in the world can anybody in government or business say that is intelligent procedure?

Even more importantly, why in the world aren't we clamoring to our leadership to stop this asinine politicking? Congress gets a raise; Obama enjoys a luxurious vacation, without using his own credit card, and the people he and his Congress allegedly serve get what is known as the shaft. This is America?

Foxy-Loxy is just looking for suckers to lure into his cave. M-mm. Good!

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Walt Sleptke

Diane Feinstein makes the perfect Henny Penny, while Foxy Loxy is Obama.
One major point that everyone forgets when the government talks of gun control
is that it's not about the gun control - it is about CONTROL! It is the first major step at deleting OUR Constitutional Rights as written by our Nation's forefathers and it is a slippery slope. Once the Government can water down or eliminate one right they will continue until there are no rights left. The 1st Amendment and 4th Amendment are close behind on the chopping block. If you own a gun that the Government declares illegal and you fail to surrender that gun, you could be arrested as a "domestic terrorist" and held without bail or the ability to have a speedy trial. If the President finds reason he will declare martial law and all of your rights are thrown out the window. Notice I said "reason"? This "reason" could be initiated by the Government itself. i.e. armed resistance by the public when agents of the Government attempt to confiscate legal guns from citizens. If you think the criminals will give up THEIR guns because of a new law I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

What happened to all this "transparency" we heard about during the president's first set of campaign promises? Or like televised debates on any proposed laws or rules on CNN? Oh that's right. They were just campaign promises and those things aren't real. It's just to get elected.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Walt Sleptke

People, ask yourself how many "good" decisions have you ever made in your lifetime when you let your emotions control your thinking or were rushed to make a decision without knowing, or being allowed to comprehend, the facts? That's what's been happening with this Administration. First it was Obamacare ("We have to pass it to know what's in it") to the fiscal "cliff" decisions, and now, gun control. Where have all the level headed thinkers we voted to represent us gone? Oops, I forgot, they weren't elected.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Raymond Holt

Excellent... They should practice what they preach.

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