Flying Blind

And so Congress brags about its latest legislative triumph. No business travelers or vacationing families will be inconvenienced by sequestration budget cuts. We’ve restored funding. The planes will fly on schedule.

What is it about air travel that makes it so special? What about the remaining cuts to defense? To health and wellness programs for veterans? To food for needy children? To schools? To research? To protection for our borders?

A cynical person might say it’s because our Senators and Representatives care more for scoring political points than for actually doing something constructive on the economy. That getting elected or re-elected is more important than governing responsibly.

Maybe our ruling class is so wealthy and out of touch with the rest of us that they can’t recognize and therefore don’t care about anything that doesn’t affect them directly. They certainly don’t fear our votes, given the number of actions – or inactions –  in blatant defiance of what poll after poll clearly show that we-the-people want.

One of the rationalizations for supporting Mussolini in the 1930s was that at least he made the trains run on time. The members of our current Congress are in no way reincarnations of one of the 20th Century’s most notorious and odious tyrants. That said, our elected leadership is most definitely indulging in political buffoonery at a tragically epic level.

But hey – let’s give credit where credit is due. At least the planes will run on time.

~ by jld0077 on April 28, 2013.

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