The fiscal cliff negotiations were pure folly between Congress and the White House. Though, the media had been reporting that the Republicans in the House are responsible for the erroneously fiscal cliff and will shoulder the blame if a deal wasn’t consummated. We have a Democrat controlled Senate and a Democrat president, an extremely lazy and imperious president but he is a Democrat.
Congress could’ve passed the measure months ago and avoided the needless drama. Taxes will increase for 80% of Americans in one form or another not just the high-income earners. They also voted to extend unemployment benefits. That’s hardly going to stimulate the economy.
Once the House and Senate voted on the fiscal cliff measure, President Obama couldn’t get out of Washington soon enough. He was back on Air Force One ready to hit the Hawaiian surf. Obama also promised us he would bring the terrorists at Benghazi to justice. He has his priorities in order. He has to keep up with the Kardashians and have fun in the sun not worry about global terror.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is throwing another temper tantrum because the House didn’t approve a $60 billion pork-laden Hurricane Sandy relief package. The House voted on a measure far less than the $60 billion originally requested. The best way to provide relief for disaster areas is treat these projects as businesses would. First, identify necessary construction. Put the work out for public bids. Then accept the bids and pay as the work is being completed.
Throwing $60 billion to a relief fund for tributaries in Alaska and funding for Amtrak is the reason we have a $16 trillion debt. Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey and New York Seaboard not Fairbanks, Alaska.
Unemployment remains historically high at 7.8% and Washington continues to squander our money. Economists are projecting little improvement in 2013. We used to tell our young people to work hard and achieve. Now our government schools and liberal institutions are saying, ‘Sit back and receive.’