By Mr. Curmudgeon:
According to New Agers, the world comes to an end when the Mayan calendar stops tracking time on December 21, 2012. Coincidentally, December is the month when the Republican controlled House will choose to join Democrats in committing the nation to financial ruin by compromising with President Obama’s plan to commit America’s sputtering financial might to saving bankrupt entitlements at the expense of an expanding economy.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Republican House Speaker John Boehner appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows to say the White House and Congress are at an impasse regarding the fiscal cliff – over which the nation will careen on January 1 – with a $600 billion cut in non-discretionary (mostly defense) spending and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Boehner says his party won’t agree to raise taxes. Geithner says the Obama administration won’t budge on the question of higher taxes.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a married couple earning between $20,000 and $30,000 will lose an additional $1,408 of income to Uncle Sam in 2013 if the Budget Control Act of 2011 is not amended.
We all know that Boehner’s GOP establishment cabal in Congress is more than ready to give the president a fiscal-cliff victory by increasing taxes on Americans earning over $250,000 (read small business) that also includes a rise in the debt ceiling, which will add $2 trillion to the nation’s ballooning debt. At the end of the day, it’s just business as usual. The whistle will blow and the so-called belligerents will reach an accommodation, pat each other on the back and call it a day … “It’s Miller Time!”
Not that there is anything new in all of this. It’s been an ongoing process for years. With the re-election of President Obama, and the certainty of his authoritarian health-care mandate’s full implementation, there is little doubt that America is a one-party state well on its way down the road to fiscal chaos.
The economic convulsions that follow will solidify the government’s power and the Constitution’s demise. Extreme emergencies, after all, require extreme measures. The few remaining Constitutional restraints on government will be deemed quaint but bothersome antiques.
The Republican Party, whose name suggests a devotion to republican principles – “We are a nation of laws and not men” – has abandoned the party’s foundational standard and is prepared to bend to the wishes of the entitlement-crazed mob.
The two-party system, as the budget agreement expected to be revealed sometime around Christmas will prove, is a sham. The Republican Party is no more. To believe otherwise is a sad and pathetic exercise in self-delusion.
Some may call me a pessimist. But I don’t see much hope on the horizon. Many think the damage done to the nation by entitlements, the expanding national debt and the political sea-change brought about by the bipartisan wink-and-nod to illegal immigration, can be fixed after Obama leaves office in 2016. Again, such thoughts are self-delusional. The dye is cast.
I ran across a political cartoon that showed two Mayan priests staring at their newly completed stone calendar. “So how come it ends in 2012?” asks one Mayan. “Those idiots re-elect Obama,” answers the other.
The world will probably survive the Mayan calendar’s end. America, however, begins its torturous demise 11 calendar days later … on New Year’s Day. That’s when politicians of both parties push the nation off the cliff … and past the point of no return.
Somewhere Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god, is laughing.
Happy Mayan New Year!