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With the pitiful display of public service displayed by both sides of of the disgusting debate over the apparently inevitable plunge over the “fiscal cliff,” on January 1, 2013, the elected officials from both the Republican and Democratic parties — as well as a few self-declared “independents” — have shown conclusive proof that they value political agendas over what’s best for the nation.
Neither President Barack Obama or Speaker of the House John Boehner have put the nation’s best interests above their own selfish, childish, petty political motives. Instead of working for what’s best for a nation at severe economic risk, their motives are simply aimed at letting the system plunge into chaos so each can blame the other side for failure.
That’s the failure of today’s political system. Few, if any, political officials put the country first. It’s all about political agendas, victory at any cost and making the other side look bad.
Instead of leaders who think first about America, we are saddled with pathetic partisans who think party first and America second — if at all.
Instead of building coalitions, they look only to build unassailable walls of partisan propaganda. Instead of finding a workable compromise, they look to either allow the economic system to fail or come up with a temporary compromise that only delays the inevitable.
Going over the fiscal cliff will wreck the economy, drive up taxes for most Americans when they least need it, severely damage the Medicare system when it is already under incredible strain and return the nation back into recession or even depression.
But do either Boehner, Obama or casino bag ban Harry Reid of the Senate give a damn? No, not if such failure lets them pile more blame on the opposition.
None of them care one bit.
They never did.
That’s not public service.
At the very least, it’s criminal.