He absolutly was not ready for my response. "Rod," I said. "Think about it. You see people every day who don't come in for a hair cut until they absolutely have to."
Yes, he said, readily acknowledging that people don't like to be poked and prodded with sharp instruments around their face and head, until they absolutely positively have to seek a barber’s skill.
"So why should the Congress be any different?" I asked.
It doesn't make their current battle over the debt limit any more acceptable, but it is a reminder that the Congress isn't too different from ordinary people.
Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility," the White House statement read, opposing both Cut, Cap & Balance and a Balanced Budget Amendment, for which I take as Obama’s way of spending us into non-existence. This unfortunate veto threat should make clear that the issue is not congressional inaction, but rather the President’s unwillingness to cut spending and restrain the future growth of our government.
So, both sides remain in their corners. No one is really reporting any headway on the budget and debt limit, making someone like me wonder about what's next, like, will we default, or take the obvious way out and raise the debt ceiling.
|Former Sen. Jesse Helms|
The guy asks his cab driver, what that saying means to him - and the cabbie responds without missing a beat.
"You ain't seen nothing yet."
Back to my barber for a final thought - he told me that I’m going bald. But instead of making a quick appointment to deal with it, I told him I’ll just keep it shaved as I have done since noticing “The Spot”.
Just like the Congress, where the motto often seems to be, "Why Do Something Now That You Can Do Later."
Sometimes you get away with a decision like that, but sooner or later the day of The Spot, Reckoning arrives, just like for lawmakers, sooner or later the day of Budget Reckoning will be upon them.
Maybe we've finally reached that point.