Pretend for a moment that you are Joe or Jane Q. Sixpack. Shortly after returning to work following the long Christmas holiday weekend, your superiors sat you down and explained that for one reason or another your services were no longer necessary. You were fired.
Over the next month or so, living paycheck-to-paycheck as you had been for as long as you could remember finally caught up with you. Bills were ready to go unpaid. The minimum payments on your credit card accounts were just too much and too numerous. The mortgage seemed insurmountable. So, you went to the bank where your uncle works, sat down at a desk and, with your head hanging low, asked for a loan intended to keep you and your family afloat until you could find another job and bring in income once again.
The bank hands you $25,000. A good deal of money, but money you know you’ll have to pay back later, money which will inevitably come with a minimum payment of its own, a minimum payment which in itself will add to the burden you’re already shouldering each month.
So, do you stand up and applaud? Or do you humbly thank your uncle and resolve to change your ways?
Now, imagine for a moment that the reason you’ve been living paycheck-to-paycheck for as long as you can remember is because your income each month is going toward lease payments on your twin Mercedes convertibles, financing payments on the 55-inch LED television hanging from the living room wall (and the premium satellite TV package that goes with it), and an every-other-day spa and massage addiction. Not to mention that your spouse, who spent tens of thousands of dollars on an engineering degree, insists that he or she just doesn’t feel like working and adding to the household income.
Do you even go to your uncle’s bank in the first place, or do you exchange those convertibles for more modest transportation? Do you take on another $25,000 in crippling debt, or do you excise the 100 premium channels from your DirecTV package, sell the television at a yard sale, and pick up something cheaper? More importantly, do you motivate that couch potato you’re married to and facilitate a little more income?
Today, when the House passed a measure which would effectively raise the national debt ceiling by a whopping $1.9 trillion to a maximum of $14.3 trillion, House Democrats stood and cheered. They actually applauded. I just about threw up. Is it even possible for these people to be more out-of-touch with an American people who are struggling, each and every day, to make ends meet? Do these people even have an inkling of what’s going through the minds of people who are underwater in their homes, who have sold their compact commuter cars and are now taking the bus, who are choosing between food and heat, or who have lost their jobs with no visible chance at reemployment elsewhere?
Look, as I wrote in a piece a few days ago entitled Just Because It’s Normal Doesn’t Mean It’s Right, we all need to understand that voting to increase the debt ceiling is a common function of government, and has been done by both parties. But to applaud such an action, at this time in this nation, is just unconscionable. It shows a party more concerned about implementing their own contraconstitutional agenda than about providing any sort of relief for their struggling constituents. It’s disgusting. And it needs to be seen by everybody.
Pass this video along to each and every single person you know. Just do it. It’s time that those Americans who haven’t already opened their eyes to what is going on in Washington, D.C. wake up and smell what’s oozing out from inside the Beltway.