Habemus Budget

It looks like the paychecks will come in this month after all, thanks to a stop-gap bill. Next week’s sessions should clear additional controversial budget issues still clouding the air. As before, this breeds mixed feelings in the tug-of-war between fiscal responsibility and next week’s groceries. I’d like to see further spending cuts. I’m glad my friends from Bible study will be able to pay this week’s bills.

My favorite bit from the article was John Kerry’s mildly dimwitted comment on the many weeks of wrangling:

“They’ve got to be laughing at us right now” in China, said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. “How terrific that the United States of America can’t make a decision.”

By all means, seek China’s approval and emulate their efficiency. Never mind that they can reach quick decisions because nobody can safely oppose the rulers’ decrees. It would be so much better if we too had government mandated censorship, banned religious freedom, and forced abortions for women who’ve exceeded their one child allotment.

On second thought? I rather like living in a republic. I like checks and balances. I like it when one group cannot unilaterally make all government decisions without debate, dissent, and compromise. I like long, passionate and stressful months wrestling for the best result…especially when the alternative is decisions made by an unopposable non-representative authoritarian regime. Frankly Mr. Kerry? I have great respect for the individual citizens of China, but I don’t give a darn if their government laughs at us. That’s the last place we should seek affirmation.

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2 thoughts on “Habemus Budget

  1. the problem with USA is they are always self-centered, always thinking they are the center of universe. Why should any chinese care about what happened in US congress ? they had better things to do like shopping LV, Gucci bags, Rolex watch, Porche cars.

    • Thanks for commenting. Bit of a blanket generalization that, no? Every nation, of necessity, has to spend a lot of time minding its own shop, but what incidents/policies are you referring to in particular?

      Lucky for all of us, perhaps neither country is quite so self-centered as portrayed – plenty of well-informed Chinese devote more attention to analyzing international affairs than shopping, and plenty of Americans are involved in world affairs and humanitarian efforts 🙂 ?

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