10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…we have ignition…2…1…we have lift-off.
Anticipation. That time between ignition and lift-off when an irreversable process has begun, but its effects are not yet felt. Like being in the front car on a rollercoaster ride as it crests that first big hill and you’re looking at the long drop ahead…there’s no stopping now. All you can do is scream.
That’s where we’re at now. It’s already too late to stop the economic train-wreck caused by those who want smaller government. They’re going to get what they wanted.
An article on FoxNews.com, of all places, mapped out the timeline for getting something through the Senate and House, and it looks like, barring unanimous consent in the Senate, the soonest something could get to President Obama’s desk is October 23, and then ONLY if Boehner lets it go to a vote. But by then, we will have defaulted.
But even if something gets rammed through in a day, damage is already being done. Stocks are down. Our borrowing costs will go up, just for having gone through another round of fiscal attempted suicide.
How did we get to this point?
By design. The founding fathers wanted to restrict the powers of the Executive, they’d had enough of living under a King.
The Senate was the house of the Aristocracy. Senators were originally elected by their respective State Legislatures – products of the political class. Only later did the people actually get to vote for their Senators directly.
The House was the People’s House. And to the House, to the people’s Representatives, the founding fathers gave the power of the purse. Now, a bit more than 200 years later, the People’s House is using that power to effect changes. This, then, is a part of the checks and balances built into the Constitutional design of a fragmented government – intentionally fragmented to ensure that the government answers to the people, not the aristocracy. And it was working, too. Until the Aristocracy figured out how to game the system.
The next few days will be interesting, to say the least.
But remember, in all of this, it is not about ObamaCare. It never was. It’s about power: the power to control other people. No matter what the cost.