This dog discerns that we have a lot of doggie-doo in Washington right now. I do my best not to get emotionally involved in issues in which I have no influence, but this mellow mutt is getting frustrated. Maybe now is finally the time for some doggone pup perspective.
I’m just a dog who is given no credibility or voice when it comes to matters of government affairs and it’s time for humans to hear my piece as an outsider.
Clearly, our national leaders are at a standstill. A stalemate of ideas and agendas. Our republic is based on democracy which requires concessions, compromise and cooperation to work. When some are so intransigently stubborn, it brings the entire process to a screeching halt. And that’s what we are witnessing now.
As a contemplative canine I realize that I cannot always have my way in this world. In order to live peaceably with others, sometimes I have to cave to my demands (more treats!!) and bend a little to accommodate others. Some people might call this simple act of working together “humanity” — together we work for the common good, even if we don’t get everything we want.
As an outside observer, the stakes and stances are painfully obvious. How can a pup see through all the BS when so many humans are blind? Blinded by ideology? Blinded by ambition? By anger and hate? By being beholden to only their own best interest? By greed and power?
We have seen our President make unprecedented concessions during this debt and deficit crises, much to the dismay of progressive pooches like myself. But I understand the game — you have to give some to get some. It’s tough though when you are playing a game and the other team doesn’t understand, or respect, the rules.
We have a President who is willing to cut social programs, which is the antithesis to our Democratic party line, in order to prove his cooperation with the process.
On the other side, we have the Speaker and his pack who are willing to let the masses flounder to protect the privileged few.
Taxes have not been lower since the 1960’s and the Bush tax cuts dropped them exponentially lower for those with the most dollars during his tenure. The growth in the number of billionaires has increased greatly over the past 4 years, while unemployment grows to record levels.
In letting all these “job creators” expand their vast fortunes we have seen proof of the fallacy of the trickle-down economic policy that Reagan touted 30 years ago. The general population is still waiting for those precious drops of sustenance….
Even Reagan knew his voodoo economics were not sustainable, and he raised taxes. As did the next incoming president, Bush I.
I don’t need to tell you history, friends. If your eyes and mind are open, the dastardly disparity between the ideology of our two major parties is obvious and transparent. Minimization of taxes and regulation and maximization of profits benefits a very few… while the rest of the country can look forward to a Dickensian future of poverty and misery.
Continued support for the richest amongst us, for corporate welfare and subsidies to profitable industries, for tax loopholes for hedge fund managers and environment-destroyers is not the future I want to see for my country.
I plead to you humans to put your stubborn ideology (and potential disdain for our President) aside and open your eyes to the reality of this debate. For 98% of this country, the plan under Boehner & Co. will hurt you, your future and your children’s future. Why do they revel in the thought of destroying our country?
You don’t need to be a human to see through the veil of hate, lies and allegiance to only the wealthy and connected that is being pushed by one side of the House.
It’s time to elect Atticus Speaker of the (Dog) House!