Maybe I’m naive, or perhaps my attention span was on the fritz back in the day, but it seems like Democrats and Republicans used to have impassioned debate for the greater good. Discussions used to take place refining an act. Sometimes riders came out nowhere for political means for sure, but it doesn’t seem like we were always in the “Our party good, their party bad” routine that we are now.
I don’t know if that went by the wayside when we moved in the era of the never-ending newscycle, that we are all speaking in soundbite or what exactly the deal is. I have never been a big fan of straight party anything because that isn’t the key to anything. Having a little bit of both sides has always felt like what results in our politicians being leaders, getting things done, taking care of the “people’s business.”
Obviously the collection of stuffed shirts that make up the State Senate don’t feel compelled to work together. My folks split the difference with one registering as a democrat, the other a republican. I forget who is who these days. The point is (and I say this as a registered democrat) that there are smart people and frigging morons in both parties. The sad part is that despite the absolutely fucked up budgeting process earlier this year and the hysterics of the past month, the State Senators have yet to realize that they need each other. Sadder still is the fact that despite their continued wasting of our money, it’s unlikely anybody is going to pay for this transgression except constituents. Dale Volker talks down to us. Bill Stachowski is a study in excuses and the mothership can’t seem to get a good signal on Antoine Thompson to take him home.
Guys, we have been taxed and screwed to the point where nobody wants to move into the State and those who want to leave can’t afford to. That’s thoroughly screwing things. That takes talent. I’m almost anticipating a few democrats joining the republicans just to get stuff done. These idiots are election proof and they know it. They are actively hurting those who they claim to represent.
It is almost ache-inducing to see such self-interest and stupidity played on on such an epic level. The demand for pay for their inactivity is what makes that art.
Politics should be retail or like Tip O’neill said “local,” but our Senators aren’t even on the planet at the moment and that is the tragedy.