...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just Another Fake Line in the Sandbox

Did you know that the culpable behemoths are not the B.P.'s who risk lives and worlds for a little more profit (and for our cheap gas). They're not the too-big-to fail giants on Wall Street bailed out by our tax dollars. The demagogues in the U.S. Senate, in a piece of work before their July 4 recess, took on the unemployed and their families, some of which possibly live on a street near you. Happy holiday!

Yup, our Senate heroes, especially its bold minority, is doing what it does best: rigging a cat fight for their hell-benders! After months of dubious negotiating the bill's size, they managed to shut down, at least temporarily, renewing expiring federal unemployment benefits. Maybe when the senators are finished taking a stand something will get done, who knows?

Two- off- the- book- wars, huge, unfunded, budget-toxic tax cuts for the leisure class, drug company hand-outs, and other stuff still unpaid? Naw, THOSE deficits are different. Now, deficits really do matter.

The stand is a symbolic "I was against those terrible deficits under our current President and I did what I could to counteract the flow of big guvmunt!" in a campaign speech. The poor, the vulnerable, the already-stressed- out families who are without one or both incomes? Extending benefits goes immediately into the economy, and stimulating the economy with real cash infusion (read: success) is one thing that terrifies these Jim- dandies. They have nothing to offer except maybe some warmed over advice from St. Ronnie about checking the want ads.

But pitching a fit here and now would only be credible if anything was attempted about the huge budget shortfalls in the last ten years. "The one who mocks the poor has contempt for their Maker," says Proverbs 17:5. "Mocking" includes your pretend stands that mislead and don't work, even if they can get you re-elected.

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