It really doesn’t matter if a Republican or a Democrat is in charge. Unless some politicians grow some…shall we say…masculine tools essential for procreation, we are doomed to have an increasingly large federal government. And yet, with Bernanke finally warning us that our debt is leading to financial instability (what took him so long?), maybe someone in Washington will do something—preferably more than just raising the price of stamps.
The problem is, I have discovered, there are two Washingtons—the one that comes and goes with the elective winds, and the one made up of people who’ve figured out how to stay where they are through the storms of change. Like all things that are resilient, the Washington bureaucracy has figured out that laying low and keeping a job are more important than creating change. They know that politicians come and go, but few have the patience, discipline and bal…I mean courage…to really dig in and make changes or cut costs. And that’s what it’s going to take.
Actually, maybe suggesting it will take a male accessory to fix the problem is using the wrong metaphor. Because Washington is kind of like my husband’s room in our basement—filled with things he will NEVER get rid of and yet will never need or use. Maybe what Washington really needs are some good, tough cleaning ladies to get things organized and get rid of all the stuff we don’t need anymore—no matter how sentimentally attached we may be to it.
I adore Barack Obama and think he is doing a great job. I wouldn’t have stood in freezing weather in the middle of winter for hours at his inauguration if I didn’t believe in him. But honey, you’ve got some hard work to do. You can’t just keep adding new jobs and new costs without making the hardest decisions of all—what to get rid of.
I’ve got a good vacuum cleaner and a bucket and lots of ecocleaning supplies, and I’d be happy to come over and help.