Ruling Class vs. the rest of us

The current fake budget crisis in Washington illustrates, better than most such episodes, that the big struggle in our nation today is not Republicans vs. Democrats. Rather, it’s the Ruling Class vs. the rest of us.

The Ruling Class has found it convenient to buy votes and reward its cronies with government spending. Democrats and Republicans alike have joined in, taking government far beyond its constitutional role. But they’ve also gotten so fat and lazy that they can’t even pass their budget on time — and therefore the government “runs out of money” unless a stopgap measure is passed. Dire things will happen, we are told, if the spending is slowed.

The only dire thing that actually happens in these government shutdowns is that a lot of money is wasted shutting down, and then giving federal workers back pay for staying home after they all come back, post-crisis. So I shake a symbolic fist and say (if the First Amendment hasn’t yet been repealed), “a plague on both your houses.”

6 thoughts on “Ruling Class vs. the rest of us”

  1. I agree with most of your post however, you are wrong on one point. The federal workers that are considered to be in critical positions will have to work without pay until the DC Ruling Class gets a budget passed. Then and only then do they get retroactive pay for the work they actually did! My husband is a civil service worker that will be in this category.

    The amount of money wasted every year in government agencies planning for shutdowns because of an inept administration is staggering. I agree with mousie and wish they would do what they are elected to do. I, however, have no hope left that they will.

  2. I think it was Mark Twain who said: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”

  3. That’s a good point, Debra. The rank and file federal workers are not the Ruling Class, and they get used in a battle such as the current one.

  4. The Ruling Class has not passed a budget for the last 4 years. They only need a resolution to fund the government to get Debra’s husband back to work. Even that simple act doesn’t seem likely any time soon.
    As both of Virginia’s Senators (Warner and Kaine)oppose a balanced budget amendment there doesn’t appear to be much chance of a budget happening anytime soon either. What’s the point of having a budget that isn’t balanced?

  5. i have an idea. the president should give another angry speech denouncing his enemies. the speaker of the house should do the same. that will fix the problem. what could go wrong.

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