I wanted to write something for the new year that would be full of hope and a bright outlook for our country. After all it is a new year and at least symbolically a clean slate. Time to bury the past and get on with our future. But try as we may we will never be able to do that, because we have to find some sort of closure for the old year. You just can’t forget it and wish it away. In this country that change means a huge transformation of our ways. A change I feel isn’t possible. It’s like swimming across a lake dragging a heavy weight behind you and reaching the halfway point and realizing you’re three quarters spent and you should have made the decision to turn back and get rid of the weight, before you ever came this far. For our country my analogy means chugging along towards a distant shoreline or a new beginning that is out of reach, because we have too much weight.
We have a $14 trillion dollar weight pulling us down that cannot be shucked and we have no political will to get rid of it. We saw that last week with the tax bill that was passed. So now we wait to drown in this sea of debt and greed. Something the country was crying for after the elections was a bipartisan effort by congress. We forgot to tell them it was a bipartisan effort to make things better that we wanted.
There is a point of no return in our government — just like crossing that lake. Are we there yet? It really makes no difference anymore. We’re not interested in talking about it.