As news anchors reported late last week, September 30 was to be the drop dead day again for the U.S. federal budget. It seems that the focus for resolution was based on FEMA funding. The House of Representatives had passed a bill and sent it to the Senate. The Senate was promising to kill the bill if FEMA funding was dependent on other spending cuts. Back to the same old, same old. Nothing has changed with this Congress. They will argue over which end of the toothpick should be put in one’s mouth.
As American citizens, many of us hoped that the last budget bungling had taught Congress a lesson. Guess not. It looked as if we were heading for another shut down threat by the end of this week. This evening it was announced that a “shutdown has been averted.” Well, that sounded good until we realized that those who work (or whatever they do) in the Capitol had only patched up the paychecks until November 18, 2011.
Over the weekend I made a trip to the local Home Depot. While looking for a Phillips head screwdriver, a neighbor passed by with a cart full of duct tape and rounds of baling wire. Although I know he has nothing to bale, I was not surprised to see his cart filled with the southern staples. When I asked what he was going to do with all the duct tape he replied that it was time for Washington (DC) to learn how to fix things, southern style. While I doubt his sincerity he announced that he was going to FedEx the supplies to our Senators —Corker and Alexander.
You see, in the south whenever something breaks if you cannot duct tape it or wire it back together, you get rid of it. Well, if anyone in Washington gets a good supply of southern “fixins” you will understand the meaning.