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CNN's Dana Bash reports on the Senate's struggle to pass the spending bill just in time to avert a government shutdown.
Regardless of which side(s) of the Budget Debates promoted by Washington Leadership, Corporate $$$ and the Media resulting in fixed positions, it is the Public that applaud or decry but always pay the ticket prices. Please understand that this event is but the latest in a very long running theatrical performances made complete with many performers each of whom believe themselves to be the Leading Actor/Actress.
Over the years; the US has been hypnotized to the point of domestic/foreign paralysis by such controversies as the CIA Investigation, Immigration, IRS, Benghazi, ObamaCare, Wealth Disparity, Military Cut-Backs, Race War, Mideast Conflicts, Iran/Nukes, NATO Indecisiveness, EU Power-Grab, Russian Expansions, Japanese Economic Decline, the Elevation of Asean and on and on and on it goes. And the oddity surrounding the DC Theater is that all of Washington's Performers are expecting Grammy Nominations!??
Since the White House has been the Locomotive Engineer of this unending train-wreak while working in conjunction with the Firemen/Democrats who constantly fueled the boiler that leaves the GOP to bring up the Caboose. It has been the White House Engineer who, in his own words has to, "...choose with levers of Government to pull" and thus forever remains primarily responsible. (Not that the previous White House Engineer was not much better. Poof! There went a million lives lost, economic failure and a couple of trillion dollars public debt).
And as the US castrates itself; what of the many other Nations? Several very smart Nations, like China, declined Washington's invitation to don make-up, hit wardrobe and share top billing on the Marquee choosing rather to avoid the US/EU/UK choreographed missteps. These Nations have fortified their domestic base, carefully engaged other World Communities with Trade-Agreements, Currency Exchanges, Industry Purchases, Stock Markets and set-up Global Organizations to rival the current World Bank, IMF, NATO and Intelligence simply to mention a few.
So, while the White House and Congress dither and fight; the US has noticeably declined. If, not when, US Politicians, Corporate Leadership and John Q. Public quit tearing at one another like unchained junk-yard dogs; what will the US look like? More importantly; given the ground lost to self-immolation, how can the US offer global respectability and competition? And don't ask the current White House for insight as the President recently stated in an interview that all the domestic unrest and foreign confusion was good for the US. He believes that these arranged or sparked set of crisis is proof of unfinished social growth. If this is the premise for the existence and action of Government, then there will be no end to social upheaval and foreign policy confusion in the US. Is this the White House argument for the leveling of nations?
Many smarter Nations actually approve of the White House philosophy of Government. This may be their $$$ and global power boon to Washington's boondoggles.
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