We spend most of our time criticizing those we have chosen to serve us: namely, our politicians. But I have to give it to the House & Senate Republicans. They are sticking to their guns. I love it. Tim Geithner, the guy who couldn’t manage to pay his own taxes, along with Obama & other Democratic cronies are all painting a picture of Dante’s Hell should America not raise our debt ceiling.
Now, I want you to imagine sitting with your family around the dinner table. If you are young, imagine sitting at your parents table. Now, imagine your father or mother lost their job & the money is tight. Imagine your parents (or you talking to your kids) and letting them know about the current cash crunch. Your family had overspent for years. You had bills out the butt. You have three dogs who need shots, food & stuff. You have a big, giant house you bought on two incomes. The kids are reaching college age and university rates are skyrocketing. You bought three large Suburbans and a Mercedes Benz- they are all sitting on your driveway next to your 4 car garage.
Imagine listing the debts. Imagine spelling it out. Imagine the appalled silence that would descend upon the table.
Imagine one child screaming, “Dad! Mom! Can’t you just get ANOTHER credit card! I NEED a new bike! I’ll DIE if I don’t get one!
Imagine the other child screaming, “I better get a job to help out! We better start selling stuff! Let’s get a smaller place and find the dogs good homes on farms!”
Gosh. Which kid would you be more proud of? Which kid would you want to be? The spoiled first one, or the wise and reasonable second one?
I must admit I am surprised, pleasantly so, that the Republicans aren’t caving. Perhaps they do have some backbone. Just in case, though, we need to send an, ‘Atta boy’ to our representatives. It might help them retain it. Just a phone call or an email- or just a Twitter. They are human too and if we stand behind them on this, they will gain strength. Let’s take the moment now. Personally, I’m sending a Twitter!