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Since Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives a year ago come January, the American people have endured an unrelenting orgy of finger pointing.
Divided government fosters that sort of thing. When one party controls the White House and the other party controls Congress, or a part thereof, deadlock is rarely far behind. And since no one wants to take responsibility for grinding the affairs of state to a halt, everyone starts pointing fingers of blame at everyone else.
Witness last week when that so-called congressional “Super Committee” confirmed that the six Republicans and six Democrats on that panel had failed to find a way to reconcile their differences over how to reduce our horrendous national debt.
The elephants immediately pointed to the donkeys as the culprits and the donkeys pointed to the elephants as the miscreants in the breakdown.
At this point We the People eschewed any responsibility for the mess by self-righteously proclaiming “A plague on both their houses.”
“They’re all bums,” we tell the pollsters who take our political temperature more often than need be.
Well, perhaps they are, although I don’t believe it for a moment. In any case, we elected those “bums,” the elephants and the donkeys, alike.
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