Mika was running the show today on Morning Joe, and the topic, of course, was the fiscal cliff. Mika said that if women were negotiating it would all be settled and fixed.
Tom Colburn was on the show. Colburn is one of the only politicians willing to talk straight. He nailed it on several accounts, one being that the fiscal cliff negotiations process entails a handful of professional politicians attempting to manipulate the country behind closed doors. This manipulation failed for Boehner when representatives refused to be manipulated. Colburn said the Senate should take the bill already passed by the House and send back amendments, then go through the process of legislating like the Constitution intended. Instead, Boehner, Obama, McConnell, Pelosi and Reid are all trying to work it out ahead of time so that particular politicians aren't forced to make hard decisions.
The other point Colburn made is that math/reality is more important and powerful than the political games, so something will have to give no matter what the elite political players think or want. Then Colburn said something that I've said for a long time -- screw the media's attempt to formulate public opinion against the Republicans. I've been waiting for a Republican to stand up and say they don't care how the media will spin the outcome. Michael Steele asked the question. Steele is a moderate who like Scarborough is more concerned with perceptioons than reality -- they will likely tell you that, like eager sophomores, that perception is reality. Steele asked Colburn about the media attack on Republicans when we go off the fiscal, that Republicans will be blamed. Colburn said he didn't care what the media said, that Congress has to do what's best for the country, and that no one is even talking about cutting spending, not real cuts. I can't agree with Colburn more -- everyone has to be responsible and address the math/reality, because political spin is the least of our worries at this point.
The public has to take responsibility for their endless desire for government to provide everything under the sun. Large corporations have to be taken off the government teat. The military/industrial complex has to come under the oversight of reasonable representatives and go through a thorough audit. Everyone in the country has to realize that without limits placed on government, this is what we get, and it will only get worse, with women at the helm or not, unless we limit government power, reduce its scope and allow that saved money and freedom to become productive in the private sector. Obama can play his political game and blame Republicans for all the problems -- he can be a Party Boss -- he can shirk responsibility -- but the math and the reality will be the ultimate winner.