A Jaw-Dropping Credit Rating
Give me FDR. Give me Reagan. Just put a leader in the White House.
When I first moved down here nearly 30 years ago, I was astonished at the huge role national politics played in day-to-day life. Pick up The Washington Post and political coverage dominated the front page—above the fold!
As the political climate has grown ever more contentious, it's no longer a happy astonishment I feel. It's more like the cringing feeling that comes with a dripping faucet or the approach of a co-worker who never, ever has a good word to say about anyone or anything.
We've had presidents and hopefuls who couldn't spell, who used the Oval Office for booty calls, viewed the presidency as the perfect time to finally get that passport and placed an understandable premium on family time—all at the expense of their offical duties.
I'm fed up with all of them. It doesn't matter to me which party they're from or on which side of the aisle they sit. By allowing their party and the opposing party to turn Capitol Hill into a bad marriage, they've failed us miserably.
Our representatives are stewards of our country. For good or bad we've put them in charge for us. And now our elected officials have played chicken with our economic well-being and Standard & Poor's has downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time in history.
It's unthinkable yet true. And it's not making our already strained relationships with our allies any stronger.
President Obama says we're still a triple-A nation and always will be. I'm so happy to hear that. I'll sleep better tonight. Not.
What would have made me happy was a butt kicking for the entire House, Senate and anyone who so much as walked their dog nearby.
I know. The president can't actually make anything happen, but when JFK called for a man on the moon, we got there. When he called upon us to do what we could for others, we did it.
We need more than a nice guy with great slogans and rhetoric. We need a president who is presidential, a president who excites the popular imagination and then gets out there and leads the way.
If FDR, Reagan, and JFK are otherwise occupied, I'll take Churchill or the King of Norway!