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Sequester not avoided
What a week. Repubs hold country hostage to the sequester, refusing to close tax loopholes for the very rich! The Pope abdicates-first in 700 years. So much behind that decision. So much bad news-is there any other kind? The Pope said there were days of "light and joy" and others when he felt God was "asleep." If the leader of 1 billion souls on earth cannot reach God's ear. I feel so fearful and discouraged at thi gridlock-hatred between a do nothing congress and a cool as a cucumber president who will still have his family, millionaire freinds and great selling books. relative paupers like Clinton may enter the WH but all capitalize on it.
In two years pundits expect the radical right tea partiers and everyone to be voted out. But more just like them will enter. What a spineless group/selfish male dominated two party mess we have. What are Americans feeling? They said it would not happen. Every crisis manufactured to make things worse. Blame goes to both parties for this mess.
I hope I am not too sexist in what must be a female dominated forum, but women have not chosen to lead. I thought we would have had a dynamic selfless female president long ago. I do Believe Hillary is a far braver human being than Barack. If I were black, I would be very disappointed in the first couple. I realize Michelle is low profile to keep Barack steady and most concerned about her daughters but I am fed up with leaders who do not lead but point fingers. I abhore the Speaker, as his very face is smug and evil. This is politics, so what are people thinking in America today, besides that Worlds is coming-and discussed to death already.
Lord help us. Lincoln made me realize we once had the same back door dealing, but we had great leaders. I surely did not want Mitt, but I am so disappointed in Obama. Your thoughts on sequestration? It is clear there will be another debt ceiling fiasco. I truly feel the congress will let us become insolvent before taxing the very rich/closing loopholes to stop the hemoraghe of off shore jobs and hidden trillions that should be patriotically invested.
Are the patriots dead? Many excellent minds here. I am very frightened.
I know how you feel, Skateluvr. I don't understand how government officials can sit on their hands for this, over a philosophical point. Remember, though, that this isn't a permanent situation. As the cuts kick in, we can make ourselves heard. Keep in your mind one of my favorite verses: Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. I agree that it's appalling that business leaders look only to their own purses when ironically their lives would be even better if they lived in a more efficient, more just society. There's an old saying, "Good citizenship is good business." Not a lot of businessmen understand what it means.
As for the Pope, don't let that unsettle you. I think it's a wise move on Benedict's part because it's quite a strenuous job, and it needs someone with more strength than he has right now. The fact that papal abdication hasn't happened in centuries isn't scary. The entire papal government is running smoothly, and nothing is going to topple. There will be a new Pope, and I hope he will be someone who can reach out to people both in and outside of his faith, as John Paul did. The child molestation scandal that makes us all so furious is now out in the open, and we won't let it go back into hiding. I don't know how much church history you know, but did you know that in the Middle Ages, there was a period when there were two Popes at one time? I forget what the split was about, but a rebel Papacy was set up in Avignon, in France, so for a few years there were Popes and anti-Popes. I just looked it up, and as I thought I recalled, it was called the Babylonian Captivity. It lasted the better part of a century and is even mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. Human institutions are riddled with--well, humans. So they'll never work perfectly.
I know how you feel about even looking at the Speaker. The one I really can't stand to look at is Mitch McConnell. I don't know why Obama has had such trouble sitting on those jerks, but remember that he's also gotten a lot done. He's skinny and quiet, but hey, he got Bin Laden.
Tough times indeed. But we must try to take heart, as our parents and grandparents did during even tougher times. Years ago, I met a then-middle-aged woman who was a Holocaust survivor. Here is how she did it: she hid in the forest and in farmhouses at the age of thirteen. We can pray for at least a fraction of that strength.
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