This is the biggest pile of caca I've ever read by someone who reports to be educated in some manner.
In the punditry business, it's considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it's impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.
This is not, I repeat not, a partisan argument. My own political leanings are well-known, but the refusal of Americans to look seriously at the nation's situation -- and its prospects -- is an equal-opportunity scourge. Republicans got the back of the electorate's hand in 2006 and 2008; Democrats will feel the sting this November. By 2012, it will probably be the GOP's turn to get slapped around again.
The nation demands the impossible: quick, painless solutions to long-term, structural problems. While they're running for office, politicians of both parties encourage this kind of magical thinking. When they get into office, they're forced to try to explain that things aren't quite so simple -- that restructuring our economy, renewing the nation's increasingly rickety infrastructure, reforming an unsustainable system of entitlements, redefining America's position in the world and all the other massive challenges that face the country are going to require years of effort. But the American people don't want to hear any of this. They want somebody to make it all better. Now.
First, how about this. How about a government that just quits making things worse? In the world of Eugene Robinson, we should be grateful for that 10% unemployment that we probably wouldn't have if the government hadn't gotten involved. See Germany.
Second, no one is asking for painless. Chris Christie is delivering the necessary and the electorate seems to be responding positively because they know the tough choices have to be made and he's laying it out for the public.
Third, there's a football coach in this town who repeats the mantra "do your job!". Unfortunately, in this country, we have a federal government, who's principal responsibility is to secure our borders for our national defense, who is not only refusing to do it's job, it's suing any state who decides to do it for them.
All the while bailing out every damn special interest group with hands.
Fourth, only in political punditry are spending cuts considered "draconian". But let me ask you a question. Do you think the people in New Jersey are experiencing a different government as a result of Christie "slashing" the budget?
The problem with our government is not the lack of funds. It's a total lack of responsibility & accountability of our elected officials to spend money as if it were coming out of their own wallets.
In other words.
DO YOUR FREAKIN' JOB OR WE'LL FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT.