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I had to reread my previous post to see if it was as  impressive as I first thought.  Sometimes, as bloggers, we get caught up in the idea that our posts are quite good, even better than they actually are.  Although this particular mistake is one I rarely make, I know from reading other blogs that it happens quite frequently . . . to other bloggers.

Well, I'm happy to report that upon my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and continuing up to my 89th rereading of my post, A Ride on the 12:15, that it is as impressive as I initially thought.

Hey, what are you doing?!?!?!  Get that tape away from my m . . .!!!!

[Mumble, mumble, mumble]
A Ride on the 12:15
Henry sat quietly, reading.

The train's car interior rocked slightly with the train's movement but no one seemed too bothered.  Some looked out the window, some read, others conversed.  No one seemed to give any mind to anything other than their own involvements.

Henry flipped a page of his book, "The storm was heading east." it read, "Edmund decided to call Joanne. She would need reassuring."

"May I?" said a passenger standing in the aisle, referring to the empty seat next to Henry.  The man wore what any businessman might wear; a navy blue suit, the suit coat unbuttoned, with white shirt and dark blue tie.   

"Sure, it's empty." replied Henry.

"Thank you."  The passenger took to the seat where, once seated, he pulled at his suit coat, rocked this way and that, accidentally knocked, with his arm, the head of the person sitting behind him, apologized and altogether created a typically singular bustle.  He glanced at Henry, and gave him a smile.  "The train is packed this afternoon." he said.

"Yes it is." said Henry politely.

The man returned to looking forward. He had to lift his head to see above the passenger seated in front of him then, a second later, craning his head to inspect below, he grasped a briefcase at his feet, snapped it open and pulled out a chalupa.

Henry knew what the man had between his hands.  "Drop the chalupa!" mimicked Henry.

The man chuckled, "Ha, ha, ha . . . do you mind?  I'm starving." he said.

"No, certainly not." said Henry smiling. Henry returned to his reading.
 
Outside, the afternoon was brightly sunny.  The landscape, which was plain but not void of beauty, seemed to zoom by. Occasionally, an industrial complex or housing site breached the plainness of the landscape.
The BS is Maddening

Ok, here's the backdrop.  So far, and I don't expect my opinion to change, I support President O'bama for reelection in 2012.  This little piece of truth gives me more credibility than the Republican election machine may ever have.

Scene 1:  Late July 2011, The federal government is rapidly approaching a deadline, Aug. 2, by which they must raise the debt ceiling or default on debts. In the weeks leading up to the deadline, Republicans and Democrats, particularly, Pres. Obama on the democratic side try to reach a budgetary compromise which would prevent the govt. from defaulting or not being able to pay their debts. 

This is the perfect scenario for Republicans. They can drag out negotiations till the very last minute.  By doing so they can present a week or more of stubbornness without their being any real harm to U. S. credit.  Who is the stubborn party as portrayed by these Republican shenanigans . . . Pres. O'bama.

I don't have any trouble believing Republicans manipulated the debt ceiling debate for these reasons because I'm old enough to know that these political shenanigans exist.  But I'm also not inherently anti-Republican.  Maybe they were doing their best and maybe it was purely coincidental that by not reaching a swift compromise, the Pres., as the person in charge of the federal budget, was bound to look bad.  Of course, maybe, and this is my view, the Republicans were trying to make the President the whipping boy for the slow debt ceiling resolution. 

Scene 2: September 2011,  Pres. O'bama puts forward a 300 billion dollar '2nd stimulus' bill to create jobs.  Republican reaction is to label the bill as 'class warfare.'

The Republican tactics are beginning to work on me.  But instead of blaming Pres. O'bama for creating 'class warfare', my reaction is to blame the Republicans for playing politics . . . again . . . and again . . . and again.

Scene 3:  Speaker of the House John Boehner says, today:

“Nothing has disappointed me more than what's happened over the last five weeks, to watch the president of the United States give up on governing, give up on leading and spend full-time campaigning,”  www.thehill.com
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/186013-boehner-obama-has-given-up-on-governing-to-campaign

Well, nothing has disappointed me more than the Republican deviltry. 

Pres. O'bama may lose the election but it won't be because of economic policy, it will be because the Republican's became cronies with political opportunism.

Also read for this post;
www.npr.org
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140644523/what-are-the-origins-of-the-term-class-warfare
 




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