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Shutdown if You Must, But Now Shut Up and Start Talking

October 9th, 2013 | Posted by in Policy

Have you seen the Sunday news-talk shows over the past couple of weeks? Seems to me the shutdown is a cry for attention among Washington legislators every bit as nutty needy as Miley Cyrus and her decision to ride a wrecking ball while virtually naked and, dare I use the word, ‘singing?’ ‘Watch me, see me, hear me?’ How better to revive one’s political and/or theatrical standing than by outrageous behavior, right?  It’s like DC is run by Rep.Charley Sheen, Sen. Alec Baldwin, White House Aid Lindsay Lohan, etc. Give me a break!

I can’t speak for you, but for me, I am perplexed why the President and the House Speaker and the Senate President and minority and majority leaders in every nook and cranny have all this time to talk on camera for public consumption, but no time for one another, face-to-face, eyeball-to eyeball, for hardball versus some Emmy-award-winning candy-(cane?) performance on camera calling one another names, playing the blame game, posturing, prognosticating, and pushing painfully-vapid party line talking points average Americans see right through and are sick of hearing.

Where are the leaders like Lyndon Johnson who would grab legislators by the labels and do a deal, doggone it? Where is our generation’s Sam Rayburn?  And, Massachusetts favorite Thomas Phillip “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.? Where are today’s potential candidates for a sequel to JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage,’ the book detailing acts of political risk and resolve by eight United States Senators?

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