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August 2, 2011

Lone Nantucket Sail

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:45 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the foggy island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this Tuesday morning, the second day of August, 2011, a warm and humid one on Cape, as we all look to relief from the oppressive weather this nation is experiencing, in ‘far away’ locals such as the one you see above, a lone sailboat racing with the wind across on the waters just off shore of the fabled island of Nantucket, an island that sits 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts… Things in Washington D.C. will most likely cool down as well today, as an historic debt ceiling catastrophe was averted yesterday, late in the afternoon, with the House of Representatives passing a bill that will extend the debt ceiling until after the elections of 2012, along with a 912 billion dollar spending cut on ‘discretionary’ spending, over the course of the next ten years, and a 1.2-1.5 trillion dollar spending cut package whose chief architects will be a ’super congressional bi-partisan committee’ that will, beginning in November, make the tough decisions on where to cut next.  The bill, passing with a 269-161 vote comes with no tax revenues of ANY kind, as taxes, as a percentage of the GDP, are at 50 year lows, coming at a time when we need revenue as a balanced approach to solving our overall national debt of 14.3 trillion.  Putting that in some kind of historical perspective, one need only review a pie chart Chris Hayes of the Nation Magazine put together–revealing that balance, or compromise, that was reflected in the congressional debt ceiling increases in the past.  In 1984, then President Ronald Reagan, passed an increase in the debt ceiling that included 82 percent tax INCREASES with 18 percent in spending cuts.  In 1990, President George H. Bush, passed one with a ratio of 62 percent tax increases and 38 percent spending cuts, and, in 1993, President Bill Clinton raised that very same debt ceiling with 62 percent coming in the form of spending cuts and 38 percent tax increases.  Fast forward to only a few weeks ago, when President Obama was toying with a 75 percent spending cut to 25 percent tax increase ratio, with republicans of the 112th congress looking more at an 85/15 split.  The bill, that will be signed into LAW at noon today, has 100 percent spending cuts, with more to come (defense being the big loser), as republicans successfully managed to keep revenues completely off the table, even though medicare, may be ‘on the table’ in the form of reducing payments to providers, although details are unknown, as the ’super committee’ has yet to be formed.  There will be a ‘trigger’ of sorts should congress fail to act, or find the appropriate cuts, when that committee meets in November, cutting spending across the board for all government programs, including defense, where one out of every two dollars cut will come from that corner of the government.  The problem is still, however, the economy, as most economists worth their salt would conclude that what was needed initially when this country was on it’s knees in 2008, was a stimulus package it never got.  Namely one that was big enough to truly jump start the fragility of an economy on life support, while tabling the long term debt until the out years of 2015-2020, proving that this ‘crisis’ was manufactured so that one side could get most, if not all, of what they wanted, while the other side, gave and gave and gave.  Lest we forget that only eleven short years ago, this country was sitting on a surplus, with no crisis looming in the far off distance.  Two unpaid for wars later, along with a GIANT tax payer subsidy (corporate welfare) for pharmaceutical companies, and the 4.1 trillion dollar tax breaks offered by George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, not to mention the collapse itself that came on the heals of a LACK of oversight on Wall Street’s interesting, morally bankrupt, ‘derivatives’ market, we, as a country are where we are, and President Obama was forced, via the hand he was dealt, to agree to a plan that will keep this country in the black, yet offers that by way of the Stockholm Syndrome that has kept this country hostage for the better part of this year.  Not a way to govern by any stretch of the imagination, for it is very clear now that the republican agenda is not so much about getting people back to work, as it is about reducing the ’size of government so that one could drown it in a bath tub…’ (quote from Grover, “the man with the no tax plan”, Norquist).  This divided government, or dysfunctional government, has made the rift, the gap, the distance between the haves and the have nots that much greater, as it dissolves the middle class into a massive working poor, that needs to keep plugging away until their collective last breathe, working two or three jobs just to keep afloat, while a rigged system keeps tax rates for those who can afford fancy tax lawyers at 15 percent or so, while the rest of “the American People”, pay 30 percent.  I pray that WE can see the ‘facts through the forest’… I hope that WE begin to see charity as a virtue and gift we offer to others, and simultaneously ourselves, and mostly, as naive as this may sound, I pray that WE see that UNITED WE RIDE, divided we fall, and by focusing a little more on that “WE”, we shed some of that ‘me’, allowing for the real LIGHT to shine on through.  May God bless this country once again. Another big shout out to the cast and crew of “I Hate You Dad”, an Adam Sandler film, that I have been privileged to work on for the past week and a half of so, it has been an honor and a privilege, we’ll see YA on Wednesday!  Thank you for bringing Hollywood to Osterville! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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