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Take one part non-cooperation, another part stubbornness, another part arrogance, dish in pride, politics, corruption, envy, malice; in other words those seven deadly sins no one wants to talk about because we SOOO want to separate church and state, and you have the most uncooperative Congress in decades running this country.

The western front of the United States Capitol...

The western front of the United States Capitol. The Capitol serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The building is marked by its central dome above a rotunda and two wings. It is an exemplar of the Neoclassical architecture style. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And they are running this country into the depths of recession, depression, vague talk and gibberish. Those elected, ELECTED, representatives of ours who are taking up an awful lot of money in the Capitol every day and not doing their jobs, are wasting more money than they are worth. They are not making the good effort; they are keeping the lights on, the water running, the kitchen working, the workers staffing, but they sit there letting politics and figures get in the way of why they are there!

Look, ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, if we did our jobs as sordidly as you have done yours, constantly bickering, arguing, loafing, lazing about, talking up blaming this or that person, we would have long been fired. Had we wasted resources and time on the clock as you have, we would have been out of work a long time ago. As it is, we let you sit there in the ivory tower, give you all this power, and somehow we expected you to do the right thing, to make the nation better, to be cooperative and to show some backbone and teamwork so that we can grow as a nation.

Instead you keep talking up this or that set of taxes and budget cuts. Well the last thing we “average Americans” need is any more taxes. You up there in the hallowed halls of government need to seriously trim your budgets, your pork projects, your salaries and benefits and insider deals that make you among that top percentage that you don’t want to be taxed. And no wonder- why would you want to lose that juicy bottom line of benefits, perks, and deals you get every year?

You people don’t care, that’s the right of it. You have all you need in money, in benefits, in salary, in TV time, in health care, in food and travel and beverages, and parties, in the gala atmosphere of high society. You don’t care about the real backbone of this nation, the people you are about to raise taxes on, who can’t afford to pay any more in taxes without seeing you make the belt -tightening moves that you expect the rest of us to make. You representatives, you senators, are about the most insensitive and uncaring, arrogant and shameful people I have ever seen. You cannot work together, you argue with the president, you bicker, you lie, you do anything not to make an agreement that will save this nation from serious ruin, from going over that fiscal cliff.

You will go over it too, believe it, when you have to tell your constituents why you acted (or did not) as you did, and voted as you did, and spoke to the world as you did, why you refused to agree on cutting this or that, why you could not see beyond the party lines and work for the best of the nation.

Best make some serious budget cuts before even thinking of taxing anyone, no matter what they make or who they are. Adding new taxes to anyone’s level of living will compromise business, spending, the economy, travel, everything, right down to the quality of education we provide our students. The ultra rich who have everything and don’t have to worry will go about their holidays decorating, giving presents, having lavish banquets and installing gigantic trees and displays and such. They will not suffer, even though the people who staff their stores might have to cut back because they could not get a cost of living wage increase. You CEOs and government bigwigs can have your holidays, your talk of “the holidays”, your store displays and your pushes to have “the holidays” start two months early, but the people who work for you… what do you think they will do as thoughts of paying higher taxes looms?

Elected officials, it is time to make some cuts that will serve everyone better in the long run. How much do we need to put into the State Department, anyway? How much into landscaping Washington, D.C., in redecorating, in travel expenses, in luxuries that you can enjoy but that everyone is not able to share in? Get off your elitist high horses and come down to see what the rest of your fellow citizens are doing, the hard- working among us, the backbone of this nation’s workforce are doing, the people who get up, take the train and bus and come to work in the stores that make up the companies in your constituencies. Come and see what the tax base of this nation is up against because you complain, filibuster, blame, point fingers, shout and pout and refuse to cooperate.

We are tired of the fiscal cliff chatter, we are tired of you doing noting but chit -chat about it and about how each the other party is doing that or is not doing this. We are tired of the vague talk, the generalities, the arrogance you constantly display on our TV screens and across our airwaves. You Pharisees, you seriously arrogant jerks, time you came off your high horses and out of your golden castles to see what the rest of us are doing to try and keep this nation running every day… every WORK day.

It is time you started to care.


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Divi Logan, Nashville and Chicago, 2012.