David Ignatius’s column has us shivering — and frightened in a corner of the PostScript Bunker, glad we have all necessary supplies for nine weeks of nuclear winter as long as there’s WiFi. He analogizes our plight to being a passenger in a car driven by a drunk. We are watching and waiting — will something sufficiently scary happen to galvanize us into action, or is it really safer to just cross your fingers? (That would be because mutiny itself — distracting the driver, fighting, grabbing the wheel — can take you right into the ditch, too.)
It’s an easily imagined crisis, probably somewhat familiar to most people, and it’s terrifying. Not just to PostScript, to judge from the almost 5,000 comments from readers. In Ignatius’s analogous car, the drunk at the wheel is the House Republicans playing their umpteenth game of chicken with federal spending, and the passenger deciding whether to be a hero is President Obama. Take the wheel now, Ignatius urges, don’t wait until it gets any scarier. But the passenger seems to be willing to wait.
lguy1 doesn’t think Ignatius’s analogy helps find a solution:
“Grab the wheel?” What does that mean, constitutionally? We have a bunch of GOP ignoramuses protected by separation of powers. That’s just our bad luck.
reussere has a life experience that makes the metaphor even scarier:
Much as I agree with David today, I am struck by the analogy he uses about a drunk driver. Exactly how do you force the driver to give up their keys? I was in this situation once and I reached over and switched the car off, and snatched up the keys. The car screeched to an halt after hitting and traversing an irrigation ditch, an irrigation pump, and scaring a lot of sleeping cows half out of their mind.
Then the driver proceeded to lurch out of the car, beat me to a pulp, and then drove off, leaving me bleeding in the field. I guess what I am trying to say is that suggesting something is a lot easier than doing it.
h20andoil argues that the House GOP isn’t drunk, just using all its leverage for what got the representatives elected. Hence why they’re driving in the first place:
The difference being you clearly didn’t vote for Republicans, David, but their constituents did. And they promised to end the era of big government spending without matching cuts. They’ve maintained the same mantra now since January of 2011. You call this a pattern of poor behavior akin to drunk driving (on grounds with a middle school rhetorical debate), but really it’s a pattern of consistency.
hit4cycle agrees. Congress is driving just fine, and they absolutely can’t let Obama take the wheel, or he’ll drive:
I’ve repeatedly told my federal representatives clearly and concisely that I voted for them to go to DC and do everything in their power to minimize the damage this horrible president is doing to this country. I’m very happy with my congressional representation and if he continues to represent my wishes I’ll vote to renew his contract. If not, I’ll do my best to fire him and hire someone who will.
Centsorsense says we’re wasting gas, here, with one-third of the government spending all its energy trying to negate another third:
I don’t care which side of the aisle you are on, every day we spend on this issue is a day that America spends falling behind the rest of the world.
No matter you might think of the GOP or Obama, we have been dissecting this dung heap since 2011. This issue should have been decided a long time ago, so that more relevant issues could be resolved.
In reality land when a nation can no longer govern itself, either it falls apart or it is invaded. Unless there is a very wealthy international donor trying to promote one of those options with our elected officials, then every day wasted on this nonsense demonstrates their own personal and professional failures.
PostScript is brought up short by this point, too. When you play chicken, even if you win, you don’t get very far from where you started.