Gaffe – noun \gaf\ - 1. A social or diplomatic blunder 2. A noticeable mistake. 3. In a political sense, when a Congressman unintentionally tells the truth and gets caught doing so.
There was a little incident yesterday that you may have heard about: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was on a conference call with reporters. The problem is, he thought he was on a conference call to four other Senators. He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as "extreme."
Now, gentle reader, you may discount this little exercise as merely politics as usual inside the Beltway. You would do so at your peril. What it so clearly demonstrates is a far deeper problem: the overriding concern with holding onto power instead of conducting the business of running the country in a responsible manner.
"I always use (the word) extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use."
This blog finds it heartening that Senator Schumer is so concerned with following the orders of the caucus. It would be nice if he were equally concerned with the orders of his constituents.
You see, our budgetary woes are directly due to the recently dismissed 111th Congress, led by the Progressive Nancy Pelosi. After running up unprecedented amounts of debt, (a goal they pursued with wild abandon) Queen Nancy deigned that she’d leave one final reminder of her legacy as a noose around the necks of the incoming Republican majority in the House in the form of a non-existent budget. A noose that Progressives would later use to strangle anyone who attempts to reduce the vastly increased spending that she engineered in her four-year reign of terror as Speaker of the House.
I don’t need to tell you how much damage that Congress did to the country; the evidence is everywhere. Never before in our history has one Congress done so much to move this country away from its’ Founders principles of limited government and toward rampant socialism. Four years of Progressive destruction, the last two aided by the most un-American president since Jimmy Carter have resulted in the drastic change of the American political landscape from a pasture to a landfill.
And the Progressives aren’t finished ruining the country. This example of Chuck Schumer putting his interest in power ahead of the good of the country is merely the latest.
How much worse do things have to get in America before we understand that we’re inflicting all of this upon ourselves by electing the wrong people to office?