Our Congresswoman Noem and her cognitively disconnected comrades on the ridiculous right continued their hapless crusade against reality the other day when they wouldn't support the debt limit increase, which cleared the U.S. House of Representatives despite their political temper tantrum. Her Republican Party leader Boehner was able to convince almost 30 of her GOP comrades to join him in support of political fact-facing. Their collective grip on the real world was firm enough to muster up the votes needed to get the debt ceiling increased. I don't know why Congresswoman Noem can't understand that shutting down the government or forcing the United States Treasury into default have catastrophic consequences, both on macro and micro levels. On that score, my fellow Vietnam vets will understand when I say it's akin to our famous conundrum in that ill-starred war: we had to destroy a village in order to save it. These right wing anarchists essentially want to destroy our country as a means of trying to save it.
This is not only beyond stupidity, it's a tacit admission that they don't have the political skills and muscle power to get the budget reductions they insist are needed in order to avert their vision of a fiscal apocalypse. It also shows a basic lack of understanding as to the best way to cut deficits: increase revenues, people. In this case that translates into keeping an economy thriving and growing so that businesses and individuals have continually growing incomes from which continually growing taxes can be received. How on earth is the business sector of our economy supposed to thrive when it constantly fears talks of budget stalemates, government shutdowns, and U.S. Treasury defaults as a backdrop for their day-to-day spending and investment decisions? These showdowns cost money, and money is just what the federal government needs in order whack away at its deficits.
By all means, Ms. Noem and your conservative ilk, keep fighting like the dickens for your positions on specific policies like Obamacare, federal benefits, military spending, whatever. That's the kind of political conversation we need in this country and in the long run I think the results won't necessarily be perfect, but will work as well as can be expected. The recent passage of the farm bill, far as it was from your initial expectations, was nevertheless suitable enough for you to sign on. Though I believe you took more than your share of credit for its passage, your public air of resignation and acceptance at least coincided with the political realities of the day.
But this business of threatening to close down the government or stymie our country's ability to service its debt? It's just plain immaturity. Not only that, it's a disservice to your many constituents in this at-large state with just one congressional rep. You're sent to Congress to represent and get the best deal for as many South Dakotans as possible on issue after issue. Shutting the works down because your ideological allies in Washington have ripped your sense of loyalty away from those you serve is no way to represent this state. Need I remind you of how much your vote last Fall to shut down Mt. Rushmore and other national parks in South Dakota cost the tourism industry here? You can make your point without selling us out.
This is why I was disappointed and dismayed that your name didn't show up on the list of Republicans who voted to lift the debt ceiling a few days ago. It made me wonder what you thought it would accomplish to throw markets into turmoil, scare retirees into wondering if their pensions would turn up in their bank accounts, give buyers of U.S. Treasury securities second thoughts about loaning us money, and put an indelible smudge on the full faith and credit of the United States Government. This is anarchy. Its allure to those who can't deal with the problems of debt by resorting to it aren't leaders. They're failures at doing their jobs.