Childish Behavior In the Debt Ceiling Debate

July 21, 2011

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As a mom, I am concerned about bullying. I went through it in junior high and high school but honestly, I think it made me the person I am. It gave me a bit of a thick skin so I can tolerate all of my critics (and I have plenty). And I’m not innocent in it all. I did a bit of bullying myself. I wouldn’t say I was a “Mean Girl” but there were times I wasn’t very nice. Here’s the deal, I grew out of it.

The “leaders” of our nation seem to play the role of worrying about bullying but they are taking part of it in the worst way. I think the leaders need to grow up, quit the bullying and just plain knock it off.

I am beyond annoyed with our leadership. As a mom, I wish I could give them all a time out. And Barack Obama thinks Americans should “eat your peas”? Whatever, dude.

The next day he yelled, “Don’t call my bluff” and stormed out of a meeting. Grow up, President. Put on your big boy pants and act like an adult. Quit being the bully. I’d expect this kind of behavior from my toddlers, not from the leader of the free world.

And it’s about the debt. Here’s the deal. It’s not the debt limit, it’s the spending. When you find your credit card is almost to max out, the sensible American doesn’t call the credit card company and ask them to increase their limit. They sit down and they figure out where they’re overspending. You don’t need Dave Ramsey to tell you that.

And then there’s the back and forth between Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Allen West, both representing Florida. She called him out on the House floor, calling into question his stance on Medicare during the debate over a spending cap and balanced budget bill before the House. She, of course, waiting until he was not able to defend himself to speak out.

So West sent her an email. The subject line of the email: “Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz.” The e-mail said: “Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.”

I agree with him. What a cowardly chicken she is. To wait until he can’t defend himself and rail on him in front of the nation? That might fly in junior high but not on the floor of the House…and now she’s acting like the victim in it all? Grow up, sweetheart. Don’t write a check your tookus can’t cash. If you don’t want people to call you out on your actions, don’t act like a member of the “A” group who talks about people behind their back. It’s as simple as that.

It’s time for our leaders to start acting like leaders. They need to start acting like adults. No more talk of peas, bluffs and talking behind each other’s backs. Quit threatening to “take your ball and go home.” We voted you in to your current position to do a job. If bullying is all you’re willing to respond to, here’s a proposal, “DO YOUR JOB OR RISK LOSING IT.” How’s that for bullying? Do I have your attention now? Good. Get to work.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Angry Squirrel
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 15:50:10

    So just to get this straight to follow your analogy of being a mom and worried about bullying. So if someone was willing to give your child almost eveything they could want, but because it wasn’t more than everything that they are being bullies? Just trying to make sure I understand what you are coming at, as that basically is where the debate has come to on the debt ceiling. It is funny though that the once infallable idol of the GOP is too liberal for the new GOP. I don’t myself see Reagan in any better iight today than I did before, but use that to show absurd the state of the GOP has gotten in such a short time.

    As far as the DWS-West ‘showdown’ I think her remarks were a prepared statement speech when her time on the floor came up and she did not even know if West was present or not in the chamber. If West wants to come up to her now I am sure she would say the same exact thing. As far as your siding with what West said back to her, it is amusing you donot mention the actual part of the email people found offensive. You know the part about not being a lady so I am not going to treat you that way, so woman know your place part. What did he mean by that statement anyways? What if she doesn’t shut up he’ll beat the crap ou of her? Now that,would be bullying.


  2. Squeaky
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 08:16:04

    I just keep wondering how the liberals will be able to defend their actions come election time. The economy continues to be the big topic and isn’t getting any better so why not wake up and cut spending deeply? Show that you were part of the solution and not part of the continuing “Washington Politics” problem that keeps spending like it’s the thing to do.

    Well written article Crunchy.


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