Fiscal Whiff

By Mike Gazdik

Mike Gazdik is the Vice-President of The Farm Club, a blog that strives to bring fan perspective on a global level, while promoting and networking young, aspiring sports enthusiasts.

What is more important to a state, a functioning government or one that has political discourse? One could make the argument that both are equally important and that government can only be seen as functioning, at least a democratic one, if an adequate amount of political discussion and different beliefs are represented. That notion is sound and surely is consensus in Western political thought, but seemingly in the United States, we must continually make the choice between the two.

This choice is most apparent at the present time as John Boehner’s “Plan B” legislation, introduced this Tuesday, which will most likely be voted on this evening or late tonight. Because of the deadline imposed and the whole “Fiscal Cliff” fiasco that surely we’ve all heard too much about already, this legislation surely hasn’t been adequately discussed in just the two days since it’s been in the House. In addition, Ron Meyer, a spokesman for American Majority Action, a conservative grassroots level activist group, just today while on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir program said that he has been speaking with staff members in the GOP that say Boehner could have “40-45 Republican representatives voting against his bill.” When asked about the quality of the information, he retorted, “Why haven’t they voted on it already? They don’t have the votes!”

If Meyer’s information stands to be true as the night goes on, we could see the death of Boehner’s legislation by his own chamber and his own staunchly conservative sect that feel the Speaker hasn’t adequately pushed the conservative agenda while the party has had the majority in the House.

With the death of Boehner’s plan, that gives the two parties ten days to make a compromise before the financial apocalypse (that’s if we make it past the 21st and the Mayan bullshit). Adequate discourse is not an option at this time in order to pass legislation and have it signed before the end of the year. Seemingly, it wasn’t even being discussed until much after the election. But that’s how American politics seems to work, as we are forced to push democracy aside and our representatives must vote as their party heads wish them to, of course, so that the country doesn’t go into another financial blunder. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?