Who’s To Blame?

November 2, 2015

I originally published this in January 2104. Given what’s going on now, I’m sad to say I think it’s still accurate.

We hear it all the time. He made me do it. I’m going to tell Mo-o-om. It’s all your fault we’re grounded. On the political side, it’s the other party that’s obstructing progress.

Why did this come up right now? I was at our local coffee shop this morning waiting for my latte and shamelessly eavesdropping on conversations. I do it all the time. It’s one way I get material for my stories and novels.

Two men sat at a table. One was complaining that his daughter, who had just landed a terrific job in New York City, was going to be paying nearly half of her gross in taxes. The conversation went like this:

Guy with daughter making six figures in Manhattan: Vote the goddamned Democrats in and all you get are higher taxes, wars and poverty.

2nd guy: I hear you. Them Democrats hate all of us. We need to get ’em out of govment.

GWD: Run ’em out of town before they get us into another goddamned war.

Those of you who know me I was dying, absolutely dying, to jump in and profess a bit of reality. First, NYC. Taxes always go up. Fact of life. Mayor Bloomberg didn’t do much to lower them during the 12 years he was in charge. Second, Bush 1 = Desert Storm. Bush 2 = Afghanistan and Iraq. John McCain = get boots on the ground in Syria.

Last time I looked, these were all the good guys, the Republicans.

I smiled sweetly when I left. I decided to follow Forrest Gump’s advice: Stupid is as stupid does. I kept my mouth shut, but I wanted to rip faces off. Wouldn’t do any good. Can’t change minds set in cement.


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  • Reply pdroberts1 November 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Betsy, You touch my heart. While I was in Michigan, I watched my first Republican debate (with friends with whom I am in agreement) and, of course, there is that first reaction which is laughter at the pure absurdity of the show. But I found that finally I simply couldn’t understand that this is the reality, this is the State of the Union, this isn’t just theater. A while back, I wrote this on my blog. I don’t know if you saw it.


    Thank you so much for continuing to do what you do to keep us all awake.


    • Reply betsyashton November 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      I did see your blog post, Dean. The world is in such a sad state and yet we have to find humor in the situation. I wish we had politicians with strong moral fiber who are open to negotiation. After all, no president can stand up and shout, “You’re fired.”

  • Reply theowllady November 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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