On False Prophets and Credit Unions
John Boehner isn’t going out quietly. Good for him.
Appearing on CBS New’s Face the Nation, he admonished his Republican colleagues not to succumb to the rhetoric of false prophets. It speaks volumes about the wretched state of our political system in general and the so called Republican Party that the Speaker of the House will now be able to get more done in the month he has remaining in office than he has been able to do previously.
For credit unions, this means that the next month is actually one of those rare windows in national politics when legislation is going to move. The problem is that none of the legislation likely to most benefit credit unions will be part of this rush to get things done. It just isn’t realistic to think that we can see Member Business Lending or Secondary Capital Reform. This is by no means a knock against CUNA or NAFCU, but simply a reflection of the reality that a political system paralyzed by ideological rigidity can only be jolted into action by the biggest players (such as the supporters of the Export-Import Bank) or deal with issues of so little consequence that no one bothers to oppose them (further reform of privacy notice requirements could fall into this category).
And the news gets worse. The People who advocated for John Boehner’s ouster are lousy at articulating what they are for, but instead listen to the false prophets who fill their heads with the ignorant notion that in America, policies can be advanced without compromise and that anyone who disagrees with their positions is somehow acting contrary to the Constitution. I went to bed last night listening to the angry voices of talk radio, and as far as I could tell, these pundits of hatred want a Speaker who is willing to cripple the nation’s, and in fact the world’s, finances by threatening not to raise the national debt every time they don’t get their way. The want a leader who is somehow able to balance the budget and reduce the national debt without raising taxes or cutting government programs that middle class Americans like such as social security and Medicare. And, most disturbingly, they want an America led by Republicans who not only disagree with their opponents but despise them.
If you think I am exaggerating, then how do you explain the cheers that went up with the news that John Boehner had had enough of trying to deal with this confederacy of dunces for whom Eric Cantor wasn’t conservative enough and Chris Christie committed the unpardonable sin of putting him arm around the President of the United States when he pledged to help New Jersey recover from a massive hurricane?
What really bugs me is that these so called conservatives drape their radicalism in patriotism. How patriotic is it not to pay the nation’s bills or to refuse to compromise to get anything done? If these people were around when the nation was being founded, we would not have our present Constitution or our banking system.