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Adult Supervision

Growing up isn’t easy.  Actually, it’s very easy because every day you get a bit older whether you like it or not – it’s just not a lot of fun.

Congress, always the antonym of progress, received yesterday a stern lecture from a representative of Standard & Poors (aka Poor Standards) on just what happens when your credit rating is slashed and how it can be avoided.  It appears that they successfully obtained adult supervision before doing something very stupid, which is to say doing nothing against the 2 August default deadline.

On the same day that the Greek debt crisis appears to have been ended this might actually be a cause for celebration.  Of course, something like a big party is how everyone got into these messes in the first place, so it’ll be a quiet affair.

Congress has been slow to believe a long line of politicians, writers, economists and other people with two or more working brain cells who see a crash coming.  It took action by a bond rating company to deliver a message that appears to have finally been received.  Only time will tell what happens now that the the adult supervision has left the building, but there’s a good chance that this time it will take.

If that’s the case, what this nation needs is a lot more from its bond rating agencies.  If that sounds ridiculous to you, you’re right.  But adult supervision is hard to come by.

As any kid knows, adult supervision isn’t always stern and straight up.  To bring the message home the other bond rating firms can deliver the same message in their own way.  Moody’s, for example, could live up to its name and just cut our credit rating without any warning while proclaiming, ‘We just got fed up with your crap!  We’ve been taking it for years and years and all you congresscirtters ever do is squabble and we can’t take it any more!  You need to grow up and …” Ideally, they’d go on like this for about half an hour until everyone in Congress is staring at the floor in shame.

Other parental figures might be able to weigh in as well.  The stock market, for example, could send a message by … wait, that’s not exactly run by adults, either.  Nevermind.

If our bond rating agencies are the only source of adult supervision it goes without saying that we’ve pretty much run dad’s car into a tree and several other “bad teen” metaphors that aren’t usually discussed at length outside of the family.  The key to successful adult supervision always includes at least a little bit of shame, but Congress has shown itself to be rather shameless.  We may have to make an example of Congress in front of their friends, which includes a lot of bad influences like big oil companies and the like.

This is where the adult supervision model breaks down.  There isn’t anyone who can tell them to stop hanging around with the bad kids.  They’re going to have to figure that out on their own.

But there have to be other kinds of successful adult supervision that can be brought to bear on Congress while we’re at it.  Perhaps they just need someone that they can talk to in something less than an angry shout, like the understanding priest who runs the community center or the former gang member who went straight and tells kids how it really is.  The key is to not let them be too idle during the summer when they can get bored and turn to drugs.  Can you imagine if our politics starting doing serious drugs?

Wait, I’ve seen Fox “news”.  It’s too late for that.  We need to intervene more quickly than I thought.

No matter how we do it, adult supervision of some kind is definitely the way to go.  It seems to work.  We just have to find the responsible adults who can take our trouble Congress and help it turn it around before it’s too late.  They’re not bad kids, they just made bad choices, right?

Well, we have until November 2012 to decide if they’re just bad kids.  Until then, more adult supervision is always good.  Bring on the bond rating agencies!

15 thoughts on “Adult Supervision

  1. Ya know, when American families need more income, they might cut expenses, but that only works to a certain point, they might borrow money, or ask the boss for a raise – especially if they haven’t had one for say about 10 years, or both. Seems to me the USofA needs borrow a bit and ask the boss for a raise.

  2. Great post! It’s too bad so many people waste most of their brain cells focusing on football scores and video games. I’ve been told a number of times recently that I “think too much” or that I’m “too cerebral” or something. I don’t think ANYONE can “think too much” because I think most people don’t think ENOUGH. YOU are one of the few who pays attention, but you’re clearly (and unfortunately) an exception. I think if I think too much (ha!) someone at the Capitol should just hire me as an assistant or researcher. Seriously, they should. I read legislation and U.S. Supreme Court cases for “fun” yet am not a lawyer. Despite the fact various friends have said, “YOU should run for office since you are SO into politics”, I have ZERO desire to BE a politician. I’d rather be behind the scenes. I actually ALMOST got one of those jobs at the Capitol. I should be doing that job. Instead I do the work I do when it’s available (and do enjoy that work) and sit around and…think…TOO much apparently. And drive myself nuts because you’re right; congress is NOT progress and things are being run by the crooks and the brainless. Or wait, maybe not entirely brainless. I suppose con artists DO have to know how to THINK to some degree. How else would they rip most of us off, commit white collar crime, get away with it, have special tax loopholes, and just treat regular people like crap with zero consequences? In my Utopia it would just be mostly people like Bernie Sanders and definitely not anyone like Michele Bachmann.

  3. Jack: Or get a second job (heck, I have about 4-5 jobs!). Or get the teens who still live at home a job (which is to say do something about the incredible unemployment rate among people under 25!). But it starts with talking about it honestly, right? We’re nowhere near that. Yeesh.

    Anna: We’ll see. I think it’s starting to “take”.

  4. Kris: It is like a big High School, except it has real power. >shudder!< No, seriously, a post like this is pretty easy and fun, but what bugs me the most is that we are a Democratic Republic, which means that in general we get exactly the government we deserve.

  5. Yes, this is true. But I’m still mad as hell that there are no jobs, that we the people are crapped all over by the (mostly) corrupt powers that be, and that whatever amount of “hope” and “change” the was “promised” never happened because it was just a nice little hollow PR campaign slogan. I can only “hope” for so long and I can only be satisfied with RADICAL and REAL “change”, not some watered down as conservative as Richard Nixon “change”. I still think they should hire me down the street there. I could get some things DONE. (Since most legislators are too lazy to read the legislation that crosses their desks.)

  6. Like any kid, I expect something really stupid to happen as soon as the adults turn away again. 🙂

  7. Very funny post, but the topic is sad. I can’t believe that people are in charge who don’t understand what they are considering. It makes me very angry to think that its come to this. Lets hope that they come to their sense quickly and get to work!

  8. Jim: We’ll have to see about that. I think the adults aren’t going to turn away until after 2 August. 🙂

    Sheryl: It is pathetic, isn’t it? This is what it takes to get them to do what needs to be done. Just appalling.

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  10. It is starting to look like they won’t make the deadline. I can’t believe this is happening.

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