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December 7, 2012

The more I learn the less I know

Tonawanda News — While wondering who this “Fiscal Cliff” guy is, suddenly so important, it occurs to me no one is expecting to pick up the newspaper or turn on a television in the next few days and see a kumbaya moment in Washington with a lot of bipartisan shaking of hands, wiping of brows and mutterings of “Whew! That was close!,” as in comic books from the time Bob Dole was a kid.

I don’t know what to expect, except that I am confident it will impact negatively on me.

But then, the back of my head tells that to the front of my head, and the front of my head says, “That’s what they want you to think!”

With the aforementioned television wandering over to Fox News from its preferred location at ESPN, I note even they are worried over there. They’re assigning the blame differently from the rest of humanity, but they’re worried.

And if anyone can give me a lucid and correct list of how things will be different around here, once we flip over the calendar and knock a few more props out from under the American Way of Life, would I actually believe him or her, or would I assume he/she is giving me a load of partisan claptrap?

I can bloviate all day on the topic of how politics has gone down the sewer pipe in this country since Newt Gingrich arrived in Washington to make loyalty to party Congress’ highest priority. So can you. The problem is, it’s easy to assign cynicism to situations and places it does not belong, which makes me feel like the daily paper is the Conspiracy Theorist Starter Set, to wit: 

Among the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors is David Letterman. The honor is a prestigious one, given by a non-government group that nonetheless involves the president in a lot of ceremony. It’s as close as the United States government gets to acknowledging the best of the country’s performing artists, and Letterman’s program has given Mr. Obama an open invitation and a welcoming platform in the past few years.

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