It started a week ago, listening to Tim Conway Jr’s talk show – had to be Sept. 11th. He took calls from people living off the government, and one thing he said really caught my attention. He said “We are all tired.” He went on to say something to the effect of: We work hard all day long doing too many jobs at once, we come home, grab a bite, see the kids, see the spouse, and drop into bed just to get up and start it all over again. And it never stops. We think nothing of calling or emailing colleagues at all hours – and they answer! Because we can’t stop because we have too much work to do, but can’t hire anyone because no one can afford it.
“Blame it on a long memory, but I can remember when the first move by a president like Lyndon Johnson or maybe a smart aide in the Eisenhower White House would not have been a snarky press release.
I’m guessing LBJ would have been on the phone to Boehner in five minutes after seeing him on TV, saying something like, “If you’re serious, why don’t you come over here quietly and we’ll try to work out something good for both of us and the folks out there?”
Call me a romantic, but I believe that might have happened.
As we saw, no chance it could happen today.
And we’re right back to the partisan war. Too bad, really. “