Where to Start in the New Year?

The holidays have come and gone.  School is back in session.  We’re all back at our work desks, ready to dig into whatever 2011 is going to bring, right?

I know that’s how I should be feeling, but I can’t seem to stop my brain from multi-tasking long enough to focus on any one topic or any one task.  I thought I was going to be able to leave that behind my in 2010, but it looks like this bad habit has followed me into The Year of the Rabbit.

Part of this is due to all the last minute work that must be done on Mothers of Intention, and part of it comes from a fabulous new job – the kind that I have been working toward and longing for, shall we say, forever.  And the part of my brain being on spin cycle all day, every day comes from the continued craziness on Capitol Hill — the GOP withholding increased budget spending for securities cops on Wall Street and safer food, a Tea Party-inspired call for something dubbed a Constitutional Authority Statement for all legislation proposed in the House of Representatives (last time I checked, the judicial branch was the ultimate authority on that, not elected lawmakers), that always wacky Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who now says gender discrimination isn’t barred by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, and the President praising Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted felon Michael Vick as the poster child of second chances, while ignoring two women who have been sitting in Mississippi prison cells for over a decade and now are only getting released because one is willing to pay an exit fee — one of her kidneys.

*insert deep sigh of resignation here*

I know the calendar says it’s the beginning of a new year, but it sure doesn’t feel like it with all this political nonsense.  I’m keeping my fingers that at least one person in Washington, D.C. will have the backbone to use a little common sense that will help us all.

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2 Responses to “Where to Start in the New Year?”

  1. Lisse Says:

    I’ve been a political junkie and observer of the game since college. I didn’t think it was possible for Republicans to get nastier than they were during the Clinton administration, but of course, I was wrong on that point.

    It can be really exhausting, and has often made me want to walk away from the whole thing. But then you realize that it’s part of the psychology they are employing and is exactly what the right-wing wants.

    Even though many of the nuttier candidates did not win their races, I’m still betting that the Tea Party will go too far in some of their demands. The Dems and the media must be strong enough to call them on it.

  2. Daisy Says:

    Congrats on the new gig! This year will be full of column fodder. With the balances in Congress and the Senate the way they are, how could we not have all kinds of material?

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