Jimmy Stewart behind closed doorsPublished 9:24pm Wednesday, November 30, 2011
To the editor:
I feel mightily for Fred Upton these days. Poor Fred is “bitterly disappointed” that his Super Committee failed to “find enough common ground” and reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Good Boy Scout that he is, Fred was probably doing his very, very best to retreat a bit on his positions like no tax increases on billionaires (and their tax-evading corporations) in order to reach that common ground that every cherubic Norman Rockwell boy like Fred desires.
I would have liked to have watched the proceedings as Fred attempted to put the country first in order to iron out a settlement.
But the meetings were held in secret, so I have to use my imagination to “see” Fred employing his best “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” idealism to create peace, harmony and accord between the political wolves snarling across the mahogany table at each other.
Because the doors to the meetings were shut tight, I have to rely on the words and phrases in Fred’s press release that he gave passionate speeches saying things like: “Focusing solely on (our) differences serves no one,” or “Our fiscal challenges cannot be ignored” or “Leaders (must) come together for the country” or “Finding solutions will take time and require tough choices” or “Our work to get our economy back on track is far from over,” or “Congress needs to tighten government’s belt just as families have had to tighten theirs,” or “We can and must keep the focus on job creation and economic recovery” or “We can and must address each of these challenges.”
I am sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the Super Committee meeting room as our tired, exhausted but alas defeated Jimmy Stewart — er Fred — stood up one more time and vowed (as he did in his press release) “I will continue listening to the people I serve.”
Fade to black. The End.