It is that bountifully hopeful time of year when Americans everywhere vow to do better. We make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier food, exercise more and spend less money. We vow to be better husbands and wives, have more patience with our children and be more charitable to those in need around us.
Even when optimism and good intentions eventually give way to reality and old habits, we are better for having started off well. We are better for having dreamed of noble goals and fought to achieve them. And, with every passing year, we just might get a little closer and closer to that better person we want to be.
It is also that time of year when we are reminded once again of what an intractable disaster our political process has become. Congress and the White House have so utterly disgraced themselves and this country over the past few years it seemed impossible for them to do any worse.
Yet here we are, facing a massive tax-hike time bomb that was set by them 10 years ago — a bomb which today will destroy any hopes of an economic recovery — and these people manage to reach new levels of stupidity, recklessness, dishonesty and unfairness.