The Blessing of Doing Nothing

As a senior in high school, I remember learning about how gridlock occurs in government.  One manifestation is that the majority in a state or federal government legislative body is from a different party than the head of the executive branch.  For instance, New Hampshire may have a Democrat majority in its state House and a Republican Governor.  This is very common in the U.S., in both the state and national levels. 

I remember reading about how this gridlock was desirable to many Americans.  I cannot recall the reasons given, but am reminded of the Will Rogers quote about being grateful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.  There’s some truth to that.

Seymour Hersh, and others, citing numerous insiders, have mentioned the possibility of a Bush administration-led attack on Iran, perhaps an air strike of sorts.  People talk of an “October Surprise.”  This sounds very ominous.  Iran could very well escalate hostilies as a result.  Oil prices would get worse, possibly much worse, as the nation prepares for another combat episode in the continuing tragedy.

I’m optimistic this will not happen.  Why?  For one, the U.S. government hasn’t done much yet.  Yes, there has been copious amounts of alarming rhetoric, but the actual moving and shaking has been kept to a relatively small amount, considering our extensive presence in Iraq.

Another reason is my lesson learned as a senior in high school: governments are really good at doing nothing.  One could say they are nearly expert at it in some ways.  Without people screaming and popular support for a measure, governments often aren’t terribly effective, nor efficient.  With slightly over six months until switchover, what are the chances that things will get organized and effective real quickly, especially without popular (and even some military and intelligence) support?

Sounds like a good thing to me.  If only I could get my tax money back…

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