There's Something Wrong With Uncle Sam

This weekend I watched the HBO documentary "There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane." For those unfamiliar with the story, two years ago Diane Schuler drove a minivan loaded with children the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in New York while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. She collided with another car, causing the deaths of eight people, including her own. The documentary takes the position that the authorities got the story right: there was no smoking gun, and this tragedy was one more in a harrowingly long line of substance-abuse induced collisions.

Recent events in Washington D.C. mirror this storyline. (By recent, I mean starting ten years ago, when another horrific tragedy started a spending binge that has brought the U.S. to the brink of fiscal catastrophe.) Unlike the victims in the Aunt Diane story, the U.S. can still slam on the brakes, move across the highway median and head in the right direction. However, a group of non-teetotaler Republicans seems to have found a Vodka bottle and some marijuana and they are driving a minivan loaded with our kids' futures in the wrong direction at very high speeds....403 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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