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"Wow. That's All I Have to Say."

August 2, 2011 - Joselyn King
"Wow. That's all I have to say."

I was at my high school reunion this past weekend, when a former classmate -- now an English teacher in Maryland -- shared this phrase with me.

She explained she says it often in the classroom when something occurs that causes her eyebrows to raise. She noted it's an expresssion that implies no judgement, no partiality -- only that she has observed something that elicited an overwhelming response.

And while the political world continues at an especially frenetic pace (or conversely, is it a paralyzing one?) as I have a few days off, I can only sit back and observe, "Wow. That's all I can say."

I'm not sure to make of what has transpired over the past week in Washington, other than to say the machinations seemed an embarassment to the nation as the world watched while U.S. lawmakers tried to figure out how to pay the nation's bills. Do we ask for a raise in our credit limit? Do we continue to spend as we are to keep the national household running?

Wonder if any of those annoying debt consolidation companies are making sales calls to the White House and congress looking to drum up business? Sounds like a funny Saturday Night Live skit written by now U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

On a positive note, there was U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who returned to Congress Monday just six months after being shot in the head. It was nothing short of a miracle that she was able to walk into the chamber and cast her vote in favor of the legislation passed by the House.

The bill cuts government spending more than it increases the debt limit, implements spending caps to restrain future spending, and calls for the establishment of a balanced budget amendment.

Oh, yeah, and it doesn't raise any taxes.

Wow. That's all I have to say.

 
 

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