I woke up to snow this morning and was really surprised to see it since it has been soooooo warm on the North Shore lately. Since I do not get to dress up for my job as a swim instructor, so sometimes I show up for work dressed to the nines because I enjoy it. This week I will be wearing the outfit below for a Child Abuse Prevention meeting in Haverhill. I tend to always be warm, so it would have to be very chilly for me to wear an actual coat. I love Patagonia's Los Lobos vest that I got for my birthday due that fact that one can dress it up (cords and oxfords) and down (over-sized long sleeve tee and leggings) for winter.
Over the past couple of months, I have been loosely following the Fiscal Cliff debates in D.C. I have been disappointed with both the Republicans and Democrats over their tactics in coming to a solution to this economic problem. The person I am most disappointed with is President Obama. We get it. You won the 2012 Presidential election, but you don't have to act like a bully to the Republicans to push through your economic policies in this Fiscal Cliff debate. Republicans in Congress know Americans will blame them if this issue is not resolved properly, but the Democrats (under Presidential leadership) don't understand how to stop ridiculous government sending.
The tune of President Obama's song regarding raising the debt ceiling has changed for the last seven years. In 2006, Senator Obama stated that "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally....Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren." In January 2013, Obama's tune changed to raising the debt ceiling and that he will not pay the GOP a "ransom" to raise it. While I agree that the United States not paying its bills to be "irresponsible", calling out Republicans is not necessary to the solution to the Fiscal Cliff. While many are proclaiming Obama to be a strong leader because of these statements, I do not believe him or Congress (regardless of political party) to be at this moment. Leaders solve problems without "calling out" their dissenters or laying blame. Remember, everyone elected official D.C. represents the American people. We can easily not re-elect them.
Words of advice for D.C.:
SOLVE THE PROBLEM!! STOP LAYING IMAGINARY BLAME!!