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March 4, 2013

BEAM: Cutbacks and Chianti: The secret lives of the sequestered


Oh wait, their pension plans are actually pretty darn good. Maybe they’ll be in the Ruth’s Chris early seating line instead. 

Anyway, fear of losing an election often drives many to vote based on popularity rather than productivity. The needs of the nation are forsaken for the needs of an elected official who really likes that view of the Washington Monument. With the congressional approval rating hovering around 15 percent, maybe they should stop schlepping about the fine Beltway dinner parties and start trying something different. 

Another kink in the old democratic machine that has also been surfacing recently is the lack of bipartisanship. No one wants to compromise. And, better yet, each political party wants to blame the other for a wide range of failures. 

The president wags his finger at the House Republicans. The House Republicans banter back at the president. Endless accusations clog the gears of our government. Nothing of substance gets accomplished except some mighty confrontational, albeit rather humorous, sound bites on “The Daily Show.”

For the love of all that is sacred, would you please stop the blame game. There’s enough culpability to go around. In all actuality, it’s everyone’s fault. Republicans. Democrats. Heck, I’ll even throw in those wacky independents. Take responsibility, work together and actually figure something out. 

So turn down the lights and throw on the old Barry Manilow vinyl. Maybe chocolate strawberries and a nice Chianti will relax Congress into a more cooperative mood. If not, try to remember the effect our financial troubles will have on future generations. Surely all the alcohol in the world can’t help our elected officials forget about that. 

— Amanda Beam is a Floyd County resident and Jeffersonville native. Contact her by email at

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