But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
- fall: wears hoodies
- winter: wears hoodies
- spring: wears hoodies with sleeves rolled up
- summer: turns up ac and wears hoodies
All I do is complicate your life. I’m not your person. I’m sorry baby girl. I don’t want a way out, I want a way through.
It doesn’t matter how much you hurt or how long you cry, summer. She’s not going to hold you tonight. She’s not going to say I love you. She’s not going to talk to you. You made the decision to sleep on the couch and she can’t save you. She doesn’t want you right now.
I wish I knew what to say. I wish it didn’t feel like I had to be numb to get through this. I just miss you. I want you near me. I want to feel like you don’t hate me. I want to feel like you don’t feel nothing for me. I want to stop crying.
But there is nothing left to say.
Would she even say anything to you if there were?
You already know the answer to that.
Given the great hullabaloo in Washington over government spending, here are a couple of noteworthy facts. Under President Obama, the federal budget deficit has been more than cut in half, from a FY 2009 high of $1.55 trillion (largely inherited from George W. Bush) to an estimated $642 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
However, a recent Bloomberg News poll shows that 10 percent of American voters are acquainted with this indisputable fact — 59 percent mistakenly believe that the deficit has risen under Obama. Another 26 percent think it’s remained approximately the same. It’s hard to run a democracy given such widespread public ignorance.
Militant ignorance, much of it. Fully 93 percent of Tea Party members subscribe to the false belief that government spending is skyrocketing out of control. No wonder they’re running around with their hair on fire.
But hold that thought, because there’s more: Measured as a percentage of the overall U.S. economy, the federal budget deficit has shrunk from 10.1 percent in 2009 to 4 percent today. Given increased revenue and decreased spending, the CBO projects the figure will decrease to 2.1 percent by 2015.