Reasonable people compromise - unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest of our lives miserable -- than compromise.
The GOP has its share of problems, but one thing is absolute: Republicans made reasonable effort to pass legislation intended to keep non-partisan government agency programs running. All they asked for in return was to delay implementation of Obamacare, the Democrat Party's illegitimate lovechild that nobody wants.
Sometimes it's best to walk away. Sir Winston Churchill once so poetically quipped: "In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might." The GOP offered Democrats an easy out…a way to save face…even raise Obama's approval numbers. But sadly, and to the country's detriment, Democrats don't understand the art and value of compromise, let alone engage in it. more >>
The media is dramatically reporting that the federal government shut down on October 1 - yet hardly anyone has noticed. This is because it is not really a "government shutdown." If only a few non-essential government functions have been temporarily halted, it is misleading to characterize it as if the entire government has shut down.
Congress came to an impasse on passing a budget last week, which left it up to the Obama administration as the executive branch to pick and choose which federal government programs to temporarily shut down as negotiations continue. Taking a cue from the government shutdowns of 1995-96, Obama knows which parts of government to shut down in order to ensure that Republicans again receive the blame. He's left in place the parts of government that people really need, like the military, federal prisons, the Post Office, operating the power grid, guarding federal property and mailing out Social Security checks. He's shut down the parks, museums and national monuments, because that will affect Americans' vacations. Having their vacations ruined is not enough to really hurt people, but it's enough to irritate them.
Obama furloughed 800,000 non-essential government employees out of 2.5 million federal civilian employees. He knows this sounds appalling to average Americans, who are struggling to make a living in the Obama economy. Wonder why there hasn't been a peep from the federal employees' unions? Obama is well aware that most of the media, which is in the tank for him, will not report that the "furloughs" are nothing more than extra free vacations. After previous government shutdowns, federal employees who were furloughed were retroactively paid. Sure enough, the House passed a bill on October 5 granting retroactive pay for the furloughed employees, which the Senate and Obama are expected to approve. more >>
Let's get clear about the political realities behind the budget impasse in Washington and the government shutdown. The Tea Party is not the problem.
Nothing captures the distortions being perpetrated more than the headline of a Washington Post column by columnist Anne Applebaum. "The GOP Undermines Democracy," it reads.
And, according to President Obama, a "faction" of Republicans (read Tea Party) is holding the nation hostage to their "ideological demands." more >>
As the U.S. federal government completes its fourth day of shutdown on Friday, chaplains of the Senate and House have encouraged members of congress to work past their differences to find a resolution to their current funding disagreement over the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
Senate Chaplain Barry Black, a Seventh Day Adventist who opens each morning's session with a prayer, has dedicated this week's prayers to finding an end to the government shutdown. On Thursday, Black prayed that God save members of Congress and Americans "from the madness" of the shutdown.
"Have mercy upon us, oh God, and save us from the madness," Black prayed Thursday morning. "We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness, and our pride. Create in us clean hearts, oh God, and renew a right spirit within us. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable." more >>
The federal government shut down and right now House Republicans look really stupid but so do the President and Senate Democrats. None of the three want to do the jobs they were elected to do: serve at the behest of "we the people." Everyone needs to grow up and if non-essential government workers don't get paid, I don't think the President or members of Congress should either.
But I want to focus on the Republicans' antics because it's not a good look for the party. First, Senator Ted Cruz went on his defund Obamacare rant in the Senate, which did nothing to change things. The Senate passed a bill to fund the government for only six weeks, stripped of any House Obamacare defunding language, tossed it back to House Speaker John Boehner for a vote.
Enter Cruz again, the indefatigable defund hero, who riled up over 50 House Republicans who insisted on attaching Obamacare to the House's temporary government funding bill. Cheered on by Cruz, the House Republicans contorted and passed several funding bills ornamented with Obamacare delay or defund language. Before the stroke of midnight Monday, the last and final House bill rejected by the Senate included delaying Obamacare for a year and repealing the exemption from the healthcare law for members of Congress and their staff. more >>
"Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt….the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we are running up our debt." --Barack Obama
I am not the least bit concerned about the federal government shutdown. My worry is that it might open back up.
All of this could have been avoided if Washington politicians didn't have the budgeting skills of an Ole Miss frat boy. more >>