For the first time in 15 years it looks like our government may partially shut down while everyone figures out how to allocate money. The blame here is allotted to the political parties who have allowed this situation to develop in a game of "chicken" which holds the American people hostage to a power struggle between our nation's parties. It's stupid. It's counterproductive. It's what we have come to expect from politicians.
Yet we all knew this was coming. The partisan rancor of the last decade has slowly grown to the point where the parties are practically pushing for all-out war with eachother. For example, according to NPR coverage at the time of the Health Care Reform debates, Democrats refused to negotiate with Olympia Snowe because house Democrats were concerned the Senate allowed blue dog senators to have too much influence. The same has happened over and over with either side attempting to attack the other in what is essentially the greatest fake wrestling match in the country. The Republican leadership has been making some noise about this or similar tactics for some time now. It's tit for tat, in a fight going back quite a while.
Whatever happened to actually working together to find a way out of the huge budget deficit that the Bush era has left us with and which recent legislation and military activity threatens to further expand? Whatever happened to good old fashioned patriotism meaning loyalty to our country instead of political party?
Instead we have efforts to hold this nation hostage to demands that Planned Parenthood be defunded for non-abortion reproductive heath services, and a myriad of other policy demands which have very little impact on balancing the budget but are of symbolic importance to the Republican Party's social agenda.
It has been said that one should never let a good crisis go to waste. A useful corollary perhaps is that if a crisis doesn't exist it is good to make one. This is what the Republican party is doing here, but it's at the provocation of Democrats who have not reached across the isle at critical times in the last few years.
In November of next year, I plan to vote a purely anti-encumbant ballot on the federal level. I plan to vote equally against any Democrats and Republicans currently in office, and while my opposition to Obama is due to other issues (the way his administration has attacked civil liberties even more vehemently than Bush did), this partisan rancor is specifically why I would vote against my Republican representative, and my two Democratic senators.
This is nothing new. The Government has shutdown before in the U.S. As much puzzled as I’m, it does happen in this part of the world it seems. Government employees not paid. Why? Probably due to the government extensive debt! Policies and politicians’ agendas are imbalanced! [Check this interesting video by Washington Post that explains the dynamics of the budget shutdown] I’m not into politics so I shall not attempt to bore you with the intricacies of game plays in Politics. … more
What? What's NOT to love about a partial shutdown? (There IS NO SUCH THING as a government shutdown; all that happens is non-essential services are disengaged. Please don't buy into the fallacy that a government shutdown means seniors are not going to get their checks!) I say, if we can't cut spending back to workable levels, then shut it down until we've shaved enough off the operating budget that we can! That's one way to skin a potato!
Congress would force a government shutdown on April 8, 2011 if their plan to reduce the U.S. federal budget deficit is not resolved. This could leave 800,000 furloughed workers without a job, out of 2 million civilian federal employees. Congressional leaders will meet on April 7, 2011 to agree on budget cuts in an effort to stave off a government shutdown; but an agreement looks difficult. Federal agencies are already beginning preparations for potential closures.
House Republicans advanced legislation Thursday to avoid a government shutdown for one more week.