The shutdown of our federal government system has gotten everyone in a finger-pointing frenzy that is just plain silly. Republicans and Democrats, alike, are blaming each other without taking responsibility for their own actions that have led us here.
When Barrack Obama was elected in 2008, we were told there would be change. Real change to the system that has been broken for so long. He promised us that he would end the cronyism in D.C. and save our economy from disaster. During his last five years in office we have seen nothing but the same things we were suffering from before. The crony politics is just as bad, the economy is still struggling to pull out of the free-fall it was in, the bipartisanship is still nearly nonexistent, and the government that we elected still refuses to listen to what we want instead of what they want.
This shutdown is the result of our government, led by a Democratic president and senate, failing to manage its money like the rest of the country’s citizens. Despite the law requiring our government abide by a budget that they must pass each year, they have decided to forego the budget process and live paycheck to paycheck through the use of Continuing Resolutions that last for a few months at a time.
Each time we hit the next deadline, the Congress acts as if it is a surprise that the deadline has come and scrambles to get what they want by bullying one another just days before the deadline that will shut down our system. Now, we are at yet another deadline that has come and gone with no budget or reasonable negotiations for a budget anywhere in our future.
Democrats argue that Republicans are holding our economy “hostage” and are deploying “terrorist” tactics to get what they want. However, they seem to forget that they are also not willing to negotiate on any type of spending plan and have not successfully passed a budget for 5 years! It is interesting to me that they would seemingly forget that fact and ignore that we would not be in this shutdown and battle over money if they had done their duty to negotiate a budget that would keep the country on track.
Republicans, on the other hand, are making their stand and motivating people to fight for fiscal sanity. Or are they? Republicans in congress have sat by, doing nothing, this whole time just like the Democrats. They only fight when the deadline approaches and pretend it isn’t important the rest of the time. They use unrelated issues to force Democrats to negotiate but, instead, only make them dig in deeper.
Both parties need to wake up and start governing as if they actually care about this country and its people. Stop ignoring the responsibilities you were given when you were elected and face up to the problems we still have. You have calendars, I assume? You can tell time, correct? Stop pretending these deadlines just snuck up on you and start preparing for them and working together to avoid things like this shut down. Don’t sit around, stomping your feet that you aren’t getting your way and refuse to negotiate with “terrorists” as if your colleagues have somehow forced you to do something dangerous or irrational. It’s a budget. We all have one. We know what bills we have to pay and how much money we bring in. We all live within our means. Why can’t you?
Last point, then I will stop:
Since you ignored the deadline that was quickly approaching and decided to fight about it at the last-minute and forced us into this shut down, stop acting like you won’t budge on negotiations unless you get everything you want. If the other side is willing to work with you on one thing at a time to get our government running again, take it! Most of us don’t care if you piece the government back together one piece at a time as long as you do it responsibly and in a bipartisan way. Don’t sit around in press conferences telling reporters that you won’t fund cancer care, veterans, or open national parks just because you want the other side to do it your way! If they are willing to give you some of what you want, stop being stubborn assholes and work with them! We are all watching you and demand that you stop the insanity and work together! No piece of legislation, reputation, or election is so important that you should forfeit the will of the people for yourself!