Who Will the American People Blame if the Government Shuts Down?
Published: April 03, 2011 at 4:56 pm
"If these budget negotiations break down, we could end up having to shut down the government. Just at a time when the economy is starting to recover,” said President Obama this past week.
Meanwhile, the Republicans in the house are pleading with Democrats to join them in saving the future of our children and grandchildren by making a down payment on the deficit. We could have a government shut down this week if the two sides do not come together. The question is who will the public blame if the government shuts down?
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said today on Meet the Press, “I think the House Republicans lose all credibility when they decide that this fight isn’t over the deficit, it isn’t over the amount of spending cuts, but rather it is to debate and re-litigate political issues that have been in Washington for decades.”
If that is true, how then will our politicians ever resolve any budget issue, because everything in Washington is a political debate
“For goodness sakes,” Dick Durbin argued, “let’s get our job done, let’s fund the government. There’s plenty of opportunity for the House and the Senate to debate every other issue.”
In those few words the Senator capsulated the reason why so many American taxpayers are frustrated with Congress. Nothing gets done because everything is all about making the other side look bad--it's about bragging rights--it's about winning. But for those of us who are living in the real world, this is about the future of our children and grandchildren. Why can't our leaders in Washington get that?
Senator Durbin also made it clear that some of the cuts proposed by Republicans “go way too far.” He tacitly admits the word “extreme” has become the Democrat’s bitch de jour. And, the Democratic strategy of pelting on the “Tea Party” movement is harsher than pissing on Sarah Palin. As for the American people the issue is not all that complicated. To paraphrase James Carville “It’s all about our children and grandchildren stupid."
Senator Durbin argued that the economy is improving and that cutting costs now will stall the recovery. Yet Christina Romer, Chair of the Economic Advisors toPresident Obama was critical of the Administration when she said a couple of weeks ago, “Nearly 14 million Americans currently are looking for a job, but can’t find one. Unemployment remains an absolute crisis…I frankly do not understand why policymakers aren’t more worried about the genuine suffering of so many families. We have tools that we can use to bring the unemployment rate down, and I think it is shameful that we are not using them.”Continued on the next page