Washington, the seat of power for the most powerful nation in history, is both broke and broken.
Led by a Democratic Senate that purposely and unconstitutionally chose not to pass a budget for an entire presidential term, Congress has failed utterly in its most basic duty, which is to structure the federal government’s finances. This is why we’re having a “showdown” at the end of this month; the most reviled, most maligned Congress in our lifetimes couldn’t even agree on a blueprint for spending – and must now pass a temporary “continuing resolution” to keep the lights on into October.
Pray remind us, what are we paying you gilded members of Congress for?
And, oh by the way, does anyone think they’ll have to live with the Obamacare disaster that they’ve carved out for the rest of us? So, not only have they completely failed in their most fundamental tasks, but they’re also likely to protect themselves from our health care fates.
Meanwhile, they even appear unable to simply agree on the emergency spending resolution: Led by kamikaze budget hawk Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a large faction of Republicans apparently won’t agree to fund the government unless Democrats and President Obama agree to kill their baby, Obamacare, in its crib.
What planet do they think that will happen on?
Look, no one opposes the job-killing Obamacare more than this page. It’s actually inflating health-care costs, sometimes staggeringly – after we were promised the law would bend the cost curve downward. It’s a proven job killer, as companies nationwide are cutting back hours, and likely positions, to avoid hefty Obamacare mandates and fines. It’s also putting the IRS between us and our doctors. What could possibly go wrong there?
Still, this country re-upped for Barack Obama in 2012. In so doing, voters endorsed his disastrous health-care law – and inadvertently, perhaps, signed up for four more years of economic stagnation.
It’s a monumental, historic blunder on our part. But to repeat: This country signed up for this. What makes Ted Cruz or any other Republican think the Democrats are going to cave on this, just to avoid a government “shutdown” that will undoubtedly be blamed on the Republicans? Just about everybody but Cruz knows the last government shutdown in the 1990s was blamed squarely on Republicans, and will be this time as well.
They can argue all they want that it will actually be Obama and the Democrats shutting the government down. Technically, that will be true. But you think the public will care about technicalities when the president trots out all the schoolchildren, veterans and retirees who will be hurt, while he’s cheered on by a left-wing news media?
Not only will Republicans most likely be blamed for any government shutdown, but they also will probably make Obamacare look like an innocent victim in all of this.
Only Republicans would be stupid enough to make Obamacare smell like a rose!
All along, the “news” media will eagerly pass along the absolute fiction, perpetrated by Democrats, that there’s not a dime’s worth of fat that can be cut from the federal budget – and that, therefore, there’s no alternative but to raise the debt ceiling to keep on borrowing and keep on dragging our children to financial ruin.
Set against mean-old Republicans that will be seen as 1) denying people health care and 2) shutting the government down to do it, the Democratic path to financial collapse will be neatly cleared of all undergrowth.
For all their prideful, egocentric, plume-filled preening on the nightly news, our leaders in Washington are destroying this country.