In case you have not heard, there is a warning going out to every person in the United States to be on the lookout for a certain group of people, hell-bent on burning this country down. Police in nearly every city, large or small are on high alert for these individuals. The descriptions of these people vary. Most of them are graying males ranging in the age from 40-80. A few women are also part of this group. Unlike most arsonists who are typically young males, these people look like a typical business person who goes to work everyday with a nice suit on and comes home at night to their families. However, these suspects currently work in Washington as members of the House and Senate. They are called Republicans. I have been warned many times by members of the media and liberals that these people are actually arsonists disguised as politicians.
The current government shutdown has produced a lot of name calling, especially towards Republicans as liberal Democrats are known to do. There is a growing frustration around the country over this shutdown and some people are greatly affected by it. I am sure it has produced some undue hardship for certain people and that is very unfortunate. There is certainly a lot of finger-pointing going on among people in Congress and the President over who is at fault for this shutdown.
In the view of the American people, it seems as though the Republicans hold the edge in the blame game which I guess is understandable since the chances of them defunding Obamacare are about as likely as me winning the presidency in 2016. However,people need to realize that they also scrapped that idea when it became apparent it was not a good idea. First,they came up with the idea that Obamacare would be delayed by a year and that idea was shot down and not even negotiated by the president or Harry Reid, the leader of the Senate. The second proposal was to force everyone to be under Obamacare, even big business and Congress, no exemptions. A fairly fair proposal if you ask me. Of course that proposal was denied as well and not even considered for negotiation. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
I hear the anti-Republican crowd talk about how Obamacare is now the law of the land so it should not be messed with. So why did Obama give exemptions to certain businesses and Congress? Why was the law tinkered with to cater to a select group of people and not everyone else? The Republicans have a great case here. There should be no exemptions and they have every right to withhold funding.
Those who claim that the last election was a referendum on Obamacare are mistaken. Remember the midterms of 2010 when the Republicans kicked some serious butt after the law was passed in early 2010. What happened there? Also, the people of this country also voted to maintain the Republican majority in the House during last year’s election. The law is very unpopular among many Americans and is a very partisan one to say the least!!
The upcoming debt ceiling talks will only add more fuel to this shutdown. Raising the ceiling makes very little sense. When is this madness going to stop? Last year, the federal government took in more revenue since about 5 years ago. And we still need to increase the debt ceiling? Why?
Fortunately, it appears there is some talks going on to end this stalemate. Yes, you could make a case that the Republicans are somewhat at fault here. But how can you let people who are not willing to negotiate off the hook? How can you not blame them? Those who strictly blame Republican for this government shutdown are totally wrong, pure and simple. The real arsonists are those politicians who are stubborn enough to even make an effort to negotiate. Real leaders solve disputes and compromise. I see very little of that in Washington. Pretty soon, the entire country will burn down if this nonsense continues.