In times of strife, reasonable people can make reasonable compromises to avert disrupting everyday life. I guess that is why no one in Washington, DC is able to get anything done….there are no reasonable people.
We are in Day 4 of the government slim down. Call it what you want but, in truth, it is simple stupidity and people holding their breath or taking their ball and going home. The Obama administration is clearly playing politics by furloughing more than 400,000 civilians at the Pentagon despite legislation passed to keep them on the job. The administration has closed high profile national parks and monuments while keeping lesser-known ones opened to frustrate more people.
Republicans are playing games by passing smaller legislation to release funds to pay for various services to keep the government open. They are doing it so they can blame the administration for playing games. Meanwhile, the Democrats won’t consider these smaller bills and are asking for a “clean” budget. We get this stance from a party that voted for the Affordable Care Act without ever reading the 10,000-page legislation.
While the children in DC play one up games with each other, the nation stalls. On one hand, that’s OK because I think the less federal government we have the better. On the other hand, it’s sad when leaders do not lead and put their own agendas ahead of the nation.
The concept of providing healthcare for every American is noble. The practice is an exercise in bankruptcy. All one needs to do is look at Medicare and Social Security for reference. I do not point to that as a mock to the government’s inability to manage anything successfully. I point to it as proof that re-distribution of wealth for any grand notion does not work.
Anyone more interested in the moving the nation forward versus his or her careers would not purposefully put the nation on the path to bankruptcy. They would realize the toughest choice in government is choosing the needs of the many over the needs of the few and act accordingly. They would also realize they have the ability to structure the nation where private organizations have the incentive to service the needs of the few.
Leaders figure out how to make a philosophy into a reality.