Blogger Saltwater has shared some thoughts that I want to share with you in return:
It is day 14 of the government shutdown, and the budget battle continues on Capitol Hill. Well, “budget” battle may not a proper descriptor for the often chaotic scene as lawmakers and administration officials scramble in a most unseemly display of finger pointing.
President, Vice President, Senators, Congress members, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all are engaged in the great “blame” battle. Participants gleefully elbow their way before cameras and microphones to describe for the American populace the evil intransigence of the other side. The public is continually inundated with horror stories about closed monuments, potential cuts or cessation of social programs – even world wide economic collapse – if the ‘other’ side does not move off their chosen position.
However, something remarkable is also taking place as the doom and gloom prophesiers bombard us with visions of an Earth thrown out of its orbit about the Sun. The government continues to function on most levels. True, there are areas where some convenient services have been curtailed, whether through partisanship or mandated by statute is a matter that can be debated later. Yet, the critical and essential functions of government continue to operate under reduced staff and funding. The scope of governmental bloat has been laid bare.
Out of control federal spending tops the chart as the single most concern for most Americans in poll after poll. They point to redundant, wasteful, and often unnecessary expenditure by D.C. as the greatest long-term threat to maintaining their own economic security. Now, their suspicions are confirmed as they witness some 800,000 federal employees furloughed as non-essential. Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of Washington, the “work of the people” goes on as normal with the remaining 83% of employees deemed essential.
As the non-shutdown shutdown drags on into its third week, the denizens of Capitol Hill continue squabbling over who is at fault. Instead of affixing blame, those elected should be rushing forward to say, “Yes, I did that.” Astute politicians would recognize that their actions, or inaction if you prefer, are delivering the very thing for which a disenchanted electorate has been clamoring.
Why does no one want the credit?
Dennis P. O’Neil aka Saltwater
~ Mrs AL
NOTE: Since putting up this post, Saltwater has joined ‘Nox and Friends. He will be posting soon.