Government Shutdown – Why Does No One Want Credit?

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.


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15 Responses to Government Shutdown – Why Does No One Want Credit?

  1. Kathy says:

    A very good piece, Saltwater, and thanks for posting it, Mrs. AL.

    Nobody wants the credit because Harry Reid’s finger is stuck on the NO button, as the proposals from the House pile higher and higher on his desk. The House is busy deflecting punches and thinking up clever new comebacks, and more proposals.

    People get stuck in ruts and neither side has enough sense to think outside the box and see this as a good thing – in that we don’t need government this big. That’s not the thought process for either side. They’ve been too big for too long to think it could be any other way.

    • Saltwater says:

      Thank you, Kathy. I suspect you are correct in your assessment that they have lost sight of an old truth – more is not always better. Just as a little makeup, a pinch of salt, or a single aspirin can enhance beauty, perk up a bland stew, or ease a headache, too much is usually disastrous.

    • Mrs AL says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. ” … Harry Reid’s finger stuck on the NO button …” is a great description of what this guy does and just screams term limits. Yea, I know it’s a pipe dream, but it’s still a dream of mine.

  2. Clyde says:

    Well, they don’t want to take credit NOW, because when the SHTF, they don’t want the BLAME, either. Good post, Salty, and Mrs. Al. Thanks.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Good question and good post. We have a class of pols there that only want to take credit if things go well, usually after fact, but they will rarely be in front of an issue which is actually their job.

    Our crop of pols simply are scared. I remember when Reagan got on TV after making a bad call. He simply said that he made the best decision with the information that he had but it didn’t turn out as he had hoped. The people loved him for his honesty.

    • Saltwater says:

      Fear of failure, or even worse, fear of ridicule over that failure, does seem to be the guiding light for far too many inside the beltway. Leading from behind is the order of the day – in large part because it is more expedient to retreat from the rear. People are not fooled long, and revile cowardice. The job approval polls show that.

    • Mrs AL says:

      Scared? By that do you mean they don’t want to jeopardize their re-election?

  4. bullright says:

    That’s a really good take. Should be someone. If they could have stopped Obamacare people would be cheering, and would have set the economy on fire.

  5. When someone stands up to take credit for veterans not getting their retiree and/or disability checks on the first…..their life expectancy will be measured in days, not weeks.

  6. Gar Swaffar says:

    All are great points to bring up, –
    IMO, no one wants to stand up to be counted because they have no ability to stand up and tell the truth.

  7. Mrs AL says:

    Bullright, Crawfish and Gar … thanx for stopping by. As you already know, Saltwater will soon be posting here and ‘Nox and Friends. Look forward to your comments at his corner of the N&Fsphere.