I’m on a news watching/reading/listening shut down since my tolerance ceiling for childish national legislators has been exceeded.
Are the potential negative outcomes of Obamacare equal to or greater than the potential negative outcomes of continued government shutdown that will seem to lead directly to not raising the debt ceiling?
When did governing become some sort of Clint Eastwood spaghetti western where the first one to blink is a loser?
Are politicians ever elected to just do one thing, overturn one law, at all costs, no matter what? If they are successful in doing that one thing, what will be the next thing they focus on, at all costs, no matter what?
Can we afford to have one-issue politicians on either side of the aisle that do not seem to understand – or just simply don’t care about – the inter-related nature of, well, just about everything? Even if they don’t care about the inter-relatedness of global markets, surely they understand that domestic policy decisions are also inextricably linked?
Can we afford to have politicians with experience in compromise and negotiation responding to the one-issuers by digging their heels in vs. leading – showing how to compromise and negotiate?
Or, maybe, if neither side blinks and their actions send it all over the proverbial cliff, the short term pain would be worth the long term benefit of a “reset”, if you will. The public would be so fed up with all of it that the preponderance of all current elected officials doing the bidding of the people would all be voted out – regardless of party affiliation.
If a compromise is reached before the proverbial cliff, some entity is not going to be happy. Will that lead to the development of a viable third party – or at least a thing outside of the two current ones where people can feel like their needs/wants are served and they have some sort of influence or say in issues?
Or would it lead to secession?
That seems like an appropriate place to leave off on these musings.
Roughly 5 minutes after posting this, I received a phone call of a recorded message from Rick Santorum on behalf of a PAC that I think he runs or runs him or whatever. Anyway, it made me realize I hadn’t updated my phone numbers on donotcall.gov for quite some time (I’m sure PAC’s have some sort of loophole related to donotcall.gov but anyway), so I go to the site and see the following. Doh!
“Due to the Government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time. We will resume normal operations when the government is funded.”