When I read CNN articles about the government shutdown and debt ceiling lately they seem as if they should fall under the category of “Entertainment”. Then again maybe “politics” is just a fancier word for entertainment because it seems as every year it becomes more and more of a comedy act.
Politicians have become like college students who procrastinate. They know well in advance of a deadline for a big project having been given an outline at the beginning of the term, and yet there they are, staying up late and cramming to get in the final details the night before it’s due. The ironic part though is while a student may get a poor grade for their rushed work, politicians seem to think they deserve an A+ just for completing the task regardless of how well it was done.
Boehner’s statement of “We fought, didn’t win” honestly outrages me. Keeping the government open and funding it should not be a contest; it is the duty of the elected. I feel as though the idea of defunding Obamacare by adding that as a requirement to pass legislation to keep the government open should never have even been considered. Congress should’ve been required to pass a spending bill that did not include any “special requests”. This whole shutdown was nothing more than Republicans being stubborn children, trying to throw added treats into their parents’ shopping cart which was already filled with what was required.
I may not always agree with Obama, but I felt his comments about Republicans “holding hostages” by trying to defund Obamacare was dead on. They had tried to pass numerous times the same type of legislation to no avail. Why exactly would threatening to not open the government until they got what they wanted result in anything more? If anything I believe it made more people angry at them and gave Obama and the Democrats more fuel to bash them.
I often wonder what goes through the heads of the men and women in Congress. I’m sure there are some, though likely very few, who do propose legislation and vote based upon morals and what their constituents really want. Their numbers are too small though to have any real impact though, and if term limits were imposed I think that would greatly alleviate the issue. If someone knew they were only to hold a position for say 4 or 6 years, then I believe they’d be more motivated to accomplish things and not so fearful to voice opposing opinions on issues. Maybe then they would do more than the bare minimum of passing a budget that no one really agrees with and that they really just “kick down the road” to work out the details on at a later date. Seeing as how they’d have to be the ones to vote to impose term limits on themselves, however, I really doubt that will happen. They’ll continue to bicker and vote for whatever they believe will continue to get them reelected. And they’ll celebrate their “accomplishment” of doing what they were elected to do.