Government Open for Business
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Congress finally voted to reopen the U.S. federal government and to raise the so-called debt ceiling, effectively increasing the government debt limit until February 7th. The government itself reopened today and has been funded through January 15th. And House and Senate leaders from both parties agreed to try to cut a deal on taxes and spending by December 13th.
There’s a reason that I’m tossing out all these dates, and that’s to illustrate the underlying theme of all this Washington wheeling-and-dealing—the common thread that connects the dots and comes in the form of one very ugly word: procrastination.
All this government shutdown and debt ceiling bullshit did—aside from pissing off the American public and making us look like a bunch of morons on the international stage—was kick the proverbial can down the road. Instead of working together and coming to a true compromise on important issues, our elected officials put things off and ensured even more crises in the future. Now we have those to look forward to, and I could not be happier.
If you sense sarcasm, that’s because I’m laying it on pretty thick.
I guess I should be happy that Republicans and Democrats were finally able to reach some kind of agreement. The deal cleared the House around 10:30 last night with a vote of 285 to 144—a total of 87 Republicans joined Democrats in getting it done—and President Obama signed the bill just before midnight. Yes, things have been pushed back until the holidays and early next year, but for now at least we all get a break.
And I don’t know about you, but I certainly need one after all this political drama and media saturation. Hell, I’m even getting sick of writing about it, so I’m hoping this will be my last political post for a while, too.
There are other political nightmares on the horizon, I hate to say, so the next media blitz will likely focus on Obamacare and all the crap Republicans attached to the bill that effectively shut down our government and started this mess. Until then, however, my advice to you is this: enjoy Halloween and all the fall festivals; be grateful for family and fellowship during Thanksgiving; and spread joy and love when Christmas rolls around.
After that, though, all Hell should break loose in Washington again. Happy New Year… blah, blah, blah.
Posted on October 17, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged Barack Obama, commentary, current-events, debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans, government shutdown, news, Obamacare, perspectives, politics, United States, United States Federal Government, Washington. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.