To Shut or not To shut, that is the question

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

We as a nation stand on the precipice of financial ruin. It would be easy to place the blame for all of this on the Democrats and Obama. While that might be cathartic it would not be true. Both parties have had their hands in this particular cookie jar. That being said, the Democrats of late have done their level best to steal the crown of fiscal irresponsibility for themselves. Coming close to doubling our national debt in a little over two years. A national debt that has taken this country almost it’s entire history to accure, the Democrats have doubled in a mere two years.

Here we stand, both sides arguing over .02% of the budget as if it’s the end of the world. Meanwhile, the debt numbers continue to tick upwards, dwarfing any savings that might have been realized by either sides cuts. All of this drama is going on in DC and it’s only about LAST YEAR’S budget that was never produced under the previous Congress. This fight has devolved into , who’s going to blink first. The Democrats are shirking their sworn duties to this country, a duty they swore an oath to uphold. They root for a government shutdown. They reason that it will score political points for them in next year’s election cycle. The fact our country is in dire financial trouble is secondary to their lust to regain power.

The Republicans for their part have come up with a plan to get us through the rest of this fiscal year. A plan that wouldn’t have needed to be made had the Democrats done their jobs in the last Congress. They wrote down their plan for all to see, voted on it, and it passed with room to spare. The Democrats have no plan , well, I take that back, their plan is to ignore the problem, demagogue anyone that says we have a problem, and throw out meaningless and false claims that women, children, and minorities will be hardest hit. We’re talking about .02% of the budget here, not 20%, the only people that stand to be hurt by these cuts are….The Democrat legislators.

I say, let the government shut down. No matter what the Democrats say, it’s not the end of the world. A government “shut down” doesn’t mean the entire government shuts down and goes home. Social Security checks will still go out, the military will still be there,  Medicaid will still pay for medical care,essential government services will not be affected. Yes, some parks will be closed along with other non-essential sections of the government, but not much else will change for the average person. The last time this happened, we survived, no one died because they didn’t get whatever entitlement they’re signed up for.

To shut or not to shut down the government, that is the question before us today. If it means both sides will be forced to focus their attention on the problem at hand instead of grandstanding before the cameras, then shut it down, shut it down now. This fight is small when compared to the overall fiscal mess we are in as a country, but it’s an important key battle in this war. If Congress can’t even agree to cut .02% of this year’s budget, how are they going to be able to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room, i.e. the long term fiscal solvency of our country. The latest CBO report,using current numbers, shows that our economy melts down and we turn into Greece by 2037. Most of you reading this right now will still be alive in 2037, are you prepared to deal with a complete financial meltdown in your retirement years?

Today’s fight in Congress over last year’s budget is a diversion from the actual problem. Representative Paul Ryan has come up with a plan that appears to put us back on the path to fiscal sanity while still retaining a safety net for those of us that need the help. From what I’ve learned of this plan, it hurts everyone, across the board. The Democrats speak about the need for shared pain in order to get us out of this mess, this budget proposal definitely shares the pain among all of us.  Will they put their money where their mouths are? Only time will tell….but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Paul Ryan has taken up arms against a sea of trouble. It will be telling to see who stands up and walks out of the play, as it were. We will have found the water droplets in that sea of trouble rep. Ryan is fighting against.


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One response to “To Shut or not To shut, that is the question

  1. Update:

    If the government shuts down, guess who still gets paid? Some of you already have figured this out, and yes, you are correct. If the government shuts down, members of Congress STILL get paid. Sen. Barbara Boxer of all people submitted a bill in the Senate that said if the government shuts down, members of Congress don’t get paid. It passed the Senate, but the House hasn’t taken it up yet.

    To be honest, I figured that Congress wouldn’t get paid if the government shut down. But then I read this and realized I was just temporarily suffering from amnesia.

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