First of all, I had an amazing response from last nights post. Nearly 1,000 views in under 24 hours. Blown away. I love my church and when I say things like that I just want to make it better.
So the government is about to shut down. I will say one thing about that and then move on to my personal life. If your kid came to you each day and said ‘Mom its a crisis I need your help’ do you think you might become a bit skeptical? The current administration has become the king at the crisis vote. If it isn’t the debt ceiling, its health care, immigration, or Syria (which was a crisis and then was not in about a week).
If the President and the Democrats know they can get what they want by pushing the republicans so far that they face a worst case scenario than they will continually do that and continually get what they want. Eventually someone has to say we are tired of the blackmail and tired of being forced into a corner. We will accept a worst case scenario rather than be bullied into something we don’t believe in. Eventually your bark has to have some bite in it or you will get walked over every time.
Now the republicans have given the President 3 different bills to keep the government funded. One asked for full defunding, one asked for a year delay, and this final one asks for a year delay in just the individual mandate and Congress exemption (both which are wildly unpopular). How is this not compromising?
When Clinton was faced with a government shutdown he realized that there was a limit to the compromise on the republican side and he then worked with them to get a balanced budget, welfare reform etc. It also was not a horrible thing for the republicans as some claim with them actually gaining 2 seats in the senate in the 1996 elections.
Did you know that the government has closed down many times before? 3 times under Reagan, 1 under George H Bush and 6 times under Jimmy Carter.
The Obamacare is a terrible idea and already Regence Blue Cross sent out letters to its subscribers last week with as much as double the premiums because of the plan. The medical device tax is hurting those that most need help and a middle class family of 4 will likely see their premiums go from $436 to $987. This is a victory? I don’t get it.
Anyway, don’t believe all you hear. Compromise has happened. If shutdown occurs it will not be all the republicans fault.
Hopefully it will be short lived but it will show the President that if he is going to call Iran and chat it up he needs to do the same real tough negotiations with his ‘friends across the aisle’.