So the government shutdown is finally over, and the debt ceiling has been raised. We are out of the woods!…. Or are we? So Congress has given themselves a big pat on the back for passing a budget and for raising the debt ceiling… Two things that should have been done a long time ago WITHOUT all of the chaos, and what did the Republicans even gain by causing this debacle? Absolutely nothing. They were given a token change to the Affordable Care Act (that the Democrats actually wanted anyway), and sequester level spending (that they already had) was extended. I would like to ask people like Ted Cruz; “Was it worth it?” These Tea-Party loons say that they wanted to save the tax payers money, but in fact have now cost us an estimated $24 billion in economic spending, thousands of employees furloughed from work for almost 3 weeks, and another blow to our already damaged international image. We even had China calling for the world to “Un-Americanize” itself due to political turmoil and economic uncertainty. How, in any way, did this farce help America?
As for the budget / debt ceiling deal Ted Cruz Stated:
“This is a terrible deal,” Cruz said. “This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people.”
“I ask you to imagine a world in which Senate Republicans united to support House Republicans,” Cruz said. “It is heartbreaking to the American people that Senate Republicans divided as they did and decided to direct their criticism, direct their attention, direct their cannon fire at House Republicans and at those standing with the American people.”
If Cruz were even remotely in line with what the American people wanted, he would never have led this insane crusade to shut down the government in the first place. Someone should point out to him that the American people include Democrats, Independents, and Moderate Republicans too, not just the extreme right-wing, tea-party anarchists that call for the government to be brought down, and wave around confederate flags while doing so. How arrogant can you be to claim that you speak for all American people when polls show that, in fact, you actually don’t? I mean, the Republican disapproval rating up to something like 75%! That’s certainly not speaking for the “American people.” Also, When people from your own party begin to question your sanity, then you have some real problems:
“The one thing that politicians want is approval from the people. They strongly disapprove of all of us — they just disapprove of the Republicans more,” – Sen. John McCain
“Have a coordinated strategy that’s based on reality rather than one that’s not.” Sen. Tom Coburn
“It’s time to restore some sanity to this place, to do this we all have to give a little.” Rep. Hal Rogers
So, after this useless and misguided attempt to “help” America (depending on who you talk to) we have a budget until January 15th and the debt ceiling has been raised until February 7th. My question now is… What’s going to stop all of this from happening again in January? They’ve set up “extraordinary measures” for the Treasury to pay our debts if we near a default, but what about the budget? How are the American people going to be guaranteed that this sort of thing won’t happen again? They have a budget committee meeting set for December 15th, but it still doesn’t leave me hopeful. In my honest opinion, as long as we have the lunatic right-wing fringe Congressmen like Ted Cruz calling the shots, then we can’t truly rest easy.
The only advice that I can give to my fellow American’s, Democrats, Independents, and Moderate Republicans alike, is to remember. Remember who led this attack on our government, our economy, and our very way of life, remember who stated that they got just what they wanted when the government shut down, remember who used our veterans as pawns in spite of claiming that they shouldn’t be used that way (hint: You didn’t see Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid hijacking a veterans rally accompanied by people waving confederate flags.) The 2014 Congressional elections are just around the corner. Generally these elections see very minimal voter turn out, but 2014 should be the year that the American people remind our government who truly has the power in this country. 2014 should be the year that we tell Congress, especially those that caused the shutdown, that we will not accept this sort of garbage any longer. In 2014 every American citizen should put their money where their mouths are, do some research so they’re informed about what they’re representatives truly stand for, and get to the polls to vote. Otherwise “we the people” will only have themselves to blame when we get handed another round of chaos and uncertainty.
Written By: James Garcia (10/17/2013)