Is the government attempting to make Americans feel more pain than necessary during the October 2013 shutdown of the government? Federal Park employees have been told to make the government shutdown “as painful as possible.”
So here are a few examples of how the Democrats are trying to make it painful for taxpaying Americans, and visitors:
- “Permission denied” by the White House for Arizona to reopen the Grand Canyon using state funds.
- The WWII memorial on the Mall in Washington D.C. was shut down. The groups visiting the memorial on Oct. 1 asked the White House for a waiver to visit, but were turned down. They went anyway, and with the help of Republican representatives, they broke through barricades. The WWII memorial is open, there is no fence, and no reason for it to be “closed.”
- Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin (R), refused to let the Federal government shut down parks in his state that the federal government owns but the state runs.
- NFL and MLB programming for the troops overseas has been cut.
- The House of Representatives (majority Republicans) are offering to fund specific parts of the government, but the Senate is saying no, they won’t fund the government in a piecemeal format. Harry Reid (leader of the Senate) also said he won’t talk until Republicans surrender. He doesn’t want to ease the pain.
One thing being funded: Camp David, playground of the President of the United States.
Why is it only a compromise when Republicans give in? If the Democrats in the Senate and the President in the White House refuse to come to the table to negotiate, where is fault? For Democrats, it’s all or nothing, and that is not a way to run a country.
Republicans (and two Democrats) in the House sent four continuing resolutions to the Senate to fund the government before it shut down. Each one gave a little more, until the final CR only asked for the Senate to give up their 72% “rebate” on health care, and the ability for Americans to get the same waivers the White House has given its own lobbiests. Democrats turned it down.
Democrats and the media are blaming Republicans for the government shutdown, even claiming, “we are winning. It doesn’t really matter to us how long the shutdown lasts.”
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner repels that idea, saying, “this is not a game.”
On day four of the shutdown, the House (Republicans and at least 30 Democrats) continues to work on funding parts of the government to keep the country from feeling the pain of the dysfunction in D.C. Funding bills the Senate leader Harry Reid refuses to vote on:
- National Guard Troops
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
- National Parks
- Veterans Affairs
- Border Patrol
- The Intelligence Community
The White House wants to keep loyal government employees, and they did agree to back a bill to fund “furloughed” employees, essentially giving many a paid vacation.
If the Senate has not passed a federal budget in five years (outside of the sequester in spring 2013), how is our country operating? If the only job of the Senate is to pass a budget and fund the government, why are they not doing their job? Why is it every six months our country goes into “crisis” mode, with no funding, and the debt limit reached, when Democrats in the Senate could easily pass a budget and fund every part of the government.
Since Democrats won’t come to the table, they need to take full responsibility when the debt limit is reached and our credit rating is downgraded, again.
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