With the government officially shutdown, I watched with fascination as one member of Congress after another paraded before the empty seats of the their respective houses to bemoan the sadness of a government shutdown and point fingers at their colleagues of opposing viewpoints, the president sits on his.
Now here we are three days in and the president is no longer sitting on his finger. No, the president is pointing his finger straight at the Republicans straight at Republicans for refusing an up and down vote on a clean continuing resolution. Yes, this is the same president who has yet to get his democratically controlled senate to pass a budget instead he has made a habit of running the government on continuing resolutions.
In Nairobi, Kenya on August 28, 2006 then Senator and presidential hopeful Barrack Obama was prescient of a future he could not foresee;
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exist –to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”
Passed in 2010, the Affordable HealthCare Act is at the heart of the latest shutdown despite the newest Quinnipiac University poll showing that 72 percent of Americans oppose shutting down the government because of ObamaCare. The results of this poll flies in direct contrast to the fact that 47 percent of Americans oppose ObamaCare.
So what’s a politician to do with a piece of legislation that passed not with bi-partisan support but along a majority of party line voting and takes effect with or without a government shutdown. One would think that a responsible politician would be busy searching for a solution that works to protect Americans and promote their common welfare after all if the government fails to do this then all is else is lost, right Mr. President? Unfortunately, we do not have responsible politicians in Washington D.C. instead we have finger pointing representatives who can’t see beyond their own pride, arrogance and sense of entitlement.
On the floor of the senate, Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, wants nothing less than a clean spending resolution sent back to the Senate and blames the Republicans for our current ills.
“What the American people must understand is the House of Representatives did not close the government, it was the Republicans in the House of Representatives closed the government.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).
Is this solution searching? Is this protecting Americans? Is this promoting a common welfare?
Reid though was only getting warmed up in his finger pointing.
“For six months, the House has refused to go to conference and now as the clock ticked past midnight and the federal government officially barred the doors and closed for business (John) Boehner (House Majority Leader) demanded the very conference they shunned us with for six months. The display I would hope would be embarrassing to the House Republicans and the Senate Republicans. So if the House passes the legislation they have over there, we’d be happy to go to conference but not with the government closed.”
With the government’s doors closed, it’s time for the self-serving politicians to get off the floor of Congress and get behind closed doors and go to work protecting Americans and promoting their common welfare not protecting themselves and their own welfare.