Let’s Make A Deal


United States Capitol

It appears that there has been a deal reached to re-open the partial shutdown of the U.S. Government and to raise the debt limit, temporarily.

The Senate deal under discussion would reopen the government, funding it until Jan. 15. It would also raise the debt limit until Feb. 7 to avert a possible default on U.S. debt obligations for the first time.

I have been watching CNN and they are now showing all of these happy politicians patting each other on the back and publicly thank each other for ‘a job well done’ and this infuriates me to no end.  First, this ‘deal’ is only temporary so I am sure we will be right back here at the start of 2014.  Second, this is not a job well done by any of the politicians in Washington.  A job well done would consist of a long-term deal, a real budget and not ‘kicking the can’ down the road.  For the record, I am a Liberal Democrat.  That being said I am not happy with either side.  I am also tired of the blame game on one side or the other.  This problem has been building for decades and has been caused by all politicians in Washington, the Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Tea Party.  The President is ultimately responsible by virtue of his elected position but every elected representative in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are also responsible for letting this keep getting out of hand and waiting until the last-minute to place a bandage on the problem.  The American people also have to accept some of the responsibility for the problem as well.  We voted these people into their respective positions yet when things go array everyone says wait until the elections.

We hold elections every two and four years for our government and I am always hoping to see this ‘great change’ after we have challenges like we have been going through but it never really happens.  We have let the process get out of hand and out of reach for most people.  There are many people who would probably be better suited to represent Americans in Washington but unless you are very wealthy of have very wealthy ‘friends’ the common person has no chance at winning an election.  We have allowed politicians to become ‘professionals’ in office.  I believe there should be strict term limits on all politicians.  They should not be there to become a fixture in Washington.  The ability to become a representative of the people should not be determined by the size of your wallet or your friends, it should be determined on the willingness and ability to serve the people who you represent.

Let’s stop the blame game and do our part as Americans.  Vote your heart and not your wallet, vote for what you believe in and not for what people tell you to believe in.  Until we, as Americans, can work together to elect a government of the people things will continue as they have.

 

Government Shutdown 2013


Lawn in front of the White House, Washington, ...

I know that everyone has their own opinion about the Government shutdown, that includes me.  I am more on the side that the shutdown is caused by both sides, Democrats and Republicans.  We have to many politicians in Washington these days and not enough Statesman.

According to the World Book Dictionary, a politician is “A person who gives much time to political affairs; a person who is experienced in politics.” A statesman is defined as “A person who is skilled in the management of public or national affairs.” The difference in definitions is subtle, but the difference in practice is enormous.

The people we elect to represent us are mostly only in it for the money, influence and corporate connections they make not the people they really represent.  Until we can get men and women to Washington that are Statesman we will always have these issues no matter what party is in the White House.

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