I must preface this post by saying that I lean toward a conservative political ideology, but after digging deeper into the viewpoints of liberals regarding the government shutdown and debt crisis, I understand their point of view. Republicans were essentially holding the nation’s economy hostage in leaving the government unopened and threatening not to raise the debt ceiling if Obamacare is not repealed. I agree that targeting the Affordable Care Act, the legacy of President Obama’s term, was a poor move because even if Republicans could muscle their way into getting enough votes to edit the legislation through Congress, the President would veto it.
That being said, Democrats are just as much to blame as Republicans. They refused to negotiate on any terms unless the government was first opened and the debt ceiling was raised long-term. Harry Reid essentially was telling Republicans to concede to all of the Democrats’ terms and then negotiations will begin. This caused strict partisanship and lengthened the government shutdown, as Republicans could not find any common ground with Democrats. Even when many Republicans gave up on reforming Obamacare and merely wanted to talk about general budget cuts, Democrats would not budge, mainly because they believed that Republicans would bear the blame for anything that happened to the economy as a result of the stalemate. Politicians, both Republicans and Democrats need to stop worrying about who they can blame (to keep their jobs) and worry more about America’s future.
Due to the threat of default, Republicans agreed to reopen the government through January 15th, 2014 and increase the debt ceiling through February 7th, 2014 without budget cuts . This short-term deal allows negotiations to occur without the risk of government default, which would be catastrophic to the U.S> economy. For America to survive in the future, legislators need to make budget cuts. If we continue to fund the government on a deficit, our interest payments will continue to increase until it is eventually impossible to avoid default. Our debt is currently greater than $17 trillion (that’s 12 zeros) and climbing. Politicians need to stop worrying about being reelected by continuing to fund non-vital government programs. Painful cuts need to be made in order to sustain America’s future and though they may be unpopular for many, they are absolutely necessary so that we don’t end up like Greece down the road. The clock is ticking and lawmakers need to do something to stop the time bomb.
- Crisis Averted?: How The Government Reopening Spells Trouble For America (thegenerationxconservative.com)
- Taking the Country Hostage: The Government Shutdown (realitycheckr.com)
- 12 Very Ominous Warnings About What A U.S. Debt Default Would Mean For The Global Economy (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- US debt: Obama says shutdown has damaged America’s credibility (telegraph.co.uk)
- What Happens Now? (correntewire.com)
- Shutdown: Democrats halt deal by demanding sequester reversal (examiner.com)
- Is The Shutdown Really Over? Did the Democrats Really “Win”? (gopkory.wordpress.com)
- Senate leaders strike deal to raise debt ceiling and end government shutdown (theguardian.com)