This weekend represents the final chance for Congress to enact a continuing resolution to fund the government. For many Americans, this isn’t something that’s new or even remotely unexpected. Sadly, it has become the norm when it comes to running our government and we should expect better. We send 535 individuals to Washington D.C. every two years, and their primary purpose is to ensure the continuity of our country, which also includes the continuity of the government.
Normally, our budget is passed through several appropriations bills. These bills are supposed to be written, debated, passed, and signed by the president before October 1st to ensure we have the budget in place to run the government. According to TheHill.com, the last time this happened was in 1994. Since then, we’ve had the shutdown of 1995 and continuing resolutions since then. Some continuing resolutions have been for the full fiscal year, while others have been stopgap measures. This year appears to be no different.
Each year, it appears to get worse and worse. Why do we continue to send the same people to Washington D.C and expect different results? This year has got to be the worst one yet. We have a party who wants to shut down the government and threaten a default on our debts unless the other party agrees to enact their losing presidential candidate’s platform plus their entire party agenda. In what bizarro world does one lose an election on a platform and threaten destruction to get it enacted? If I were responsible for sending any of them to Congress, I would be utterly ashamed of my vote.
While we have been dealing with this issue over the past two decades, our national infrastructure is returning to the dust from which it came. We have seen several bridge collapses. Some were caused by accidents while others were caused by wear and tear. We have an outdated air traffic system that will eventually get too crowded to work properly.
We saw a global economic collapse in 2008 that shook this country to its core. Instead of working together to rebuild our economy and our country, we have representatives acting like petulant kids intent on finishing off what the recession could not do. The GOP is focused on defunding the PPACA since their numerous attempts at repealing have amounted to an effort that would supplant Vinko Bogataj as “the agony of defeat” if ABC Wide World of Sports were to ever go back into production. Maybe they should take a hint from one of their own Sen. Tom Coburn from Oklahoma.
“The only time you shut down the government is when you shut it down and refuse to open it until you accomplish what you want. But we’ll fold like hotcakes,” Coburn told reporters. “You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot. And we will not for sure shoot this hostage.”
If a staunch conservative can see the writing on the wall, why are we even being subjected to this ordeal? Every time they bumble, another mile of highway crumbles. I sure hope your auto and health insurance premiums are up to date. You may need them much sooner than you think.
- How Congress Got the Power to Shut Down Government – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Continuing Resolutions: The New “Regular Order” (thefergusongroup.typepad.com)
- A Helpful Finding Aid: Appropriation Bills (blogs.loc.gov)
- Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate (thehill.com)
- Coburn: GOP will ‘fold like hotcakes’ on Obamacare (politico.com)