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US held hostage
October 4, 2013 - John Stack
My partner in Chevastack Consulting often says that both of the parties are to blame for most of the dysfunction in Washington, and NY. And, we agree that it is almost always the fringe elements, the far right and the far left, which make most of the commotion and problems. Most of us live in the middle. Very few of us hold views that are lockstep with our registered party affiliation. Those that do, again, are in the extreme minority. Then, there are times when it really is a whole party. The government shutdown is one of those times. Why would I blame a whole party? OK, I don’t blame a whole party. I blame the GOP in the House of Representatives. They are the ones with the power, therefore they are to blame. I can’t blame the GOP in the Senate, as mostly, they don’t have the power. Let me set this out as I see it. If a clean budget bill was sent to the House Floor, it would pass easily. But, John Boehner, the House Majority leader, will not allow a clean bill to be sent for a vote. I do place the worst of the blame on him. He can end this, all by himself. But, he is acting in complete self-interest. The minority of the House GOP is Tea-Party driven. But, they happen to have a ridiculous disproportionate influence. As Congressmen admit, they cannot vote for a bill they know is best for the country, because they are afraid the Tea Party will set up primary challenges against these legislators for not falling in lockstep with their plans. Boehner won’t set forth a clean bill because he feels it will be the end of his leadership. Does any of this sound like they are working for the American people? In the House, the Democrats can do nothing. There is no way they can affect what the House does. The GOP won’t work with them, or negotiate the budget with them. In this, as with the GOP in the Senate, the Democrats are held harmless. My friend Jason argues with me that it is completely the Senate Democrats who have shut down the government. He claims that the House did send over a bill which funded the government. Except, as he admits, it includes the poison pill of either defunding Obamacare, or delays it for a year. (The GOP will admit the only reason for a delay of Obamacare is so that if they win more seats in the Senate in the next election, they will gut Obamacare). Yes, a bill was sent. But, I’m not really sure why funding the government should proceed as a hostage negation proceeds.
Lets say a gunman takes you hostage. He says he will let you go, and not kill you, but you have to meet all of his demands. For whatever reason, you cannot or will not meet all of his demands. He shoots you. Whose fault is it that you were shot? According to the GOP, it is obviously the dead guy. The guy with the gun should be held up as a hero, as he actually gave you a way to survive, yet you chose not to live and almost blatantly asked to be shot. The hostage taker DID give you a way to live. You would not take that route, therefore you chose to die. The GOP has sent over a bill that funds the government. It also includes laws the Tea Partiers don’t like. So, if the Senate wants the government to be funded, they have to do as the hostage takers GOP demands. Therefore, the shutdown must be the Democrats fault.
Lets take this a different way. Lets say the House was Democrat controlled, and the Senate was GOP controlled. The House sends a bill to the Senate that funds the government. But, this bill also includes making the US Government pay for all health care. All abortions must now be performed for free, by all doctors asked, or they go to jail for 10 years. Also, all pistols are banned , and anything that can shoot more than one bullet a minute must be registered and held at a holding facility until the person has a valid use for it. Now, the Senate refuses to pass this bill, and the government shuts down (Putting 800,000 federal workers on furlough). To follow the GOP idea from above, they would also have to agree that my scenario would be the GOP’s fault also. I really can’t see what I’m missing here. Can someone enlighten me?
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