A manufactured battle in Washington D.C. recently “ended” and I’m still trying to understand why it started in the first place. After all the drama and pain, was it worth the time and effort? Yes. President Obama couldn’t accept this type of negotiation as a new way of running government. No. The shutdown lasted for 16 days and cost our anemic economy $24 billion. Maybe the politicians have been drinking and smoking more than Tea.
The last time America defaulted was in 1812 when the English burned down the White House and in 1979 due to a computer glitch. According to The Huffington Post: “The Treasury Department blamed the mishap on a crush of paperwork partly caused by lawmakers who — this will sound familiar — bickered too long before raising the nation’s debt limit.”
The Merriam-Webster definition of default is: “failure to do something required by duty or law; a failure to pay financial debts; a failure to appear at the required time in a legal proceeding; failure to compete in or to finish an appointed contest; a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration due to lack of a viable alternative.” Defaulting would have been a failure to meet our obligations and avoidance to excellence.
What if my family decided to not pay our debts? Is that the new “American” way of thinking if one disagrees with a policy? I’m mad at the government for ___________ (fill in the blank and choose your custom disgust). As a result, I refuse to pay ___________, ____________, ____________, ___________, and ____________. Would the federal government allow for this? No chance in ________ (pick your favorite swear word) hell.
George Washington, the first President from 1789-1797: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” Does that include your nutjob relatives or as Senator John McCain stated “wacko birds” like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Even Mr. Washington, would agree that you can’t change crazy.
My hope is that voters in the upcoming midterm elections don’t forget this debacle and circus. I have a feeling this last stunt is engraved in the people’s mind. There will be many more full moons till the next political battle. Undoubtedly, it will be a challenge for Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner to keep the insanity contained. For some reason, can’t get The Judd’s song Mama He’s Crazy out of my mind…: