For 190 days, the Republicans have kept the government operating.
This, despite the failure of the previous Congress, with a Democratic majority in both chambers, to pass a budget by Sept. 30, 2010.
At that time, in addition to the presidency, the Democrats had a 75 member majority in the U.S. House of Representatives (255-180) and a 16 member majority in the U.S. Senate (57-41), with two Independent members.
The Democrats were quite vociferous in their ability to control the movement and passage of specific of legislation that clearly defined their principles, values, and judgment. (e.g., Obamacare). The implementation of a responsible budget evidently was not included in these priorities.
Not since the Clinton presidency, more than 15 years ago, has the government been in serious danger of ceasing operations. At that time, the government lacked an operational budget for 44 days prior to closure. The government has exceeded that number by 146 days thus far.
The reason for this budgetary crisis: the 2010 election.
The result: a severe injustice to the American people.
Hence, the Democrats lacked prudent principles, values, and judgment. It appears personal gain (e.g., political, financial) took precedence over prudent policy for America.
If the true causes are not addressed, the same problems will manifest in the future.
The Democratic rhetoric misplaces blame on the Republicans and ignores the underlying dynamics. It is a blatant attempt to obfuscate their obvious and blatant failures. Problem solving is critical, but their methodology is severely flawed, and their proclamations are disingenuous.
A succinct, comprehensive description of the issue will defuse many of the misinterpretations and misrepresentations that assign unwarranted responsibility to the Republicans.
The stalemate is also a highly manufactured camouflage. The Democrats claim the issue is centered on a difference of roughly $10 billion to $30 billion (close to one half of one percent of the annual federal budget). In reality, it reflects the psychosocial dynamics of personality and power maintenance.
Fast forward three months when the fiscal year 2012 budget is being debated (it needs to be approved by Sept. 30, 2011, the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year). At that time, the discussion will be centered on trillions of dollars over many years. As the deadline approaches, the "differences" for reaching an agreement will be one or two magnitudes greater than those we face today. Instead of a $10 billion difference, we will be contemplating differences of $100 billion or $1 trillion.
Six months from now, when the new budget should be in place, the country will reflect on these negotiations with a chuckle, if not outright laughter, indeed.
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