I’m definitely opening up myself with that kind of headline. However, I can’t help but ask that question when looking at the last few days in Washington. The problem is that the narrative from the mainstream press is that the Democrats and Republicans just can’t seem to compromise. All of them are a bunch of bums and they all are to blame.
At least that is the predominant narrative on the home front. My wife isn’t a government employee per se, but she is affected by the government shutdown. She seems to believe the shared blame narrative. I guess I go back to that sports coverage analogy in the discussion about Chuck Todd and David Gregory. Go back to the end of any football game and you get the coach and player speak. We win as a team and lose as a team. Everyone has to look at themselves in the mirror. Blah, blah, blah, yakkity, smakkity, gobbleligook.
We often fall back on these stereotypical responses even when the guilty party is staring you right in the face. Matt Schaub threw the pick six that cost us the game and yet the coaches talk about how the offense and defense has to play better. Well, I call BS on that one. In the same vain, I am calling BS on this narrative that both Democrats and Republicans are equally to blame for the shutdown.
Let’s dust for prints. Many of the House Republicans and Senators actually promised to shut down the government when they entered Congress in 2011. True to their word, we’ve face two debt ceiling scares, and a couple of government shutdown scares. I suppose this time they succeeded. I wouldn’t complain too much if I knew there was some kind of end to this game of political brinkmanship. The more we go through the process the more it looks like the game is the end itself.
Funny, but Obamacare was not the key issue last time we came around. It was entitlements or something like that. Next time they might want to demand that Thursday be Sloppy Joe day in the mess hall. They will not agree to let the government continue its business until they have the proper pickle to onion ratio in the recipe.
However, let’s take them at their word. Let’s say that a majority really does hate Obamacare and they protest the fact that it was “rammed through Congress.” That may be true when we look at this case in isolation. Yet, when we look at all of the legislation from Obama’s first two years we’ll see that Republicans voted for none of it. Usually, not a single one. If Obama had stated that the sky was blue they would vote universally no. It didn’t matter. You can’t negotiate with a wall.
Speaker Boehner gets control of the House and they finally get to do what they want to do and the House passes the least amount of legislation in the history of the United States. Make sure you read that carefully. I’m not talking about bills passed into law with Senate and presidential approval. I’m just talking about bills passed by one chamber. That’s a chamber they have control over.
The end game is that they want to do nothing and they want to tear it all down. Any jackass can burn down a barn. The key to good leadership is to see what kind of barn you can build when you have the tools at your disposal. So far, the House barn is a pile of wood and dirt in the field. The cows have nowhere to sleep, the chickens have nowhere to roost, and the horses are running free. Meanwhile, the idiots with the hammers and saws in their hand are blaming it on Obama. Again, am I missing something?
This isn’t to say that there aren’t any reasonable changes that can be made to Obamacare. There certainly are as there are always changes that can be made to any law. The conservatives in Congress aren’t interested in reasonable change. If they were then this thing would have been solved weeks ago. They are interested in slash and burn politics in the hopes they can wear down Obama’s resolve. The last time I checked, that’s not equal blame. That’s one party trying to play political terrorist and it’s high time they get called out for it.