Spencer Tracy said it so well to Jeffrey Hunter in The Last Hurrah 1958: (Watch clip here) “Now tell me this. What would you consider the greatest spectator sport in the country today? Would you say it was baseball, basket ball, football?… It’s politics. That’s right, politics. Millions and millions of people following it every day in the newspapers, over the TV and the radio. Now mind you, they wouldn’t get mixed up in this themselves for all the tea in China, but they know the names and numbers of all the players”. However, the players today seem like they are trying to throw the game.
No Government shutdown in the past has seen the kind of abuses to American citizens as this one. Today, the President is not enjoying his poll numbers: 37% approval rating. This can only be tied in with the American people feeling that this administration is using them as pawns. The American people are catching on to the propaganda tactics to make the public feel that the shutdown is hurting them. In fact, much of the shutdown symptoms are manufactured by this administration.
Take for instance the War Memorials. In the past shutdowns these were not closed. So why within a partial government shutdown are the Vets being turned away, blocked, and in the case of the Vietnam Vets visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall, they were removed? It has come to be now fact that this administration has been telling rangers, and police to “Make the people feel the pain of the shutdown”. This, coming from people we elect to make our lives better? How heartless to turn a 90 year old Veteran away from a World War II memorial, after traveling a great distance and perhaps never to see it again.
We have also learned during this shutdown that the cost of barricades and guards cost more than if you just let these wonderful people visit the open air parks. Or how about the elderly people in Yellow Stone Park held by armed rangers preventing them to take photographs of Old Faithful? Or preventing boats from fishing in over 1,100 square miles of ocean off the coast of Florida due to the shutdown? Even in France the Normandy Cemetery was shutdown. Okinawa too. Open air, just walk in, pay your respects, doesn’t cost the government a dime to do that. The Grand Canyon was shutdown and Arizona offered to pay the cost of keeping it open. They were denied. Why? Again, it all points to what several rangers have stated that their orders was to make the American people feel the pain of the shutdown. That is pure politics. If things were kept to reality, there would be no need for any of this. Bingo! and that is the problem. This administration fears that if people realize that a government shutdown has little effects on their lives it would also go against their efforts to spend money opposed to showing cuts help this country.
Truth is, very little of the Government has been shutdown. What is worse was the furloughed government employees now getting back pay for the time off like a paid vacation. So if they are to get paid for the time off, why furlough them at all? Not only pay them, but some are going to be paid twice! Yes, Twice! Many of them have filed for unemployment. Once paid, they will not be asked to repay the unemployment money, hence paid twice for the same time off.
The Republicans have attempted to pass Appropriation Bills for several subjects to keep some things open and paid for. This is the way Congress used to do business. You take one topic, write an Appropriations Bill for it, then vote on it. Today however, most bills by Congress are huge bills with earmarks, and pork in it. The country was amazed when a CNN reporter asked Harry Reid if he would pass the NIH bill that would continue to fund among many things, children with cancer. Harry Reid was angry with such a question, and replied “Why would we want to do that?”. A day later he made an attempt of an apology by trying to explain what he meant, but it was weak. Today, October 10th, the House passed a bill 425-0 to restore the benefits of fallen soldiers. Will Harry Reid pass it in the Senate? The public outrage over the denial of these benefits would point to the Senate passing it. However, with Harry Reid one can never be sure.
If you believe the Republicans or the Democrats are to blame for the shutdown, it is irrelevant to the abuse the American people are unnecessarily experiencing. Ronald Reagan put it so well when he said “Government is not the solution to our problems, Government is the problem”. This administration illustrates just that.
I want to ask everyone reading this article a question. Why deny anyone, any access, to any park, ocean, cemetery, or any blocking of anything during this shutdown when each year the Government spends 13 billion dollars on testing of animals? Certainly there is so much waste abound in this government that money can be moved from one area to another to accommodate a ridiculous blockage of a memorial. Or is that just too easy. Perhaps it is the view of the administration that what good would it serve Obama if his directive to make the people feel pain during the shutdown is averted by doing something good for the American people. Just think of the accolades the President would get if he publicly stated that he would avert money from testing on animals to put the people first. A true leader would do something so grand.
Obamacare is at the root of this shutdown, with Obama refusing to negotiate, and the Republicans wanting to tweak Obamcare for the fairness of the American people. I wish to make a point to the President: If in all the 20 thousand pages of regulations of Obamcare, if there was one thing in it that was horrible, notoriously bad for a patient, why not address it, make Obamcare better, and move on? However, with refusing to negotiate the President is saying the bill stays as is, despite so many flaws. Again, a true leader would say “let’s talk about your ideas to make it better”. Thus, he gets to keep Obamacare and the bill/law is improved on.
This shutdown was so unnecessary. The propaganda tactics so unnecessary. It only highlights a broken system. Impeachment has now been filed to Congress. Did you now that? Probably you didn’t. However, it is in vain. At best symbolic as the Senate would have to vote on it and no way would a democratically run Senate vote for that, but it is true, and if you don’t believe me you can read it yourself… Click here. Again, I am sure this president with half the country loving this guy as he can do no wrong, and the left wing media which is about all the media on TV and print, and this Senate, it would be a cold day in Hades for this to happen. We can’t even get justice to all the scandals in this administration.
So, taking Spencer Tracy’s premise, we wait for the next game of the week: The Debt Ceiling. Get your popcorn ready, it should keep us on the edge of our seats.