|Whose Budget Is It Anyway?|
|Written by WOTDO|
|Thursday, 07 April 2011|
Budgets, Bickering & Blame
Just as I suspected immediately after the 2010 fall election, the Democrats very deliberately did not pass a budget while they still had the opportunity. It was much better to wait until they no longer had control of the House and would be shielded from the political pain of being blamed for cutting the budget of all things, a Cowboy Poetry festival. The Democrats know just as well as the Republicans do, that massive, not surgical, budget cuts are required.
The Democrats simply refuse to have any of those cuts next to their names. Instead, they are putting on a big show with their well-acted "fight." They pray for a shut down that lasts for weeks with future plans to "acquiesce" to Republican demands so that Gov workers can get paid and constituent services start back up. Sorry unemployed ex-worker now on the dole. You won't get any payments until the Republicans can play on our side of the fence. Oh wait - the unemployed will continue to receive checks. Sorry little 'ol lady depending on her monthly social security check. You will have to do without food this month because those nasty Republicans have their own version of death panels. Oh wait, the little 'ol lady will continue to receive her payments.
Sorry soldier in the U.S. armed forces, you won't get paid until Congress figures out who's on top. Oh yeah - you won't get paid even though you are actually working to defend Congress' right to drive us crazy. Obama calls Boehner's plan to extend the Federal budget for one more week, which includes a provision to ensure that the military is funded through the end of the fiscal year, a "distraction." Laughable how a President and Congress who is legally responsible for upholding the Constitution which actually provides for the funding of a military but not social security, unemployment, welfare, medical care or cowboy poetry festivals is shirking it's number one responsibility.
In the end, it's the Democrats who win. They will achieve their shared but secretive desire for a slashed budget AND get to place blame on the Republicans for being so "difficult" and causing so many Americans pain in the process.
But don't be glum! There could actually be a silver lining in all this for just about every American. The inability for the Treasury to print money during a protracted shut down should increase the value of the Dollar! Let's just hope Obama doesn't deem the money presses as "exceptions."
And that's the word of the day. - WOTDO
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