The only thing that scares Democrats worse than the Tea Party and Republicans more than Barack Obama seeking a third term is fixing America’s debt. If you are a liberal Democrat in Congress you expect Washington to spend and spend often.
Veterans are an inconvenience for our government. When they have done their duty they don’t go away. Supportive programs and benefits have to be funded and administered, something Washington has trouble with. This is good for both of our political parties.
Washington needed a new buzzword for a political lie. Demands for immigration reform finally clued everyone in that “bipartisan” was a clever misnomer meaning only a handful of Republicans agree with a bad idea endorsed by Democrats. Now the shutdown and another debt ceiling faceoff have brought us “negotiate.”
Only government has such a skewed perception of value that it would pay legislators for undermining the country. We give the government its money but it has a very low regard for those tax dollars, so the salaries handed to members of Congress probably make good sense in Washington.
It seems a tad ironic that Democrats feel justified insinuating Republicans don’t care about children. The GOP invariably embraces a pro-life agenda while Democrats champion the right to choose, something lost on Harry Reid as he warns of the beating our nation’s children are taking because nanny state social programs are suddenly out of commission during the shutdown.
With the government on hiatus there is a lot of talk of what we can do without in Washington. Most of us haven’t noticed much of a difference since the shutdown began. It is comforting to know that as long as our government isn’t doing anything our tax dollars aren’t being spent foolishly.
The newest recycling of America’s spending crisis is congressional terrorism, a budget war directed at taxpayers. There is nothing new about what we are hearing from Capitol Hill. The same types of threats were leveled by the White House over the sequester:
In eight days, harmful automatic cuts are slated to take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.¹