Man, this government shutdown is making America look foolish.
“I agree with you. I am certainly no fan of the shutdown. But the division in Washington is a reflection of the division in our representative republic.
“I think it’s a reflection of a total lack of leadership among our politicians in Washington.”
“You speak the truth, and there is plenty of blame to go around. When President Obama ran for office, he convinced voters that he would bring civility to Washington and transcend partisanship. He said his administration would be the most transparent in history.”
“That didn’t work out so well.”
“That is unfortunately true. The president chose to push three major bills — the stimulus, ObamaCare and banking reform — through with virtually zero support from the other party. ObamaCare is still unpopular with a large number of Americans. He had to assume there would be a backlash.”
“You are talking about the tea party people?”
“Yes. The media love to portray these people as close-minded or even racist, but the vast majority of them are good middle-class people who are afraid that their children and grandchildren will never know the opportunities they enjoyed as young people if America doesn’t get its finances in order.”
“Cheers to that!”
“The backlash to Obama’s policies resulted in Republicans taking over the House in 2010 and some seats in the Senate, and putting lots of fiscal conservatives in office. Many won on a promise to stop ObamaCare. Sen. Ted Cruz really rocked the boat when he promised House Republicans he could get the votes in the Senate to defund ObamaCare.”
“And so we’ve had a shutdown?”
“Yes — House Republicans initially voted on a spending bill that would fully fund the government but defund ObamaCare. Then Republicans voted to delay its implementation for one year. Then they asked that nobody, particularly Congress and its staff, get special waivers to pay for ObamaCare.”