It’s unbelievable! They’re at it again!
If not for a last minute deal in the Senate Monday night, the government would have been shut down. We came to the brink of…oh, say, no Social Security checks, no money to pay our soldiers, no money to run the air traffic control system…and we came to it for the fourth or fifth time this year. Republicans must particularly love this particular precipice because they keep pushing the country to the edge of it.
And this bit of brinksmanship came with a particularly nasty twist…House Republicans slipped out of town Friday night after passing this steaming pile of…whatever…without even sending it to the Senate so they could consign it to the toilet where it belonged.
One would think we were dealing with the California legislature. We here in California are used to such shenanigans. We expect them. In fact, one suspects the R’s elect their legislators specifically for such gamesmanship.
Don’t we expect better from our National legislators? They were elected to govern…and they say so over and over again, though it seems they do pitifully little of it. Is it too much to expect they at least fund the government for a few more weeks so granny can buy groceries?
And there seems to be more than a bit of Grinchmanship involved here, too. Because the Republican Grinch has made yet another appearance, slipping another budget requirement that any FEMA spending…for the people hit by the Eastern earthquake and Hurricane Irene, not to mention the eight or ten other disasters the country’s been hit by this year…be offset by cuts to…surprise, surprise…subsidies to green energy projects beloved of Democrats.
It sometimes seems that the R’s think the only way they can get their way is to threaten to shut down the government. And maybe that is the only way. Because their ideas are so bad. Never has FEMA funding been subject to offsets. Never…under Republicans, Democrats or Whigs, for that matter…has federal assistance to disaster victims had to be “paid for”. Until now. We can thank the Tea Baggers who run the Republican Party for that.
But even though the Grinchmanship is bad enough…the brinksmanship is even worse. Apparently the R’s…or, at least, the Tea Baggers among them…seem to think this is the proper way to govern the country. Sort of…as the President said…my way or the highway. In a few months, though, some of these jokers are going to be asking for our votes.
Maybe we should keep this in mind?