I’m a simple woman. I don’t like complications. I don’t always understand all the nuances. I’m not diplomatic. Maybe that’s why I write columns under the heading, “I Don’t Get It.”
At the eleventh hour before a threatened government shutdown, an agreement was finally reached on the budget but not without a whole lot of drama.
While I watched all the posturing and maneuvering and chest beating in Washington these past few days regarding the budget, all I did was shake my head in disbelief.
I heard a lot about compromise which always reminds me of the words of an old friend and sage who told me, “when you compromise, you have two unhappy people; when you don’t compromise, you have one unhappy person and one happy person. Which is better?” Well, that type of attitude may not make for a lasting marriage or solve all the problems in Washington D.C., but whenever I hear the word “compromise,” I always pause.
I can’t fault anyone with conviction as opposed to someone who has no core beliefs. I heard a lot of Democrats talk about the refusal of newly-elected Tea Party representatives to give a little on some issues. Well, I didn’t see much willingness on the part of the Dems to compromise when the Republicans were literally locked out of conference rooms when the 2,000+ page monster known as “Obamacare” was being brought to life.
There was also a lot of finger pointing and much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the thought of de-funding the likes of Planned Parenthood. Although some would have us believe PP is as important as our national defense, it isn’t part of our life line and is not vital to our very existence, particularly when we just don’t have any more money for discretionary spending. I don’t know how PP got funded in the first place because I don’t know where in the Constitution there’s authority to fund this type of “public charities,” but, unfortunately, the taxpayers are still going to fund this abortion mill.
In the end, what I’m really not getting is why there was so much blame pointed at Speaker John Boehner and the Republican-majority House.
Doesn’t everyone know that the budget in contention was for the fiscal year October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011? Doesn’t everyone realize that the Democrats, who controlled both chambers of Congress, had all of 2010 to come up with a viable budget which, of course, would have easily had the imprimatur of President Obama? He and Congress could’ve budgeted billions of dollars for all their useless pet projects, earmarks and further expansion of government. So, why didn’t they?
Rep. Charlie Rangel told Bill O’Reilly the other night they had other things to deal with and never got around to it last year. That’s a convenient answer but I’m not buying it.
The failure (or unwillingness) of the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass a budget last year was strategic. By putting the budget on the back burner, they were hoping that the taxpayers wouldn’t remember they were a bunch of tax and spend loons ready to spend another gazillion dollars they didn’t have — but they didn’t fool us. That’s why so many were booted out in November.
So, instead of pointing a whole lot of fingers at everyone else, the blame for all the last minute chaos rests upon the Democrats in Congress because they refused to do what they should’ve done this time last year.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.