April 07, 2011 at 17:45 PM EDT
Government Shutdown on Budget Bill Legislation Shenanigans
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Let's debate shall we... With Republicans saying one thing and Democrats saying another, this latest quarrel ringing through Congressional halls is pumped full of political agenda. We want see if we might glean some new perspective for our readers by opening this up to debate to our readers.


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Government Shutdown on Budget Bill Legislation Shenanigans

political analystHere's my Independent view:


It's my view that the GOP has two distinct ingredients to stew in this hardball it's playing, a tasty treat and a bitter beat. I do believe that the Republican Party is backing up its hypocritical calls for balanced budget after years of the Bush Administration's spend-away game-plan. It's an old argument Republicans having become accustomed to making against the stigma of spend-easy Democrats. The Tea-Party was born because of it.


Whatever the purpose, I do believe a portion of the Republican motive to play hardball is driven by an honest goal to better balance the budget, and I think the Blue Dog Democrats want the same. For that matter, I think the whole of America wants this now, and for good reason. And oh by the way, I'm all for balancing the budget over the long-term, so we have a future that includes government spending for something other than entitlement programs. At the same time, I know it's too early to be focusing in extreme fashion on the budget over the revival of the economy, which is still vulnerable.


I'm also certain the Republican Party knows very well that by driving a government shutdown, it would feed perception among the average Joe voter that the Obama Administration has somehow failed to pay the bills. That should go a long way to garnering votes against him come election day, and yes, it's savvy politics but a disgusting example of one character of mankind - selfishness. And now, he'll make a case against the Commander-in-Chief to veterans and to his soldiers, who need to be loyal to be effective, by forcing him into a position to veto legislation funding the Defense Department, but not the rest of government. So when poor soldiers who are barely paying their mortgages for families back home cannot make that payment, how are they going to feel about standing in the line of fire for the man who signs those checks?


Here's why I am undeniably independent, after being a registered Republican for most of my life and never a registered Democrat; though I find myself far from alien to many Democratic views these days. I happen to agree with the GOP that government funding should not go toward paying for abortions! I dare any Republican to call me a liberal now. I'm a true conservative, in the truest form of the word, who truly cares about the less privileged, and one who will not give on "values" to fit into a party slot. I'm an American, and I don't have to agree with everything any party stands for that I do not.


Now, there's got to be give from both sides of the table on matters that normally dictate how these things come together. The most important goal of our elected officials now should be to reach agreement on a best fit price, not the lowest price. Either pass a budget or pass a full stop-gap measure, and get a budget done fast and right.


In conclusion, I do not like it at all that the GOP is attempting to bypass some of the repercussions of failing to pass a budget, by legislating stop-gap rules for portions of the government. Representative Boehner is seeking to pay military personnel while not paying everyone else. If you want your military to work, either pass another stop-gap bill for the whole of government or come to the table on a budget.


The other deal is that it's one thing to allow abortions and it is another thing to assist in them. So, as far as the Democratic argument goes that this is an ideological position not appropriate for the budget debate, well that is completely wrong. You are not changing legislation around the abortion issue by not paying for them. A majority of the funding to Planned Parenthood goes to preventive efforts, but some goes to paying for abortions, and none has to. The argument goes that most abortions are committed by the poor, who cannot afford abortions otherwise. Well, there are a lot of things the poor cannot afford that should take priority over this.


You want to help the poor? Well then stop policing them over every penny they receive in desperate need, while passing tax breaks for the richest of Americans. And stop expecting the lowest class of our society to fit into rigid rules that cut them off from aid for missing an appointment or misunderstanding a letter. I witnessed a poor old lady attend a required social services meeting with a hospital band on her wrist; she left the hospital, so she would not lose her benefits. You want to help the poor? Then raise the income threshold for food stamps so that starving people, who supposedly make too much money, can eat. You want to help the poor? Then don't impale Medicaid. There are many better ways to help the poor then helping them kill their children.


That's my view. This is America and I'm all about freedom of speech and I don't choose friends who agree with everything I say. I've seen the yes-man society in person, and it fails. So, please let's hear your view, which is respected and heard here as long as it is clean and relative.


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