As a furloughed federal employee, it is amusing to listen to and read assessments of the shutdown. A recent letter described how mean-spirited Republicans were hell-bent on denying health care for 17 million children. This letter mentioned nothing about a president who refuses to negotiate or a Senate majority leader who blocks legislation and refuses to even discuss topics. It mentioned nothing about the potential damaging impacts that the Affordable Care Act will create or the level of deficit spending and overall federal debt. It was typical of how the low-information voters, with the help of the mainstream media, have captured the reins of this great republic.
It is unfortunate that D.C. leadership has been unable to take a lesson from the playbook of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill or Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Consensus in these matters is usually the best course. Our dear leader in the White House promised a transparent and collaborative effort to address important health care issues and costs, and what we got is a 2,700-page bill rife with back-room deals that enjoyed no support by the opposition party and that now a large majority of Americans oppose. Obviously, it needs revision.
I hope that the House leadership remains steadfast in their quest for spending caps and delays in Obamacare. This mess rests squarely on Obama’s shoulders.