Last night I heard the same circular arguments. Obama is hated because he’s Black and that’s why the GOP won’t negotiate with him? ( If true, this debate should be taking place, immediately, in every Public Forum?). The GOP says it’s being hijacked by a fringe minority of it’s own creation , that’s why they can’t negotiate? The democrats are watching and waiting in the catbird seat , waiting for the shutdown to continue or not, they don’t have to negotiate? Status quo for them and disaster for the Country
No I don’t think anyone should be proud of the crisis they have created. At first I thought the lack of consensus was purposeful and now more then ever. I believe it to be true. If you want to negotiate , you negotiate. You don’t talk about it,
Ipso Loquitor , what’s happening in Washington speaks for itself. No one negotiates because they are protecting their private fifedom’s rather then considering the plight of the people. Congress doesn’t lose health care or social security or disability checks. They have no knowledge of the pain they are inflicting. Too bad you can’t sue them. For sure you should be able to prosecute anyone who has hedged their portfolio and makes a profit while participating in this debacle .
Going to Congress should be like sitting on a Board. No insider trading on knowledge you possess. If you collect a salary from the taxpayers you should not be able to profit , if they can’t.
At a minimum congressmen and women should live by the rules and laws they make. Only if they have “skin in the game”, will they be accountable. Also, Washington should be a place where you work and live. Not some beautiful palace on the hill where you invest minimum time for big rewards. People negotiate better if they get to know their co workers.
Meanwhile, the Country watches helpless as the show on the hill continues. Perhaps they should publish the proposed Budget in the New York Times and local newspapers? This way the entire Country will have some information on a Budget that will impact all our lives? Just a suggestion, but I’d like to know what the debate is about. We may need a refreshment course?
Last but not least, Good luck to us, the Public, looks like we may also need a Hostage Negotiator, since we’re the hostages. So much for free will and free choice.