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April 12, 2011

The Road to Victory For Whom?

Shawn Burns

Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Our noble leaders have averted a shutdown of the federal government with their last minute budget agreement.


Well, sort of. The agreement keeps the government running until April 15. And then the game can continue. I’d like to know what the hell they’ve been doing in all the weeks prior to this deadline.


In truth, our officials in Washington all love this drama; drama that they have manufactured for political reasons.


What a joke!


All this grandstanding and big talk is an absolute joke by each and every one of these so-called “leaders.”


Is there waste in government? Absolutely!


Should spending be reduced? Absolutely!


Should programs and departments be streamlined to eliminate waste and duplication of services? Absolutely!


The reality of this crisis is that it really has nothing to do with the budget. It has to do with these allegedly professional men and women playing a political game. And it’s really easy to play a game when the results don’t ultimately affect you.


Suppose the government did shut down. Do you think Speaker of The House John Boehner (R., PH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) would have been hurt by it? Of course not. Each and every one of these people has no real understanding of how most, if not all, of the laws they pass affect us – the little people – because they live in a different world than most of us.


Does Speaker Boehner really care about the size of the federal budget? I doubt it. I don’t remember him complaining in years past of about the budget. Again, he’s just playing his part in the game as the game is being played today.


Remember when Sen. John McCain (R. AZ) ran for president? Back then he was for some sort of amnesty plan for illegal immigrants. But, fast forward to last year when he was fighting to keep his taxpayer funded job in the Senate, and suddenly he is adamantly opposed to any sort of amnesty plan. This is just one of a million examples of Washington politicians on both side of the fence playing their game.


What a joke!


How have our military and their families felt living under the threat of a shutdown these last few weeks? I thought these “leaders” in Washington are pro-military. Each and every one of these them supposedly supports our troops around the world. They sure didn’t appear to think twice about shutting down the government and depriving our soldiers of the already small paychecks they receive for risking their lives.


What a joke!


So, our soldiers, who are already under great stress, have the added worry that they won’t be able to pay their bills this month because a bunch of blowhards in Washington want to have a pissing match right now. Again, why would the politicians in Washington care about any of it? The answer is simple: a government shutdown doesn’t affect them. But it sure would hurt our soldiers. Talk about something that has affected morale.


What a joke!


Every one of these people, Republican, Democrats, freshmen legislators or longtime career politicians should all be sent to the curb.


These politicians, who are running our government, are playing their politic games while the consequences of their game are always felt by the people. They are out of touch. And they don’t care.


Our leaders in Washington always say things such as: “This was a victory for the party.” Well, I don’t care about the party – either party – to Republicans or Democrats.


My question is: when will there be a victory for the people?


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