Who’ll be responsible for the government shutdown that could occur should a budget for fiscal 2011 fail to pass on Friday April 8, 2011?
Republicans don’t want to shut down the government. Republicans want to do what the majority of Americans elected them to do in historic numbers in the November 2010 election: cut spending.
Democrats want to shut down the government and blame Republicans and the Tea Party. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Chuck Schumer and the Democratic caucus.
We’re currently operating without a budget because the Democrats failed to pass one in the last Congress. So far, Senate Democrats have failed to put forth any budget in response to the one passed by Republicans in the House over a month ago. The “president” has failed to propose a budget that seriously and responsibly addresses the very real need for spending cuts.
If spending isn’t cut by appreciable amounts, America’s in big trouble. As long as there are ongoing annual deficits in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion, the Federal Reserve will continue monetizing U.S. debt, which means inflation will make the recent rise in fuel and food prices look like a picnic. If and when the Fed ever decides to make a serious attempt to curb inflation, interest rates will go through the roof. Add high unemployment to that and there will be a repeat of the “misery index” from the Carter administration era.
Isn’t it amazing? When you take similar actions (enacting similar policies) you get similar results. Einstein stated that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. This administration is the poster child for “progressive” insanity.
That doesn’t even take in to account the economic cliff America faces when we have to pay the piper for the liabilities of our unfunded social programs.
Should the government fail to pass a budget and is forced to shut down this month, the blame will lie squarely on the heads of the Democrats. They’ve made a conscious decision to play with a looming economic crisis that will cause tremendous, if not irreparable damage to the United States in order to place their own election through political gamesmanship to the fore.