The New Standard of Governance


end-world-survival-guide-staying-alive-during-zombie-apocalypse.w654The standard of good governance in the Republican party has become this won’t be the end of the world.

Let’s rewind. The country has been riddled with Congress-made crises for the past few years, from sequestration, to threats of government shutdowns, to refusals to raise the debt ceiling. The Republican party has used these items as bargaining chips in attempts to extract absurd concessions e.g. repeal Obamacare. Instead of using normal negotiating tactics, they’ve opted for a series of hostage negotiations where they use threats of catastrophe to get what they want. 

When they first started this they never went through with their threats and last-minute deals were always made. But not any more. At the beginning of this year, sequestration, a law never meant to go into effect but merely force a compromise, went into effect. The Republican response to furloughed workers, de-funded Head Start programs, and cancer clinics turning away patients was that this is not the end of the world. In fact, these cuts will actually help economy. Goldmach Sachs disagrees – but that’s for another day. 

Recently, Congress, faced with the threat of a government shutdown, did in fact shut down the government because Republicans were upset Democrats refused to repeal Obamacare. The Republicans have every right to repeal a law but not to use repeal as an ultimatum.  Now that the government shut down it means more furloughed workers, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) recipients receiving less care, and the National Parks closing. The Republican response to this is a shutdown isn’t the end of the world

And now the government is about to reach the debt limit and Congress is debating whether to raise the debt ceiling. If we choose not to the government will default on its debt for the first time in the nation’s history; it will be catastrophic to the world economy. At first Republicans agreed with this sentiment, but as we approach the date Republicans are re-thinking their position. Some are saying breaching the debt ceiling wouldn’t be all that bad. Some are saying we won’t default since the government can prioritize payments – a process Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, said would be “Chaos.”  Even if this were possible it would still mean other government payments would cease; “Surprise! No Social Security for you this month!”  But hey, it wouldn’t be the end of the world…

And that’s where we are now. We have one party who believes so long as the negative consequences of their actions aren’t the end of the world then it’s not that big of deal. So long as the country isn’t imploding on itself then it’s okay to go from one hostage negotiation to the next in order to do what… Lower taxes? Cut entitlements? Try once more to repeal Obamcare? Sequestration and the government shutdown were not the end of the world, but they still caused unnecessary suffering and hardship. Breaching the debt ceiling will only add to that. Simply because something doesn’t create an absolute disaster should not be the standard of good governance. The sad thing is Republicans are content with precisely this measure.

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One thought on “The New Standard of Governance

  1. Please explain how the GOP is to use normal negotiating tactics with a man who makes statements like “I won – get over it”. Then moves forward with a radical left wing agenda and finds ways to avoid congress with Executive orders and loop holes. If you remember the Senate had to use a loop hole to even get ObamaCare passed after Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s open seat. When Brown won based on his campaign of stopping Obamacare the Dems were in a panic that they didn’t have the 60 seats to pass the bill. So Harry Heid hatch a plan to bypass that rule and ram Obamacare thru. I guess elections only have consequences when Dems win. This type of arrogant behavior by King Obama and Harry Reid don’t create a tone of cooperation where normal negotiations can be expected.
    This tone has only continued recently when Obama makes statements like “I will not Negotiate” during the recent stalemate. So the only way to get this guy’s attention is thru extreme tactics because he is an extreme, divisive figure.
    The real issue is that Obama, Reid and GOP have no skin in the game with any of these issues. Obamacare doesn’t apply to them. They have their health care plan outside of Obamacare. Then Obama gives special exemptions to groups that have power and influence with him.
    I can never understand why liberals strive to put so much power in the hands of a few people to control our lives. Then these people exempt themselves from the programs they create for us. The Democrat leaders fight like crazy to keep social security in place “as is” for us (when they know it is not sustainable without adjustments) but they have their own golden retirement program and are exempt from Social Security.
    We should be asking our leaders to join the same programs that we are forced to join and we will see how quickly these programs get fixed and people will negotiate in good faith without going from deadline to deadline.

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