Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Making a Point

I dont know much about American politics. I just know that when a President from the Democratic party is in power, the Republican do their best to make his/her life misserable. Take Clinton and his Monica affair. So, he had an affair and lied about it. It's a big deal for Hillary but I think not enough for a country to impeach him. Yet, when Bush junior lied about weapon of mass destruction and spending gawd knows how much on the stupid illegal war and killing thousands of people from several countries, no one even bother to impeach him.

Now, the government of USA shuts down.

It hasn't affect me directly until today. To be fair, had not been for the shut down, Indonesian Rupiah might've dropped even further in the past wo weeks. It helps Indonesian economy slightly. That being said, I dont know how things are after tomorrow if there's no agreement on the debt ceiling and the USA is defaulting. By then it's not only an American problem but a problem of the whole world in this connected  economy.

While I try to follow the shut down's timeline, I cant help but wonder about House speaker J.A. Boehner stubborness on this matter. Apparently there are 20 Republican House members who are willing to vote for the budget to end the shut down but was not allowed by Boehner.


While he was making his point about Obama care, he takes the whole country and might also take the whole world hostage. How bad is spending money on health care for all of your citizen compares to spending money on financing wars?


colson said...

You're right. Tea Party idiots and their political exploiters gamble with your and mine and everybody else's future. And though this morning the news was Congress reached a deal, it isn't over till it's over.

(Of course politics is about the distribution of power. So it's okay if opposition parties criticise the government's, the majority's policies and plans.

However politicians should have a sense of responsibility, a general attitude to let national interest prevail over personal, particular or party interests.

The American Republican Party fell victim to or is taken hostage by it's 'ideological' extremists, the lunatic right.

So they seem to have lost the ability to compromise. And at the same time the empathy to care about the consequences of their demands for others at home and even less for others in the rest of the world.

I think it actually it started during the Ronald Reagan administrations ( and his political lover Margaret Thatcher). Their philosophy looked like: don't accept anything else from your opponent but total surrender. And their 'successes' (Reagan crushed the Soviet Union, Thatcher crushed the Unions in GB)bred even more stubborn political offspring.

Unfortunately taking extreme stands, speaking tough political language, appeals to many people. Especially in insecure and worrying times.)

TA said...

exactly. The fact that they are still getting paid while those on furlough might not getting paid is really terrible. these people who are wealthy to begin with can afford to be stubborn, it's the layman who has to bear the cost of it.

sadly come January we are in for the same problem.