The latest vacation for Congress will be ending soon. There are a whole lot of things that will need to be done in the 3 weeks or so before the end of the fiscal year. For one, there is the problem of a budget. There is still the problem of funding the National Highway Fund. There will be lots of talk about the Iran Deal. And, suddenly, there is a new problem with Ohio Republicans, the renaming of Mt. McKinley back to the original name of Mt. Denali.
Frankly, I am not optimistic that anything is going to get done in the time frame we have. I do not foresee Congress passing any budget that will keep the government operating beyond October 1. That is a huge problem. But, we have been down this road before, and I am certain that we will go down it again.
Democrats have been asking for months to have discussions with Republicans over the budget. Republicans want to increase defense spending, but refuse to talk about lifting the sequester part form any “domestic” spending. That is a problem because domestic spending is what makes the economy work. Republicans have refused to hold any negotiations over the budget.
Then there is the fight over Planned Parenthood. The lunatic Canadian Senator Ted Cruz is willing to shut down the government just to make sure Planned Parenthood is “defunded.” Let’s face facts, when you hate something as much as Cruz hates Planned Parenthood, everything is on the table.
Republican leaders are weary of shutting down the government. However, they don’t have any power over the lunatic fringe of their party. That has been obvious for six years. The lunatics are running the asylum and they are making up the rules as they go along.
It doesn’t matter that an independent inspection of those “infamous videos” has debunked the videos as ” heavily edited” including gaps up to 30 minutes of original video missing just to make a point. This review was done by some of the best experts in the field.
Some will argue that Planned Parenthood paid for the review. That is correct. But, they made sure that the people who reviewed the videos did not know who funded the project. That is about as anonymous as you can get in today’s world.
Additionally, several states have conducted their own investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities so they could “shut them down.” Funny thing. No evidence of any law breaking by Planned Parenthood has been found in any of these cases.
Yet the stupidity continues. Planned Parenthood is the new “evil” in the world. They must be evil, they actually help women get medical treatment and testing they can’t afford anywhere else. That alone makes them evil in the eyes of Conservatives.
The Iran deal is another Republican created mess. Remember, Iran gained strength in the region after W. invaded Iraq. The elimination of their natural enemy only strengthened their hand since there was no neighbor to fear.
Everyone has been talking about the dangers of Iran getting a nuclear bomb for years. So, when an administration tries to negotiate a deal to help delay and/or prevent from happening, the President is being “naïve” and overly trusting of an enemy.
Conservative warmongers say we should get a “better deal.” But they are pretty mum about what that “better deal” would look like. They also conveniently forget that this deal isn’t with us alone. It is with five other countries. So, even if they manage to kill the deal, we will be standing alone again. If there is another war, we will be in it alone, again.
The Republican side is very quick to shout out their displeasure with everything that this administration has tried to do. They never give the American people any alternative with any specifics as to what “their” plan will be. They call this “leadership.”
No, I am already bracing for another government shutdown. I am dreading another war, this time with Iran. That is the unfortunate side effect when one party only wants to make headlines by whining about everything and offering nothing in return.
Somewhere the train has left the tracks. We were on the way to a better future for our children and grandchildren. Then somehow, the lunatics began running the asylum and things kept getting worse. How we emerge from September will be an indicator of how good or bad the upcoming election will be. I hope I am wrong, but I think things are just going to get uglier.
If you are afraid to tell us your plans and/or alternatives, that means you don’t have any. That is not “leadership” that is blind man’s bluff. And, that is no way to govern.