Yesterday morning I did a presentation for NYSUT - the state teacher's union - retirees on the 112th congress and the changing political dynamics and yadda yadda yadda it all ended with me announcing that we're pretty much screwed. See also; Canada is just four hours north. Who's with me?
I've kept mum on the Shutdown Showdown not just due to general time constraints of moving back to Washington three weeks ago but also because of the mixed feelings that come with such a predicament. Let me say that there are no winners or losers or who comes out on top in this debacle. It's a showdown shit show and is embarrassing. Here we are, the so-called leaders of the world, the ones who feel compelled to swoop in and save other countries and yet we cannot be responsible for saving ourselves.
Congress is elected to do a job and that job, as a branch of government is to move us forward. To be at an impasse six months into Fiscal Year 2011 isn't irresponsible but detrimental to everyone in this country. Not just women on whom much of these last few hours of debate have centered on but people young and old, black and white, you get the point. It's a failure of the purpose of congress as a whole and the administration.
I'm a little angry, as we all should be. Yesterday during my workshop I attempted jokes to lessen the blow only to have my anger resurface while watching the Senate a few short hours ago. I watched four men speak over each other in an effort to figure out how much time would be allowed for one Senator to speak on the floor. So if you're really looking into why the government is about to shutdown I ask you to look no further than the floor of the House or the Senate. We're shutting down because we can't get out of our own way and because we are averse to compromise, respect and listening. That's why.
How do you feel about the shutdown? Are you freaking out? Are you indifferent? Are you outraged?
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*courtesy of Congresswoman Eshoo on the floor of the House this afternoon