Bryant, I could not agree more.
With the almost criminally inept performance of all three branches of government, and the lowest ever recording of public support for any political or official entity, there has to be a way that the American people can remove and replace all of these incompetents from office right now.
If not then the Constitution is fatally flawed.
in my opinion,it was actually government services that WE PAY for that were shut down-what really needs shutting down is something else! how much did did all this foolishness cost US?
The "shutdown" of government is largely smoke and mirrors presentation and is designed to create perception to public that pain will follow any debate or constraint on federal budget. The most obvious example of this were open air venues at national parks where barricades were placed and the public was not allowed to pass(this was not the case in past shutdowns). This shutdown is about runaway government debt and even the IMF has issued open letter warning all concerned about consequences of not dealing with this issue. I understand there was $20 billion interest payment due on debt and there were funds on hand for this. There is $150 billion raised monthly from withholding and other routine revenue methods. The total annual revenue to federal coffers amounts to app. $2.5 trillion. There is presently $1.5 T added to budget and is being borrowed and is added to national debt(currently $17T). The blame can be shared by both parties and many prominent democrats and republicans side on debt/budget issue depends on who is in power and this includes current president when he was U.S Senator from 2005-2008(he voted against raising debt ceiling). The debt ceiling has been raised 50+ times since it was legislatively enacted as a means of controlling budget /debt. The U.S.A. will be faced with a cruel awakening if we refuse to deal long term with this debt reality. We need less lawyers in politics and more accountants who know reality of fiscal irresponsibility. I think audits of all gov't departments/agencies should be enacted to discover where funds are going(How much is being diverted to corrupt/unnecessary venues?).
The same tea party zealots who held the government hostage would fight any tax increase to the last breath which makes any claim to fiscal responsibility problematic.
Government does create jobs despite conservative claims to the contrary ,and massive layoffs of government workers will hurt the economy. Recent experiments with austerity in Europe should also be instructive.Draconian spending cuts are simply not found money.
Perhaps it is also time to exorcise the ghost of Ronald Reagan. The so called Reagan Revolution has given us nothing but gross income inequality, bloated CEO pay, a rapacious rentier class seemingly above the law, the steady erosion of basic democratic principles , and a government that is essentially for sale.
Reagan legitimized the notion that business was a law unto itself and started the government-is-the-problem-privatize- everything folklore that has led us to our current malaise.