The Blame Game

I’m a simple woman.  I don’t like complications.  I don’t always understand all the nuances.  I’m not diplomatic.  Maybe that’s why I write columns under the heading, “I Don’t Get It.”

At the eleventh hour before a threatened government shutdown, an agreement was finally reached on the budget but not without a whole lot of drama.

While I watched all the posturing and maneuvering and chest beating in Washington these past few days regarding the budget, all I did was shake my head in disbelief.

I heard a lot about compromise which always reminds me of the words of an old friend and sage who told me, “when you compromise, you have two unhappy people; when you don’t compromise, you have one unhappy person and one happy person.  Which is better?”  Well, that type of attitude may not make for a lasting marriage or solve all the problems in Washington D.C., but whenever I hear the word “compromise,” I always pause.

I can’t fault anyone with conviction as opposed to someone who has no core beliefs.  I heard a lot of Democrats talk about the refusal of newly-elected Tea Party representatives to give a little on some issues.  Well, I didn’t see much willingness on the part of the Dems to compromise when the Republicans were literally locked out of conference rooms when the 2,000+ page monster known as “Obamacare” was being brought to life.

There was also a lot of finger pointing and much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the thought of de-funding the likes of Planned Parenthood.  Although some would have us believe PP is as important as our national defense, it isn’t part of our life line and is not vital to our very existence, particularly when we just don’t have any more money for discretionary spending.  I don’t know how PP got funded in the first place because I don’t know where in the Constitution there’s authority to fund this type of “public charities,” but, unfortunately, the taxpayers are still going to fund this abortion mill.

In the end, what I’m really not getting is why there was so much blame pointed at Speaker John Boehner and the Republican-majority House.

Doesn’t everyone know that the budget in contention was for the fiscal year October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011?  Doesn’t everyone realize that the Democrats, who controlled both chambers of Congress, had all of 2010 to come up with a viable budget which, of course, would have easily had the imprimatur of President Obama?  He and Congress could’ve budgeted billions of dollars for all their useless pet projects, earmarks and further expansion of government.  So, why didn’t they?

Rep. Charlie Rangel told Bill O’Reilly the other night they had other things to deal with and never got around to it last year.  That’s a convenient answer but I’m not buying it.

The failure (or unwillingness) of the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass a budget last year was strategic.  By putting the budget on the back burner, they were hoping that the taxpayers wouldn’t remember they were a bunch of tax and spend loons ready to spend another gazillion dollars they didn’t have — but they didn’t fool us.  That’s why so many were booted out in November.

So, instead of pointing a whole lot of fingers at everyone else, the blame for all the last minute chaos rests upon the Democrats in Congress because they refused to do what they should’ve done this time last year.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    SAUDI ARABIA HAS CANCELED OUR OIL CONTRACTS BECAUSE BARAKO OB-MAO TRASHED
    MUBARAK WHICH HAS CAUSED UNREST IN THEIR COUNTRY. THE REPORT STATES THEY HATE
    HIM AND THEY BELIEVE THEY COULD BE IN JEOPARDY. THEY ARE REFUSING TO DO BUSINESS
    WITH THE U,S. AND WILL TAKE THEIR BUSINESS TO RUSSIA AND CHINA.
    I BET THE SISSIES AT FOXY NEWS WONT REPORT THIS !!!

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    BOEHNER DIDNT CUT ANYTHING OFF THE BUDGET, THE AMOUNT CUT IS SPENT BY GOVT IN LESS THAN A WEEK, SPIT IN THE OCEAN, HE DID CUT THE TEA PARTY & PALIN’S THROAT. HE
    BETTER GET ON THE PROGRAM OR HE WILL NOT SURVIVE, OREILLY OF COURSE SIDED WITH
    OBAMA AND PROMOTED A BOGUS CNN POLL. HE MUST IGNORE THE TRUTH TO MAINTAIN HIS
    AUDIENCE, GOTA SELL THOSE BOOKS, WEB SUBSCRIPTIONS, GEAR, AND RATINGS.

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    HUCKABEE BLAMES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON THE LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW, THE HUCKSTER SAID HE HAS SAID EVERYTHING TRUMP HAS SAID BUT NOBODY LISTENED.
    I ENJOYED LISTENING TO HIM CRY. HE SHOULD GO HOME AND OVERSEE THE BUILDING OF
    ONE OF HIS MILLION + HOMES.

  • Roger Ward

    The reductions (?) are so small, they aren’t a dent in the budget, not even a ding, and not even a scratch. Not only are they insignificant, for the most part, they’re not even real. Just this morning, I read an analysis of how the reductions (?) were achieved and what the consequences would be. There won’t be any! Through financial trickery and flim-flamming, Obama will get everything he’s always planned on. Business as usual.

    This (and my other posts) is not an anti-Democratic rant as my contempt for the Democrats is matched only by my disgust for Republicans. Ponder this: if all the govenrment’s programs were divided, with half of them being controlled and administered by the Dems and half by the Repubs, at the end of five years, would there be any substantive difference in our country’s financial position? Do you really believe that the Republicans would have any more responsible programs, administration of them or results from them? I don’t.

    Republicans are 99.6% as wasteful as Democrats (in their mutual establishment and admininstration of the programs that have bankrupted our nation.) You can look it up! Given that we are in a race to the bottom, I’ll stay with the Republicans, as they’ll get us there at an infinitely lesser point in time …. but that’s certainly no endorsement. We’re on the Titanic and the only choice is which party we want to arrange the deck chairs. Some choice!

    By the way, Leona, I agree with your “old friend and sage” about compromise …. it’s better to have one happy person than two unhappy ones.

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    OBAMA HAS WASTED ALL THE MONEY AND WANTS TO RAISE TAXES ON US TO PAY IT BACK.
    I SAY PUT IT ON HIS VISA, OR A 50 YR LOAN. HE DOESNT NEED OUR TAX, HE WANTS TO
    PUNISH US. TELL BERNAKE TO JUST PRINT IT LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO. 1 WORD GITMO

  • Ron

    Both parties constantly blame the other party. Republicans blamed the Democrats for the recession but Republicans were just as complicit in the financial problems. The Republicans were the party that put through the credit swaps in a late night session. Donald Trump is blaming President Obama for gas prices. Republicans, including Spearker of the House Boehner, have included military expenditures in the budget that have not been requested or wanted by the military. That is why I think the only way to look at any budget debate is to ignore the rhetoric on both sides and look at the result. I am not happy with this compromise because I do not think the cuts were large enough. Nevertheless, when you have a two-party system and when the branches of government are not controlled by the same party, there has to be compromise. When I look at the debates at the time of the formation of this country, the framers obviously believed in compromise.

  • Clarence De Barrows

    One man has a chance to beat Obama and that man is Allen West. He’s the one person who can neutralize Obama’s racial pandering and depose him. He’s an American Patriot and the Republican party had better get with him and get off the “good old boy” candidate selection syndrome. Otherwise we’re in for, I dislike to even consider it, another term with Obama as President. Google Allen West and listen to what he has to say.

  • David

    I feel the same way Leona. If you don’t know where you are going…any road will get you there. It is going to take another election to change more of the old guard on both sides…people called to serve, not to be self-serving….