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Will The Federal Government Shut Down?

Submitted by on April 7, 2011 – 9:15 am3 Comments

This is a huge cliche, but it seems as if America’s chickens are now coming home to roost, Jeremiah Wright. In the midst of an NFL lockout, a less-publicized but possible NBA lockout, we seem to be imminently threatened with the possibility of a government lockout.

Here’s how the story goes: Every year, the president submits a budget. Congress reviews it and revises it based on what they think should stay or go or what funds should be reduced. The President reviews their cuts and revisions and either accepts or rejects the budget. Of course, budgeting is a highly scrutinized practice lately, as the country is slowly pulling out of a recession. While money is tight, there are still a great deal of people and programs who depend heavily on the government and cannot survive cuts to their funding, making the entire situation a political land mine.

Furthermore, the government doesn’t like to compromise—at all. Our political environment is so heavily polarized, we can’t seem to agree on anything or let bygones be bygones, even if for the betterment of the country. By midnight on Friday, if Congress and President Obama have not reached some sort of compromise on the budget, the government will effectively shut down. Buildings will close, workers won’t get paid, work won’t get done. Public events, like parades, will be canceled.

Many claim President Obama has shown a lack of leadership regarding the budget, seemingly leaving the dirty work to Congress.

However, he has held talks with House Speaker John Boehner as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Congressmen on both sides of the political spectrum. He can’t make Congress reach a deal, can he?

Congress has gotten so wrapped up in tribalism (as have politicians in general) they miss the big picture, too busy attempting to work against each other instead of working for the American people, the reason they were elected in the first place.

Source: CNN
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