- Posted October 9, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Punish the People; Let Them Feel the Pain
As I watch the coverage of the debt ceiling I am reminded of how the White House attempted to use pain to try to force the people to revolt against their congress members over the sequester. They shut school children out of the White House and threatened that we would not be safe or able to move quickly through our airports. As it turned out life went on with not all that much impact to average Americans
It seems that now with the government shutdown, the White House is attempting to use this strategy again to get Americans to put pressure on their congress members to concede to all the wishes of the president.
I think maybe, just maybe they went a little too far when they did not ensure that death benefits were paid to families of service members that lost their lives fighting for the US. Did some political strategists really believe that punishing people who just lost family members was a good thing? Thank goodness the Fisher House, a private charity has stepped in and provided funds for the 26 service member’s families that were killed since October 1.
Our pathetic government could not make this happen without playing political games. These service members died in service to our commander in chief and in service to the American people. They paid the ultimate price for America and our politicians punished their families during one of the most painful times of their lives.
I am so disgusted with all members of the three branches of government. They have not done their jobs, they have let deadlines pass, they have vacationed when they should be working, they have bickered and fought instead of doing their jobs to gain re-election, they have blamed and blamed and blamed each other and who pays the price? It is certainly not them; they define new rules for themselves and use the pain and discomfort of the American people to get some perceived political victory. I hope historians are honest in their depictions of all of the arrogant and selfish politicians that currently inhabit Washington.
I certainly hope that just this one time, the politicians stop thinking about the next election, stop thinking about their legacy, stop acting like immature babies and actually do something meaningful for the American people.