Collectively, America loves the center. Those on the left have always believed the government ought to do more to help those born into disadvantage and those on the right have argued that government’s role must necessarily be limited. In the end, we end up somewhere in the muddled middle. We cast a safety net full of gaping holes, refusing to make the kinds of public investments in the future that might lead to an improved long-term results for our country. On the other hand, our tax structure imposes far less burden on individuals than in many parts of the developed world and capitalism is allowed to accomplish the many good things that it can. If you hold strong views that tip to either side of the debate, no one ends up happy. How well that has worked is up for debate. But up until now, with few exceptions, our government has worked. It has stayed open; we have paid our bills.
We are just a day or two away from a historic moment. A moment when a minority of the minority party will bring that all tumbling down. They won’t even allow a vote to take place in the house on a clean bill to keep this train running. The vast majority of Americans can’t make any sense of this. If they had the power to recall everyone of their elected officials right now, most would. Today, the people most impacted by the government shut down are poor and disenfranchised. It’s no surprise nothing has happened. Starting Thursday, if not sooner, the wealth of the people in America that really matter politically will dramatically impacted. Your pension and mine will drop in value by a massive amount. Our admittedly slow economic recovery will be stopped dead in its tracks. And why and for what? The radical members of the House once again are working to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act because their political and judicial efforts to stop that law have failed. Really? It’s a grand embarrassment to be a part of all this. It really is.
Lawrence M. Schall
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Atlanta GA 30319
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