There is enough blame for both parties regarding the government shutdown.
There has been no budget, much less a balanced budget, for years. Irresponsible spending and entitlement programs by both parties are responsible for the current situation.
No family and no government can continue to borrow a large fraction of the money it spends. At midnight Monday night, the federal government lost authority to obligate funds for the fiscal year that began at 12:01 a.m., and a partial government shutdown began.
If you didn’t feel the Earth stop spinning on its axis, that’s because 83 percent of the government is still being funded — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (about 64 percent of all federal spending) are so-called “mandatory spending” programs funded separately. The remaining 20 percent or so that is funded as so-called “discretionary spending” are government functions deemed “essential” to national security and public safety — the Defense Department, the CIA, FBI, other law enforcement, FAA flight controllers, FDA meat inspectors, even NSA and TSA agents.
The House has been reasonable. It has sent three continuing resolutions to the Senate funding the government. The first also defunded Obamacare, the second delayed the individual mandate for a year, the third required Congress to live by the same standards as everyone else. The Senate soundly rejected these continuing resolutions along party lines.
It is the Democrats, all but two who crossed party lines, who have shut down part of the government rather than live by the same rules as individuals. It makes you wonder if the president and the Democrats are not trying to destroy this country.
Obamacare, while not implemented, has caused over 20,000 Home Depot employees to lose their company-provided health care as the penalty is less than the cost of employee health care. Many other companies appear to be following suit. Employers are limiting thousands of employees to 29 hours per week to avoid paying health-care benefits. There are multiple exemptions for unions and big business.
Worse, national legislators and staff are being exempted. If Obamacare is not ready for everyone, it is not ready for anyone.