I usually don’t write about politics: of the 1,200+ posts I’ve written only 39 have been about politics. It isn’t that I don’t have an opinion about most political issues. Gee, I have a lot of opinions on everything, or I probably wouldn’t be a blogger. Currently, I am disgusted with both parties. I’m tired of our elected officials acting like a bunch of irresponsible middle schoolers. (Apologies to the 11-14 year-olds for the comparison.) The government shutdown should begin at the top. Yes, that’s right the White House should provide only the necessary security staff and maybe one or two assistants. Give only what would be needed by any family to survive. There is no need for house keeping or kitchen staff. As for congress, there should be no debate as to if you will accept your pay check. If you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid. Until those police protecting you from disturbed individuals get paid neither do you. Also, send home Congressional staff home as well.
This entire incident reminds me of what happened with school funding in Texas back in the 1990s. The federal courts became involved due to a law suit and the state was supposed to find a way to equitably distribute the wealth between the rich and poor districts. However, the state legislators would wait until the last minute and never get around to addressing the issue. Each time the courts would threaten to not only withhold the state money to the schools but also freeze the schools’ reserve accounts. The result would be that teachers would not be paid for the months of May through August. Since most teachers are on 9 or 10 month contracts but paid over 12 months by May, the school district is about 3 months behind in paying the teacher. So in August teachers are being paid for May. The result was teachers wouldn’t have been paid for work already done. Fortunately, that never happened and things were worked out or at least to the satisfaction of the courts. My point is that the people being punished for the legislators’ negligent behavior have no control over the situation. The consequences do not impact the daily lives of those in charge. They can continue to play games. This is why I rarely vote for an incumbent.
My suggestion on where to start with lay-offs.