Shut down: There’s a “Closed” sign hanging on the door of our government

So the government is officially shut down, maybe by the time I post this blog they will have reopened for business.  Is there any accountability for those who are responsible for the shutdown? 

Think about it for a minute.  We elect legislators and the President to run the country so it’s kind of like a board of directors electing officers to run a business.  Do you believe any officer would maintain his or her job if the business had to shut down?  I don’t and it’s concerning that our elected Senators, Representatives and President aren’t held to a standard to keep our government running.

I’m as political as the next person, I tend to align with one party more than the other because of my personal beliefs but I just can’t understand the two-party system that is preventing meaningful progress in D.C.  At some point people need to start making decisions about what’s right instead of the party line.

This entire government shut down is about Obamacare.  On Monday the House voted to delay the Affordable Care Act for one year and require members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, White House Staff, and the president and vice president to buy their insurance on the newly formed insurance exchanges.  Less than an hour later the Senate killed the House health care provisions and the stand off began.

I’m a health care professional and I wasn’t in favor of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare but it’s now law and it’s time to move forward.  The government shut down has real effects outside of Washington and party line politics cost all of us.  Many federal workers are currently furloughed which means they’re home without pay.  I would expect that most of them will get back pay when the government resumes business so they’ll be made whole.  The bigger problem we face is continued anxiety around an already shaky economy. 

Actions like those we currently see from Congress do nothing to increase faith in government.  The repeated pattern of kicking the can down the road doesn’t fix a problem and party line politics for the sake of party line do not reflect the views of the people or common sense.  Political sword fighting and “Mexican Standoffs” hurt people who are trying to do the right thing by working hard to provide for their families.

I’m a parent and I would not allow my sons to behave the way our elected officials are behaving.  Congress has failed and in any other business when those responsible for running a business fail to keep the doors open someone ends up looking for a new job.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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One Response to Shut down: There’s a “Closed” sign hanging on the door of our government

  1. Jim Begin says:

    Very good!

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