I have said the GOP members of congress who are shutting down the federal government are acting like terrorists. Now I read that Madison Mayor Paul Soglin also correctly stated that the perpetrators of the shutdown are having the effect of terrorists who in their greatest hope would want to shut down the U.S. government and that a resolution rests in Congress approving a clean continuing resolution to restart funding with no strings attached.
It is a shame what is happening to our political institutions and the fabric of our nation from this government shutdown. The partisan zeal to undermine government, and deprive the citizenry a functioning bureaucracy is mind-numbing.
Soglin made mention of the hardships that might befall local residents. Budget shortfalls will possibly impact everything from Section 8 housing to transit funds for metro service. Citizens are noting what is happening, and who is to blame.
The only question that remains is how long before the moderate element of the GOP congress reasserts itself and leads again from the mature side of their party.
On September 27th I wrote, in part, the following.
Simply put, the appalling behavior from the new brand of Republicans is much akin to terrorists.
Last night on a news program it was noted that the House is not really asking for sane negotiations. After all, as it was stated, it’s a negotiation if someone is trying to sell a house and the debate is over the price. But what the House Republicans are saying is ’Give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down.’
President Obama is correct to say he will not negotiate the good faith and credit of the United States with those who are trying to hold the nation for ransom. That is not how the political process is handled in this nation, and it is time the three-thumb crowd that got elected from red districts understand that.
There are too many in the world with a bomb strapped to their chests. We have seen that too many times in the headlines. As such we can not and must not allow for the Republicans who act as if they were potty trained at gunpoint to also act like terrorists.
For damn sure, this nation will not let Republicans blow our government up. They need to be stopped. Anything that allows these nutty Republicans to believe they can trade a debt-ceiling threat for policy concessions simply creates a new hostage crisis the next time the debt ceiling comes up. This nation does not negotiate with terrorists.