Posted at 1:00 PM on July 14, 2011
by Jon Gordon
Let's pray that both sides act peacefully! Let's pray that this shutdown ends!
I'm with Statewrkr! Good time to pray!
In this analogy, cake is what they demand/expect the most, and frosting is what they would also like, but feel like they could do without.
The frustrating thing is that with republicans, the 'cake' of their demands are "no taxes" and the 'frosting', is drastic cuts on government. It's probably similar to democrats with the cake of their expectations being not to cut back on programs and the frosting being taxes to pay for it.
Its not reasonable for the republicans to get both the cake and the frosting because they use the whole state as a bargaining chip. But even if the governor held out for a true compromise rather then giving them their whole cake, minus some of the frosting, would they eventually come to a compromise? Or might we have just been in this same stalemate come next election? Hold out for a few months to get a real budget? Workable. 2 years of no government? Seems like that would be too much.
And it doesn't sound like a true mixed cake filled with both a certain level of government/programs and the means to pay for it, would be accepted by either party side, no matter how long we waited.
I also feel like republicans, whether state level or national level, are more OK with government shutting down and getting disrupted then democrats since it feeds into the anarchistic tendencies of their base.
Also, we need election reforms where money doesn't influence elections so much, problem is that most election reforms get rejected based on the premise of "violation of free speech or some such crap. And few who have gotten elected via special interest money as well as the special interests who have purchase their special considerations want to see that changed.
And don't forget the republicans are playing a more extreme form of 'chicken' (a 'game' where two cars run at each other at full speed and the first person to blink loses) with our national government.
And considering some of the pure denial about the consequences if no one blinks from some of their republicans, I worry that Obama will have to cave to republican demands because those republicans put a gun to our nationally collective heads with this absurd artificial construction of "national debt ceiling". You can't tell your credit card that they can't pile any more debt onto you, why should government try to be any different? (and it will have about the same success as if a person did it)
I strongly dislike to hate the party system as it is now with all its absurdity and special interests and such, but I don't recall the democrats doing anything this extreme with them in legislation and the executive being republican, state or national level. So I think I will vote for a pure democrat legislation for both state and national next elections as the lesser of two evils, as the expression goes.