And tragically, he may be right.
The official name for what is going on in our capital is "government shutdown".
A ten-day (and counting) political temper tantrum.
The long and short of it is this:
The Republican-dominated House passed a spending bill to fund the entire government except for ObamaCare, asking for a 1-year delay to work out all the bugs. The Democrats went ballistic, refusing to negotiate, and basically became bureaucratic bullies demanding their own way--or else!
Now they've cut off access to everything they could think of. And if they couldv'e draped the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon with giant tarps, they would have. They've barricaded everything in sight--even a few that don't belong to them...just for good measure.
Seriously, the government is closed. Boarded-up. Shut down. And you better notice it, buster.
Why? In order to score political points and force the Republicans into doing everything the Democrats want.
One angry Park Service ranger publicly admitted that he and fellow rangers have been ordered to "make life as difficult for people as we can" during the government shutdown.
The Democrats point fingers of blame at the Republicans and the Republicans are too weak-kneed to stand up to them. Everybody says it's the other guy's fault.
You know what the polls say? Both sides are idiots. The Republicans for starting it and the Democrats for turning it into Obamageddon and making things worse on purpose just to make Republicans look bad (as if they needed any help).
Frankly, both parties look like spoiled brats and the world is worried (and rightly so) that they won't get their act together in time for the October 17th debt ceiling deadline.
According to Taiwan's China Post:
"This shutdown is widely seen as a mere precursor to the upcoming congressional fight over the U.S. debt ceiling. If Congress fails to pass a ceiling hike, the U.S. will have to default on its debt for the first time in history. Many economists say they simply have no idea what the consequences of such an unprecedented event will be."Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (remember him--the guy who wondered if there's intelligent life in D.C.?) says, "The danger of default is the rest of the world dumps dollars...the whole system blows up. The banks fail. The markets collapse...it's Washington committing hari-kari. It removes the United States as a superpower." He believes the debt ceiling will be raised and disaster averted.
Let's hope he's right, and intelligent life is found in Washington D.C. after all.
A wise man once said: "Every country has the government it deserves." Joseph Marie DeMaistre--French Diplomat
"Then He will appoint children to rule over them, and anarchy will prevail." Isaiah 3:4
- CNBC: Stocks surge 323 points on hopes of a temporary debt ceiling deal.
- NBC News.com: Government shut down crippling tourist town near Grand Canyon by shuttering the world famous park.
- FNC: Government shut down prevents families from receiving soldiers' death benefits until shut down is over; private foundation to pick up the tab.