The Democrats are trying to blame the Conservatives in the current Congress for the coming shutdown.
Everybody in Washington is panicking because of the possibility of a government shutdown. The question is why. They are all concerned about who will get blamed by voters for the shutdown. Their is nothing but political posturing going on by both parties. They are each trying to blame the other and therefore gain some benefit in the next election.
The truth is that this could have been avoided. We got to this position because the last Congress chose not to pass a budget as they are required to do. Remember that the Democrats controlled both houses and the Oval Office during the last Congress. So why did they not pass a budget? I am glad you asked. The answer is simply political. Facing the growing TEA party movement and the general unrest of their own base they decided it was more politically expedient not to pass a budget. More than that, they did not even propose a budget. The Democrats did not want to have to enter the election cycle with a budget in place.
Had the Democrats proposed and passed a budget (it could not have been stopped by the Republicans), as they were required to do, then there would have been additional “ammunition” that could be used against them as they campaigned for re-election. Also, if the budget did not satisfy their political base then they would have faced a double whammy (energized opponents and an unhappy base) in the election. So, their solution was to avoid the situation.
Fast forward to now. The Democrats are trying to blame the Conservatives in the current Congress for the coming shutdown. Is that not brazen on their part? Those of us who pay attention to politics will know this is not the case but some will be convinced. For some reason, the Conservatives have also been afraid of a government shutdown. I think that the reason is that the Democrats have a history of being successful at shifting blame (with the help of the mainstream media) that is truly theirs to the Republicans. Then the Democrats could use the wrongly shifted blame to energize their base in the next election cycle. Wait and see if they don’t try to do it.
So, as the government shutdown looms, remember who deserves the blame. Remember who made the decisions that brought us to this point. Take note of the media outlets that try to help in the blame game the Democrats are playing. With this knowledge….vote accordingly at the next, and future, election.