Here are a few words shared by Ben Stein about the budget crisis with a few embellishments by me:
Now for a few words about the latest budget crisis gripping Washington, and
thereby gripping us all.
To simplify it a bit too much, the Democrats under our President, Mr. Obama,
want to raise the debt ceiling, maybe possibly raise taxes, and keep spending
and thereby enact Obamacare.
Now, no one seems to know exactly what Obamacare is, but anyway, that
is the Democrats' wish.
The GOP wants to make sure the government keeps cutting spending under the
so-called "sequestration," which cuts military and domestic spending
automatically as time passes.
Some Republicans are so opposed to Obamacare that they are willing and
ready to let the whole government close down rather than let Obamacare go into
Naturally, the parties differ. That's why they are in different parties, and
we should not be surprised by that.
And if the GOP-controlled House of Representatives wants to send a bill to
the Senate cutting off Obamacare, that is its right. If the
Democratically-controlled Senate sees it differently, that's its right.
There are procedures for resolving these differences. They are called
conference committees, and they would work perfectly well -- if everyone
had a good attitude.
But not everybody has a good attitude.
The problem is this idea of letting government close down. That is just plain
It might be fun for children to threaten it, but it will not be fun to
drastically cut defense, law enforcement, medical care for the poor and the
To shut that down seems to me a flight from adult responsibility that is just
not defensible morally.
Yes, let people on Capitol Hill yell at each other. Let them call each other
names. But to even think of closing down the government is wildly dangerous.
Yes, as a Libertarian for a long time now, I'm upset at the growth of federal
government spending under Mr. Obama. But at the end of the day, we are all
Americans. We don't just pick up our toys and go home if we disagree.
It is wonderful to take a stand. But sometimes the patriotic thing to do is
compromise today, gear up to win elections tomorrow, and work like adults
for America every day.
Be cool, Americans. Our day will come. But let's not have it be