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GOP's Playground Politics

“Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.”

Carl Levin, an American attorney and politician who served as a United States senator from Michigan

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Abraham Lincoln, an American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States”

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”

Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis

“Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.”

Malcolm Forbes, an American entrepreneur and politician most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine


Introduction

GOP's Playground Politics

GOP’s Playground Politics are putting America’s financial stability at grave risk. It is important in a world economy to not falter in our responsibility to maintain a strong financial foundation. This serves as a powerful example for the rest of the world. For the world to lose faith in the fiscal responsibility of the United States has the potential for our allies to turn to other nations such as China, as a stable source of leadership.

For a handful of members of Congress that call themselves the Freedom Caucus, around 10% of the House membership, to hold the economy hostage, and play games of crisis politics that threaten the stability of the nation is outright unacceptable. To cave in the final seconds of the dispute of their own making is an exercise in irresponsible government. Yet, once again, these radical Republicans are gearing up to do this all over again in March. To do the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the classic definition of insanity.

As the March 1 and March 8 deadlines loom large, the internal divisions within the Republican party are glaring. Lawmakers are confident in the extra time afforded by the recent stopgap measure. But now face the challenge of navigating through drastically different funding bills crafted by the House and Senate.

GOP’s Playground Politics: A Bit of Background

The House bills, notably written to levels significantly lower than the budget caps agreed upon by President Biden and then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, carry a list of contentious riders. These riders touch on sensitive issues such as abortion and diversity. Therefore, prompting strong denouncement from Democrats who label them as “poison pills.” On the other side, House conservatives criticize Senate-crafted bills as excessively high.

Internal GOP Struggles

This internal struggle, reminiscent of playground squabbles, puts at risk the stability of government functions and programs that millions of Americans rely on. The looming April deadline for automatic cuts to both defense and nondefense programs adds a layer of urgency, a reality not lost on Sen. Jon Tester. The bipartisan plea to avoid these cuts echoes a shared understanding that jeopardizing the nation’s fiscal stability is not a game.

GOP’s Playground Politics: Risky Games and Weak Leadership

The question remains: Why are some Republicans willing to engage in this risky game, using crucial funding negotiations as a playground for their political battles? The answer lies in the broader challenge facing American governance—an urgent need for responsible leadership that transcends partisan posturing.

Sen. Tester aptly expresses worry, emphasizing the truth that urgency is paramount. The nation cannot afford the consequences of a delayed or compromised funding agreement. Yet, the gamesmanship continues, with some Republicans seemingly prioritizing political maneuvering over the welfare of the nation.

GOP’s Playground Politics: Pipe Dream of a Cure

As Congress grapples with the complexities of funding bills, the message to these Republicans is clear. Yet the stakes are too high for playground politics. It’s time to rise above childish notions, set aside internal disputes. It is time to focus on the serious responsibility of ensuring the full faith and credit of the United States.

Concluding Thoughts

In the coming weeks, the eyes of the nation will be on Congress. The American people deserve a government that prioritizes stability, responsible governance, and the well-being of its citizens over political games. The question is whether those engaging in playground politics will heed this call and rise to the occasion or continue to risk the nation’s stability for their political gamesmanship.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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