Shutdown should serve as a reminder to the nation

Dave Keyston /


Published Oct 15, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Too many people in this country have forgotten that we need to “balance our books” and not lead a debt-based existence. Our country needs to lead by example

That we cannot and have not done this for many years — or simply believe that they are above the laws of financial physics — is apparent. It has resulted in our country’s virtual bankrupt economic state. It will result in some very bad financial impacts in the not-too-distant future, which will affect every single American.

For the administration to hold hostage and refuse to negotiate with its Republican counterparts is wholly irresponsible with respect to this recent government shutdown. It speaks to an arrogance of unlimited spending and no conscience of balancing the books of this business called the American nation.

Both parties are complicit; both parties have an abominable disregard for our Constitution. The only feeble light in this dismal darkness are those voices that are trying to wake folks up to understand that “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” anymore — you and I ultimately have to pay for it. God Bless them.

However, in almost every instance, these voices of reason hearkening back to our Constitutional roots, and mostly voiced by those associated with the tea party (rightly or wrongly), are demonized as “radicals” or “extremists.” How strange that in only the last half-century we have come to see those who speak in a similar flavor as our Founding Fathers as virtual “enemies of the state.” And the so-called progressives in power, pushing and expanding its agenda of Socialism, are perceived as saviors.

What is wrong with that picture?

A recent letter to the editor implied that not capitulating to President Barack Obama’s demands, which have resulted in the government shutdown, was “insane” and “treasonous.”

Consider it exactly the opposite.

It is the height of reason and care to cause all to pause and consider their actions and responsibilities in light of the law of the land and to reflect upon the consequences of what they do — not simply reasserting a sound bite, a knee-jerk emotional reaction or some political rhetoric filled with untruths.

Really consider what will happen relative to the consequences one, three, five or 10 years from now because of the decisions made today. The track record of those in office, Republican and Democrat alike, is abysmal in this regard.

Until we politically run our country as we do any other business — profitably, by cutting expenses, fostering honest assessment of our productivity and allowing free creativity through the private sector — we will continue to fail in our efforts to advance America out of its current depression and lead its citizenry into an environment of recovery, hope and growth.

Allowing our country to be shut down financially should give great pause to all in political office. If those in office don’t believe in the legislation they pass (for instance, Obama-care) enough to want it as their own program for medical care, why on earth would anyone think that any American should be forced to pay for such a program? If it is good enough for “Joe” and “Jane” American, certainly it is good enough for our political representatives. We should demand they have the same program and abide by the same laws as we do.

Our nation’s history is rife with government abuse and waste. Even when our political representatives are forced to investigate (like the Grace Commission of years ago) and eradicate such waste and abuses, the results are ignored or lied about. Once a government program is put in place, it is there for life and takes on a life of its own, devouring any funds it can in an effort of self-preservation.

Government is not the solution to the problem. Government is the problem.