Is Our Government Broken?

The government of the United States appears irrevocably broken. I’m talking about both parties and all three branches of it. No one in government is exempt because they all had a hand in breaking it. One thing that’s not broken is the country itself, because our country is composed of the people. Always has been, always will be. And we the people have the power to change our government.

It’s completely unacceptable that our leaders cannot legislate a budget without shutting down the government first. That is, if you can call it a shutdown. There are so many exemptions—so many who will continue to get paid—that the only real sacrifice here is that of hard-working employees across America. God knows, the politicians will continue to get paid. Take that away and you would see some action on the budget very quickly!

If a shutdown was really a shutdown–with no one exempted–there would never be a shutdown. That’s my point. If you are going to shut down the government, shut down everyone in government.

Dear reader, I don’t know about you but I am spittin’ mad. When I see park rangers furloughed while politicians attend fund-raisers, it’s almost more than I can bear.  We aren’t allowed to pick and choose which taxes we pay, so why should the politicians decide who gets exempted and who doesn’t when it comes to a shutdown? For that matter, why are they allowed to vote themselves raises? Why are the foxes always allowed to run the hen house?

We are paying the bills, dammit. And we also do the hiring and firing of government officials. It’s time we all remembered that.


© Wade Kingston