So, the government shut-down is over.
Those few American’s who cared, can sigh, and return their attention their sport fascination. The World Series in baseball will being on Wednesday and the NFL season is still in its first quarter.
But back to that shut-down. The Democrat’s may gloat. The president is. Republican’s are licking the wounds they received in recent public opinion (at least moderates are) while the Tea Party remains defiant and convinced that principle is more important than governance.
A few brief thoughts.
First, I believe that I am a principled man. I agree with principle and applaud those who apply principle to their daily life. It may too old a concept for this post-modern society, but I think it still has a place. However, when a principle endangers the economic security while acting as cover for presidential character assassination I can not agree.
Second, the so-called “deal” that allows the government to operate again and pay its bills is in fact no deal. This whole negotiation will be repeated early next year (2014)! So in reality, three weeks of brinkmanship only to “kick the can down the road” as my grandfather would have said. That is NOT responsible government.
Living in Europe and teaching politics, government, and international relations: yes, three separate classes I have been mentally and emotionally exhausted trying to explain in a non-biased manner the disfunction that is Washington politics and the general state of political affairs in the United States.
Brinkmanship without tangible result(s) is not a positive game.
More on this point in another post.