Get The Locks Ready, the Doors Are Closing

September 30, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

closed-doors-1400451-mSo here we are, Sept. 30. This should be a time of excitement – football is in full swing, baseball playoffs are set to begin, kids are planning what to wear for Halloween, numerous fall festivals are on the schedule. And yet, today has a huge black cloud hanging over it, thanks to those wonderful folks in the U.S. Congress.

Because of exasperating political stubbornness, Congress is leading us toward a federal government shutdown. If it doesn’t approve a budget plan today, the last day of the fiscal year, the federal government will be forced to close its doors tomorrow until it does approve a budget or continuing resolution that President Obama will sign. I just don’t see it happening before midnight.

The whole thing is so infuriating. The ONE thing that Congress is there to do is to approve a budget to keep the federal government running. But it can’t even do that. Because of inane political infighting, Congress will fail to do the main thing it was created to do in the first place. It’s like two restaurant co-owners arguing whether or not to serve fried chicken or baked chicken for so long that they never wind up opening the doors for customers. In Congress’ case, those “customers” are the American public.

It reminds me of an episode of “Growing Pains” (yes, I’m dating myself again) where teenaged Mike Seaver is arguing with his father over some contentious issue and his mom, completely fed up, says, “I’m not going to stand here and watch you two butt heads.” At which point, Mike stops the argument and says incredulously, “Dad, did you hear what she called us?!?” (Get it? Butt heads?) This particular reference fits quite well with how many of us feel about Congress right now.

Subscribers to Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert can find out how this looming shutdown will affect federal grant programs. Lee Greenwood a couple of decades back sang that he was “proud to be an American,” but after watching Congress’ ineptitude, sometimes I’m not so sure I agree.

Let us know what you think about the battle over the federal budget and the impending government shutdown.


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