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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Deeper problems lie within sad case of government woes

  • As this editorial was being written, it was unclear whether the federal government was going to shutdown last night or not.
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    As this editorial was being written, it was unclear whether the federal government was going to shutdown last night or not.
    The chances looked pretty good that it might happen, but in Washington, nothing is certain.
    We fielded calls on Monday asking what was going to happen.
    That is a good question.
    Nobody seems to know exactly what might happen if the government shuts down. All we have to base it on is what happened back in the 1990s when the same thing happened.
    What we do know from those times is the people were frustrated and completely disappointed with their elected officials in Washington.
    That's likely not going to change.
    But what has changed since that time is how the narrative is told. Back then, it was a few television networks and their news programs.
    Now, that has all changed.
    There's no doubt that, should the government not be operating as you read this, a lot of the narrative is going to be driven on social media.
    Though the more information the better, there are problems. The biggest is the misinformation which comes along with any controversial matter.
    Some simply lie to get others to believe what is not true. Others will tell you an asteroid is going to crash into the earth and we're all going to be dead.
    If that happened, you won't be reading this editorial.
    But the flip side of social media and other electronic outlets is that a lot of information does get out to the public.
    Page 2 of 3 - Another side of this is the blame game.
    That seems to be the focus of too many politicians in Washington. They would rather point fingers and attempt to bolster their own status than actually sit down with those they are in disagreement with and try to work something out.
    And therein lies the problem.
    Political posturing and trying to get an edge has taken over in the halls of Congress and its the American people who suffer.
    Unfortunately, like most things in life, it's a select few who end up getting all of the attention.
    Believe it or not, there are still those who go to Congress to get things done. There are still those who understand that elections have consequences.
    Others, however, think that if they don't like the results of an election, they can just ignore what the people said and try to do something different.
    That is no way to run a railroad.
    Elections do matter.
    Whether it's on the national or local level, the voters do have the final say in who they elect and that means the philosophy of those who are elected.
    But that just doesn't seem to matter anymore.
    Instead, people go on crusades and attempt to put the spotlight on themselves. They want that attention in order to gain the support of their blind-faith followers.
    It is a sad state of affairs.
    It's probably safe to say if the government is shut down today, it won't last long. The pressures are going to be very hard to bear.
    Page 3 of 3 - But that doesn't mean it's going to stop the gamesmanship nor another attempt to bring our government to a grinding halt.
    In fact, that's almost certainly going to happen and it's the taxpayers who will suffer.
    Have you looked at your paycheck lately? The government does take a big chunk.
    Whether you agree with that or not, the fact remains that money is going to the government and, in turn, we should get something from our hard-earned dollars.
    In this environment, all we are getting is nonsense and that's a disservice to the people and to the founders who demanded honest debate and compromise.
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