Over the last week I've seen letter after letter in The Sun blasting Republicans for their role in the "government shutdown." The writers claim that Republicans don't care about the government employees, they're mean-spirited, they hate children and the elderly and so on and so on. Really? Let's look at the facts.
It's true that the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives wouldn't pass the continuing resolution that included money for the "Un-Affordable Care Act," but it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama who were responsible for the partial shutdown of the government. The House doesn't have the authority to furlough employees, close federal parks or erect barricades at memorials to kept citizens out. Those decisions about what to close and whom to furlough came from the Obama administration and no one else.
And those decisions where meant to inflict the most pain and outrage as possible to put public pressure on the Republicans to cave in (which of course they did). With the compliant liberal media in bed with them, the Democrats have been successful in shifting blame to the Republicans for something that has their fingerprints all over it.
There's a reason the framers of our constitution separated the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of our government. They wanted to keep government balanced with no one party or branch of government able to gain a monopoly of power which they knew would be a disaster for our republic. Unfortunately, the Democrats, in their quest to get as many Americans hooked on the drug that is federal handouts, programs, and entitlements, have learned to play the "blame game" very well.
Mark Wilson, FallstonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun