Someone’s not doing their job

Most people go into work, do their job and collect a paycheck. That’s the way it works in the real world.

However, we cannot confuse government with the real world. Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is locked in a battle with the U.S. Senate and the White House regarding a Federal budget. The Republicans who control the House want to do away with Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and are refusing to pass a budget unless Democrats in the Senate agree to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year.

The job of Congress is to work together to agree on a spending plan that the President will sign. For most of this nation’s history, that involved working actively with the other side and compromising, coming up with an agreement that, while neither side may like it, both sides can live with it.

So basically, we have members of both houses refusing to do their job. The House passes a bill that they know the Senate won’t pass. The Senate makes changes and sends it back. As of Tuesday, the deadline for passing a spending resolution had passed and the Federal Government has gone into a “shutdown.” All government functions deemed nonessential have ceased.

Most are hoping that this shutdown is a short-term inconvenience, but the longer it goes on, the more serious lack of government services will become. In the meantime, members of Congress are collecting their paycheck without doing the job that they were elected to do. Instead they are grandstanding, going in front of cameras and saying it’s the other side’s fault.

Enough already! Instead of posing for cameras and making sound bites, our nation’s so-called leaders should be working to find a solution, so that they, and the rest of the nation, can move on.