Earlier this year, the United States Government shutdown for the eighteenth time in the history of the country, due to a lack of compromise between the two congressional parties. The shutdown began October 1st 2013 after senate and the House of Representatives failed to enact regular appropriations for the 2014 fiscal year, and ended sixteen days later after President Obama signed a bill to raise the debt limit. Costing more than 24 billion dollars, this shutdown proved to be one of the worst in U.S history based on the economic damage it caused, yet who is to blame is the main question that has been debated.
Even before the shutdown was official, people all over began to voice their opinions as to who’s fault the upcoming shutdown was. Liberal voices blamed the Republican for their reluctance to let the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continue as planned, while the conservative voices blamed the Democrats for their unwillingness to reach a compromise on how Government should be funded. Then there are those who said both parties share equal blame for the stalemate within congress. Among these there are hundreds more with even more opinions as to who should be blamed for the shutdown. It is like everywhere you turn someone has a different opinion on the matter.
So with so many different views can we decide who is right? Or are our opinions solely based on our political views? It would appear that the problem with the government shutdown blaming game is that political idealism plays an important role in the opinions that people have. Those who are Democrats tend to blame the Republicans, while the Republicans tend blame the Democrats. This makes choosing a side easy, but in reality does not provide a solid answer as to who really is to blame. You see if all we do is pick a side because of who is arguing on that side and not why they are arguing, then we don’t really know what is going on.
In a sea of biased opinions, the only way to truly know who is to blame is by leaving all political biases behind and find the answer by looking only at the facts. Leaving behind idealistic beliefs can be a difficult thing to do, but it is those beliefs that create the biased view that prevent true opinions to be made. In the case of the government shutdown, many different opinions blaming either side arose and many of these were based on political beliefs and not actual facts. Ultimately, only by analyzing the reasons that lead up to the shutdown without holding political biases can we see which party was responsible for the shutdown.
So if we do leave all political biases behind and analyze the facts behind the shutdown, what party is really responsible for the congressional deadlock? If we look at what lead to the shutdown it could be seen that the main reason the shutdown occurred was because Republicans refused to pass the appropriate appropriations for the year because of their opposition to the affordable care act. In the article “Republicans Caused...