Shutdown and Politics Blog 6

A Metaphor for Disaster

I’m a Libertarian according the the self-quiz. What that generally means I believe is….

“What They Believe
  • Economically very conservative but moderate to liberal on social issues
  • Highly critical of government
  • Strongly pro-business
  • Accepting of homosexuality
  • Less religious than the average American
  • Moderate views about immigrants compared to other GOP-oriented groups”


Besides not considering myself less religious than the average American, that all sounds okay to me. So I went and read an article about the government shutdown from a more democrat new source,

Although I agree that both parties are at fault here I believe that Obama is highly inaccurate in his attempt to use metaphors to explain what he believes the Democrats are asking for. By saying that asking for negotiations before a decision is made is similar to  saying the republications are saying  when you are negotiating to buy a home you can’t say “if you don’t give the price I’m going to burn down your house .” Excuse me?

Republicans are not demanding a ransom for doing their job, they are trying to do their job.

I’m sure that Obama would be happy to talk to the Republicans about anything after a short term deal to get the government operational happens. But why do they need to give in to that? We shut down for a reason, we couldn’t come to a decision. So why is Obama asking the Republicans to give in. But because of the situation with Obama Care the republicans need a bit of leverage with the Democrats in power.

I don’t think it is fair that Obama would use those metaphors while addressing the American people. It seems like he is calling Republicans childish when in reality they are doing what they believe is right to help the country and american people. I am sure the democrats would do the same thing in another situation.

The government was created for the people and by the people. So why aren’t we asking what is right for the people? The formalities we created are making it difficult to serve our needs. Change is certainly needed. Who is to say what party will initiate it? Who actually knows best…


6 thoughts on “A Metaphor for Disaster

  1. I got obssessed for five minutes with measuring media bias. Basically because my hunch is that the media coverage tends to simply follow national leaders´framing of issues and that overall we are more right than a generation ago. Moreover, most major network news is to me, first , simply bad, and, secondly pretty center right if we take right as Fox News and Left as something like Rachel Maddow, Bill Moyers, or the folks at Democracy Now!

    it is a big, complicated topic.

    But here is one little tidbit from some political scientists at UCLA:

    Five news outlets — “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “NewsNight With Aaron Brown,” Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume” and the Drudge Report — were in a statistical dead heat in the race for the most centrist news outlet. Of the print media, USA Today was the most centrist.

    I agree with Michael Massing at Columbia Journalism Review: most CNN coverage just stinks.

    And I agree with Jack Shafer at Reuter´s: centrism is over-rated.

  2. I like your paragraph when you mention Obama asking Republicans to give in. I too agreed and found it rather strange and a strategic move of power to demand the Republicans to agree to short term agreements. They want to negotiate and they are trying to be cooperative it seems like, so why can’t Obama just try and work things out now when they are at least someone willing to.

    • From Obama´s Perspective, I think:
      1) The ACA was passed years ago.
      2) This is a terrible precedent to set because it says the minority party can stop all of government whenever it likes. The shutdown is because they won´t agree on a budget. it is not like our bank account ran out.
      3) The Republicn strategy is to link unrelated policy debates to the normal business of budgeting. Obama also thinks this is bad precdent.

      Is your quick reaction that, in general, Obama is less willing to h onestly negotiate than Republicans? Equally? More willing?

      Just curious.

  3. Jordi,
    Thanks for looking into the media about the reflection of the side the news reflects. I read up on Rachel Maddow. Much more telling. I just googled what news sites were democratic and that one came up a bunch.

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