Stephen Colbert satirically frames the government shutdown as “not a game”. However, we all know that politics could not exist without our elected officials playing their many games with each other and us. Succeeding in politics means coming up with strategic moves and knowing how to play “the game”.
I believe in negotiation, and in many circumstances, using diplomacy to solve issues. Bryce Covert, author of “What Should Democrats Demand in the Budget Showdown”, an article found on The Nation, suggests that Democrats should stop playing defensively and go on the offense.
The article lists demands that Democrats could utilize in negotiation. My initial reaction was that all of the demands she enumerates would cost money. I’m hesitant to support superfluous government spending, but after reading through her argument I am less hesitant. Covert suggests: 1. A public option for healthcare 2. Universal preschool, 3. Raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation, 4. Free public college, and 5. Guaranteed paid family leave, sick days and vacation. These requests would help control spending on healthcare, invest in the future, help close the gender and racial wage gap, lower burdens on families, and make workers more productive.
She thinks that by pushing these policies the Democrats can progress our country and economy. I believe that many of her ideas provide great public services to citizens. While we all want what’s best for this country and its citizens, we all have different judgments on what this defines. That’s exactly why this shutdown started.