What did we learn from the shutdown?
November 1, 2013
A few observations about what the shutdown has (hopefully) taught us:
1. America would be better off with women running Congress (e.g., the 20 women senators, including the two from New Hampshire, who work together across party lines);
2, From post-shutdown news coverage, it appears the radical right wing does not learn from its mistakes, losses or the facts;
3. To change a law, you need to go through the same process that was used to enact it;
4. When you find out you cannot appease a bully (tried in 2011), you fight back;
5. Some people do not understand that governing requires listening to one another, acknowledging that people of good faith can have different valid views and finding compromise and/or common ground;
6. Americans, including businesses and the rest of the world, want our government to function;
7. Elections really do matter;
8. There is hope — business leaders are working to take back my former political party from the people who hijacked it and decided that we moderates were not welcome; and
9. As Warren Buffett made clear, a debt ceiling is redundant. The way to control debt is to bring revenue and expenditures into balance. What a concept!