The Blame Game

The partial shutdown of the U.S. Government has now entered the fifth day with neither the Democrats nor Republicans showing any sign of blinking. However, there is no diminution of accusations by one Party that the opposing Party is to blame.  Are both right? Both wrong? Or is one right and the other wrong?  Let's review the actions in each branch of Congress of the last few days  - the Senate controlled by the Democrats and the House controlled by the Republicans. The House passed a Continuing Resolution that funded the entire U.S. Government, but excluded any funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It was rejected by the Senate. The Senate passed a so-called "clean bill" which included funding for the entire U.S. government and included funding for Obamacare.  It was rejected by the House.  The House passed H.J. Res. 72 to continue appropriations for veterans' benefits for fiscal year 2014.  No action in  the...(Read Full Post)