Well, here in Washington D.C. the government shut down doesn't seem to be affecting anyone except the tourists. All the monuments have barricades in front keeping people from walking up to those massive concrete memorials. It's nuts!! Today we tried to go and see the Iwo Gima statue, and there was a bus parked in front of the parking lot to keep anyone from getting close. REALLY? It's just a big sculpture. How in the world is that worth shutting down?
The traffic is still nuts.
People are still working on Capital Hill.
If you didn't watch the news, or were involved in some of the park systems, you wouldn't know.
I talked to a high level statesman the other day, and he said, "This is just the way Washington works. It's just another fight."
But the fight here in D.C. is about to take on another life of it's own.
The people in American don't see this as just another fight.
They see it as another cliff our country is about to dive over, and for what??
On the right, they're talking about the need to fight to ensure the government doesn't add to the monumental debt we already have incurred. They find a moral, ethical, and core value problem with a government that continues to add programs to the climbing federal spending problem.
The left is sitting on the sidelines claiming that spending has already proven to be law. The Executive Branch Proposed it, the Legislature voted on it, and the Supreme Court validated the Affordable Health Care Act.
So both sides are here in Washington eating in the restaurants, jogging on the National Mall, and driving to see the latest movies. It's almost like nothing has changed here. But turn on the news, and it's like the country is melting.
What a strange world we live in!
It sure doesn't seem like anyone is fretting from this vantage point, but back home, it's all anyone is talking about.
How did we get this far?
Why is it so hard to come to Washington and be here to serve the people you came to represent?
It seems like it's just another form of a chess match to see who will stick to the next political power struggle via the news, all the while innocent working people are the one's who can't go to work. American taxpayers are blocked from national museums. Park officials are the one's not getting paid. What a joke!
We need these people to come to KIVU for a little experiential relationship training, because the only people they seem really interested in looking out for is...well...THEMSELVES.