It’s time to clean house: shut down and get out

Paul Winters • Views Editor

The government is strong and ready for action when it comes to going to war with Syria.  When it comes to the functioning of our own country we are given threats of a government shutdown.  Maybe it is time we clean house, since they have shut down, let them with a few conditions. Government officials should not get paid for failing to do their job and reach agreements. Protected by the 27th Amendment to the constitution, congressman are not able to go without pay.

Under the current conditions, according to CNN the government has sent 800,000 workers home to complete the cease of the government.  It is not fair to put them out of work, while their constituents still get paid and don’t have to work. This is the first time this has happened in 17 years. It may be a healthy cycle if we clean house along with it.

We need to stop wanting to make certain parties look good and rather push to make the country look good. It is amazing what we can get done when we don’t care who gets the credit.

We have armed forces fighting for freedom in other countries but we are failing to identify our own war on freedom on the homefront.  Regulations and restrictions are being passed everyday on the way we can carry out our lives.  We are living the war on freedom, someone burning our flag on the other side of the world is not the war on freedom that should concern us as much as what freedoms politicians are trying to take away from us on the daily basis, such as the right to bear arms.

The Middle East is in turmoil and many argue that as a superpower it is our duty to do something about it. Airlines tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others in emergency, America should do the same. We have our own issues and before we go about trying to solve the problems of the world we should at least have our own issues at least somewhat figured out. Having the government shut down on us means we have some work to do. We can’t ask the people who created the problems to fix the problems because they’re blind to the issues.

The implementation of Obamacare is finally starting to show its true colors.  It will cost more for the average American, when it was supposed to help out the middle class.  The truth comes out, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The whole mandate is falling apart, exemption after exemption. The pushing of the new healthcare budget is the reason for the gridlock we have seen in Washington. There is great opposition to the new healthcare, it should not be shoved down people’s throats.

Thomas Jefferson once said “What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers aren’t warned from time to time?” This could be our time, the time that we let politicians play politics but at the same time let them know we have had enough of not being heard. At times like this it is too easy to point fingers and place blame on other people. Both sides need to give a little to gain a lot.  We are in dire need of strong leadership and if the current politicians can’t oblige it’s time to clean them out.