Terry Paulson

So who should you blame? Blame the GOP for standing firm on requiring minimal changes that will end special treatment for politicians and give you the same delay that businesses have received. Blame President Obama and the Democrats for irresponsible deficit spending and passing an unworkable, unaffordable healthcare act. The shutdown is a result of the GOP saying NO to reckless spending by an "imperial" president and his Democratic colleagues who are saying NO to any negotiation or responsible compromise.

"Essential" services have continued during the "shutdown." But if some services are "non-essential," why not stop them permanently? Americans would soon let you know the services they actually miss; those services could be funded. Even if the deficit limit is not increased, the government can still spend what it takes in. Let Washington make the tough budget choices you have to make--What's essential and what's not.

The mainstream media and liberal politicians will say the GOP is "holding the country hostage" and allowing "tea party anarchists" to control this irresponsible "extortion." But read for yourself what the GOP is now demanding? They want Washington to play by the same rules and to give you the same mandate delay Obama has given to small businesses.

The GOP has failed to defund or derail Obamacare. Welcome to Obama's healthcare "transformation." When you can't get a doctor's appointment, when your medical insurance costs and co-payments become unaffordable, and when the quality of care takes a turn for the worse, remember President Barack Obama has worked his will without any GOP negotiation.

If the Affordable Care Act should be honored as "settled law," it's time to finally honor the Budget Control Act of 2011 by forcing Washington to live within its means. It's time to get serious about our debt before we further burden future generations with a debt they can't pay.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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