The BBC headline says it all, and says nothing. "US shutdown debate shifts to Senate." Huh? What? In the first place, it is not a debate. It is a standoff between the President and the duly elected representatives of the People, the House of Representatives. Secondly, it is not "shifting." It is galloping. Shifting is when I pass the bread plate to my wife at dinner. Thirdly, it is not up to the Senate. Neither Harry Reid, Democrat Majority Leader of the Senate, nor Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, can move a muscle unless the move is blessed by both the House of Representatives and the President. That's the way our government was designed by some pretty astute fellows more than 200 years ago.
In the meantime, my retirement investments are taking a beating. I'm old now, and I need those investments to remain solid and reliable for when I get even older. In addition, somebody is floating rumors that my Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy. I'm not really frightened about all of this, just a bit uneasy.
Reid and McConnell did meet last Saturday for talks about the impasse. BBC reported that McConnell said, "We had a good meeting." Then added "without elaborating" to the story. I once had a "good meeting" with my son's principal about his behavior in school, but that's another time and another place.
Again, according to the BBC, after his meeting with Senator McConnell, "Mr. Reid then went to the White House for talks with President Barack Obama." Of course he did. He had to get his marching orders from the boss.
The BBC also reports that "Democrats have a majority in the Senate, but could not muster enough support to advance a proposal to lift the debt ceiling there." With a majority, Harry Reid can't get enough support? Why not? Are there Dems in the Senate that are DINO? Maybe at last they're tired of rolling over and playing dead for Harry boy.
Of course, all of this is tied to Obamacare. The President won't do anything that jeopardizes his only accomplishment in his five years in office. (At least he and his cronies see it as an accomplishment.) The Republicans are holding the President's requested debt ceiling increase hostage. They are offering a limited time debt ceiling increase in return for his ameliorating the immediate implementation of Obamac...excuse me, The Affordable Health Care Act. He refuses to negotiate any Republican solution that will make him look bad to all of his buddies who are in the exemption box. In addition, he is quoted as saying, "It wouldn't be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple of months and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season." That's the Christmas spirit. Next thing we know, he'll be rolling Christmas tree balls across the White House lawn. Oh, no, that's Easter eggs.
I can't help wondering if President Obama were as intransigent in his dealings with Iran as he is in his dealings with his citizens, might not we look a bit more resolute on the world stage? But I digress.