Shutdown Follies: Guard and Reserve Families Hard Hit, Concerned About Readiness
All of this is affecting not just families, but the readiness of Guard and Reserve formations. A source in the Air National Guard tells PJ Media that the furlough affects Guard and Reserve readiness due to the loss of civilian technicians. "It's not the end of the world" right now, but if the shutdown continues for more than a few weeks, it will hurt the ability of Guard and Reserve units to do their missions since training is already canceled, said the source.
Williamson lays most of the blame with the president and Democrats:
Congress and the president should have worked out their issues sooner. However, now that it's here, the Dems are pulling the same crap they pulled under Bush: "As soon as you agree to everything we want, we're willing to negotiate."
The House has sent bills to the Senate, and they've not even been discussed. The House has the budget authority. So the blame lies on Harry Reid for not even letting issues come to a vote, because even a rejection and the numbers around it helps resolve future offers for a compromise. Obviously, he doesn't want a compromise.
Budget cuts during a shutdown are the responsibility of the executive branch. That's Obama. He seems to be picking things for lots of visibility and making a point of shutting them, simply to ensure people are aware he's unhappy. The epithet "President Stompy Foot" fits.
(Obama) needs to realize this isn't Chicago and strongarm tactics don't work. And Reid needs to realize he's not a dictator. Offers should at least come to the table, even if to be met with a resounding "no." It's not the doorman's job to tell the bankers what they can or can't vote on.