I am appalled by what’s happening. I freely confess I don’t know what will happen if this last beyond the 17th and we go into default. It could be anything from very little happening to a worldwide economic catastrophe culminating in a decade long Depression. If I were a legislator, I like to think I would want to avoid going into default where the unknowns are so perilous. But I do not believe I can count on the intelligence or judgment of those willing to shut down the government as a form of blackmail. It was irresponsible to begin with, and it has only become less moral, less ethical and less intelligent as the days have gone by.
Trudy Rubin: Shutdown repercussions | Opinion | McClatchy DC
How far we have come since the heady days of the 1990s, when eager civic activists from ex-communist and third-world countries looked to U.S. experts to show them how a multiparty system worked.Indeed, America\’s longtime allies are bewildered by a system where a small minority of legislators can hijack Congress. They also can\’t understand why Congress has to vote separately to authorize the borrowing of funds to pay for expenses it has already approved. Perhaps because no other modern democracy except Denmark has such a system.The commentary in friendly countries has been scathing.\”For a country that fancies itself the greatest democracy on Earth, the fact that a small band of outliers in one party can essentially shut down the federal government over a petty political brawl seems woefully undemocratic,\” Lee-Anne Goodman of Canadian Press told the Talking Points Memo blog. Le Monde columnist Alain Frachon told the New York Times that \”Washington is looking more like the Italian political system, with its permanent crises.\”David Usborne wrote in the British newspaper The Independent: \”America is indeed exceptional, at least in terms of its place in the global financial system,\” but \”in almost every other respect right now it is starting to look exceptionally silly.\” Even if a budget and debt-ceiling deal is completed in the next two weeks, he add …
From around the web.
From the web site, Newsworks.
For instance, the BBC intoned,
“That leaders of one of the most powerful nations on earth willingly
provoked a crisis that suspends public services and decreases economic
growth is astonishing….Even in the middle of its ongoing civil war,
the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills and workers’
wages.” In western Europe, a think-tank scholar tweeted, “Next time you
blame the woes of developing nations on ‘poor governance,’ think about
how the U.S. government arrived at today.”
In France, the newspaper Le Monde assailed the “grotesque” shutdown, and aimed its editorial message at one of America’s founding fathers: “Jefferson, wake up! They’ve gone crazy!” In Germany, Der Spiegel Online declared, “A superpower has paralyzed itself,” and the business daily Handelsbatt depicted the Statue of Liberty in chains, capped by the headline, “The Blocked World Power.” In Spain, the El Pais newspaper marveled at America’s “suicidal madness.”
Granted, some of these reactions have a touch of schadenfreude,
taking pleasure in our misfortune. That’s especially true with the
French, who always love to tweak us, even while forgetting that if not
for America 69 years ago, they would’ve stayed under the Nazi heel. But
why give them an excuse to treat us as a laughingstock?
And the current scoffing spans the continents. In China, an
entertainer tweeted, “Chinese must be wondering – When will America
embrace real reform? How long can this system survive? Where is
America’s Gorbachev?” In China, a government-run news website said
the nation should be “on guard against spillover of irresponsible U.S.
politics.” In India, business executives told the Voice of America that
they couldn’t fathom how an advanced nation like America could allow its
government to close, and a college student in New Dehli said it was
“sad and shocking.” In the Philippines, an editorial writer asked, “How
did the world’s lone superpower come to such a sorry pass?” In Malaysia,
a news website ran the headline, “U.S. shutdown leaves the world
scratching its head,” and the story said that some Malaysians “had
trouble suppressing smirks.” And The Australian newspaper said that the shutdown “doesn’t say much for the budgetary process in the world’s largest economy.” And so on.
From the web site, Esquire.
In the year of our Lord 2010, the voters of the United States elected
the worst Congress in the history of the Republic. There have been
Congresses more dilatory. There have been Congresses more irresponsible,
though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more
vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for
trees. But there has never been in a single Congress — or, more
precisely, in a single House of the Congress — a more lethal combination
of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory
than exists in this one, which has arranged to shut down the federal
government because it disapproves of a law passed by a previous
Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, a
law that does nothing more than extend the possibility of health
insurance to the millions of Americans who do not presently have it, a
law based on a proposal from a conservative think-tank and taken out on
the test track in Massachusetts by a Republican governor who also
happens to have been the party’s 2012 nominee for president of the
United States. That is why the government of the United States is, in
large measure, closed this morning.
- Analyzing the government shutdown from two points of view (tlagos25.wordpress.com)
- How the world sees the U.S. shutdown (90centurydeep.wordpress.com)