SideLines: Someone has to take the blame for the mess
I was going to write an angry column blasting our elected officials in Washington. Specifically, I was going to complain about the government shutdown, which could have been prevented, and will affect all of us one way or another.
I was going to write how tired I am of politicians putting party interests before those of the country, how compromise seems to be a dirty word to many of them. This country was formed on compromise. Do you think Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin got everything they wanted when the U.S. Constitution was written?
I was going to point out how politicians always blame someone else when something doesn’t get done. On the eve of the latest shutdown, indignant members of both parties couldn’t try to work out a last-second deal – they were too busy on CNN accusing each other of not negotiating.
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