Here’s Why Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Celebrating the End of the Government Shutdown

elizabeth-warren1I absolutely love Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.  While Republicans like Ted Cruz claim to be “outsiders” bucking the Washington establishment, Elizabeth Warren actually is an outsider bucking the Washington establishment.

While Ted Cruz uses his position as United States Senator to set up his 2016 presidential run, Elizabeth Warren continues to use common sense in politics.  Something most Americans aren’t used to seeing.

The latest example of this was her commentary following the end of the ridiculous government shutdown that spanned over two weeks.

Here’s the email she sent following the end of the shutdown:

I’m glad that the government shutdown has ended, and I’m relieved that we didn’t default on our debt.

But I want to be clear: I am NOT celebrating tonight.

Yes, we prevented an economic catastrophe that would have put a huge hole in our fragile economic recovery. But the reason we were in this mess in the first place is that a reckless faction in Congress took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end.

According to the S&P index, the government shutdown had delivered a powerful blow to the U.S. economy. By their estimates, $24 billion has been flushed down the drain for a completely unnecessary political stunt.

$24 billion dollars. How many children could have been back in Head Start classes? How many seniors could have had a hot lunch through Meals on Wheels? How many scientists could have gotten their research funded? How many bridges could have been repaired and trains upgraded?

The Republicans keep saying, “Leave the sequester in place and cut all those budgets.” They keep trying to cut funding for the things that would help us build a future. But they are ready to flush away $24 billion on a political stunt.

So I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry.

We have serious problems that need to be fixed, and we have hard choices to make about taxes and spending. I hope we never see our country flush money away like this again. Not ever.

It’s time for the hostage taking to end. It’s time for every one of us to say, “No more.”

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

Think about that for a moment.  We wasted $24 billion on a GOP political stunt.  And make no mistake, that’s all this shutdown was.  Republicans knew from the beginning they were never going to defund “Obamacare,” and at the end of the day the health care law was more or less untouched.

We wasted $24 billion on a shutdown John Boehner could have prevented had he just let the House vote on the original resolution the Senate sent to the House before the government closed.

And the worst part is, the deal was only a temporary fix, and some Republicans are already talking about the fact that they’re not afraid to shut the government down again in just a few weeks.  For what purpose and goal?  Who the hell knows.  They didn’t have a feasible one this time, why would they need one the next time?

But Warren’s email puts perfectly into words my exact feelings about this whole ordeal.  Republicans talked a lot about the veterans memorials being closed, but how many veterans could we have helped with $24 billion?

Granted, in the grand scheme of our deficits, budgets and our national debt $24 billion seems like a drop in the bucket.  But it’s still a lot of money to just waste for a pointless political stunt that accomplished nothing.  Well, nothing except solidifying Ted Cruz’s place as the top tea party darling of the Republican party.

After lives were devastated, our country was embarrassed globally and $24 billion was wasted—our government was finally reopened.

However, as Senator Warren said, our government reopening shouldn’t be cause for celebration.

Because it should have never been closed in the first place.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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