RON HART: The Washington Monument syndrome

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM.

The shutdown is a cold-blooded, political calculation by Obama. He knows the GOP will be blamed for it by the mainstream media, which is the echo chamber of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. If you believe them and Carney, everything is the Republicans’ fault. And if you can respect the veracity of anyone, it’s a carney.

This Washington standoff has no easy off ramps for either side. Neither wants to be the first to blink. The advantage is decidedly with the Democrats; Nancy Pelosi has not blinked since the sequester.

The average American Democrat does not have the bandwidth to understand this situation and does not care unless they try to close down the Twinkie factory.

The tactic of government throwing a temper tantrum when denied massive funding has run its course. Is the $3.7 trillion a year it spends not enough to make do? We are left with a swollen government morass that intimidates its funders, the taxpayers. It is structurally incapable of spending just a little less than it did the year before, and it seeks revenge when we ask it to live within its means.

Ron Hart, a syndicated libertarian op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at or visit



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