Normally, I am not a big fan of The Washington Post Editorial Board. They tend to be too centrist for me and tend to encourage the parties to work together even when the Republicans are unreasonable. But I was pleased to see that in their latest editorial they have noted that the Republicans are accomplishing nothing with the government shutdown. Here is an excerpt:
WHAT HAVE House Republicans managed to accomplish in a week of government shutdown?http://www.washingtonpost.com/....
Damage the livelihood of millions of Americans? Check. . . . Waste billions of taxpayer dollars? Check. . . .Interfere with key government operations? Check. . . .
Rattle the markets, slow an economy in recovery, interrupt potentially lifesaving research at the National Institutes of Health? Check, check and check.
Derail the hated Obamacare? Ch . . . — oh, no, wait a minute . . .
And while the Editorial Board does seem to think that the Democrats will ultimately need to give the Republicans a lifeline (a little something so that they will end the shutdown), much to my surprise, the editorial board has indicated that now is not the time for the Democrats to compromise. At the conclusion of the editorial they state:
But throwing a lifeline is pointless until the victim realizes he may be drowning. It’s not clear the Republicans have reached that point. The danger is they will take the country down with them.http://www.washingtonpost.com/....
I am glad that after years of hearing from the mainstream media like The Washington Post that both sides are to blame, that finally they appear to be waking up to the fact that the Republicans are the ones to blame.