My “Good Housekeeping” magazine arrived just before news of the votes on the shutdown. Frankly, I got more out of the “Good Housekeeping” than I did from the political news from Washington.
I must confess, I used to be an avid participant in our local and National political processes. I gave tours to senators; I helped with campaigns. During the time of handwritten invitations, I invited 2500 folks to a wine and cheese tasting at my house. I don’t think the meet and greet changed anything but me. I started out handwriting Maggie. As I sipped my wine and wrote, I devolved into Mage.
I don’t think this shutdown changed one major thing at all. It certainly didn’t affect anything the Republican/Tea Party group wanted changed. Then again, they knew that all along.
It did change the way I view the lone local republican who voted against ending the shutdown. I shall make an effort now to get Duncan Hunter out of office. Who did he think he was kidding by voting no. It’s a gesture he can make again in four months.
Not only did it hurt military families and the government workers, but it also affected our one and only National Park, Cabrillo National Monument. There was to have been a major fund raiser on the occasion of this park’s 100 Birthday. I hadn’t paid a lot of attention before now, but I’m annoyed enough to pay attention now.
No, I don’t want to do this all over again in four months. The liberal Democrat in me retreats when it comes to money. I confess that I am a fiscal conservative. I realized the problems inherent in this, but if I have to balance my budget my government should too.
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