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'Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis'

We here at Beltway Buzz don't take credit for the title of this post.

Those words actually came from the mouth of the Rev. Dr. Barry Black, the Senate chaplain, during a prayer on the Senate floor just four days before a looming government shutdown.

Chaos consumes Capitol Hill as Washington appears to be veering closer and closer toward what looks like the inevitable. Indeed, the unfolding scenario has pundits split. Some are predicting a last-minute compromise while others forecasting no way to avoid a shutdown.

The major stickler, of course, is the conservative drive to de-fund or delay the implementation of Obamacare, the president's health care law set to open for business at the beginning of October.

Last week, the GOP-controlled House passed a measure that would keep the government up and running, but it also stripped funding for Obamacare. And Texas Republican Ted Cruz stalled debate on the same bill in a marathon 21-hour speech on the Senate floor a few days later.

It's still unclear exactly how things ultimately will shake out between the Senate plan and the House plan. One thing, however, is clear. It likely will get messier before there's any semblance of a resolution. Already there's a public fight taking place among the GOP - and even some of their allies - as to whether they're pursuing the right course and if Republicans will take the brunt of the blame if a shutdown occurs.

The problem with all of this is the uncertainty it causes in the markets. There's already a lot of uncertainty given the shaky economy, a slew of new government regulations, etc., and the ever-expanding federal debt.

Clearly, Washington needs to get serious about tackling the national debt. Absolutely, Washington needs to rein in spending. And, regardless whether you agree with Republicans or Democrats on how to achieve that, there's something about Rev. Black's words that ring true ... even if lawmakers do avoid a shutdown.

Right now, Republican leaders in the House have suggested they plan to attach their demands to the upcoming debate over raising the nation's debt limit, which is scheduled to arrive Oct. 17. And President Obama has vowed not to negotiate "on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit" of the U.S.

That simply means the next crisis is in the not too distant future  -- and we're not even through with this one yet.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Friday, September 27, 2013 11:50 AM

Comments on this post

# RE: "Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis"

Obama making a vow is no different than satan himself making a vow as both are liars wit hself seeking agendas that matter over the needs of the people of the USA. The full faith and credit of the USA has been breached by Obama long ago already when Obamacare was passed without it being read by those who signed it into law to begin with. Delaying Obamacare will only delay the damage and calamity that it will cause then instead of in a few days from now. It must be defunded and repealed once and for all to be forgotten about except as a source of laughter and a reminder of what not to try or do again - ever.
Left by Tom on Sep 28, 2013 12:02 AM

# RE: "Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis"

I feel that they need to start to follow God. Stop thinking about what they want and listen to christians. I myself have been sighning petitions saying enough already. I don't know why Mr. Obama wants Obamacare if it's not going do good, why use it. People who pay taxes are paying congress, they owe it to us a good turn around. We need peace, love, humbleness, trust, honesty, and compassion. Everything that God stands for. God loves us all and just askes us to do his will, he will take care of us.
Left by charlene hicks on Sep 28, 2013 11:23 AM

# RE: "Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis"

Father God help us we need you! Do not let the USA go down to defeat.
Left by KellieC on Sep 28, 2013 11:41 PM

# RE: "Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis"

This Congress reminds me of a group of Alzheimer's Patients, They were all setting around a table, they were all talking at the same time, about whatever came into they'er minds. No-One was making any sense,No-One had a point and Nothing was getting Done.
The deference is, the Alzheimer's Patients have an Excuse.
Congress Doesn't.
Left by Pastor: Ronald Harnois Sr on Sep 29, 2013 10:28 PM

# RE: 'Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis'

Amen! Rev. Lord help us. We need you to talk to these people and get them to compromise before the USA crumbles.
Left by KellieC on Oct 01, 2013 5:02 PM

# RE: 'Lord, Deliver Us from Governing by Crisis'

The current government shutdown and seemingly endless bickering between those involved serves to remind us of George Washington's wise warning. After all, he urged against the forming of political parties as, sooner or later, one's allegiance becomes pitted between devotion to party and devotion to the country. Obviously, today's crisis can be easily resolved by placing the good of the country above party allegiance and self-serving personal interests. Ultimately, we need to return to devotion to God and the U. S. Constitution: leading to limited, less bureaucratic and intrusive government; lower taxes, less spending and borrowing; freedom based on personal and corporate responsibility; free, open and fair marketplace principles; etc. In short, we need to end this move toward a secular-humanistic, socialist government (i.e., "nanny state") and return to our Judeo-Christian based, Constitutional Republic.
Left by DM on Oct 03, 2013 8:13 PM