The headlines are chock full of the threat of a government shutdown because Congress has failed to pass a budget. Both sides are at odds over how our tax dollars are to be spent. I don't think it's a secret that the democrats would feel more comfortable if they didn't have the constraints of a budget to tie their hands when it comes to spending. After all, if they were fiscally responsible, the budget would already be in place, as it was the responsibility of the former Congress. The "old guard" republicans want spending reeled in, but not at the expense of their next election. They lack the political will to make the hard core cuts this nation needs to get back on track financially. The newly elected members of the Tea Party, want a balanced budget and America to live within their means, they believe that's what they were elected to do. Who's right?
What we have here is akin to a sinking ship. There is a giant hole in the bottom, and the waters of deficit are pouring in, threatening to sink our vessel. The democrats want to buy more bilge pumps, and keep the status quo. They don't see the problem as long as they are afloat. The "old guard" republicans want to patch the hole with some duct tape, and keep those bilge pumps running. They only wish to bring the vessel to port and let the next crew deal with the issue. The Tea Party representatives want to bring the boat to the yard, have it hauled out, and go through the painful and costly task of repairing the hole, so the vessel is sound and can weather any storm that might come it's way.
Now as a passenger on this yacht, which one do you feel most comfortable with having command? Effective leadership always shines when exposed to the light of day!