On April 28th the federal government will run out of money with 5 months still left in the fiscal year. The interesting thing is that the entire scenario will never be characterized as evidence of the government living beyond its means. The entire argument will be framed just as everything is framed these days in the U.S. - according to the principles of campism, my camp versus your camp.
Jeanne Sahadi of CNN money titled her March 29th article on this topic "Will Congress celebrate Trump's 100th day in office with a government shutdown?" There is absolutely zero focus on the government running out of money or why. The media just can't miss an opportunity to appeal to campist America by making it all about Trump and the battle between the parties.
She says, "It certainly won't look good if the government shuts down on Republicans' watch, since they control both Congress and the White House, especially given questions about their ability to govern..." Let's not forget that when the threat of government shutdown reared its ugly head because of our government's irresponsible spending under Obama, CNN did not question the Democrats' "ability to govern." That shutdown was the Republicans' fault too. Each side dutifully pointed fingers, while the bastion of truth, the defenders of transparency - the media, never discussed the root of the problem. Campism won the day and the citizens lost.
Of course the Republicans are indeed scared. They are not concerned about the reason why the government goes broke in a few days. They are scared to death to let the government run out of funding because of how it will make them look. So it could be that they'll get China to float another loan, and April 28th will go off without a hitch.
Truth be told the Republicans concerns about optics are solidly founded on an understanding that Americans get most of their views supplied to them by the corporate media. Those views are crafted to stay firmly rooted in campist thinking. "My team is right, your team is wrong. We get a point. Yaaaay!" Those voters will never pause to think about the fact that the government just ran out of money. They also will not pause to think about where that money might have come from in the first place. Surely the Obama stash has run out by now or maybe it's now the Trump stash.
Rest assured, the media will continue to talk about who might get laid off, what services might be lost in a shutdown, how the Democrats might retaliate. Don't hold your breath to hear about solving the spending problem. There may be a threat of a shutdown, but there most assuredly will be no threat of truth breaking out in the corporate media. Want the media to actually speak truth? Stop playing along with their campism and division. Start standing on principle.
Maybe it's not all that surprising since most Americans love campism. They live paycheck to paycheck and are addicted to debt. Perhaps the politicians and the media are not talking about the fiscal mismanagement because the government living beyond its means is just a reflection of the voters' own lifestyle. Here's a simple recipe. You want to avoid shutdowns? You want to lower government spending? Then stop living on credit cards that you can't pay for. If you can't pay cash, then you can't afford it. Want your government to live within its means? Stop living beyond yours, America.