Most Americans wonder: “who is to blame?”. Although many Americans would immediately point to President Obama, he is not at fault. Obama does not make the laws in America; Congress does. In recent years, Congress has been extremely inept and incapable of helping America due to the influences and effects of one part of the U.S. political system: lobbying. Lobbying is when companies or organizations hire people to influence the decisions of congressmen.
Liberal voices blamed the Republican for their reluctance to let the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continue as planned, while the conservative voices blamed the Democrats for their unwillingness to reach a compromise on how Government should be funded. Then there are those who said both parties share equal blame for the stalemate within congress. Among these there are hundreds more with even more opinions as to who should be blamed for the shutdown. It is like everywhere you turn someone has a different opinion on the matter. So with so many different views can we decide who is right?
Because of the lack of bipartisanship between the parties in Congress, the absence of compromise leads to gridlock in regards to passing legislations by members of Congress. In this paper, I will argue how the strengthening of political parties’ polarization in America—and the priority of party over constituents—contributed to a lack of effective representation and increased challenges to policy-making. In the United States, members of Congress align themselves with party leaders over their constituents in order to get elected. The distinction between political parties causes members of Congress to associate themselves with a party in order to garner the subsequent benefits. Through public officials’ blatant lack of input for their constituency, it has been proven that members of Congress require party support in order to get re-elected, which feeds an endless cycle of catering to party ideals over the public.
The superficial factors such as opposition to the Affordable Care Act as well as the lack of agreement on the Funding Bill by October 1 were direct causes of the shutdown. However, it is obvious that there are deeper causes that lie within fundamental differences of the Democratic and Republican parties. Works Cited Moving America Forward. (2012). Democratic National Committee.
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