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Shutdown Blame Game

Recorded on April 7, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

As we face a shutdown of the federal government--well, parts of it anyway—much of Washington is working harder to place blame than to solve the problem.

One Senator even accuses President Obama of deliberately precipitating a crisis so he could take political advantage of it. That may be going too far, but it's true that Obama and his party were supposed to have finished all the spending bills more than six months ago. It's because they didn't do their job that it remains undone.

Still, they slipped money to keep some programs going. They gave Obamacare billions to spend freely, even as our military and most agencies are starved for funding.

Their refusal to reduce spending makes the big spenders stand out clearly in the public eye. And that makes them nervous. And they have good reason to be nervous.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.