Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Most fatuous government shutdown hostage analogy ever

Reportedly the Democrats are criticizing Republican efforts to fund popular parts of the government as a "release-one-hostage-at-a-time strategy". For a second, let's accept the premise that this is a hostage situation and the hostage taker decides to let a hostage go as a freebie. In what insane world would it be acceptable for the police to force the hostage back into the hostage taker's hands? It certainly isn't this one.

Hostage release negotiation is inherently a take what you can get peacefully first sort of deal. Police negotiators never turn down no-strings-attached hostage releases. The Democrats did, which raises the question of who, actually is holding these programs hostage?