That made me laugh. This is what the press does. It can blame the GOP exclusively on any shutdown, so we are treated to an endless parade of - anything - that demonstrates the harm that will be done. They do this when, say, a Republican is in the White House and the economy is struggling. I recall in the 80s, in the midst of the rebounding economy, it was a regular feature for newscasts to showcase 'those who are falling through the cracks'. In the years leading up to the 2008 collapse, I remember newspapers and news broadcasts focusing on endless families and individuals wallowing in debt, or struggling with bills, or anything that said we were heading full steam into a recession.
On the other hand, during the 1990s, apparently everyone was doing well. I took note at the time regarding the change in mood when the press covered the economy. It was, quite frankly, the greatest economy in history. And apparently nobody was falling through the cracks, since you seldom heard about it. Whether pop culture or the press, there was no showcasing of the poor, the poverty stricken, the ghettoes, the individual families interviewed to show not everyone was enjoying the bountiful harvest of Clinton era policies.
Same during the Obama years. In fact, it was the Obama years in which I learned no matter what the economic reports, it was always good news. If unemployment went down, that was good. If it went up, that could be good, too. If the economy slowed, or seemed to be limping along, it always seemed to herald positive news for the future.
Just like today. As I said here, no matter how bad the inflation, the cost of living, the number of Americans unable to keep up, it's always framed in a 'but economist predict great news for the future!' Likewise, there are no anecdotal stories about Mr. and Mrs. American who are being hurt by the current economic situation. Again, because of who is in the White House.
But when the blame can be dropped on the GOP? Why, we learn that our world hangs in the balance. We meet individuals who will be devastated, we're told of specific people who will be harmed. And we learn that above all things, we might not be able to have Fat Bear Week!
Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or cry.