The federal government shut down and right now House Republicans look really stupid but so do the President and Senate Democrats. None of the three want to do the jobs they were elected to do: serve at the behest of "we the people." Everyone needs to grow up and if non-essential government workers don't get paid, I don't think the President or members of Congress should either.
But I want to focus on the Republicans' antics because it's not a good look for the party. First, Senator Ted Cruz went on his defund Obamacare rant in the Senate, which did nothing to change things. The Senate passed a bill to fund the government for only six weeks, stripped of any House Obamacare defunding language, tossed it back to House Speaker John Boehner for a vote.
Enter Cruz again, the indefatigable defund hero, who riled up over 50 House Republicans who insisted on attaching Obamacare to the House's temporary government funding bill. Cheered on by Cruz, the House Republicans contorted and passed several funding bills ornamented with Obamacare delay or defund language. Before the stroke of midnight Monday, the last and final House bill rejected by the Senate included delaying Obamacare for a year and repealing the exemption from the healthcare law for members of Congress and their staff. more >>
Defunding ObamaCare does not really require an active decision by the U.S. House of Representatives. It is the default option-as in what happens if you don't do something.
Constitutionally, the people's House holds the government's purse strings. It does not need to pass a law requiring an agency to stop spending money. It can simply withhold authorization to spend it. That is, the House can simply refuse to act.
Suppose you have a child who is profligately spending your money on things that you disapprove of and that are very harmful-by charging them to your credit card. If the card is about to expire, you don't have to use force to restrain the child, you could simply decline to renew it. more >>
"Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt….the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we are running up our debt." --Barack Obama
I am not the least bit concerned about the federal government shutdown. My worry is that it might open back up.
All of this could have been avoided if Washington politicians didn't have the budgeting skills of an Ole Miss frat boy. more >>
As the federal government "shuts down," the media are busy doing their usual stellar job of obscuring the facts and shilling for the Democrat Party. According to the typical (yawn) media meme, Democrats are trying to preserve civilization, and Republicans want people to die. How often do we have to see this same tired lie play out?
Have we forgotten what political leadership looks like?
Here is a page from our past that gives us a little glimpse of our future . . . more >>
Christian leaders have criticized Congress today, arguing that its failure to solve a "completely avoidable budget and financial crises" would leave the country's poorest most at risk.
In a letter released Monday, 33 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders expressed deep concern that "shuttering the federal government or defaulting on the nation's financial commitments is likely to reverse our fragile economic recovery, punish the middle class, and deeply harm our most vulnerable neighbors."
They also called on the House of Representatives' most conservative members to rethink the effect of their actions, warning them that "to hold our governance processes and financial credibility hostage to narrow priorities is not only dangerous to the nation's near-term financial well-being," but that "it threatens the very foundations of our democratic process and our capacity to live united in community." more >>
Recent polls suggest that a majority of Americans agree with congressional Republicans on many of the current debates over government spending and the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." Yet, Republicans in Congress remain deeply unpopular, with most Americans saying they act like spoiled children. This could mean that the public does not like their methods of achieving their goals, or they believe Republicans in Congress are incompetent.
Most Americans, by a two-to-one margin, 61 percent, believe that the debt ceiling should not be raised without conditions that would reduce the amount of debt, currently near $17 trillion, the government continues to accumulate each year, even if those conditions risk default, according to last week's Bloomberg poll. This is consistent with the Republican position and in opposition to President Barack Obama, who has demanded a non-conditional, or "clean," debt ceiling increase.