So, now it is obvious to everyone who has not been living under a rock that we are having a government shut down. As many have already discussed, the Democrats are now trying to force the blame of this on the heads of the GOP. The primary way they are trying to do this is by using scare tactics, making predictions of gloom and doom. Fortunately, it seems that at least so far, the people are not falling for it.
The next stage of this shut down is going to be essentially political posturing. Actually that is all most of these things are anyway. So, do not be worried about this affecting really anything that you need to do, unless possibly you work for the government.
As we now get into playing the blame game, who really has the fault in all of this? Of course House Speaker John Boehner claims that Senate Democrats and the president are primarily responsible for this. He has a good point and makes a strong argument (watch the video on this page to hear his recent comments).
The problem now, according to the speaker, is the fact that Democrats are simply unwilling to even discuss things regarding this shut down. They are so committed to pushing that silly ObamaCare law down our throats (despite the fact that the worthless libertards actually voted to exempt themselves from the law) that they would rather close everything else down and try to force the hand of the GOP. This is truly a case of you cannot have a discussion if only one side is actually talking.
The Democratic strategy at this point appears to be wait and hope that public opinion will bear them out as the victors and the more reasonable of the two parties. This is what typically happens once their buddies in the liberal media start getting involved and telling everyone how it is these nasty Republicans who forced all this pain and devastation upon the American people. I hope that this time we are actually seeing the GOP take some real initiative. It was indeed encouraging to see Boehner writing an op-ed piece in the USA Today today:
The president isn’t telling the whole story when it comes to the government shutdown. The fact is that the Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening the government by refusing to engage in bipartisan talks. And, as stories across the country highlight the devastating impact of ObamaCare on families and small businesses, they continue to reject our calls for fairness for all Americans. This is part of a larger pattern: the president’s scorched-earth policy of refusing to negotiate in a bipartisan way on his health care law, current government funding, or the debt limit. As of this morning, Senate Democrats, acting in concert with President Obama, have rejected four different proposals from the House of Representatives to keep the government running and fund basic services.
The Democrats are apparently unwilling to consider anything other than a so-called ‘clean’ funding resolution, that does not touch anything including ObamaCare. Of course, the media responded to all of this by focusing on the race and gender of the Republicans who would be sitting at the table. House leaders are even supposedly working on a series of narrow bills to ensure basic services get funded (i.e. the VA, DC City Government, the National Parks Service). But the Senate Democrats say they will immediately kill any of these narrow bills.
I ask the question of who is really being unreasonable here? The Democrats are really acting like children over this, basically saying that they will have their toy or else. The problem is that they are trying to play this in the court of public opinion. I just hope that the GOP leaders can continue to show that with all they have done, it is really the Democrats who are at fault.
You see, the Democrats are afraid. They are afraid that if they give up anything on this, they will be forced into even more concessions when it comes to the battle over raising the debt ceiling. And they are likely right. However, perhaps they may have overplayed their hand on this one…maybe this time public opinion turns against them. After all, only 37% of Americans are in support of ObamaCare, so why not insist that the implementation at least be delayed?
What do YOU think…should ObamaCare be delayed? Whose fault is it for the government shut down? And how do you think this thing will be resolved? Would you like to see the GOP give in on this one, or stick to their guns?