“Turn out the lights… the party’s over.” Maybe the sweet voice of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback “Dandy Don” Meredith will spray through the speakers of some government agencies as they prepare shut down.
Last night, the House and Senate failed to pass a measure that would keep the government open for business. So as many Americans wake to press start on their coffee makers this morning, they will also find that almost 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed.
This all stems from a failure of the Democratic Party, at least according to the Grand Old Party, to negotiate over the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Republicans want to defund the act and completely repeal it, but because they lack the votes or power to do so, they have thrown the world’s longest temper tantrum.
So much so that this party is willing to turn the lights off in every government building until their demands are met.
Maybe this is just political romance at its best and most are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Republicans love this country so much that they are willing to do whatever it takes to prove its love.
Politicians like Senator Ted Cruz are willing to burn the house down to appease 33 percent of Americans who want to actually defund the ACA. Yeah, that’s right. Senator Cruz soaked up time reading a book during a filibuster so that he may protect the 33 percent of folks who would like for the government to repeal, delay, or defund the act.
With Cruz, and the rest of his fringe buddies, they may have petted the bunny rabbit a little too hard this time.
I’m sure that the government will re-open for business in a few days. Republicans and Democrats will find a way to fund the government for a few hours and we’ll soon forget just how asinine this entire fiasco turned out to be.
But then we’ll come close to jumping out the window over the debt ceiling and find the country back in the same spot again: Gridlock.
I don’t think that this is about looking after government workers who will be impacted by the shutdown. I don’t even believe that this has much to do with Obamacare. From the looks, smell and sound of things, this is about a faction of the Republican wing who wants to rid this country of the shackles of government.
In order to raise the debt ceiling, we should cut more social programs, right? If we continue to fund the government, we should close at least three government agencies that are deemed irrelevant, no?
Just seems like idiotic Republican logic to me. I hope that when this country has the misfortune of receiving a Republican president in the future, hopefully not soon, that when Democrats decide to toss the baby out with the bathwater, there’s no amnesia about how the GOP acted when ACA became law.
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