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    Who’s To Blame for the Government Shutdown?

    10/01/2013

    Today marks the first day of the so-called government shutdown. 

    Predictably, most mainstream media sources have blamed the “government shutdown” on the Republicans. But that biased narrative does not reflect the reality of the situation. It’s more than a little disingenuous to blame 1/3 of the decision making bodies for the outcome. Republicans only control the House of Representatives. Democrats control both the Senate and the White House. Yet, too few media sources are focusing on the Democrats unwillingness to negotiate and prevent a government shutdown.  

    The House sent three (3!) bills to fund the government to the Senate. Two of the three spending bills contained compromises by the Republicans. The first bill would have defunded ObamaCare, the second bill would have completely delayed ObamaCare for a year, and the third bill would have delayed just the individual mandate for a year—the requirement that everyone has to purchase government-approved health insurance. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to even allow an actual vote on any of these final bills. He wouldn’t negotiate. He wouldn’t come to the table to compromise. 

    Harry Reid just turned his back as the clock was running out. He specifically said, "We are not going to negotiate on this."

    How in the world is this a #GOPShutdown? 

    For the record, I'm not on team Republican or team Democrat. I’m more than happy to call out members of either party when they do wrong. I’m someone who dislikes misleading information and hypocrisy. And clearly, the media isn't putting the blame where it belongs.

    Nearly every American is probably sick and tired of these continuous continuing resolution and looming government shutdown fights. We wouldn’t need these short term government funding resolutions if Congress actually passed a real budget. It’s a basic responsibility that Congress has failed to do for over 4 years—even when the Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and White House. 

    In typical Washington fashion, the so-called government shutdown has turned into a bunch of political theater. Scaremongering media sources would have you believe that we are experiencing anarchy and zombies are roaming the streets. Here are the facts: most of the federal government is still open. The IRS, DHS, NSA, DOD, EPA, TSA, DOE, FCC, FDA, USDA, ATF, DEA, FBI, CBI, and nearly every unconstitutional government department has not shut down. 

    What has shut down? The most popular memorials and landmarks in Washington, D.C are closed. Sometimes called the Washington Monument syndrome, it’s a political tactic to “cut the most visible or appreciated service provided by the government.” The purpose of this dog and pony show is to cause outrage about the so-called government shutdown. No one is going to shed a tear if the IRS shuts down for the day. But turning off the adorable panda webcam at the national zoo is going to cause some temper tantrums. 

    The government is actually spending money to barricade outdoor memorials. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put a huge tarp over the Washington Monument. Park police are being paid to keep people away from the WWII memorial—though, the veterans were thankfully allowed in. 

    Enough with the political theater.

    Tell Harry Reid to 
    negotiate here.

    2 comments
    Rabid Conservative
    10/02/2013

    Something that I heard yesterday: isn't it funny that we borrow 40¢ to every dollar, yet we have just seen the shutdown of about 40% of the federal government that was considered "non-essential"? Now if we consider that there is probably a lot of non-essential spending on the so-called essential 60% - well, then why again can we not pass a budget? Oh, because Congress is wasting the 40¢ on the dollar that it spends on crap that we don't really need.

    All of this shutdown stuff is, really, Dummy-crat grandstanding, with the MSM rolling the cameras. Pray that the GOP keeps that spine and that someone might actually pull Harry Reid out of his office, tar and feather him (so to speak), and get back to the work of actually legislating, instead of Harry Reid abusing his power as Senate Majority Leader - because all he ever does is block votes for things that he doesn't like, that might actually gain traction in the Senate.

    Kevin Clark
    10/01/2013

    The MSM and the dems have been caught totally off guard by the Reps suddenly finding their back bone. They are so used to the Reps caving on every issue. They change in tactics is causing a meltdown of the Dems. They are lying through their teeth and giv. ing a class in doubletalk. But that is par for the course when they don't get their way.

    Now the Reps are standing up and saying NO and they are called traitors. The liberals are just wanting the Reps to cave as they always have yet again but they really need to be careful what they wish for. The old guard is hanging on by a thread and if they are abandoned there will be an entire party of libertarians that will pull the ones on the side line back int the voting mix. The Dems having to negotiate is only your second worst nightmare. An entire party of true limited government, fiscal responsibility and dedicated to states rights and minimal regulation across the board is. But the bright side is that they will agree on most social issues.