Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Clown show Continues!

It’s that time again.  Come September the federal government will run out of money.  Once again Congress will be required to appropriate funds to allow the government to continue to function.  Since congress has failed to pass a budget they will be required to pass a “continuing resolution” to keep the government running.
The wackos on the far right of the Republican Party see this as an opportunity to defund the president’s signature piece of legislation…Obamacare.  Led by Senators Rubio and Cruz, the right wing wackos have boldly declared that they will shut down the government unless the continuing resolution defunds Obamacare.  They say that any republican who votes for a continuing resolution that includes funding for Obamacare is not a “true conservative.”
Let’s just call this declaration what it is…stupid. 
This is nothing more than a public relations ploy designed to appease the base and increase campaign contributions.  It is a reckless, selfish campaign stunt that in the end will have a devastating effect on the party.
The Republican House has voted 40 times to repeal Obamacare to no avail.  Harry Reid is never going to bring a vote to defund Obamacare to the senate floor.  And even if he did, it would never pass the president’s veto.  Obamacare isn’t going anywhere.
So what will Republicans accomplish if they go through with their threat?
Military personnel will not get paid.  Social Security checks will not get mailed.  Medicare and Medicaid benefits will stop.  Unemployment checks will be withheld.  The government will be forced to furlough tens of thousands of workers…
…and all this misery will be blamed on the Republican Party.
Republicans have lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last six national elections.  They can make it 6 out of the last 7 if they shut down the government.  Make good on their threat and they can watch President Hillary Clinton appoint the next 4 or 5 Supreme Court justices.
Democrats can only hope…
There is only one way to for Republicans to defund Obamacare.  Maintain control of the House…win control of the Senate…and elect a Republican president.
You don’t win national elections by shutting down the government.

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