Republicans have been planning to shutdown the government for months now in a last ditch effort to defeat and defund Obamacare. The New York Times reports, “Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy.”
At a secret location, Mr. Meese and the leaders of more than 36 conservative groups signed a plan called “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” that called for conservative leaders to push Republicans to derail the Affordable Health Care Act by cutting off financing for the entire U.S. government. “We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member.
My there’s a fine line between treason and patriot these days.
This radical approach to controlling public policy amounts to blackmail: spend tax dollars on what we want, or you don’t get to spend tax dollars at all. It’s a stupid approach because it’s not going to work. The President and Democrats don’t need to do anything for the entire Republican party to implode with this kind of approach.
Republicans and Fox News tried to spin the argument and claim that it was Democrats that were voting to shutdown the government by insisting that Obamacare go forward. But now that the New York Times has exposed the plot by conservative groups to shutdown the government, that started over 8 months ago, it’s impossible to spin this whole government shutdown as being the fault of Democrats.
It’s not going to work. It was a stupid idea. The party in minority in Congress cannot usurp the authority of the Executive branch of government. Why even have a President if Congress could blackmail the President and get whatever it wants? Can you imagine the precedence this would set if President Obama capitulated? It’s never going to happen. End of story.
On Saturday, the House passed a bill by a 407-0 vote that all of the furloughed federal workers will be paid in full for lost pay during the government shutdown. Wait a minute! I thought Republicans were concerned about saving money and cutting costs. Why did they all just vote to pay government workers, for not working?
Republicans and John Boehner are looking for a face saving out. Notice that instead of demanding the repeal of Obamacare, they are now demanding talks about out of control spending in Washington. Demanding talks about how to control spending versus demanding the repeal of Obamacare are two very different things. In my opinion this means that Republican polling is showing an unfavorable public reaction towards Republicans the longer the government shutdown goes on. This means that Republicans are likely to drop their repeal and defund Obamacare position.
The U.S. Military, namely the U.S. Department of Defense, is orchestrating its own coup against the House. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a surprise announcement on Saturday that he would recall next week almost all of the 400,000 civilian employees of the Defense Department who had been sent home when the government shut down. Mr. Hagel said the decision that “most D.O.D. civilians” would now be exempted from furloughs came after Pentagon and Justice Department lawyers interpreted a budget law passed just before the shutdown to include a larger number of workers. (Source: Hagel Recalls Most Defense Department Workers) In other words, the House can take their government shutdown and shove it. The Department of Defense got its own lawyers to basically argue, “what is IS?” If the House doesn’t like it, they can sue the Department of Defense in court. Until then, the DoD is sending over 400,000 civilian employees back to work next week.
Two weeks from now, the week of October 14th through October 18th, Congress goes on recess. It is unlikely Congress will leave town without agreeing to pay the bills as the government runs out of money on October 17th. What Congress usually does is to finish business and have no votes pending by 3 PM on Friday before the recess begins. My bet is the government shutdown will end by next Friday, October 11.
Peter Schiff says Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown too. Check it out because, when it comes to stock trading and gambling your hard earned money, it’s always beneficial to hear other opinions.