Another GOP-Induced Government Shutdown?

You’d think they would have learned their lesson, if not from the consequences of the Gingrich shutdown in the following election, then at least from their corporate “clients” in the wake of the credit downgrade. But Republicans may be getting ready to shut ‘er down again. This time, they’re insisting that disaster relief spending be balanced by cuts, not just any cuts but cuts to research into hybrid cars. After all, heaven forfend the feral gummint spend money on anything that would reduce our consumption of oil.

Last week, Senate Democrats along with 10 Republicans, passed a bill to re-up FEMA’s disaster relief account by nearly $7 billion, with no offsetting budget cuts. Reid is insisting that this legislation be included in a broader House package to fund the rest of the government. But Republican leaders say Reid’s plan is DOA in the House.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) blames Harry Reid. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), noting that spending on FEMA for disaster relief is essential and unavoidable, says this:

If they want to stay into next week, that’s fine, we can do that…we can work all next week. The government doesn’t shut down until I think it’s a week from Saturday. Senator McConnell said there will be no shutdown. I’m not that sure. I’m not that sure. Because the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has been so unreasonable in the past I don’t know why they should suddenly be reasonable.

We’re not going to cave in on this… it’s a matter of principle.

I have only one question…

WHERE IS OBAMA IN ALL THIS MESS? Is he just waiting around for Congress to work it out?

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  • MandT  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    “WHERE IS OBAMA IN ALL THIS MESS?” —-triangulating his next populist lie, giving great consideration to his 11ty dimensional degrees of separation: whether to use ‘The American people,” or ‘Them ‘ or ‘Those people.’ etc and so on.

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      MandT, a lot of us, including y’all and me, are onto him by now. I was seduced by well-chosen words in 2008. I shall not be led astray by him in 2012.

  • Carlos  On Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I think the Tea Party people will gleefully shut down the government if they can. They have one main goal and that is to make Obama fail and will do anything towards that end. Rita (the lady in my life) agrees that Obama is a closet Rebublican and we can see what he does as apposed to what he says so that appears to be true. I don’t see much hope for our once great country. The main street economy is fragil and can’t take too many more hits so I’m thinking that instead of a double dip recession we may see another Great Depression. I just turned 64 so my parents and grand parents told me many things about the first one. Hope I can stick around for a few more years to see how this unfolds.

    • Steve  On Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Carlos, the Tea Party would be merely irritatingly ignorant if they didn’t claim to base all their crap on the Constitution. I am reading two books about the Constitution at the moment, one a history of the Federal Convention, one an explanation of the four freedoms of the First Amendment as practiced and litigated. These are two among probably a dozen books in the subject area that I have read over the years, and I am here to assure you that the Tea Party doesn’t know CRAP about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights… they view the Constitution as some sort of magic rattle to be shaken in the direction of people they have learned, rightly or wrongly, to be afraid of. The document guarantees them a broad assortment of good things, but it doesn’t say they can “take [their] country back” from people who do not look like them or talk like them. Bigotry is the ugliest possible response to fear, and fear is a truly stupid response to the introduction of more people into the political process. The Tea Party folks should fear the antidemocratic strain in the GOP leadership… now THERE is something worth fearing!

  • MandT  On Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Shake’n the Rattle—-very funny!!!!

    • Steve  On Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      MandT, remember when the ‘publicans read the entire Constitution aloud at the beginning of a Congress? (IIRC, they actually left some of it out!) It’s the same sort of phenomenon as reading a prayer for protection in a newly erected home, a frank appeal to the spirits-that-be in the magic of the words themselves. The problem is that, unlike the words in a prayer, there’s nothing poetic or magical in the sound of the language in the Constitution; the phrases were either borrowed from somewhere else, or hammered out phrase by phrase to try to keep one state or a group of states from bolting the Federal Convention altogether. The Constitution is a hodge-podge, a wonderful hodge-podge but a hodge-podge nonetheless. As ghost-scaring rattles go, it’s a damned poor one!

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