Let’s see … so far the House has passed (and I like all of these) defunding for:
- Planned Parenthood
- EPA carbon dioxide management (no cap and tax or anything similar)
Oh yeah … it’s going to take a while to work this out. The Democrats don’t want to cut back on anything, and definitely not entities that protect their beloved progressive causes.
Once again the biggest question I have is who comes out the winner. The Republicans for holding the line on reduced spending or the Democrats for holding the line on maintaining deficit spending and their social programs? I still believe the Republicans will win, as the people of this country are smart enough to see what is happening in Greece and not want that. But then I remember how Obama got a lift in ratings for his “compromise” on continuing the Bush tax cuts, though that “compromise” was basically several hundred billion more in total loss of revenue, and I start to wonder. It was a clear Democrat victory. And like all Democrat victories, very expensive.
As the son of a career government worker I’ve seen a number of government shutdowns, and was working as a government contractor during the 1995 shutdown. Shutdowns are basically a joke, simply resulting in government workers getting extra days off and then the government pays them retroactively after they authorize a new budget so the workers lose nothing. In my case, during the 1995 shutdown we were moved out of our government building and had to work out of one of our private buildings for a few days. But we continued to work and were, of course, paid on our contract.
The interesting thing is how far apart the sides are. Somehow or another this congress has to govern and get enough done for us to survive to the next election, when hopefully we can give the Republicans a solid majority and a Republican president, but that is almost 2 years away. And 2 years would be too long of a shutdown to survive.
Interesting, interesting times. And we will eventually know if the US really is really a more conservative than liberal country (as seemed in the last election) or if the last election was a fluke.
UPDATE: I see a lot of people finding this article via Google. If you want to understand why the budgetary issues we are facing are so critical we need to deal with them even if it means suffering a shutdown, take a look at my post on Atlas Shrugged here.
And if you want a specific reason why the Federal government should quit subsidizing all those “women’s health services,” like mammograms, that are supposedly provided by Planned Parenthood (but really aren’t) the best reason is that we’ve already agreed to pay for all those preventative services with Obamacare.
There will be those who suffer if the shutdown goes on and on, of course. Here are a few stories. But remember … they’re talking about a shutdown that is months long, whereas most shutdowns have been for mere days. A shutdown that extends into the summer would truly be disastrous as the military won’t be getting their accumulated pay until it’s over, and soldiers don’t have the kind of resources to keep their families going without paychecks coming in. A shutdown that lasts for a month or less, while in this nation of 300 million people there will be some very sad stories, will really have a negligible effect.
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