The Shutdown is Bullshit
What the Republicans are doing right now is bullshit. And let's be clear, this government shutdown - plus the maybe possible, but hopefully they're not that crazy, debt default - is almost completely the Republicans' fault.

Now let me be clear. I don't think the tactics being used break any rules. There's more to being a politician than just policy. There are a lot of techniques for getting what you want that don't involve convincing others of the merit of your position. In fact, that's mostly how it works. I dislike things like the filibuster and log rolling and earmarks, and I want them changed, but that's how the system works right now. And what the Republicans are doing is within the bounds of a flawed system.

But here's why it's bullshit. In what we consider normal political battles winning means you get your legislation passed and losing means you don't. If the legislation improves people's lives (or is perceived to) then more people vote for the winning side, and less for the losing side. If the legislation does the opposite then the reverse happens. The reward and punishment come at the ballot box for the different sides of the fight.

What the Republicans are doing is punishing the entire country for their inability to pass legislation (which is, in this case, the repeal of legislation). They're saying that if the other side doesn't agree with them they're not going to punish them by beating them in election, they're saying they're going to punish the entire country by shutting down its government or possibly letting it default on its debt.

It's ridiculous, and it's pretty clearly not that lazy "both sides do it" crap that people fall back on when they don't want to have to defend their position.

Think of it this way, what if the Democrats threatened to shut down the government or have the US default if the Republicans wouldn't pass Obamacare?
The republicans passed a bill that funds EVERY facet of government except obamacare. The democrats in the Senate could have passed that bill and kept the govt. open. They chose to not pass it, ergo, they are responsible for the shutdown. All funding bills have to originate in the House of Reps. POTUS himself said flat out that he would veto any bill that didn't include funding for obamacare. So, on one side you have the HOR originating a funding bill which is their responsibility. On the other you have the Senate and POTUS both holding all govt. funding hostage unless they get their way and it includes funding for obamacare. I fail to see how this is the fault of republicans in the HOR. The system of checks and balances is alive and well, thank God. Plus, I fail to see what's so bad about the government shutting down. The government sucks. Every day they're not working is a day they're not spending my money and/ or giving it to other people. Not to mention the fac that welfare checks are still going out and the IRS is still at work taking bread out of my son's mouth.

Posted at 10/7/2013 1:07:54 PM by Chad

What happened is the Republicans lost a political fight, fair and square. They don't have the votes in the Senate or the President to sign a bill that would defund Obamacare, so they're going to shut the government down or possibly make the US default on its debt. I have no problem with them attempting to stop Obamacare. It's what they believe in. But they lost. And their new tactic for trying to force people to vote their way is bullshit.

Posted at 10/7/2013 1:23:22 PM by Jeff Egnaczyk

The Republicans are holding the American government hostage over something that already passed through all 3 branches of Government. If you don't agree with something, go through the regular process to change it like every other law.

Holding Americans government hostage and threatening that they need to do what you want before you let them go in my opinion is Terrorism. Yup, I said it. I am calling Republicans that are acting like 9th graders (So this doesn't include all of them) in a school election Terrorists.

They are directly threatening the American people and their way of life. Many are suffering over this game they want to play and I think it's a bunch of crap.

Posted at 10/10/2013 9:36:29 PM by D

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