This tactic will backfire. There will be no government shutdown. There will be no spending cuts.
Two bright guys writing for the Washington Times think so. They write that Republicans in Congress are beginning to grow a backbone, that they’re upset about being steamrolled by Obama and mad that now he wants more:
The appetite for a government shutdown is growing among Republicans, who shied away from one during the debt and spending fights in the last Congress but now say one may be needed.
Then they quote various people to back up their statement. This is from brand new Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas):
I think the last time we saw a shutdown, the fact that Republicans were willing to stand together — on fiscally conservative principles — ended up producing a result that was responsible and that benefited the country and that ultimately produced enormous economic growth.
When was that, exactly? Was that back in 1994-1995 when the government was shut down for, what, five days? How did that work out? Was government spending cut? Was anything substantial accomplished? Well, Newt Gingrich, then Speaker of the House, lost most of his conservative cred, and never got it back.
Or was it in the summer of 2011 when Speaker Boehner threatened to shut things down and then backed away, deciding instead to kick the ban to December 31, 2012. And just how did that work out, Ted?
The authors then quote Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) who wrote an editorial in the Houston Chronicle on Friday, saying:
It may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well-being of our country, rather than plod along the path of Greece.
Cornyn sports a less than impressive Freedom Index (FI) rating of 83 (translation: he finds it convenient to vote for unconstitutional bills about one out of every five times – this is a conservative?).
And then there’s establishment Republican cheerleader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – with a dismal FI of 70 – who says that it’s “shameful” that Republicans have to use such tactics:
None of us like using these situations like the sequester or the debt ceiling or operation of government to try to engage the president to deal with this. It’s a shame we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem of our time, and that’s our excessive spending.
This is a sham and a fraud. Let’s look at the Constitution: Article I, Section 7: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…”
And so just who was it who got us into this mess?
Let’s check the logic on this. The House started the ball rolling by voting for (largely unconstitutional) spending. The Senate went along, the White House signed the bills into law. And now the House is complaining that the president doesn’t want to talk about cutting spending?
There will some noise, perhaps even some shouting. But a government shutdown? Hardly likely. The spending will continue.
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