House GOP Applauds Government Shutdown

Author: April 5, 2011 2:29 pm

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As negotiations over the budget continue to stumble to an impasse, the public holds its breath for the inevitable.  Most have an imperfect recollection of the Newt Gingrich shutdown in the nineties (myself included) and are unsure of how bad it will be.

It will be very bad.  During the Newt-engineered shutdown, the economy was in excellent shape and while the shutdown hurt a lot of people it didn’t cripple the country.  That will not be the case this time.  We are still struggling back to our feet and a government shutdown will cut off a huge and vital flow of money into the economy.

This cutoff will impact Social Security, Veteran’s benefits and a number of other payouts that will be put on hold.  It will hurt the government employees that will be furloughed, depriving them of a paycheck.  Contrary to what you may have heard, most of these workers cannot afford to miss a paycheck or two just like everyone else.  At the same time, a furlough will devastate the hundreds of thousands of local businesses that cater to the governments’ needs, be it food services, office supplies, transportation and the like.

A short GOP shutdown will be excruciating.  A prolonged one stands a excellent chance of pushing us back into a full recession.  The GOP knows this and their response?

“House Republicans huddled late Monday and, according to a GOP aide, gave the speaker an ovation when he informed them that he was advising the House Administration Committee to begin preparing for a possible shutdown.”

They applauded! APPLAUDED! Because ideology ALWAYS trumps the public good with the GOP. Remember this when a Republican gets in front of a microphone and laments about how hard they tried and how it’s all the Democrats fault for not giving them everything they wanted compromising.  They applauded. The GOP WANTS the shutdown and they’re going to get it because they think it will help them. I hope America is smarter than that and I hope there’s a video of the House GOP showing their true colors.

Every time a Republican opens their mouth, I smell a rat.

Every time a Republican opens their mouth, I smell a rat.

Read the gory details here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-invites-top-lawmakers-to-hash-out-budget-at-white-house-as-deadline-looms/2011/04/04/AF2t8QdC_print.html

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8 Comments

  • The GOP are betting if the economy takes a hit they can blame the Obama administration. They of course will spin it like Palin. President doesn’t want to pay our troops and veterans because he’s not interested in a short term patch while the other side tried to work a social agenda in to the budget. This is about numbers not women’s health or NPR. Get off the crazy radical tea bagger agenda and pass an honest budget that is devoid of riders for the revisive radical conservative agenda!

  • I have served the the U.S. Government for 44 years. 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and 20 years for the U.S. Army. How will the government shut down going to affect my retired military check, my tricare benefits. Will these cut backs also affect all the congress who are fighting over this. I can tell you one thing for sure. This has affect the way I will vote. I will not vote for anyone who is currentlhy in place..they are NOT looking out for the average American.

  • American-Canadian

    Yes, TREASON!

    –noun
    1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
    2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
    3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

    Definition 3 is especially appropriate. This is a total outrage!

  • Dr.STRANGELUV

    THEN SHUTDOWN THE GOVERNMENT. The last time 1996 we got rid of Newt Gingrich. But remember we got the lying, scheming, murdering George Bush 4 years later as our president.
    Does the Bush family think that history will repeat if they have Boehner shutdown the government? They have him working for them. Remember back in Nov. 2010 that Karl Rove gave out $250 million to these GOP in Congress. He is setting us up for a NEW BUSH PRESIDENT—
    I give you JEB BUSH in 2016….(just like his brother–who took over after Clinton cleaned up all the problems of our country)….HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    This is treason, pure and simple. And conspiracy, of course. No exculpatory language, no pussyfooting around it, no ‘nice’ way to say it. Treason. And there is only one response to treason.

  • Betcha 20 bucks these assholes will do everything they can to collect their paychecks while they refuse to do their goddamn job.

  • Shoot one Republican House member per hour after such a shutdown until they solve the problem.

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