It all leaves me wondering what has happened to common sense. The GOP is not
after budget cuts, it is trying make policy with budget cuts. No sacred cows
are on the list (military, ss, medicare, etc.). Only programs that the far far
right want to try to remove. Programs that help people. Under the disguise of
budget, they are trying to reshape the social fabric of America.I
guess that is politics, and a good reason for teaching our young the art of
politics at early, early age. 2, 3 maybe.PS - The GOP should take a
glance of what has happened in the vote this week in Wisconsin. The general
public has awakened and they are not happy with this ... this... this... power
grab to change programs under the cloak of budgets.
You know, based on the coverage I've seen, I truly believe the media wants a
shutdown. It makes it more fun for them. I hope the folks in Congress don't
succumb. It's not good for the country.
"He didn't lead on last year's budget, and he's not leading on this year's
budget." There was no budget last year. He only leads if the
meetings fit between his golf outings and his campaign stops. Don't expect
executive leadership on this, or much else in this country. If the
national parks are shut down then lets have all the federal employees pack up
and leave. Return the parks to the public or to the states where they can be
administered at a local level. Closing the gates and posting guards (and
providing back pay like they did the last time) isn't a government shutdown.
Start at the top. Stop paying Congress and their staffs and then see if some
action takes place.
*'Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talk grows' - By Charles Babington - AP
- Published by DSNews - 02/20/11WASHINGTON Few memories haunt
Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal
government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and
recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. As for Republican bipartisnship? 'When Republicans were a Senate
minority in 1991-1992, there were 59 cloture (filibuster) filings. When
President Clinton took office, with Republicans remaining the minority in the
Senate, that number shot up to 80 in 1993-1994.When Democrats
reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings
shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 to a record 139 in 2007-2008.''The Rise
Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and
Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10
Boehner certainly has his hands full. Most Republicans polled are not
interested in compromise, most Democrats and Independents want the GOP &
Dems to find an agreement.Let me restate that - Republicans and the
right do not want a compromise. Ie, they'd prefer a shutdown if they can't get
everything they want."Shut 'er down!" is the Tea Party's
version of "Burn, Baby, Burn!"A lot of these people would
just as soon seen the economy take a massive hit, as air traffic control stops.
They'd want the EPA to be abolished so we can go back to the bad old days of
even worse pollution than we have now. FDA? Medical safety can be assessed by
the public based on obituaries and word of mouth.If you think this
is all crazy... you may not be a Republican.
A shutdown hurts the economy, everyone would agree. Who stands to
gain by that? The GOP presidential candidates, as they gear up to run against
Obama just as the economy is starting to show sustained progress and job
creation.The GOP is trying to sabotage Obama's election chances, and
the rest of us are all just collateral damage.
The attempt by the GOP to scuttle Planned Parenthood funding in this process is
evidence of conservatives' hatred of women. Yes they put women on a southern
belle's pedestal, but they really hate and despise them because they are so
natural and biological - too close to nature for comfort. The GOP is on a
collision course with a host of biological and natural phenomina (including
global warming). This rider is an opening salvo.
They don't hate women. They just believe a woman is not equal to a man in