11th-Hour Brinkmanship Before Government Shutdown

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J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2013.

After a day of recriminations and political theater, the House and Senate ended the weekend no closer to a deal to avert a government shutdown, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, just after the stroke of midnight.

Senate Democrats plan to gavel into session on Monday to reject the latest proposal by House Republicans. The House will then likely have one more opportunity to respond before the government shuts down.

The current House proposal passed on Sunday would keep the government funded at current spending levels until Dec. 15, while delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year and repealing the medical-device tax that helps fund the health care law. The Senate proposal would keep the government funded at those same levels until Nov. 15, but wouldn’t affect the rollout of Obamacare.

“Tomorrow, the Senate will do exactly what we said we would do and reject these measures,” Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate majority leader Harry Reid, wrote in a public statement on Sunday. “At that point, Republicans will be faced with the same choice they have always faced: put the Senate’s clean funding bill on the floor and let it pass with bipartisan votes, or force a Republican government shutdown.”

Representative Charlie Dent, a Republican from Pennsylvania, has said he would accept the Senate’s “clean” continuing resolution, but only two members of the House Republican conference — New York Representatives Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna — did not vote for their party’s proposal.

Representative Raúl Labrador, a Republican from Idaho, told Meet the Press on Sunday that he would not vote for the Senate’s resolution, but thinks that “there’s enough people in the Republican Party who are willing” to do so to avert the shutdown. “And I think that’s what you’re going to see,” said Labrador.

As the suspense built to a Monday confrontation, Republican Representatives took to the steps of the Capitol on Sunday afternoon to rip into their colleagues across the aisle. “I personally believe that Senator Reid and the President for political purposes want to shut down the government,” said Representative Tim Griffin, a Republican from Arkansas. Clutching a football, Griffin said, “This is the old football strategy. When you get to where you want to be in a football game, you run out the clock.”

31 comments
SamOsborne
SamOsborne

This is more than brinkmanship, this reflects an enthusiasm by House Republicans to push our representative form of government over the cliff:


Obstructionist Republicans in the House do not believe in what the first Republican President, Abe Lincoln, led the Union of representative government to (in his words) assure: “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people would not perish from the Earth.”

They have no “issue” other than this end and only try to hide and use anything and everything to obstruct and destroy; from health care, to food stamps, to college-loan-interest rates, to the minimum wages, to illegals, to Benghazi and beyond. House Republican disloyalties to democracy hold the nation hostage with their self-established rump parliament that is trying to kidnap due process of law. And the ransom is to end law and order via the working of a representative republican form of government guaranteed WE THE PEOPLE by the Constitution which these arrogant few disregard their oath in office to protect. They have no respect for what Founding Father John Adams' insisted on: "A government of law and not men." This also not respected by the Plantation Masters of the South who hung on to one day launch a Civil War.

As of now the only things that differs much them from Confederates of that Dixie rebellion Lincoln suppressed is that this Republican rump in the House only shoots off their mouths. But those mouths that sound disloyalty to democracy at home echoes around the world to the comfort of the self-entitled few of world corporate imperialism that have no loyalty to the people of any land. Their Golden Rule is that since they have been able to hoard the word’s gold, they rule.

This parliamentary rump represents those that own the Republican Party and have their tentacles of control over the people of the Earth reaching out around the globe. Republicans in the House, as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz roadblocks his own party in the Senate, place themselves in service to this age’s imperialists who have enthroned themselves atop corporations that are as extensively tangling liberty as was the East India Company of the British Empire of the 1700s.

This was shown just recently by Iowa Representative Steve King and Michele of the North and another Republican wise-man of the West who stood before members of the Egyptian Military coup and lavished praise on them in the name of good service to the American-Egyptian Chamber of Commerce.

Take a look at the TV clip of that bit of slovenly service to world corporatism---this in disregard of the Logan Act of 1799 and 1994 that makes it a felony punishable by imprisonment for unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments. Who authorized these three; the rump Republican parliament in the House?

They toady for this era’s imperialists who have enthroned themselves atop corporations whose tentacles reach as far as did those of The East India Company (EIC) of the British Empire of the 1700s. This shown just recently by Iowa Representative Steve Kind and Michele of the North who stood with another wise-man Republicans before members of the Egyptian Military coup and praised them in the name of good service to the American Egyptian Chamber of Commerce.

That kind of slovenly service to the East India Company in the late 1700’s forced down on American Colonials a tax to that corporate interest that provoked that Boston Tea Party which now gives twisted name to some who support members of the Republican rump in the Hose. The real tea party was one of the incident which led to the Shot Heard Round the World and the ending George III’s empire of privilege suffered in servitude by the people of colonial America and to the plantation South of the maters of privilege who had been able to hang on to such a degree that they owned people as slaves and held the masses of others down and in servitude as white trash, which Lincoln ended.

It is time for a new shot heard around the world in establishment for all of mankind what the Founders brought about with their Declaration of Independence in 1776 that sparked the Shot Heard Round the World:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such.”

It is once again time for WE THE PEOPLE to take up arms and the only arms needed as long as there is a free ballot is for those arms to be used in a voting booth to bullet mark a strait Democratic Party ticket ballot until the Republican Party frees itself from those rump members, like King, who have such little loyalty to what Lincoln led his Republican Party and the Union to preserve.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Mr. President - just kick their xxxx and send them all to hell...

The American people clearly see their dark motive and selfish reason. They exist for one thing and one only - to serve the Satan...

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

The market tanks today on the news - these economic terrorists are doing it again for the whole world to see and we are helpless about it. Remember to vote in 2014. 

sacredh
sacredh

Please join me in prayer wanting all the TPers to suffer painful genital itch and uncontrollable flatuence.

racerkoi
racerkoi

“This is the old football strategy. When you get to where you want to be in a football game, you run out the clock.”

Yes.  Obamacare was a touchdown in the First Quarter.  Now that the Republicans are behind and the game's almost over, they want the Democrats to forfeit.  THERE'S YOUR SPORTS ANALOGY, GRIFFIN.

karinage52
karinage52


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MrTemecula
MrTemecula

There's no point of a CR going to November. Delaying until November just gives the tea party hostage-takers another excuse to issue another ransom note.

ZacPetitIsHere
ZacPetitIsHere

11th Hour Republican Brinkmanship Before Government Shutdown

Fixed. 

jmac
jmac

NY Times Editorial:  " After decades of debate and bitter political battles, millions of uninsured Americans will soon be able to get health coverage they can afford, a right that has long been universal in other advanced nations."

Whether they shut down or not, America finally  has a universal health care plan.  Republicans know what that means for history and it's not going to look good for their side in the history books.    It's time to let it go and move on.  We have presidents in the mIddle east  we need to talk to, we have climate problems we need to address, we have issues with whether we fund wars or our schools and infrastructure.    Let it go!     

retiredvet
retiredvet

 Why This Is Not Just 'Washington Breakdown,' in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)

"In short, we have a faction making historically unprecedented demands -- give us everything, or we stop the government and potentially renege on the national debt. And it is doing so less than a year after its party lost the presidency, lost the Senate (and lost ground there), and held onto the House in part because of rotten-borough distortions. "

rivers
rivers

Bipartisan have no bottom line to shutdown the government, maybe they could shutdown the republican party and democratic party, it is an disgrace and bad  for the normal people, people were tricked by the republic intransigent .Anyway, government can use more money if the reason is right and reasonable.president and other work staff need payment, it is so reasonable, people dont care that, they only care why so much why there are so many money wasted on the weapon up-gradation. actually Obama has done great job, this position worth more money .

AcidRed
AcidRed

Bill Clinton got it right. The "GOP is begging for America to fail" so they can try to pin this on Obama as they pathetically try to do with EVERYTHING else. No matter what the man, our President, does right, these racist, hatefull, obstructionists will always stick to their T'baggin' philosophy. America will know who shut down the government and rest assured, will vote accordingly next election against what ever T'bag farce the republikans put forth. Dig your hole deeper repubs, it's going to be the only place you can hide...

kamanalonokapu
kamanalonokapu

Hopefully, the shutdown will last weeks if not months.  Many people will be hurt by the shutdown and, hopefully, many people will remember who put the hurting on them.


HollyKick
HollyKick

enough already , lets shutdown please

stevek77536
stevek77536

Like cities with city managers who run things for city mayors, the country needs some professional management.  Maybe Norway is available (high GDP per capita per the IMF, about twice the USA).  Then we can let the pols play games full time, and stop screwing up our lives.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Again:

No compromise. No more smoke and mirrors. No more hostage taking.  Let the GOP hang themselves.

It may hurt the American people, but letting the GOP off the hook will just make them bolder and more demanding down the road.

jsfox
jsfox

The Republicans can whine and throw tantrum after tantrum, but this is a bed they made all by themselves.

bobcn
bobcn

@MrTemecula 

Are you suggesting that if we capitulate to the goper's demand that we delay the ACA for a year we'll just get the same demand to block the ACA from them a year from now?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@AcidRed 

The only thing they cared about was their hate for Obama. One we get past that maybe America will realize that everyone has a share in what happens and we can all fix America.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@stevek77536  

Please! Just no more CEOs or wannabe CEOs.The Bottom Line isn't the place to go to for social issues.

manlyman
manlyman

If the government shuts down, it'll be o's fault, because he is president. Just thinking like the typical low/no information voter. Then again most of them won't even know it.

stevek77536
stevek77536

@fitty_three @stevek77536 Good point.  I also see CEO's as suspect at best, with their eye on the annual bonus rather than the good of the company (not the same thing).  But for a responsible city manager, there is no "bottom line", i.e. profit/loss.  Just a balanced budget (remember those?), and thus the well being of the city.  Hopefully.  Politicians have very different motives.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@manlyman Good god, you're stupid.  Just like the last time the government shut down, it will be the fault of the intransigent Republicans.  Only an ignorant dead-ender like you would believe otherwise.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@stevek77536

We haven't had balanced budgets since Clinton. It's gonna take sacrifices on both sides, but those lowzy stinking baggers won't let compromise work. No one gets everything they want, but stuff gets done.

I hope whatever replaces the GOP has more sense.