As More Americans Blame GOP for Shutdown, Republicans Scrambling to Reopen Government

ObamaBoehnerAs the government shutdown continues, Republicans are trying to find any way to dig themselves out of the mess they created.  Sure, most Republicans won’t admit that the shutdown is their fault, but internally they know they’re the cause of it.  Even Republican Senators like John McCain have recently called out GOP rhetoric that misled Americans and led to this shutdown.

And as the public’s opinion on the GOP drops, they’re now rushing to find some kind of deal to reopen the government, seemingly hoping to limit some of the self-inflicted damage they’ve done to their own party.

The latest proposal on the table right now is a plan which would reopen the government at current spending levels (meaning the Affordable Care Act gets funded) and continue the cuts caused by the sequester, while allowing more control by each agency over what’s cut and what isn’t.  It would also raise our debt ceiling through January 31, 2014, something Republicans initially opposed as they only wanted to do a 6-week extension on the debt ceiling.  President Obama fiercely insisted on a longer extension to avoid going through this again in just a handful of weeks right before the holiday season (as if going through it again a few months from now makes it any better, but I digress).

A couple of concessions Republicans are asking for, and should get, is a delay on the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices for two years (something that isn’t all that popular with either party) and another is to have internal auditors ensure that those receiving tax subsidies to buy health insurance are in fact eligible.  Something I happen to agree with.

Republicans are also pushing for a change in the definition of “full-time” from 30 hours to 40 hours for employers.

But again, take note that nowhere in these plans is the repeal, the defunding or delay of “Obamacare”—the reason Republicans shut down the government to begin with.

So as they’ve continued to insist that this shutdown was the fault of President Obama and Democrats, it’s clear that the American people aren’t buying it and the Republicans are struggling more than ever to sell it.

And while any plan that reopens the government and raises our debt ceiling will undoubtedly be a temporary deal (meaning in just a few months we’ll be right back here again) it’s a clear sign that the Republican party has backed themselves into a corner, is divided and simply doesn’t know what the hell to do next.

They’re scrambling to end the shutdown and begin damage control over their actions, which some polls have indicated may cost them the House next November.

I just hope when mid-term elections do come next fall, the American people don’t forget these antics.  We must do our best to see the Democratic party takes back power in the House of Representatives and grows their power in the Senate.  Otherwise, we’re going to continue to see nothing but obstruction and partisan games being played with the lives of Americans at the hands of the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Pipercat

    Looks like this may have, “sank in the swamp.”

  • Jessica Jay

    damage is done… in reality I honestly think Obama knew they would self implode and they simply just fell into Obama’s trap… I’m sure his advisors saw this coming from miles away and played this out like a chess match… Obama will soon be screaming CHECKMATE!!!!! Soon enough…

    • SteveiCarmen

      Yes, and it only took how many American lives interrupted?
      We’re not chess pieces.

      • Sen

        That is how politics work. I guess you don’t like being spied on, either.

      • GOPBlows

        The alternative would have been much worse.

  • D Alexx Miller

    The full time provision is going to screw a lot of people

    • Una Uilebaine

      It will and it wont. For those people who are having there hours cut back to 23 hours (due to full time being 30 hours) a week, it will help them gain some of their hours back. For people who work for Walmart or Sam’s club (and other companies like them) who at full time are only allowed 37.5 hours it will suck because they will no longer be full time employees.

      • D Alexx Miller

        But for those that can only work 30 hours and are considered ft will lose the most…. like me. Due to the physicality of my job. Along with many others that fall into this category.

    • GOPBlows

      It won’t make it into the final bill.

  • fairness_rules

    Tea party republicans want the shut down and debt limit fiasco, they instigated, to go into effect. They envision a government breakdown resulting in a change in power they were unable to achieve with the last two elections. They can’t get their way through the democratic system of the vote so they are resorting to “last ditch” efforts to try to get into power. This is much more serious however, than their gerrymandering of voter districts, making-up “facts”, buying the vote through their corporate masters, etc, and other tactics they use to try to get their way. The majority of the people are starting to see through their tactics however and their big gamble will fail. They are becoming irrelevant and will soon be in the dust bin of history. It won’t be soon enough as they have done too much damage to the country already.

    • GOPBlows

      But while all this is going on, nobody is paying any attention to the GOP Plan B, which is controlling as many statehouses as possible. We need to start paying close attention to local politics.

  • Harold Campbell

    The work phase doesn’t take place until 2015 after the elections. If we can take back the house it is just a token to give them a placebo for their drooling constituents. So don’t stress yet about the hour changes unless they keep the house and we don’t make roads with the senate then we’re screwed with more of this horse crap anyways.

  • Anthonij

    I had always felt it was best for the country if the power was divided, i.e., that neither party held the presidency and both houses, but, well, so much for the old centre-based, middle-class friendly way of doing things.

    The Republican party has been paralysed by the lunatic extremists and the centrists of that party have proved themselves to be spineless cowards. To save us from the appalling Teabaggers and their corporate puppet masters, we really do need to have all three points of power in the hands of the Democrats for long enough to bring the other party back to something resembling sanity and respect for the democratic process.

    • Tamarack

      Middle class? What middle class?

      I think you’re right about getting and keeping Dem power until the GOP pendulum centers itself. At least for PBO’s last two years. And Reid needs to end the filibuster abuse once and for all, although the House is making the Senate look reasonable. (ish)

      • Anthonij

        Well, there is still a middle class, though obviously it is shrinking. But clearly I am talking about past decades when there was a healthier and broader middle class and for the most part, no matter how involved the two parties were in doing the bidding of big business, they both also were mindful of the interests of the middle class. Back when there were reasonable numbers of liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats who formed the bridge upon which compromise and cooperation between the parties and the different branches of the government could be found.

  • Dave Somerville

    You can bash the Republicans all that you want, and many of you would regardless. We need hardliners (on each side) as book ends. The country does have a major debt problem, regardless of what admin. added to it. It needs to be turned around and the projected costs of the ACA is a major concern. Those hardline Republicans were advised and knew that they would not be able to repeal the ACA, but they sure did shine a spot light on it, our debt and how our government functions and reacts to minor hiccups. What each American should walk away from this TEST is: how dependent am I on the government, how dependent is our country on outside lenders and what can I (as a responsible individual) do to lessen that weakness and improve the greatest country in the world.

  • wayne m

    Americans have a very short memory. By the midterm election they will baffled with gop bs and spins and vote the pricks in again.

    • Anthonij

      The Koch brothers and other such corporate swine will be throwing even greater sums of money into advertising for their extremist Republican and Bagger lackeys… enough to bamboozle a depressing number of our fellow citizens into thinking that the corporate and billionaire good is their good as well…

  • Lorie Emerson

    Obamacare is not funded through this budget. The level of funding barely touches it at all. One of the reason they want the medical tax repealed is because it is a source of dedicated funding, so it would make the ACA more dependent on future budgets. You can’t ‘verify’ income for subsidies because it is based upon future earnings. All the subsidies do is give you a prepayment on a future tax credit (you can recieve the EIC credit through out the year also). If, at the end of the year, when you file your taxes, you recieved too big of a subsidy, you have to pay back the money. If you receive too small of a subsidy, you get money back. Much like if you claim 14 people on your w4; you might havr the money for now, but you will owe more at tax time.

  • Mr Timm

    No matter how you feel about Obama, I don’t think any of us really believed that Romney gave a rat’s ass about ordinary Americans.