Bad News for Republicans: New Poll Shows Most Americans Would Blame GOP for Another Shutdown

boehner-sad-9As they say, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Well, it seems Republicans are eager to prove that saying right as we’re headed toward another possible shutdown of a government agency. Though this time it’s not our entire federal government, it’s the Department of Homeland Security.

For those of you who might not know, what’s happening is that the DHS is set to run out of funding soon so they need Congress to pass a bill so that they can continue to remain open and do their jobs; primarily, protecting our national security. That’s something which Republicans often claim is a high priority to them – until now apparently.

You see, House Republicans are doing what they normally do. That is, try to exploit an issue to play petty partisan politics. They’re trying to piggy back provisions in this bill that would rollback President Obama’s executive order on immigration. An issue that has absolutely nothing to do with funding the DHS.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, it should – because it’s exactly what they tried to do in 2012 when their ridiculous antics led to our nation’s first government shutdown in almost 20 years. Our government closed because they tried to block funding for the Affordable Care Act instead of simply funding the federal government. 

Well, recently Speaker of the House John Boehner professed that he’s more than willing to put our national security in jeopardy because he believes the American people will blame Democrats for the shutdown, not Republicans. After all, that’s what’s important, right? Not that the DHS is able to do their job, just who would get blamed if they weren’t able to do it.

Though his rhetoric suffered a big blow recently when Sen. John McCain flat-out put the blame for this mess on the shoulders of House Republicans for trying to play political games with the DHS’s funding.

Now Republicans have suffered yet another big blow as a recent poll revealed that the majority of Americans would blame Republicans if the DHS closes – not Democrats. According to this poll, 53 percent of Americans would blame Republicans while only 30 percent would blame President Obama.

Though I’m not sure why anyone would blame President Obama considering Congress hasn’t even sent him a bill because House Republicans continue to try to exploit our national security to play partisan politics.

But this poll shouldn’t really be a surprise, because Americans blamed Republicans the last time they tried to do this same thing. I think Boehner genuinely believed that Americans would blame Democrats because Republicans now control both the House and Senate, something they didn’t do in 2012.

That might have been true if we were talking about a “clean” funding bill that Democrats were blocking in the Senate, but we’re not. If House Republicans would send that bill over, Democrats would gladly support it. Just like in 2012, House Republicans are trying to play partisan politics instead of simply doing their jobs.

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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  • Jim Bean

    Dems blamed Pubs for sequestration and the economic meltdown that they just knew would inevitably follow it. Then they tried to take credit for the lower deficit and economic recovery that ACTUALLY followed it. So, yes, Dems are the powerhouse in the game of deceit and in all likelihood will be able to get it wrong this time and still effectively cast the blame onto someone else.

  • strayaway

    If Obama’s dictate “has absolutely nothing to do with funding the DHS”, what would be the harm of taking it out of the bill funding DHS. After all, DHS is, for some reason, involved in issuing work permits allowing illegal aliens to take US jobs, and that does cost money. DHS money could be better used to monitor the border. Congress should just have a separate vote on the President’s new dictate. We’re all for our elected representatives having a say on this here aren’t we? Besides, we have a lot of time because of Judge Hanen’s ruling. He wrote that “Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was “not just rewriting the laws; he is creating them from scratch” when he wrote the amnesty, which could have granted tentative legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to more than 4 million illegal immigrants. Judge Hanen issued an injunction halting the program until he can hold a full trial.” -Washington Times

    • Jillz

      What would be the harm of the House simply doing their jobs by drafting an immigration bill and putting it through proper process instead of trying to piggy back it on to an unrelated funding requirement?

      • strayaway

        1) According to the Constitution, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress”. The key word is “All”. The President doesn’t have legislative powers. He has said so himself 22 times. 2)Congress is also charged with providing for the common defense, “to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (“uniform” cannot mean one rule for legal immigration and another for illegal economic invasions), and repealing invasions. 3) Judge Hanen concluded that Obama broke the “Administrative Procedures Act, by creating a major policy without following all the steps for public review and comment.”“In fact, the law mandates that these illegally-present individuals be removed. The DHS has adopted a new rule that substantially changes both the status and employability of millions. These changes go beyond mere enforcement or even non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration scheme.” -Washington Times

        Given that president Obama had broken laws and his oath of office and wants Congress to award him with a de facto enabling act, Congress is left with two choices. To ignore the rule of law and allow this and future presidents legislate by presidential edict or to cut the cancer out of this bill. Congress can vote on Obama’s dictate if it so chooses.

  • Wiley

    Did regressive Victor Wiley move overseas to join ISIS or something?