As 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.