It’s Become Apparent that Republicans see the Government Shutdown as Some Kind of Game

paul-bachmannThe Republican antics following their shutdown of our government have been nothing short of pathetic.  For many of them, specifically those supported by the tea party, they simply don’t get it.

Then again, they never get much of anything.  But they really don’t get this.

However, the part that infuriates me the most is how these people seem to act as if this is some kind of a game.  They seem oblivious to the fact that over 800,000 Americans have been put on furlough and might not be able to pay their bills or feed their families.

They seem more focused on passing parts of bills which would fund the national parks or monuments — you know, because that gets more headlines and might ease the negativity that’s being deservedly thrown their way.

I love how stupid they think President Obama and Democrats are.  See, Republicans keep offering deals to fund certain parts of the government, without actually opening the government.  Their strategy seems to be something along the lines of, “If we just keep trying to fund the government piece by piece we’ll eventually fund everything except Obamacare.”

It’s completely pathetic.  They keep trying to blame President Obama for all these places like monuments and national parks being shut down because, “Obama won’t agree to fund those parts!”

Are you kidding?  Of course he’s not going to do that.

Why would the president agree to fund only the parts of the government that are providing so much backlash for the Republican party?  The whole point of this shutdown is that Republicans are trying to fund everything but “Obamacare.”  Something the president and Democrats have clearly said is not an option.  So why would he agree to fund those parts which have been shut down by Republicans deciding to hold our government hostage because they didn’t get their way with the health care law?

Especially when those parts that Republicans are trying to fund are the parts that are causing so many Americans to view them negatively?

But hey, here’s a fun fact: If John Boehner would simply let the Senate’s continuing resolution be voted on in the House, it would easily pass and the entire government would be reopened.  Which is what makes this so ridiculous.  The government could be reopened right now, except for the simple fact that John Boehner will not let the Senate’s CR come to a vote in the House of Representatives.

That’s one of the biggest reasons why President Obama isn’t going to negotiate with these clowns.  They already have a deal that would pass the House and reopen the government.  But it’s the games a handful of these radical right-wing Republicans are playing that are keeping the government closed.

And Obama sure as heck isn’t going to allow them to fund the parts of the government which are bringing them the most public backlash.  How in the world would that even make sense?

Then today we have Senator Rand Paul being caught on tape “talking strategy” with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  I love how Paul once again tries to say “we’re gonna win this” simply because he feels that delaying instead of defunding “Obamacare” is a compromise.  Yes, Senator “winning like Charlie Sheen” Paul still thinks President Obama is going to cave to ridiculous Republican demands on the health care law.  Because it’s all a big game to these people.  Who cares about the 800,000 furloughed workers and communities being affected by their antics, right?  We’re winning like Charlie Sheen!

Let me play out for you what I envision is going on in the minds of these Republicans:

Well, we’re getting some heat from Americans because national parks and monuments are closed.  That’s not good.  Oh, I know, let’s try to get Obama to fund the parts of the government that Americans are most angry at us for shutting down.  And if he doesn’t, we can just say, “See, Obama wants Americans to suffer!”  It’s brilliant!

Public backlash is what’s going to reopen the government and continue to fund the law of the land, the Affordable Care Act.  An added bonus is that the longer Republicans continue to refuse to do their jobs and fund our government, the more heat they’re going to take during next year’s elections.

That being said, why in the world would President Obama help Republicans alleviate some of this backlash they’re receiving?  They brought it on themselves by refusing to vote on the Senate’s CR, which has enough Republican votes to pass in the House right now.  If President Obama just decides to fund each individual area of our government that Republicans find worthy of funding—they’d get exactly what they wanted.  A funded government without funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Besides, like I said, we already have a deal in place to open the government right now—Speaker Boehner is just refusing to let it come up for a vote.

And when you look at some of these Republican reactions to the shutdown, you can tell this is exactly what they want.  Hell, Michele Bachmann flat-out said so.  Not only that, she said many Republicans are “giddy.”

Well, I invite those Republicans who are giddy to head on over to the homes of any of the 800,000 who aren’t being paid right now and share their delight over this shutdown.  Head over to the homes of the thousands of preschoolers in Head Start who have already been impacted by this and explain to those kids why Republicans are so happy.  Oh, but they won’t do that — it wouldn’t provide a neat and “patriotic” photo-op like posing with veterans at the World War II Memorial provides.

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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