As the government shutdown continues, and Americans continue to grow more and more angry each day, there’s a lot of rhetoric going back and forth from both sides of the political argument blaming each other for the government being closed.
But reality only supports one side of the argument—Republicans are the ones to blame.
Any Republican who reads that line will probably instantly dismiss anything I say next, and that’s fine. But this isn’t a partisan argument because there’s an indisputable fact which no Republican can deny:
Speaker of the House John Boehner will not allow the House of Representatives to vote on a clean version of the Senate resolution they sent over before the government closed its doors.
End of argument.
Boehner continues to claim that there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s resolution. Well, prove it then. If he’s so sure that he’s right, then let the House vote and we’ll see for ourselves. This guy let the House vote over 40 times to symbolically repeal “Obamacare,” but yet he can’t put his money where his mouth is and hold a vote on the Senate’s continuing resolution?
Well, of course he can’t. Why? Because there are enough votes to pass the Senate’s resolution and prove that he’s been lying about everything this whole time. If Boehner would let the House vote on the Senate’s resolution, it would pass, the president would sign it and the government would reopen.
That’s it. That’s how you end this government shutdown. Let the House vote on the Senate’s resolution.
No negotiation needed. No meetings. No big anything. Just let them vote.
So while conservatives want to perpetuate this idea that this whole shutdown is the fault of President Obama and the Democratic party, there’s just one man that’s preventing the government from being reopened—John Boehner. The same man who agreed with Harry Reid barely a month ago that they would pass a clean resolution to fund the government without including any language about “Obamacare,” after Democrats compromised on the overall funding number.
This is a fact, and quite frankly I’m not sure why I don’t see every possible journalist or media personality shouting it from the rooftops. Since before this shutdown began John Boehner has been blocking the House from voting on the resolution the Senate sent over. That’s it. There’s really no further debate needed.
Now, if Boehner let the Senate’s plan come up for a vote and it didn’t pass the House, then maybe Republicans would have some kind of an argument. But as of right now, with him continuing to block any vote on that resolution, Republicans have absolutely no argument.
And every single member of the media should report on nothing else about the shutdown except that simple, and indisputable, fact.
John Boehner is keeping the government closed. He’s terrified of letting the House vote, because if he did, Republicans would lose.
But by all means, if I’m wrong, prove me wrong.
Tell John Boehner to let the House vote on a clean version of the Senate’s resolution and let’s just see what happens.