It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame. The shutdown ended last night because the speaker finally let a clean bill reach [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 10, 2013 6:51 am|
Democrats banked on the fact that if this fight went on long enough the big business lobbies would put real pressure on the Republicans to fold. It looks like that bet is finally starting to pay off. From the New York Times: As the government shutdown grinds toward a potential debt default, some of the [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 8, 2013 12:43 pm|
Nothing better shows how badly this government shutdown is going for Republicans than President Obama’s press conference today, which lasted more than an hour. Despite a terribly managed roll out of his signature health care law, Obama did not get a single question about health care.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 7, 2013 8:30 am|
We have entered a very bizarre phase in this current government shutdown saga where it is probably both too late and too early for a solution to likely emerge. Since Speaker Boehner didn’t deal with the shutdown right away it is unlikely much will happen until we got close the the debt ceiling limit on the 17th. This means probably another several days of shutdown.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 4, 2013 9:07 am|
The Republican plan was to shut down the government and make life so painful Obama he would be forced to accept changes to his signature health care law. Of course the shutdown ended up being more painful for the GOP. So now Republicans want to make the shutdown less painful by passing small bills to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 4, 2013 7:07 am|
Rarely has a crisis in Washington been both so serious for real people yet so boringly stupid. There are no negotiations. There are no back-and-forths between relevant parties, no daily news of advances and setbacks because there can’t be. Nothing is really happening because this entire crisis is just waiting for Speaker John Boehner to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 3, 2013 8:28 am|
This is by far the best and most honest quote about the government shutdown, from Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN). From the Washington Examiner: “We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” The Republican party has [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 30, 2013 7:03 am|
Government shutdowns are damaging, inconvenient and stupid but they are also manageable. We’ve had over a dozen in the last century. As a country we know how to handle them. On the other hand a default by failing to raise the debt limit is unknown territory. The implications could be very bad. Even getting close to the deadline last time cause a credit downgrading, an increase in borrowing cost, and a noticeable hit to the market.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 24, 2013 11:49 am|
The threat of a possible government shutdown highlights yet another reason why it should be a national embarrassment that DC hasn’t yet been made a state. If Congress doesn’t get its act together basic government services in the city of Washington will need to be shut down even though the district has its own tax [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 23, 2013 7:40 am|
If the Republicans aren’t willing to risk being blamed for a government shutdown there is no way they are going to risk being blamed for significant financial destruction.