October 10, 2013 by David K. Sutton
Republican Cowards Can’t Even Own Their Shutdown
If you are going to shut down the government, the very least you can do is be honest about it by owning it. Republicans tell us they are doing this because they must take a stand to end the destructive Obamacare. But then Republicans tell us they really aren’t doing anything. They aren’t responsible for the shutdown, its President Obama who is responsible. Wait, what?
Okay, let me see if I can explain this. Republicans do not believe they initiated this fight. They believe this fight started at the very moment Democrats decided to pass the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote. Never mind the fact that there are plenty of Republican ideas in the ACA, like oh, let’s see, um… THE ENTIRE FUCKING LAW! Because Republicans were (and are) intransigent when it comes to supporting anything President Obama is for, they decided they would not vote for the ACA even though Democrats worked with Republicans to negotiate much of what is in the law.
So Republicans simply see the current government shutdown as a continuation of their fight against the health care law. It’s not that Obama did anything specific recently, other than refuse to capitulate, it’s that he signed the ACA into law in March 2010. And because he did that, and because Democrats passed the law in congress, it is not Republicans who are responsible for the shutdown (over 40 months later), it is Democrats. It goes without saying that no reasonable person would believe this, and maybe that’s why the Republican party is now seeing record low approval (only 28% have a favorable view of the GOP). But I’m sure Republicans will use more sound logic to explain that away, like, oh I don’t know… Liberal media bias? — Yeah, that’ll work.