"The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.
A funding cutoff for much of the government began Tuesday as a Republican effort to kill or delay the nation’s health care law stalled action on a short-term, traditionally routine spending bill. Republicans pivoted to a strategy to try to reopen the government piecemeal but were unable to immediately advance the idea in the House.
National parks like Yellowstone and Alcatraz Island were shuttered, government websites went dark and hundreds of thousands of nonessential workers reported for a half-day to fill out time cards, hand in their government cellphones and laptops, and change voicemail messages to gird for a deepening shutdown." Boston.com
I remember the last shutdown in 1995. That was a terrible miscalculation on the part of Gingrich. This time the blame seems more evenly distributed.
The Tea Party Republicans seem adamant and they are from Gerrymandered districts that probably make them invulnerable to electoral challenge. Both parties have worked hard and long at the task of dividing the country politically into "safe" districts. they have been successful at that. The 8th District of Virginia where I live is a place where no Republican is likely to ever be elected. The same thing is true of the 7th District to the south. In that case no Democrat is foolish enough to try, Eric Cantor is the member from that district. It wanders across the state and was carefully shaped to protect party interests.
The Democrats are determined to force Republican defeat in this struggle. Last night they declined to consider in the senate several bill passed in the Republican controlled house. These bills would have selectively funded parts of the government that the public generally like. The National Parks are an example. Clearly the Democrats want the public to feel the pain and attribute the pain the the Republicans.
I have doubts about the coercive nature of the ACA. I have doubts about the price structure of the insurance to be generated by the ACA. I have doubts about the massive subsidies that will be necessary in order to pay for poor peoples' mandatory health insurance. I have doubts about the extraordinary profits that will be generated for health insurance companies. I have all these doubts and more, but I would not close the US Government in protest.
Boehner should call the CR to the floor and allow a vote. He should accept the fact that this is his duty. If this impasse continues, a major constitutional crisis is inevitable. pl