Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More Government Shutdown Humbug

Apparently a Federal government shutdown is being threatened over Obamacare:

Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But such a move is a nonstarter for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Republicans have tried this maneuver in Obama’s first term, only to back off later to the chagrin of Tea Party leaders.

This time, GOP lawmakers are emboldened by problems plaguing the administration’s ObamaCare implementation. But that zeal could put Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a tough spot. Both leaders have downplayed previous talk of shuttering the government.

There will not be a Federal government shutdown. Republicans like the machinations of the bureaucracy running just as much as the Democrats do. The government shutdowns in the 1990s were a bluff and President Clinton accurately called them on it.

What you have to understand is that there is too much money tied up in keeping the Federal government running. Too much money in bribes, err, campaign contributions from various corporations that either contract directly with the Federal government or benefit indirectly from Federal regulation. There is no way that top Republicans will allow a shutdown of their bread and butter.

If you knew how things worked in DC, or in any political arena for that matter, you would know that stopping government is never an option. There are rare exceptions of course, but more often than not, politicians have no monetary incentive to shutdown government.

This is just more games to be played by prominent talk show hosts and talking heads in the mainstream media. Hell, Speaker Boehner has stated in the past that he has no desire to overturn Obamacare, despite the obvious opposition to this within his own party. I imagine he will continue to behave as he always has: controlled opposition to the Democrat party.