Don’t be Scared of a Government Shutdown!

I generally like Brit Hume. But over the weekend, I believe he got it wrong in opposing Obama regarding his promise to use an Executive Order to implement amnesty.

Here’s what Hume said:

“It’s a total blunder to try that, because if the President were to veto the bill, a bill that would keep the government going, and there was a shutdown, it wouldn’t matter. It never has, what the proximate cause of the shutdown was.

“It’s an iron rule in Washington exemplified many times, if the government is shuts down, the Republicans get the blame. Not some of the blame, not most of the blame, all of the blame.

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“And one would surmise that they may have learned that by now, the leaders seem to have, but there are some within the House and Senate who still think that kind of brinksmanship might work. I doubt it.”

We were told the same thing when the government was shut down last year. True to form, the Republicans got blamed.

So how did blaming the GOP work out in the last election? The Republicans stomped all over the Democrats. Apparently the government shutdown did not affect the election in a negative way for the Republicans.

I suspect that the right people liked the shutdown. The American people looked on the shutdown as confirmation that the government is too big and could be scaled back considerably and hardly anybody would notice.

A government shutdown does not mean that the entire Federal government gets shutdown. Essential services are not affected…
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