With the possibility of the government defaulting on its debt looming, it's worth critically examining some of the more popular far-right talking points.
Let's not forget that even if the debt ceiling debate does eventually end positively, the 2011 fiasco resulted in a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, and given how crazy Washington is right now we may be better off protecting our present than betting on our future.
The funny thing is that had the Republicans simply let Obamacare play out in its own way, instead of trying to defund, delay, and sabotage it, they may actually have been able to score political points on its back in the future.
This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.
If you want to understand how we got to the point of a government shutdown, ask any Republican exactly what they would cut from the budget, and ask them to give actual dollar amounts of how much money that would "save."
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The GOP's sudden discovery that there is a great need for more funding for that care is commendable. What's not is that it would try to sell the public on the notion that increasing that care makes it unnecessary to pass gun legislation.
It is imperative, therefore, for the president to put an end to this, and the only way to really do that is by calling the opposition's bluff. There are several reasons why a government shutdown would actually work in Obama's favor.
We have moved so far into the notion of every man for himself that we have to add complexity to our business law to ensure that there are at least a few companies that have figured out how to be good citizens as well as profitable.
Not even Democrats still use the phrase "the public good." Public goods are now, at best, "public investments." Public institutions have morphed into "public-private partnerships" or, for Republicans, simply "vouchers."
At the end of next month, the current patch that's paying for government operations, called a continuing resolution, expires. That means Congress either passes regular appropriation bills (won't happen), another patch, or shuts down the government.
If a person cannot find work and is unable to obtain food, what exactly do the Republicans think that person will do? Retreat into the shadows and die quietly?
Continuing sequester-level funding is tantamount to mortgaging our future. It's counterproductive and it ignores the needs of our students.