Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boehner Moves Closer To Threatening Government Shutdown

Other than slashing taxes for the wealthy and decimating government agencies and gutting social safety net spending, the Congressional Republicans have offered no substantive plan to move A,erica forward.  Rather, all that the GOP members of Congress focus on is destroying Barack Obama and killing what they derisively call Obamacare.  They, of course have no proposed substitute for Obamacare - which is modeled on a former Heritage Foundation proposal - and they do not give a damn about the millions of Americans who would once again be denied any healthcare coverage other than what they can secure at non-profit hospital emergency rooms, the least cost effective means of health care services imaginable.  Yet, now, John Boehner and his gang of saboteurs seem headed toward forcing a government shut down with no regard for the millions of American families that will be seriously harmed by such a move.  Their sole goal is kissing the hate filled and bigoted asses of American Christofascists and Tea Party extremists.  Talking Points Memo looks at the growing possibility that the GOP will severely harm the economy and millions of Americans.  Here are excerpts:

In what would be a dramatic change of course, House Republican leaders are considering a strategy of risking a government shutdown at the end of this month if Obamacare isn’t defunded.
In the weekly conference meeting Wednesday morning, GOP leaders intend to propose a continuing resolution to keep the federal funded beyond Sept. 30 but strip out funding for Obamacare. The move was first reported by the conservative National Review.

Senior Republicans know the strategy is a nonstarter in the Democratic-led Senate, and for months have wanted to avoid a shutdown confrontation over Obamacare. The latest move is a tacit admission from leaders that they have, for the moment at least, been defeated by conservatives who are eager to eliminate the health care law at all costs. When the House bill fails in the Senate, as it is certain to do, House GOP leaders would then try to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government but leaves Obamacare alone. The prospects of a clean stopgap bill winning over most House Republicans are also remote.

Part of the strategy is to shift the legislative burden to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), who have been deriding House Republican leaders as weak on Obamacare, to their deep frustration.
“It’s a waste of time. No chance it passes the Senate,” said a Senate Democratic leadership aide. “The bottom line is the same in any event: the House is eventually going to have to pass a clean CR with no defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act.”

The proposal, if House Republicans decide to run with it, would spur a standoff that significantly raises the prospects of a shutdown at the end of the month. If the bill fails in the Senate, anti-Obamacare conservatives aren’t likely to let up and embrace a “clean” continuing resolution; they’ll demand that House Republicans hold out until Democrats cave.

The White House has threatened to veto a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare.

Barry Goldwater's warning has come to fruition.  Now, like the Christofascists who have taken over the GOP grassroots, today's GOP needs to be destroyed. If the extremists in the House GOP do take the country over the edge, I sincerely hope that it comes back to wipe them out in 2014 not to mention here in Virginia this November.  

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