We are now one week into the latest episode of "All My Children".... sorry "Politicians" where the "evil" Republicans have shut down the Federal government in their stubborn attempts to derail the "Affordable Care Act" (if you believe the mainstream media). The problem with the left's arguments on this issue is the same problem the left has with many issues: facts have a way of getting in the way of a lie, no matter how many times the lie is repeated. Let's investigate a little and see if we can find a group of people who might be in favor of the government shutdown especially if they wouldn't be blamed for it.
Common sense would tell us that those in favor of a shutdown would have a reason for that position. There really only two possible reasons- either there is a policy benefit or a political benefit. Liberal pundits would like you to believe the Republicans hate government so much they want it closed whenever possible. This might be believable if the evidence didn't show the GOP doing everything they can to get certain parts open again. From a political perspective, polls showed the Republicans would be blamed no matter who caused a shutdown so Democrats had a political reason to see the government closed.
October 1st comes and the House of Representatives passes bill after bill trying to end the impasse while Harry Reid refuses to allow votes on any of them. Instead he asks for a "clean" bill funding everything without any restrictions on the "Affordable Care Act". (If you want to know why I have this law in quotes see my Oct. 2 article.) Republicans in the House try desperately to keep government from shutting down and Senator Reid won't even allow a vote. Who is trying to find a solution and who refuses to even allow his colleagues to go on the record supporting or opposing attempts to fund the government?
By the way, 83% of the government continues to operate in spite of the shutdown. And it could have (should have) been more. The Administration went out of it's way (according to one report) to inflict as much pain as possible on the citizens and taxpayers. Non-citizens- not so much (more on this later).
If, as it appears, the President and his minions are deliberately trying to make the shutdown as difficult as possible and Senator Reid is killing attempt after attempt by the House Republicans to fund areas of the government- the question arises who is driving this shutdown? And how far will the Democrats go in their attempts to alienate the American people? Here is a scorecard:
World War II Memorial- Honor flights bring in WWII veterans regularly to see the monuments honoring the courage and sacrifice of the "greatest generation." Many are very near the end of their lives and this most likely will be their only chance to visit. Immediately after October 1 the government barricaded the entrances to the monument which is normally open 24/7. Why?
At Mount Rushmore, cones restrict an observation area for the mountain since the shutdown. Why?
The ocean is closed? Really? Why?
While the Administration orchestrates events in an attempt to inflict the pain they predicted would come from a shutdown, an event in DC stands in stark contrast to the closing of parks and monuments and shows the contempt this group has for the American people.
During this shutdown crisis, when monuments and parks must be closed, the National Mall is the site of a huge Immigration Reform rally. (If you think of this as a rally demanding amnesty for illegals, you might be correct.) Apparently folks in this country illegally have more rights to use Federal land during the shutdown than the generation that sacrificed almost everything so they would have a country to sneak into. This would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.
And then we have the final indignity: soldiers who gave their lives for the country since Oct. 1 are denied their death benefit and their families are denied funds to travel to meet their loved ones' remains. Outrage over the fiasco caused an amazingly quick fix by the House, Senate and the President to rectify the situation, but who was responsible? According to Republican members of the House, they were specifically told the bill they passed on Sept. 27 to insure the military would continue to be paid would also guarantee the death benefits were part of the package. They accused the Pentagon controller of "making this as ugly as possible." The Fisher House, a charitable organization, stepped up to provide funds for the death benefits but the situation appalled most of the country.
Who's to blame for the shutdown? It depends on which side of the political spectrum you're on. Who's responsible for the horrible way the shutdown has been handled? If you can't tell from the evidence I suspect some of that KoolAid you've been drinking has gotten in your eyes.