Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday evening, when asked about the government shutdown and the refusal of Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate a compromise, that "we don't do pinpricks, but sometimes we elect them."
Palin's statement was in reference to a quip by Barack Obama on bombing Syria several weeks ago when he stated, "We don't do pinpricks." Obviously Palin's assessment of the president and Senate Democrats in creating the whole mess that led to the shutdown is less than complimentary.
With the partial shutdown in place, some non-essential government services will be on hiatus and their employees sent home. But essential government services will continue as usual.
America has been through these shutdowns 17 times since the mid 1970s. The sky did not fall. Disasters did not occur. Great calamity never happened. But invariably the mainstream media treats shutdowns as major catastrophes that are always blamed on Republicans.
But the failure to negotiate an agreement is never one Party's fault. It takes two to tango. In this case, however, the president went into the budget process with his mind made up that he would not negotiate at all with House Republicans on the issues of Obamacare and the federal budget. Marching in lockstep with the White House, Senate Democrats followed the leader and acted as if the fact that Republicans were elected to control the House did not matter.
Even after Speaker Boehner offered to do his part to convene a conference between the House and Senate to broker a deal that both sides could accept, the Democrats refused.
Such a conference is normal Congressional protocol. The Senate's own website shows clearly that a conference committee is to be called when the House and Senate pass separate versions of a bill. When the House passes a bill that the Senate will not accept, or vice versa, the next step is that the two bills are sent to a conference made up of certain chosen members of the House and the Senate to hammer out a compromise measure that will have a greater chance of passing both houses of Congress.
This the Democrats refused to do.
At this point it is unclear which side the American public at large will blame for the shutdown. However, now that Obamacare is fully functional as of today, Oct. 1, voter backlash is likely to come down hardest on the Democrats. Obamacare has been an unpopular law from the beginning. Already Americans have lost their jobs, forced on part time hours, and lost their private insurance and doctors due to Obamacare. Small business cannot afford to offer healthcare according to the terms of the new law, and thus, they are either laying off workers or cutting their hours.
In addition, glitches in the Obamacare sign-up system have caused mounting frustration all across the country. A reporter for MSNBC attempted to sign up online but was not allowed to do so due to the fact that the sign-up page was not operational. She attempted to sign up for over 30 minutes to no avail.
If these problems continue, and there is every reason to think that they will, then the Democrats apparently will have the most to lose.
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