The pundits were quick to point out that the Republicans had lost the shutdown battle last night, but did they? Those tea party members will be hailed as heroes in their districts,so the only losers are the 800,000 federal employees who will be furloughed.Some will say "well those are just some lazy bureaucrats" and that's okay until you need them to sign you up for Social Security or other government services.RepublicanCongresswoman,Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee was bragging about the shutdown this morning. She said we will see how we can get by with less government. Tell that to the families of the furloughed federal employees.
Joe Scarborough came in a little grumpy this morning because he knew he had to face people who did not agree with what the Republicans did last night.The feisty Joe Scarborough, got upset when his cohost Mika Brezinski told him that the Republicans we're scared that once people started signing up for the exchanges,they would like and repeal would no longer be an option. Joe disputed that assumption saying that Republicans were united in thinking that this health care plan would bankrupt our country.
After listening to all the reasons Republicans gave for not liking Obamacare; I came to the conclusion that they think this is just another welfare program.A whopping 95% of Republicans do not like Obamacare,so it's reasonable to assume that one of the major reasons they oppose it coincides with their dislike of President Obama. The Tea Party does not like government (even thou many are on Social Security and Medicare),so a shutdown is a moral victory to them.
They propose delaying the implementation of the law for year but that's just another way of trying to destroy the healthcare law. they keep saying that the president made concessions for big business but that's not true. Well over 95% of big businesses provide healthcare for their employees. The small business delay is about 4% of the of the law. The individual mandate is a major piece of the Affordable Care Act because if this is going to work, a lot of young healthy people need to sign up to offset the cost of those people signing up with pre-existing conditions.
When all other efforts failed ,the House Republicans send the Senate a bill to setup a conference to settle the differences. That was funny because there was only about 20 minutes on the clock; besides they turned down the Democrats 18 times when they suggested a conference months ago. Republicans have never figured out that you don't get major concessions in a 45 to 75 day bill meant to keep the government open.
CNN tried to make a big deal out out of the fact that President Obama was not negotiating with John Boehner . They said the president was golfing this weekend and Harry Reid sent the senate home. What would the president get in a negotiation? The GOP is offering to keep the government open if he meets their demands; never mind the fact that it's congresses job to keep the government open.
So many are longing for the days of budget deals like the ones between Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan but that's before the Tea Party and 24/7 television. Last night John Boehner mocked the president on the House floor.That's unheard of, because telephone calls between the speaker and the president are usually kept private.
The best outcome would be to pass a clean 75 day day spending bill and an agreement to raise the debt limit. They could then go to conferance and hash out a one year budget. They could have a separate committee to work out the flaws in the Affordable Care Act.