Here’s the one question rank-and-file Republicans won’t face regarding the shutdown


The gridlock in Congress that’s led to a government shutdown boils down to one simple question:

Why won’t House Speaker John Boehner allow an up-or-down vote on a “clean” budget bill?

After all, Republicans comprise a majority of the House. Most of them say they’re not in favor of a shutdown. So why not vote on a measure that would end the shutdown in a snap?

The answer, of course is as simple as the question. If a clean budget bill was put to a vote in the House, it would pass. Almost all Democrats would vote for it, and enough Republicans would join in to put the measure over.

The Senate would concur in the blink of an eye, and the shutdown would end fortwith.

But Boehner won’t allow a clean budget bill to come to a vote. He’s afraid  that the Tea Party wackos in his caucus would rise up against him and run him out of the speakership on a rail.

That’s all there is to it, folks. All the other rhetoric is just jibber-jabber.





  1. Like the sub-headline says, this statement says it all. If this doesn’t show just how mean spirited and unable to effectively govern the republican house has become, nothing else will. These republicans are acting like punk gang members. They’re basically saying, “You disrespected me because I can’t effectively say and get what I want. I’m going to get you.” Really. Is that what leadership looks and sounds like? That’s the way gang members talk. What’s next, these guys going to start flashing gang signals and where gang colors showing their unity.

    “We’re not going to be disrespected,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

    Boehner is dragging the country down trying to save his position. This has nothing to do with the greater good of the country. It’s about saving face. Are these guys the best the Republicans can find to run for office. Scary.


  2. Neftali

    Robert – Some no name Representative that has no clue what is going on is NOT the spokesman for the Republican party. The leftists are getting all tingly about the quote, but it means nothing.

    The offer is to fund government without the Individual Mandate. It’s a reasonable offer. There is over $500 billion in new revenue in the health care law. The massive tax increases on the rich on their dividends and capital gains is more than enough to cover for the few who stubbornly refuse to get health insurance who end up sick. The PPACA can survive and thrive without the Individual Mandate.

    Further, right now polls are pretty much squarely against the Republicans. This won’t last forever. Eventually moderates will start to blame the White House for being unable to strike a deal. Look what happened after the Newt Gingrich government shut down in the 1990’s. Despite polls showing the Republicans were to blame, they actually GAINED seats in the Senate. Don’t think for a second that Republicans aren’t in this for the long haul.

    The Democrats have won. If they were smart they would take the latest offer and be done with it before things really do get bad.

  3. Neftali, the whole plan is predicated on the individual mandate. Without it, the ACA doesn’t work as intended. I don’t like the mandate requirement, but I do understand that its all about spreading the cost over the larger group of insured that includes more healthy people who are paying premiums to offset the higher cost of those not so healthy.

    I’d prefer a single payer system like Medicare for all.

  4. Neftali

    Robert – The plan can exist without the individual mandate. There is already all kinds of provisions to help people who find lower cost insurance, or to only pay a fine, and then get help paying that fine….or something. The whole thing is convoluted and a big mess. Again, there is more than enough other revenue that it would easily thrive without it.

    In other news….the liberals are going absolutely bezerk over 15% of the government being shut down. Leftists journalists are calling Republicans terrorists, Reid said Republicans were “Anarchists.” Some liberal legislature said Republicans were conducting a “Jihad” on the House floor before he was ruled out of order.

    And now we have this. The leftist/statist rag The New Republic is calling for the government to use the military to blow up buildings and KILL Republicans. Stay classy, libs.


  5. Im more concerned about the debt ceiling and what might happen to the stock market.

  6. PS – what’s with the pink background on the left and right margins of this blog? That’s new

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