I don’t really get the shutdown.
Oh, I hate Obamacare, and I think Barack Obama and Harry Reid suck, and I’m up for anything that screws with an oppressive and bloated federal government, but if somebody asked me what the point of the shutdown was, I’m not sure what I would answer.
Because I don’t know.
And if I don’t know, I don’t think America does either.
Which means it’s a failure.
And when you find yourself in the middle of a failure, it’s usually a good idea to look for the door.
It’s time to declare victory and call this thing off.
Shut down the shutdown.
Let me be clear. I’m a conservative to the bone. I think the Supreme Court got it wrong on Obamacare – it’s a dramatic overreach of federal power. It’s also a policy travesty, a lunge forward in the Left’s socialist rape of American liberty. It slides us all toward the welfare state and it further debases our nation’s declining quality of medicine. We’re all one step closer to the welfare clinic, where health care will be depersonalized and scarce.
There’s no doubt about that.
And there’s no doubt that Obama is playing the shutdown for political gain. He needs to bury the Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, to have a free hand to remake America in his warped image. So he sees the shutdown as one more way to foster social division and promote hatred of Republicans.
That’s why he’s making the shutdown so miserable.
Shutting down websites that don’t cost a cent to run. Putting guards at the Vietnam Wall to keep veterans away. Reinforcing the gate at the World War 2 Memorial. Closing down profit-making grocery stores on military installations. Doing everything possible not to protect the interests of the American people, but to inflict inconvenience and misery upon them in order to manipulate them for his political benefit.
That’s what despots do.
That’s the Amerika we live in.
But this isn’t a peeing match.
It’s not about who can do the better job of blaming the other guy. The issue here isn’t the manipulation of public sentiment.
Theoretically, this is about the governance of the American people and the guidance of the American government.
And at this point a continued shutdown doesn’t help either of those things.
At this point, it’s time to quit.
Because nothing is getting accomplished.
And it’s starting to get preposterous.
For example, as part of the shutdown, federal employees were put on furlough, meaning they don’t come to work and they don’t get paid. Now the Congress has decided to modify that. They still have to stay home, but at the end of it all they will get paid.
Which raises the question: Then why don’t you just have them go back to work?
If they are going to be paid, why don’t we pay them for doing their jobs, instead of sitting home? Let them come back to work and provide the services that right now taxpayers are going without?
And that’s the bottom line.
Except as an exercise in whipping up the base – of either party – the shutdown serves no purpose.
Yes, Obamacare is a horrific law.
But is Obama going to be strong armed into gutting it? Are the Democrats going to defund or otherwise castrate Obamacare in exchange for some continuing resolutions or a debt-ceiling vote?
Not no, but hell on.
As a tool to tear down Obamacare, an impasse doesn’t cut it. Realistically, no changes are going to be made to Obamacare until either Republicans sweep Congress and the White House, or the American people get so sick and tired of it that they pressure the Democrats to change it.
Neither of those situations seems imminent.
Obama is unwilling or incapable when it comes to negotiating. He is either too arrogant or too dumb. Harry Reid is just a bitter, weak old man spewing his own brand of hate.
On the Republican side, we’re not doing too well. You want to cheer for the home team, but you can’t quite bring yourself to do it.
If the GOP has a point or a purpose, it sure hasn’t made it. Other than “We hate Obama,” this doesn’t really seem to have a direction.
Or, more significantly, an end game.
So I’d like to propose one.
Declare victory and shut down the shutdown.
The Republicans should say that their desire was to focus American attention on the flaws of Obamacare and on the dangers of profligate debt. They should say that the last week has done that.
Then John Boehner should put forward the Senate continuing resolutions, watch a combination of Democrats and Republicans vote for them, and turn out the lights.
Shut down the shutdown.
Because what’s going on now is stupid. It’s not accomplishing anything.