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Before forcing the United States government into a shutdown that nobody but the extreme right wing of their own party wanted, Republicans were warned by just about everyone that such action would hurt the GOP most of all.
But the party of the elephant apparently lacks the memory attributed to the animal that serves as their mascot, forgot what the shutdown 17 years ago cost them and followed the conservative naysayers into the valley of political doom.
“Democrats must pick up 17 seats to win control of the House,” says Jim Williams of Public Policy Polling, where a new poll shows the shutdown is seriously hurting the GOP in two dozen “battleground” districts. “These poll results make clear that if the election were held today, such a pickup would be well within reach.”
Republicans, who tend to ignore realities like voter anger, think gerrymandering of Congressional districts around the nation makes them immune to losses at the ballot box.
But polls after poll shows voters blame the mess in Washington more on the Republicans. Only about 20 percent of those polled hand out equal blame to both sides of the prolonged budget battle that threatens to bring the government to its knees and the nation to economic collapse.
Republicans also put ending Obamacare at the head of their list of things that must happen to get a new budget and an increase in the nation’s debt limit, but poll after poll says that while some Americans still have questions about the President’s signature health plan, a clear majority of them didn’t want the government shut down over the issue.
Long Island Republican Gabriel Abram, who writes for The Jewish Post and Yahoo, thinks his party is nuts.
This is a dangerous and politically detrimental move. The GOP-controlled House has tried many times to pass a bill that would defund Obamacare and each time it has failed in the Senate. However, the funding of the U.S. government is not something to play around with. This a move that holds our government hostage to my party’s whims.
On principal alone, this action is wrong. It is an attachment of an issue that is totally unrelated to the matter at hand. They have also attached a bill that would fund the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which Obama has repeatedly refused to sign. Such attachments, known as riders, would not pass on their own, so they ride on the back of a bill that must pass in order to get these laws through. For the Republican Party to do this means that they endorse the same type of political trickery being done to them. This may hurt them later on.
Abram correctly points out that such action by Republicans is unabashed hypocrisy since the GOP, as part of their “Contract With America” used to win control of the House in 1994, promised to end the practice of adding “non-germane” legislation to bills.
Of course, much of the Contract With America was based on hypocrisy and lies. The GOP also promised to enact term limits but abandoned that lie as soon as they won control of the House.
Of course, lying in politics, is not limited to the GOP. Barack Obama lied so much in his now forgotten campaign promises that keeping track of all the falsehoods is impossible, but the actions by the Republicans who control the House and listen, without question, to the questionable and treacherous demands of the rabid right wing border on outright insanity.
Sadly, the current actions of the Republicans in the House of Representatives cannot be corrected by voters until the 2014 mid-term elections.
For America, that time may be too late.
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