Friday, October 4, 2013
SHUTDOWN: Day Four
What, exactly, is the shutdown about now? Obamacare is up and running; there won't be a one-year delay. Everybody says that a continuing resolution could pass the House at any time and might even pass the Republican caucus. John Boehner looks miserable. The only politician who seems to be enjoying this fracas is the President, who has been giving the fiery speeches his liberal supporters have long hoped for. The big winners are liberal comedians.
Some Republicans had been hoping that not raising the debt ceiling, threatening the country with default, would force the president to meet their demands in a way that the shutdown has not. But Boehner has now "signaled," as they say, that he won't let that happen. Good for him; I never though he was really evil enough to do such a thing. But now what?
The shutdown has not gotten the Republicans anything but egg on their faces; they won't throw the country into default; Obamacare is running. There is nothing left, it seems to me, but to knuckle down and negotiate the budget. Can we please end the shutdown fooferaw and get on with that? Congress needs to get back to work, and the government needs to get back to work, and my crew needs to get back to work. Delaying that for any longer is inexcusable.