Last October Mitch McConnell and his horde of intellectual-deficient minions, led by the ever-incompetent Ted Cruz, shut the government down for 16 days. That was 16 days when veterans wouldn’t receive their pensions; 16 days when access to government services were stripped from the people; 16 days when the Republicans in Congress broke their oath to the citizens of this Republic.
They tried to shift the blame. They tried to push it on Obama. They went after Democrats, Liberals, and even moderates within their party. And the public didn’t buy it. The public laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of those responsible – the Senate Republicans.
After the failed escapade McConnell admitted his error in judgment (but not his betrayal to the populace who elected him)
Last Fall, after the Republicans agreed to open the government back up, McConnell stated unequivocally,
There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it did not.
Said It would be wonderful if McConnell could divulge just who “a number of us” that said it wouldn’t work were. Especially since now he is planning on doing the same thing again.
If the Republicans make gains this year in the mid-term elections which has been widely predicted from many media sources including Nate Silver, who is renowned for his 2012 presidential election prediction, then a government shutdown may be imminent after the upcoming fiscal year.
Were the government not ground to a halt due to this being the least productive congress in history, this wouldn’t be a dire situation, but thanks to the partisanship of the conservative base and their unwillingness to compromise on legislation – acting as if it’s a moral issue rather than a legislative one – the future doesn’t look very bright.
When speaking to Politico about the future of our government McConnell stated that should the Republicans make gains he would be adding policy-riders to the proposed bills in Congress. The policy-riders would be addendum to any legislation as “must-pass spending measures” in order for anything to get done in Congress.
Basically, President Obama can sign the bills with these addendums which will likely attempt to defund the ACA, take down Medicare, reduce government welfare for the poor, among other issues. If the President refuses to sign these bills – which would be anathema to the very campaign he ran on – then the government will again shut down.
It’s a chess game the McConnell is playing. And he’s playing it with the future of our nation…again.
Get out and vote these midterms.
Watch McConnell say he won’t shut down the government again because it’s “not conservative policy” below, courtesy of CBS: