|Senator Harry Reid (D)|
To paraphrase, Senator Reid explains that the actions to close the government are an undeserved consequence of Republican actions which should never have been attempted.
Senator Reid wants Mr. Boehner to become reasonable and pass the Senate version of the clean continuing resolution after which Senator Reid promises to name nominees to a budget conference which he says can start as soon as the government re-opens.
In a nutshell, Harry Reid is asking Republicans to give up their master accomplishment, shutting down the government, in order to behave as reasonable people and compromise on government funding after they wake the government "monster" back up.
There are a number of reasons why Harry Reid's request will not be successful. However, he doesn't see it because he is a reasonable person who simply doesn't appear to understand the nature of the Republican mind.
First, the radical wing of the Republican party is instigating the government shutdown because they are
Their plan all along has been to get the government into this precarious situation. The first step was to obstruct all Obama era legislation. The accomplishments of the 112th and 113th Congress since Republicans have been in control of the House are devoid of any substantial legislation. They are the two worst in the history of the United States.
Next they planned to starve government by allowing the sequester to happen. This was a Republican tactic from the beginning. John Boehner reminded us of how favorably Republicans see the sequester when he commented that their plan for the continuing resolution keeps the "savings brought about by the sequester."
They saw their next obstacle to government shutdown in Obamacare. They realized that implementing this program might squash or set their agenda back. Even their own constituents, as simple-minded as some of them are, might realize that affordable healthcare is something that they want and need from government. So in their minds this program must be destroyed.
And that brings us to where we are today. Republicans happy with the damage they have done to America so far, won't be completely satisfied until Obamacare is gone and they will do everything from spreading lies and rumors to creating legislation in Republican controlled states to block it, blame it, and make it look responsible for their devious behavior.
|Congressman Ryan (R)|
|House Speaker John Boehner (R)|
It was Paul Ryan who enthusiastically lectured Republicans on live TV just as the government was shutting-down, that the next hostage to use to get their way was the debt ceiling.
So expect the shut down to last at least until then and be prepared for economic melt-down if Republicans hold the debt ceiling hostage. Economists have compared the damage done by a government shut down to the damage done by defaulting on our debts as the difference between a hand grenade and global nuclear war.
But maybe that is what Republicans want.