Shut Down!

My congressman is one of those who is insisting that the President and the Democrats give up a victory they’ve fought and won in both the Congress and the Supreme Court. Here’s the letter I sent him:

Leaving aside for a moment the merits of the ACA debate, this show down over a shut down is ridiculous. Your first offer was that he give up on his signature program, a victory in both Congress and the Supreme Court in exchange for what? A whole 45 days of government continuing to run? What a bad trade. Imagine someone wanted you to compromise on the 2nd amendment, would you cave for a measly 45 days? Of course you wouldn’t! Especially considering that in another 45 days they’re going to come back demanding more concessions to get the next 45 days. And every month or so after that, they’re going to ask for another concession. No one in their right mind is going to accept a crummy deal like that. And the GOP looks idiotic for expecting that he might.
What the House Republicans don’t seem to realize is that for the President and the Democrats, the fight now isn’t even really about Obamacare anymore, it’s about protecting the government from being held hostage.
If you want to take some kind of bite out of Obamacare, you’re never going to get there through the continuing resolution or the debt limit. You might be able to get away with a one-year delay in the individual mandate in exchange for a whole year budget. Maybe. But whatever you do, you’re going to have to make some kind of concession to show you’re willing to negotiate in good faith. Shutting down the government is not a show of good faith and you hurt your ability to get anything with each minute that passes.

I have plenty to say about the merits of the healthcare debate; we can talk about that later. For now, I’d just like to see the GOP quit shooting itself in the foot on a fool’s errand.

Really, I can see where representatives who have been elected by gerrymandered districts with the most radical voters being really the only voice they need to listen to, would not want to look like they are weak against the President. They are protecting their own re-election bid and I understand why they would want to do that. But protecting themselves, in this case means losing the White House next time around. And the longer these Tea Party types remain in control, the longer it will take to put together a White-House-winning coalition. Eight years ago the Republicans were talking about a permanent majority. Now they face the prospect of a permanent minority. We need to stop being a stupid party.


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