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Assessing the Government
Shutdown: The Long View

Power Line, by Steven Hayward

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Posted By:MissMolly, 10/13/2013 11:57:45 AM

The conventional wisdom right now is that the government shutdown ranks somewhere between a debacle and a catastrophe for Republicans, and their abject surrender is expected before too much longer. I’m not so sure. While I thought the shutdown was a dubious and unwise tactic, I think taking a longer view may cast a different light on the scene. First of all, like the sequester, have the majority of Americans noticed its effects beyond what the media has been screaming about? The bullying tactics of forcibly shutting off public spaces like the World War II memorial on the mall has surely

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Angry Dumbo, 10/13/2013 12:26:03 PM     (No. 9563413)

Hayword is right. The GOP is playing defense and should be playing offense, here. Ted Cruz is leading the way forward. The way forward is not continued shut down, but the way forward is also not maintaining the status quo. Our creditors will demand that the way forward include a balanced budget because they plan on getting paid back. Thus, the way forward must include a negotiated budget (something that hasn´t been done in 4 years) with either significant spending reductions or significant tax increases or a balance of both. In this context ObamaCare must be re-examined to determine if it is truly bending the cost curve down and if the law is not saving taxpayers money, is there a better way to cover the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. Ted Cruz is leading the American restoration.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 10/13/2013 12:27:55 PM     (No. 9563419)

The GOP overlooks the obvious. Disintermediating the Conservative base is a losing proposition.

Their fund raising is off, their support is off, and they´ve turned a large portion of the base, if not against them, neutral on them. That´s not what they were given the gavel for, and what they´ve done over and over again isn´t working.

Australia got it, when will the Repubs?



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Reply 3 - Posted by: BcdErick, 10/13/2013 12:34:41 PM     (No. 9563431)

The only way the Republicans lose is if they cave and surrender. McCain, and the other pathetic RINOs, are angrily demanding total capitulation. They should be ridiculed and then ignored. McCain, in particular. is a senile old fool who is disgracing himself.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: yuban, 10/13/2013 1:12:31 PM     (No. 9563473)

The posters here willing to surrender do not think they are really surrendering. They feel we should have capitulated from the beginning, thus never be in a position to surrender. Thus, they believe Conservatives are the real problem and should be disgraced. They also believe if you do not fight then you can´t lose. Now you see why the Country is where it is today.

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