Here Comes The Shutdown
Harry Reid just announced that a shutdown is likely, not because both sides can't agree on the numbers, but rather because the GOP/Tea Party mob are insisting that right wing dogma be rammed down the country's throat as part of any agreement.
Reid said his staff worked through the night with negotiators for Boehner and the administration following a nearly two-hour meeting at the White House Wednesday night. He said the talks are at an impasse over restrictions on abortion funding and changes to environmental regulations, which House Republicans want to be part of any budget deal.
“It’s not realistic to shut down the government on a debate dealing with abortion,” Reid said. “It’s not fair to the American people. We haven’t solved the issue in 40 years. We’re not going to solve it in the next 38 hours. We should not be distracted by ideology. This is a bill that funds the government.”
Reid added: “If this government shuts down, and it looks like it’s heading in that direction, it’s going to be based on my friends in the House of Representatives focusing on ideological matters that have nothing to do with funding this government. That’s a sad day, I think.”
With polls showing that the public would blame congressional Republicans more than Democrats for any shutdown, the Democratic leadership needs to hammer a consistent message that last year's election was supposedly about jobs. Yet here we are only four months into the new Congress, and the GOP wants to shut the government down over abortion and crippling environmental protection to please Big Oil and this country's other major polluters. And the rest of the message can easily focus on the fact that the GOP's ideas on spending amount to impoverishing people and the states to enrich corporations and the wealthy.