Overwhelmingly regular Americans blame the government shutdown on Congressional Republicans. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll 53 percent believe Republicans were mainly responsible for the shutdown while only 29 percent think President Obama should receive most of the blame. An additional 15 percent of the country blames both sides equally.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:45 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 17, 2013 1:00 pm|
The media lives in a bubble. It also has a bad habit of crying wolf all the time to get attention, but that doesn’t mean that sometimes there aren’t actually wolves there.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 17, 2013 8:20 am|
It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 17, 2013 6:40 am|
After wasting everyone’s time and money for 16 days, Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans caved in and reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Now we return to the brutal austerity of the Budget Control Act of 2010, in losing the Republicans have won. Although part of the deal to reopen the government included allowing special interests to tailor the sequester cuts to the poor and powerless as part of a joint committee between the House and Senate. So things are actually going to get worse for most people.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 16, 2013 12:25 pm|
In a cheerful press conference today Senator Ted Cruz said he would not try to stop a bill reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling from passing the Senate. It would seem that Senator Cruz should be in a more sour mood given that his plan to stop Obamacare is set to be thwarted. Things really seem to be going poorly for Cruz as the Houston Chronicle, one of his home state’s most prominent papers, took back its endorsement of him.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 16, 2013 7:41 am|
Boehner basically let the government shut down for three weeks, did significant damage to the economy, showed his own weakness and destroyed his party’s brand just to try to hold on to his position. A position that is almost meaningless because he has prove he has almost no actual power. He preferred to let all these things happen rather than stand up to the roughly 50 Tea Party members in his caucus.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 16, 2013 6:44 am|
Yesterday, in stunning display of incompetence, Speaker Boehner was unable to find enough Republican votes to pass the Senate negotiated compromise to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Rather than simply letting the House vote on the bill where it likely would have passed due to Democratic votes, Boehner pulled the bill.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 15, 2013 6:59 am|
As we enter day 15 of the government shutdown and Republican poll numbers are dropping out of the sky a deal is reportedly developing in the Senate to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The deal funds the government until January 15th and raises the debt ceiling until some time in February – the 7th or possibly the 15th.
|By: DSWright Monday October 14, 2013 10:03 am|
Over the weekend there were right-wing protests outside the White House over the closing of war monuments and other national landmarks called the “Million Vets March On The Memorials.” This is particularly ironic given that the closings were a result of the Tea Party faction of the House GOP shutting down the government. Nevertheless, some of the actions and claims made by the protesters were truly odd including the claim by one of the speakers that President Obama “put the Quran down.”
|By: DSWright Monday October 14, 2013 6:40 am|
As we enter day 14 of the federal government shutdown the Republicans have moved the goal posts from delaying Obamacare to getting a deal on spending and entitlement cuts. The debt ceiling is expected to be breached in a few days (October 17th) which could cause some serious pain in the financial markets if not outright collapse pending on how long it lasted. Current negotiations to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling are reported to be including a discussion on ending sequestration and restoring former spending levels to federal programs.