Government Shutdown: When Will It End?

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Government Shutdown: When Will It End?

By | 2013-10-02T21:23:36+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Domestic Issues, Obama administration, Party Politics|3 Comments


We are in Day Two of the government shutdown. I’ve been asked by several people – when will it end? Almost nobody is going to like my answer. The short answer is this stalemate is going to go on for some time. Currently, there’s nothing that is pushing the two sides to negotiate.

I can tell you that President Obama is not going to give up the signature piece of legislation from his first term. That simply isn’t going to happen. To be honest, why should he? The Affordable Care Act was a long and drawn-out tap dance in which President Obama ignored the far left wing of his party and, by some accounts, continued to reach out to conservatives even when it was clear they were not negotiating in good faith. Remember that Senator Bill Nelson of Nebraska and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, both Democrats, who single-handedly held up the progress for days trying to extract personal goodies for their own states.

Progressives basically wanted the whole insurance system, which seems to add no value to the healthcare system, scrapped and replaced with something like Medicare for All. The president, having an abundance of caution, didn’t want to take on the whole insurance industry and therefore, from the outset, he told the insurance industry and other manufacturers that a single-payer system is off the table. Progressives were furious. 

From the Republican side of things, I just don’t see where there is any impetus for them to back down from their outrageous demands. In my opinion, the only thing is to push them back to the table in a groundswell of outrage, not from the American people, but from Wall Street. It’s only when Wall Street begins to threaten to remove campaign funding that Republicans will come back to the negotiating table. When it is clear that the economy is hurting and our GDP is tanking, then and only then will Wall Street truly put Republicans in a vise and force them to stop this craziness.

We all must remember that there are not one but two hurdles to overcome. The first is the fact that we haven’t passed a budget. That is why the government has shut down. But, we have another hurdle coming up and that is the debt ceiling. I know that President Obama and the Democrats have no desire to go through this exact same scenario again; therefore, any deal that the Democrats cut Republicans now must include a deal with the debt ceiling. Republicans, on the other hand, are going to be reluctant to make some grand bargain which removes both of their major leverage points.

Guys, buckle up, this is going to take a while.

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  1. constitutionlady October 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Just testing.  I tried to post several times and it wouldn’t work.

  2. constitutionlady October 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Let’s try this again.  Do you think the prez should have held off his decision to delay Obamacare for big business?  On the one hand, it would have given him a card to play now.  On the other hand, it would just keep the practice going of using the shutdown as a bargaining chip.  Thoughts?

  3. ecthompsonmd October 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I’m sorry that you having trouble with my blog. I’ll have my tech guru look into it.
    Delaying any portion of ObamaCare I think was a mistake. I think that it signaled to the GOP that Obama was open to delaying portions of the law if they just applied enough pressure. Basically, I think that it opened up a can of worms that really should have always remained closed.
    Thanks for your comments.

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