Government Shutdown: what’s the Republican-Teaparty trying to prove?

Ezra Klein says it’s beginning to look a lot like a shutdown (emphasis mine):

Brian Beutler has a nice story running down the state of play on the budget negotiations. The takeaway is that Republicans aren’t just insisting that Democrats cut as deep as the GOP wants, but that they also cut in the way the GOP wants. House Appropriations Committee aide Bob Inglee, for instance, told Democrats “they should reach a spending cut target by choosing from the menu of cuts included in the controversial House-passed continuing resolution.” Reading this, you really wouldn’t know that Democrats, who control both the White House and the Senate, technically have a lot more power than Republicans, who only control the House. At the very least, no one appears to have told this to the Republicans.

Brian Beutler says:

Even if this impasse is bridged, the three parties still haven’t addressed the question of policy riders — abortion restrictions, EPA authority and other issues — many of which Republican  rank and file members want included in the final package.

Harry Reid provided a statement this afternoon that doesn’t sound very hopeful (emphasis mine):

I am extremely disappointed that after weeks of productive negotiations with Speaker Boehner, Tea Party Republicans are scrapping all the progress we have made and threatening to shut down the government if they do not get all of their extreme demands. The division between the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans is preventing us from reaching a responsible solution on a long-term budget that will make smart cuts while protecting American jobs, and prevented negotiations from taking place over the weekend even as the clock ticks toward a government shutdown. Apparently these extremists would rather shut down the government and risk sending our economy back into a recession than work with Democrats or even their own leadership to find a responsible compromise.

“For the sake of our economy, it’s time for mainstream Republicans to stand up to the Tea Party and rejoin Democrats at the table to negotiate a responsible solution that cuts spending while protecting jobs.

Hint: this is really NOT going to be about deficit spending or a budget. Regardless of what it does to our country or economy or recovery or people, the Republican-Teaparty will have their tax cuts for the wealthy and their ideological riders (spending  cuts for everyone else) — even if just as much spending could be cut elsewhere.

No, this is about freedom boners and the Teaparty wants to prove theirs are the biggest. We’ll see.


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