It’s now been eleven days since the federal government shutdown over a disagreement on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Even though the act was passed into law and withstood a Supreme Court challenge, Republicans are refusing to pass a budget until Obamacare goes away. Because Republicans lack the numbers to actually overturn the law, they have to resort to holding the budget hostage to get their way.
Not that it really as a chance of working. Not really. The Republicans want to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have voted thirty-seven times in the House to repeal Obamacare. It’s passed every vote in the House, only to die in the Democrat controlled Senate. With this shutdown, it’s as though the Republicans want the Democrats to agree that if they hold yet another vote to repeal it in the House, the Senate will vote to send it to the president for his signature.
How would that even work? What’s to say that even if the Democrats agreed to cave to the Republicans, the Republicans wouldn’t try the same tactic to overturn other laws they don’t agree with? Would the 2015 federal budget be held hostage unless the 1964 Civil Rights Act was repealed?
The only reason this drama continues is because the government shutdown is about as fake as it can get. Memorials in Washington D.C. have been “shutdown” be erecting fences that didn’t exist before the shutdown. We’re currently in the eleventh day of the government shutdown because the whole thing has been too convenient for everyone involved. If Republicans want to shut down the federal government, then by all means, let them shut down the federal government. Instead of shutting down only nonessential services and programs, shut them all down, even the popular and essential ones.
If the White House thinks it can force Republicans to agree to a budget by closing down the Grand Canyon, they’re mistaken.