On the surface it seems crazy. Suppose Democrats in the Senate decided they didn't like some past bill that was made law. Maybe the tax cuts for the rich that Bush passed. Imagine if they just said their going to shut down the government if the Republican controlled house didn't agree to go along on a repeal of all the Bush tax cuts. And what if they further threatened to refuse to raise the debt ceiling and put the entire world's economic system in crisis. Well, that seems pretty crazy. It doesn't matter if you don't like certain laws that were passed, you don't put a gun to your own head and everybody elses and overturn duly passed laws.
I mean, let's think about what we're dealing with here. This is a law passed two years ago. Not only was it passed, it was challenged in the Supreme Court and upheld. Then we had a subsequent election where the party that ran on their record of passing this health care package and they won. They won the Presidency, the Senate, and more people voted for Democratic Congressmen than Republican Congressmen. The only reason Republicans control Congress is because they gerrymander their way into a majority. Obviously there's no mandate for Republicans to undo this. And yet they are taking the most drastic of measures. Not to end spying, end droning, end wars started without the consent of congress. No, on the fear of overspending. This despite the fact that our deficit is falling faster than it has fallen in 60 years. Overspending supposedly would harm the economy (despite the lack of evidence for this claim) so we're going to pull the rug out from under currently employed government workers and risk stalling the economic recovery. Because we're concerned about the economy. And even though repealing Obama Care would increase the deficit.
They've voted to repeal Obama Care something like 43 times. Apparently it costs $1.5 million to have a single vote in Congress. This is a complete waste of time. Though it passes in the House it's a certainty the Senate won't likewise pass it, and even if they did Obama would veto it. This is going nowhere, but this is what they've been doing.
So what's up? My theory is that their worst fear is that it will actually work. Cut the deficit and improve people's lives? That's a catastrophe. If it works those that benefit from it will be very grateful, and they will clearly see that the Republicans are just not interested in helping them or serving them. In fact Republicans have been lying like crazy. They can't be trusted to tell the truth or to do what is best, both for our deficit and our people. Let's remember that right now 45,000 people die every year because they don't have access to health care. If terrorism is a real concern, and it has killed far fewer Americans comparatively, then what about this health care system? There's a lot to not like about it. But is the alternative so much better that it's worth going nuclear? For them maybe it is, because the real issue is their credibility. They fear they may come out of this with none.
I frankly wonder what rank and file Republicans think. OK, I know they don't like Obama Care. But they can't be too thrilled with the prior system either, the system their leadership is fighting tooth and nail for. Maybe the people think the prior system is better, but how much better? So much better that it's worth shutting the government down? Don't pay military personnel? Don't go to the national parks? Risk having people that can't pay their mortgages? I have to think Republican leadership is losing their own supporters on this one, except for the most extremist tea party types that think NASA and the EPA are bad things.