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Why Does Harry Reid Want To Shut Down Government?

House Republicans are desperately trying to hand President Barack Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid a gift by delaying the not-ready-for-primetime Obamacare law by a year, but Obama and Reid are too obstinate to accept it. Instead Obama and Reid are willing to risk a partial “federal government shutdown.” Wisely,…

House Republicans are desperately trying to hand President Barack Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid a gift by delaying the not-ready-for-primetime Obamacare law by a year, but Obama and Reid are too obstinate to accept it. Instead Obama and Reid are willing to risk a partial “federal government shutdown.”

Wisely, House Republicans have anticipated that Obama and Reid would ignore the pleas of millions of Americans and play politics by pushing a shutdown by also sending the Senate legislation that would keep the military and federal law enforcement funded in the event an agreement cannot be reached.

This second funding law is on top of the House’s passage a Department of Defense year long funding bill in July. A bill that Harry Reid’s Senate has failed to even consider.

Given Reid’s failure to pass a military funding measure, one can reasonably wonder if the Majority Leader has always planned to use our heroes in harm’s way as political pawns in a potential government shutdown?

The sad calculus is that Reid believes that he does not need to compromise on Obamacare’s implementation and through a complicit media can shift public sentiment against the Republicans by forcing a shutdown.

In the short run, this will likely be true, but if Republicans hold firm in their demand that Obamacare be delayed for one year, the reasonableness of their position will come through and it will be Harry Reid who caves as his own constituencies demand that he accept the House position.

The fact is that Obamacare is not ready to go into effect. Here are just a few facts …

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Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.

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25 comments

Philip Branton September 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

We wonder if Wil Folks has the guts to answer his own freakin’ question..? Or better yet, pick up the phone and get a phone call to Nancy Mace and record her answer..?

Who is writing this ………WHO..?

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

We? Come on. Don’t be trying to rip off the TGB cuz’

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

Because he’s a sycophant. He rep’s Vegas for crimney sake. What do you expect. OK. Now I’ll read the article.

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Jan September 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Sorry, guys give it up. We all know who is shutting down government, Teapublicans.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

You say it like it’s a bad thing.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Everything regarding Repuklitards is bad and everything regarding Democraps is good. Where have you been TBG. Come on. Get with Jan’s program.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

SHUT ‘ER DOWN.

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Barbarossa September 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Who cares?! I mean, this is not my beautiful house and you’re not my beautiful wife… thus, three hun-dred sixty-five de-grees… Burning down the house!

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The Colonel September 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Why does Reid want to shut the government down – simple: He hates the poor, the downtrodden, the underprivileged, those of color, those who are “different” and anyone who loves freedom and the Constitution.

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Jan September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I think most people know which party does not give a crap about the poor, downtrodden and the underprivileged. Some of them have even expressed the belief they should not be allowed to vote.
So much for freedom and the Constitution.

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The Colonel September 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Pay attention Jan – Your party is the one refusing to negotiate at all:
Reid – “…no negotiations period…”
Obama – “…dead on arrival…”.

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The Colonel September 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Yeah we se what the “Great Society” has done for the poor and downtrodden.

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? October 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

Yes, but more poor people helps keep the need for a “Great Society”, so in that context it’s a success.

:)

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Smirks September 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

More NetRightDaily ALG bullshit. Delaying Obamacare a “gift?” Democrats the ones trying to shut down government? Hilarious. Who do these morons think they are kidding? I mean, really, not giving into the Republicans demands 100% is somehow “playing politics” and “pushing a shutdown?” I’m guessing that Democrats refusing to repeal and/or defund Obamacare the last 40 times also makes it their fault for wasting Congress’ time? I’m guessing it is also only the Democrats who refused to negotiate anything ever regarding the ACA, because repeal, defund, or delay are the only possible negotiable terms to health care reform at all, ever, and making constructive edits to legislation is absolutely, positively out of the question?

The Fox News parallel universe, with its own laws and facts, is on full display. It is absolutely inconceivable that a party that only has a majority in one chamber of Congress and nobody in the White House shouldn’t get everything it demands out of the opposition in a timely fashion, even if they waited until there was very little time left to make their demands! How DARE Democrats not completely and entirely capitulate to Ted Cruz and Rand Paul? How DARE Obama not run the country like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to?

I swear, a couple Democrats win an election and think they get to run the country in a manner not consistent with a few crazy Tea Party assholes. The nerve!

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

SHUT ‘ER DOWN NOW.

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The Colonel September 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hey Smirks – pay attention. Boehner has offered to negotiate, Reid and the President are the guys saying no here. A majority of Americans do not want the ACA and DEMOCRATS are refusing to negotiate.

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Thomas September 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

You can’t fix stupid. He has no inkling the voices in the House of Representatives echo those from their respective districts. The Democrats pushed this through Congress when they had the majority and Obama signed it. They made a big mistake.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

OK. Back from lunch. Read the article. Yep, he’s a sycophant.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

SHUT ‘ER DOWN.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Today’s community poll is missing an answer. I refuse to answer until I see an option for BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Palmetto Bug September 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

What happened to majority rule? Majority passed ACA. They have also tried to rescind it over 40 times and failed! Why not work on job creation? My bet is that more jobs were lost under GWBush than “Obamacare.”

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The Colonel September 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Had the Democrats – who controlled the Congress and the White House for half of President Obama’s first term bothered to even try to pass a budget when they could have done so regardless of Republican desires we wouldn’t be here.

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bob September 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

The Democrats aren’t acting very mature and Obama…far from being a unifier, appears petty, mean, and enslaved to narrow ideological constructs…

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Ben October 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

“We want to make our position abundantly clear: we will not support efforts to pass a CR that contains any unnecessary spending or legislative provisions unrelated to maintaining government operations. We respectfully request that you fashion a CR true to the purpose of temporarily continuing the activities of government at the absolute minimum level necessary until we finish our work on the fiscal year 2011 spending bills.”

— House Appropriations Committee Republicans, in a letter to Chairman David Obey (D-WI) on September 14, 2010.
The Republican party is truly the face of hypocrisy.

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idiotwind October 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

wow! what a thoughtful bit of writing. retards can make a contribution if they only try. keep up the effort Rick!

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