Go Ahead, Shut Down the Government

Rich Galen, CNSNews.com

Over the 12 years of writing MULLINGS, I have often strayed — sometimes pretty far — from Conservative Orthodoxy.

Orthodoxy is defined in Merriam Webster’s Third Unabridged as: “Conformity to an official formulation of truth especially in religious belief or practice … contrasted with heresy.”

“Ah,” as someone smarter than I once must have written, “it is a sprinkling of that pesky heresy which provides the spice of discourse.”

But today, I am fully in the camp of the Tea Party when I say: “Shut ‘er down.” Shut down the government when the Continuing Resolution runs out on Friday.

Here’s why.

All those Republican freshmen who were elected to get their collective arms around government spending have been pretty good in sticking together and demanding that the Senate Democrats — and specifically Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — pay attention.

He hasn’t. He says things like “we want to meet the House Republicans half-way” because it sounds so reasonable. The problem is, the distance between what the Democrats proposed for 2011 spending when they owned everything in 2010 is way, WAY higher than what the House Republicans are looking for — so Harry Reid’s “half-way” is … not.

If the House allows the Federal government to shut down because of Reid’s intransigence, then the freshmen can go home and tell their constituents they were true to their campaign pledge: Cut government spending or else.

The first two days of the shutdown will be Saturday and Sunday which aren’t big traffic days in Your Nation’s Capital under any circumstances. Monday is a so-so day because there usually aren’t any votes in the House or Senate which allow Members to mosey back from their taxpayer-funded trips home. Tuesday, though, is usually a full work day in Washington, DC.

If the leadership works over the weekend and gets a compromise acceptable to the House freshmen ready to go on Monday morning, it can be filed and voted on Wednesday or Thursday and the whole Federal system can be back to humming like a Lionel train set by late in the week.

This shutdown fight is just a small battle over spending limits for the remaining five months of the 2011 fiscal year which ends on September 30.

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Comments

  1. We must get rid of the "RODENTS" in the white House. GO DONALD !!!!!

  2. Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on Sunday for a reckless threat to shut down the government amid deepening political posturing on both sides over federal spending and the budget deficit.The House of Representatives voted on Saturday to cut federal spending by 61 billion through September. But the Republican measure will likely die because Democrats who control the Senate oppose it and President Barack Obama vowed to veto it.Obama has outlined his own plan for less-severe spending cuts in 2012 and has warned that tightening the belt too much too soon could harm the slow economic recovery.Democratic Senator Charles Schumer criticized House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell over talk among some Republicans that they would rather shut down the government than relent on their spending cut demands. Unfortunately Speaker Boehner seems to be on a course that would inevitably lead to a shutdown … That was seen as the likeliest outcome even by one of the Houses new breed of small-government deficit-slashing freshman Republicans. When it goes to the Senate theyre going to make their changes and then its got to go to the president.

  3. Billy Cooper says:

    SHUT'ER DOWN, YOU BET. THE TAX AND SPENT DEMOCRATS WERE IN CONTROL OF BOTH HOUSES AND THE OVAL OFFICE, THEY DIDNT PASS A BUDGET. SO THATS WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE AT TODAY. THE "BASTARDS DIDNT DO THEIR JOB. SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, BUT TAKE CARE OF OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN, ITS NOT THEIR FAULT, WE HAVE A BUNCH OF SPINELESS TAX AND SPEND LIBERALS, RUNNING THIS COUNTRY. THE VOTERS SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR, WHEN THE HOUSE GOT A MAJORITY AND A NEW SPEAKER. BOEHNER DONT SELL OUT, SHOW YOUR "COJONES" BE A MAN, NOT A GIRLYMAN. STAND YOUR GROUND, YOU KNOW WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. ITS THE USA.

  4. Shut the damn thing down, at least the taxpayers will save some money for a few days and save themselves from these destructive bills that the destroyer wants passed! This is about principles and we have to stand strong. The panty waist will back down, he always does! he bows to muslims, refuses to call them terrorists or wars, takes over businesses, tells people what they can get paid, lies through his teeth and smiles his con man smile and the stupids believe him! Shut the damn thing down, forever, until we the people get the govt. back we lost to these azzholes! Thats why the founding fathers left us an escape clause, for this very purpose. They knew how corrupt people are and gave us an out from these destroyers!

  5. Shut her down and stop all pay and allowances to any and all politicians. Then immediately write a bill to insure that the military's paychecks are never stopped as a result of Washington's incompetence.

    • Betsy K. Larsen says:

      Tex, now what you just wrote, I can agree to…..that being, PAY THE MILITARY! I just got an email from my son, who is in the middle east for the 5th time! And he is being told that they, the military might not get paid in full, or even at all, due to this “shut down”. So, why do the useless, and spineless, and absolutely dishonest and greedy peices of crap get paid for DOING NOTHING, while our men and women stand the risk/chance of not being paid for actually WORKING and PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT RISK EACH DAY, for the VERY PEICES OF FILTH WHO DO NOTHING BUT RISK THEIR LIVES EVEN MORE BY STARTING YET ONE MORE WAR, YES, A WAR, WITH ANOTHER MIDDLE EASTEN LOST CAUSE WAR, WHICH WE WILL NOT “WIN”! No one wins with this SLIME/MUSLIME/ISLIME SH%@%#!!!!! Yet, my son, and how many thousands of our fighting men and women will not be paid their simple salaries because of these sorry sons of bitches? Because they REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS! REFUSE TO LIFT A FINGER, EVEN A MUSCLE IN THE FINGERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE HEROS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE PAID AND PAID ON TIME!!!! I AM BEYOND ANGRY WITH THIS CRAP! SICK OF NO ONE DOING THEIR JOBS EXCEPT OUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, WIVES, HUSBANDS, MOTHERS, FATHERS, THESE FAMILY MEN AND WOMEN !!!!!! In that whole city, there is not ONE GOOD MAN OR WOMAN! NOT ONE! COWARDS AND TRAITORS ARE WHAT THEY ARE! IF I CAN”T HAVE MY SON HOME IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, THEN BY GOD, I WANT HIM TO AT LEAST RECIEVE WHAT HE IS PUTTING HIS LIFE ON THE LINE FOR! And, IF THAT CAN”T BE DONE, THEN THE FREAKS AND LIARS IN THAT CESSPOOL, CALLED WASHINGTON/THE CAPITOL, SHOULD NOT GET A SINGLE HALF PENNY UNTIL OUR TROOPS, OUR MILITARY BE PAID IMMEDIATELY!!!! oh, you bet your ass I am not happy with this. yep, shut it down, but do it fairly and completely. Either pay our troops, or FORFEIT YOUR OWN “GOD”/MONEY!!! YOUR OWN SALARIES!!!!! I am One Angry Texan American!!!!! how many others are there, and can we STAND TOGATHER AND UNITED TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS!!!??? OUR AMERICA!!! TAKE IT BACK! AND BRING OUR PEOPLE HOME!

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