Skip to comments.Senator Says Shutdown Was a Complete Disaster for GOP
Posted on 10/19/2013 8:09:48 AM PDT by John Semmens
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called the recent 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government one of the worse things to happen to this country in my lifetime. It pushed this country to the brink of financial default by almost forcing President Obama to make a choice between paying interest to our creditors or funding programs he deems vital for the future of our nation and the world.
Where the GOP went wrong in Durban's opinion was their notion that furloughing 800,000 nonessential government employees would go unnoticed. If President Obama had remained passive in the face of this crisis they might have pulled it off. However, by getting out in front and ensuring that access to open spaces that many take for granted would be interdicted, the President made sure that the shutdown would be widely felt.
The Senator speculated that Republicans will pay a heavy price in November of 2014. Voter outrage over the disrespect shown to veterans, the inconveniencing of tourists, and having to give back pay to workers idled by the shutdown will cost them at the polls.
In related news, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) boasted that we got everything we wanted. They got a 'fig leaf.' The fig leaf was a provision requiring the government to verify Obamacare applicants' income before awarding them subsidies. The verification process is totally under the Administration's control, Schumer pointed out. There's no way for the GOP to check the accuracy or even whether any verification took place.
if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...
The democrats own the shit down they wanted it to add more pork bills.
Democrats have never done anything good for the country.
Exactly! If they knew tge GOP was indeed “damaged” by the shutdown, they wouldnt ve saying anything and would let the GOP/TP implode on itself.
The Dems have been exposed and they are scared.
U right...course - the GOP e is falling for it.....
Durbin has the credibility of an Iranian leader saying they have no intention of making an A-bomb
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.