Skip to comments.Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Eyes Government Shutdown
Posted on 09/14/2010 10:24:40 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife
A prominent Republican congressman raised the specter Friday of a government shutdown if the GOP wins control of the House.
Speaking to hundreds of activists gathered at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington for the Faith and Freedom Conference, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) urged the audience to stand with House Republicans when they go toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama.
Westmoreland said his caucus presuming it takes control of the House come November aims to pass spending bills that Obama is likely to veto. He predicted Republicans would not be able to override such a veto, creating a standoff that could cause Congress to grind to a halt.
If the government shuts down, we want you with us, he said.
The congressman recalled a similar shutdown that took place in 1995, when Newt Gingrich also a speaker at the conference was serving as House speaker. A future standstill could temporarily close national parks or delay payments from the government, Westmoreland speculated.
We have put Band-Aids on some things that need to be cleaned out, he said. "That is going to take some pain. Theres going to have to be some pain for us to do some things that weve got to do to right the ship."
As a vice chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Westmoreland has helped with candidate recruitment for congressional races. He said the group has tried to enlist candidates who are more interested in tackling the countrys problems than getting reelected in 2012.
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And the media will run endless articles touting the misery caused those poor Government SEIU workers because of it, just as they did under Gingrich.
Without a MEDIA CAMPAIGN to go with it, it will be a disaster, just like it was under Clinton.
Best news I’ve heard all day...in fact, we should insist that the government shut down in the event of a GOP victory so the Dems don’t pass all sorts of Socialist bills before they leave office.
Politico starting the scare tactics. This is the latest Dem talking point, i.e., elect Reps and they will shut down the government. That tactic may backfire given the mood of the people.
He’s my Congressman. I want to hear more, of course. But on the face of it, I like it.
Politico seems to ignore the fact that many in America would consider that a great start
another pre-emptive strike by the media. They’ll push this for the rest of the week, poll it and then use it in the generals.
You are absolutely correct. The difference then is that the Internet was in its infancy and FoxNews was barely getting started.
I believe the most ironic problem of shutting it down last time (under clinton) was that the gov employees took the feds to court to get backpay and they did!
So basically, we just wound up paying for a vacation.
For serious consideration:
The motto, rally call, or battle cry should focus on Pay Down the Debt of course at all levels of government.
The optics of spending cuts means people lose their jobs and government services are reduced. Similar optics with tax cuts.
However, paying down the debt has positive optics. Sure there are going to be dislocations, but the upside is ... we are paying down the debt!
In other words, it gives the weak-kneed politicians their beloved political cover.
Just trying to figure out how to get the right thing done. Any thoughts?
Politics = Poli (meaning many) and Tics (meaning blood-sucking insects)
Shut DC down and call it a Green Initiative. Going green to saving green.
What’s not to love?
For a minute, I thought it read “genitals”....LOL
The answer is to pass a SMALLER spending bill every time he vetoes one, and then say “What? You didn’t like that bill? OK, we’ll spend even less then.”
If the Republicans take back the house and make huge gains in the Senate, the tea partiers work has not ended. Rather it has just begun. We will have to work extra hard to support our candidates in efforts such as this. It’s going to be tough.
It has a positive tone, as well, once you think of it.
As most American families have had to cut back during this recession, they’ve limited their disposable income. At the same time, they’ve paid down personal debt as their circumstances will allow. As difficult as this is for us as citizens, we are doing it. And if we can do this, so can Congress.
We need to return the unspent stimulus funds and apply that to debt repayment.
“...Westmoreland said his caucus presuming it takes control of the House come November aims to pass spending bills that Obama is likely to veto. He predicted Republicans would not be able to override such a veto, creating a standoff that could cause Congress to grind to a halt.
If the government shuts down, we want you with us, he said.”
We’re there with you all the way.
We’ll also tell Obama to stop being such an ‘obstructionist’ in preventing economic recovery...
Fund the military, the border and immigration services, and the State Department enough to keep embassies open. Shut the rest of that worthless draining inept crap in DC down for good.
How many of us have heard through friends and neighbors that this job or that company has had to furlough workers as their sales have plummeted in the Obamaeconomy? Federal government employees facing a furlough should be no more of a sacrifice than when private companies have their employees do the same.
We need to stop pushing the concept of “Government Shutdown” and push the concept of “Legislative Shutdown”....time to take over the message AND the verbage...
Exactly. Like the idea that it is not “Nancy’s House.” It’s “Our House of Representatives”. They represent US.
Notice that this article is four days old. I haven't seen it get picked up anywhere else.
Cynthia Tucker covered it in an opinion piece in today’s AJC. But that just means she covered it in liberal newspeak and it isn’t worth posting or reading, frankly.
I’d be happy to see that kind of standoff and I am SURE I am nowhere close to alone.
I say shut it down, and to HELL with the MSM. The end result will be favorable in the long term whether it’s recognized or not by the public in the near term, because of the MSM.
We have to punch the Leftist bastards in the nose, make them bleed, and run to mommy so we can take the helm, and redirect the ship from the rocks.
I think Rep’s could make serious hay out of this. “We will temporarily see Gov’t shut down before we allow zero and company to recklessly spend anymore of your money” or “Better to shut down big government than let it shut down small business through overspending”
There is nothing stopping us from going to DC and preventing the lame duck congress from ruining our country further, we just have to have the guts to do what is necessary to stop it.
“There is nothing stopping us from going to DC and preventing the lame duck congress from ruining our country further, we just have to have the guts to do what is necessary to stop it.”
We’ll need to be prepared to do this...it WILL take millions descending upon DC tho...
Lynn Westmoreland ROCKS!!! I wish he were my Rep.
“And the media will run endless articles touting the misery caused those poor Government SEIU workers because of it, just as they did under Gingrich.
Without a MEDIA CAMPAIGN to go with it, it will be a disaster, just like it was under Clinton.”
But now we own the internet! It won’t work like it did in ‘94
Too much information out here now. Such as the $800K for the African men to wash their dicks! after screwing a Drunk whore!
Works for me, I’ve got enough money to live on for a few months.
Agree. This is not 1995. The people are just short of pitchfork angry.
The fact remains that the Journolib media/government/union complex will go apoplectic, so the pubbies had better be ready. By later next year I hope the new Conservative House has learned which media outlets to exploit and which to ignore. Why any pubbie bothers appearing on the dino Sunday talk shows (other than FNN) is beyond comprehension.
HORRORS! Anything but that!
Or... build a mosque on top of it! (Just kidding...)
Will they shut off Niagara Falls? I'd like to see it that way...
Ground Air Force 1 & 2.
Wonderful idea. I’m all for it.
Lynn Westmoreland is also my Congressman, and he is a very good man.
We should note that Lynn did not say that Congress would shut the government down; he is warning that the Obama Administration will shut it down when it vetoes the spending bills originating from the House, and he is asking us to stick with them as Obama and his media parrots try to blame everything on the GOP. I am with them.
Here's where Lynn needs to have his ears boxed a little bit... We need to lean on him to press the "defund" message, which he has been reluctant to do. Under the Constitution, spending and tax bills can only originate in the House of Representatives. That means that regardless of what plans and programs have been enacted, the House has the sole discretion to initiate the inclusion of enabling funds in the buget -- or to exclude specific funding by their simple omission. Such is the incredible power of the House -- and if the next GOP House majority is serious about fighting the Socialist takeover, that is exactly what they must do.
You’ve made some excellent points, and I appreciate that.
I’m going to be watching Westmoreland and the news to see if this goes further. I also want to write to him to encourage his efforts.