A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning – NYTimes.com

via A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning – NYTimes.com.

Amid disingenuous representations by Republican leaders that it’s the Democrats who want a government shutdown, it’s very useful to look back at the genesis of this hostage-taking strategy as this article does.

In summary, the Republican plan dubbed the “blueprint to defunding Obamacare”, conservatives “articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.”

This is not the Democrats’ government shutdown, nor is it Obama’s.  This is a shakedown, pure and simple.  It’s a bunch of thugs taking a hostage and negotiating for a ransom.  For them to then blame the other side for not negotiating is the height of dishonesty.



About Cyrus

Cyrus Tashakkori is Vice President at Pioneer Green Energy, a wind and solar power developer based in Austin, TX. He has an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor's in Science & Economics from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
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