Unless there is an agreement between the Republicans and the Democrats, the U.S. government will be shut down at midnight tonight.
What is holding up the agreement? Not the size of the cuts. There is news this Friday morning that there is only a five billion difference betweeen the two sides. That can easily be negotiated.
No, it’s not money that his holding up the deal. It’s ideology.
Can you believe that the major sticking point is abortion?. What in the world has abortion got to do with deficit reduction? Zilch. Nothing. Yet the Republicans (mainly the Tea Party) are insisting that funds be cut to Planned Parenthood. Funds that go for breast screening and sex education.
Are the Republicans serious about debt reduction when they are willing to wreck the whole thing by inserting abortion into the mix?
And there’s more. There will be no deficit deal unless the Obama government relaxes its regulation on climate change. Can you believe this nonsense.?
What in the world is going on here? I’ll tell you what is going on? The Republicans are more interested in ideology than they are in deficit reduction. And let’s be real. The extremists in the Tea Party have a veto on these negotiation.
These outlandish Tea Party tactics have put Republican Speaker John Boehner in an impossible dilemma. Stay loyal to the Tea Party freshmen who helped the GOP reclaim control of the House in last fall’s midterm elections, paralyzing much of the federal government in the process. Or reach a reasonable with Democrats that wou ld enrage part of his caucus, but help Republicans curry favour with centrist voters in 2012.
The fact is if Boehner makes a deal with the Democrats, the Tea Party will try to oust him from the Speakership.
Should the U.S. government be be shut down over the issue of abortion?
What do you think?