Today is Friday, September 20, 2013. As it stands right now, the Republicans in Congress are in such disarray with the teapartiers once again digging their heels in over funding the government. This time they are demanding that Obamacare be defunded or they will shut down the government. Other more senior Republicans are horrified, because they remember the public reaction to the Republicans shutting down the government back in ’96. Let’s just say it wasn’t good. Not to mention the last time we went to the brink in this teaparty ‘brinkmanship’, the Republicans didn’t get much public support either. Tying the funding of the government to Obamacare is a desperate attempt to get their way, but I think it will backfire on them. Right now the housing industry is back, Dow-Jones is moving upward, unemployment is down and the overall economy seems to be making an incremental come-back. If the Republicans take the country over the cliff this time, and the economy tanks because of it, I wonder how most Americans will react.
It’s true, our deficit and debt are still unacceptable, but again, if the Republicans weren’t so religiously tied to their trickle-down economic theories, and they took a more pragmatic approach to the problems, Congress might be able to make some bipartisan progress in resolving these structural issues that in all honesty do threaten the health of the economy. However, as long as these extremists in Congress hold the Republican Party hostage and threaten the nation with defunding Obamacare or going into default, the Party will remain incomprehensibly divided and dysfunctional, which absolutely threatens the stability of the country, both in economic and political terms.
Boehner needs to rip the heads off of these junior teapartiers who are creating this havoc. He has to get them in line or we could be facing more serious problems than ever before.