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August 13, 2013

GOP Incoherence: We'll Shut Down the Government to Get Spending Cuts, Which Aren't Terribly Popular, But Under No Circumstances Will We Shut Down the Government to Defund ObamaCare, Which Would be Popular

The public likes to say it favors spending cuts but when you ask about specifics, they get very vague. Oh, they want to cut some foreign aid. They seem to believe that a large fraction of our deficit is due to aid to foreign countries. They will also express some support for cutting social welfare, until they realize that the middle class has long been plied with middle class social welfare in order to secure their blessing for social welfare for the poor, and then they decide they want to keep their welfare too.

So the GOP says it's willing to shut down the government unless Obama agrees to spending cuts, which the public supports when you ask them but not when you ask them twice.

One of the few areas the public would like to cut spending is on... ObamaCare.

And yet that's the thing the GOP will definitely not shut the government down over.

House Republicans canít announce they are willing to surrender on Obamacare funding in the CR because they are afraid they will be blamed for a government shutdown, and then turn right around and threaten not to raise the debt limit unless Obama agrees to more spending cuts. There is no reason anyone should take them seriously.

If anything, a government shutdown is much safer ground to fight on. Hitting the debt limit would trigger far harsher consequences than a government shutdown.

If Republicans in Washington donít want to fight Obamacare through the CR, thatís fine. But they shouldnít then pretend that Obama and the Democrats should take their debt limit threats seriously at all.

People usually know you're lying when you say contradictory, nonsensical things.

Well, I'm glad I don't have to try to figure this goofball party out anymore. Who the hell knows what they're doing. They don't.


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