Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Gentle Breeze of Extortion



“If Harry Reid and the president want to keep the parks closed — I mean did you read the story today? Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument because they’re trying to play a charade,” Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

(Source: Politico)

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Jeff Miller, co-founder of the Honor Flight Network, had praise for the Park Service.

“They have been so compassionate and so nice,” he said. “They have done everything they could, bent over backwards, to not inconvenience or disappoint these veterans.”

In the future, “we don’t need representatives, senators, anybody here,” he said. “We will be allowed to move the gate if there’s no one here and our veterans [can] go in.”

(Source: WaPo)

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So a Senator making over 170k a year dismisses middle-class Park Service employees who are currently not getting a paycheck (and may not even receive back-pay when the shutdown is over if some members of the Republican Senate get their way) as goons for following orders to protect de-funded memorials?

How about focusing his attention on the goons who decided a government shutdown is a good legislative tactic to upend the law they dislike and don't have the votes to repeal without a threat? Do they bare any responsibility or does the blame lay with a bunch of government workers classified as criminals on Fox News for doing their job?

Although many journalists are liberals and probably sympathize with the Democratic position, most still feel the need to pander to the good old truism about the bipartisan dysfunction where both parties are responsible for a stalemate. The trite sigh about these childish politicians in DC.

Lets imagine an alternative world where Democrats would attach an Assault Weapons Ban opposed by Republicans to a routine spending resolution in order to have Republicans vote for a law they oppose in order to avert a shutdown.

Now once the Republicans would refuse to vote for the assault weapons ban and fund the government, the Democrats would accuse them of not willing to compromise and refuse to put a resolution to fund the government on the floor of the Senate without the assault weapons ban attached.

Who would be responsible for a government shutdown in that scenario?

Assault weapons are no more popular in America than Obamacare
and many in the liberal base view gun control as a life and death issue of the same urgency that repealing Obamacare is for the Tea Party.

Bottom line: whoever introduced a government shutdown into the legislative discussion in order to get members of the opposite party to vote in a way they would not vote without a threat, is practicing legislative extortion and is the sole party responsible for the shut down when it occurs.

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