There’s been a lot of talk lately about the federal government shutting down over the budget. Senator Chuck Schumer repeated it yesterday.
“Speaker Boehner is on a course, I think, that would lead to a shutdown,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said on CNN‘s “State of the Union” program. “That’s reckless. It would hurt the American people, jobs and the economy, and I’d hope he’d reconsider.”
Mr. Schumer compared Mr. Boehner to former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was largely blamed for the government shutdown in 1995 when the GOP-controlled Congress and President Clinton failed to reach an agreement on spending cuts.
Well, if there is a shutdown, don’t blame the Republicans. It’s the Democrats who keep talking about it, they’re the ones who want it to happen. They’re hoping for a repeat of 1995. Republicans aren’t trying to shut down the government, they’re trying to reduce the cost of government. Paul Ryan addressed the issue over the weekend.
U.S. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he wasn’t pushing for a government shutdown as a budget deadlock continued, and suggested Republicans would seek a short-term extension of the budget to allow negotiations to proceed.
“We’re not looking for a government shutdown,” Mr. Ryan (R., Wis.) said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “My guess is we will probably have a short-term extension while we negotiate these things with spending cuts,” he said.
If they don’t pass a budget funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year, they’ll just do what they’ve been doing all along and pass another short term spending measure. And remember, the Democrats failed to pass a budget for this fiscal year when they maintained majorities in the House and the Senate. Had they passed a budget nobody would be talking about a shut down. So if you’re going to blame anyone, blame the Democrats.