Today, I read an article that quoted the following:
â€œThe Democrats think they benefit from a government shutdown. I agree,â€ Boehner said during a closed-door, 90-minute meeting on House Republicans on Monday night, according to several lawmakers who attended the session.
Boehnerâ€™s opinion was quickly backed up GOP lawmakers who were serving in Congress during 1995, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) squared off with then-President Bill Clinton by shutting down the government twice. Reps. Don Young (Alaska), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) and Buck McKeon (Calif.) â€” a close ally â€” supported Boehnerâ€™s position. Dozens of other Republicans rallied to support Boehner as well, in a moment that one GOP insider called a â€œturning pointâ€ for House Republicansâ€
Just one major flaw in this line of logic….This is not 1995.Â This is 2011.
In 1995, the U.S. deficit was approximately $5 trillion.Â In 2011, the U.S. deficit is approximately 14 trillion dollars with politicians trying to raise the cap on the debt spending limit.
In 2011, we have more than 50 million people receiving Medicaid.Â Over 40 million people are receiving food stamps.Â Close to 10 million people are receiving extended unemployment benefits.Â More than 4.4 million people are on welfare.Â We have 22.5 million government employees. We are involved in three separate wars. Â We have duplicate agencies that we don’t need to have to begin with. Â We have irresponsible legislators who spend money faster than water can move through a sieve.
All of the preceding are being paid with public funds.
We canâ€™t keep going on this way, Mr. Boehner.Â In a report generated by the IMF last year, they pointed out that if we continue on the current course our nation is taking, our debt will reach 100% of GDP by 2015.Â It was made extremely plain that this is what will happen if we continue to follow the course of action that has been set out by President Obama.Â The word of the IMF may not mean that much to certain segments of Americans, but we can count on it that our creditors will be considering what the IMF has to say.
We have to reduce the deficit.Â There is no other way.
You aren’t helping us any by making these fait accompli comments that project failure for Republicans based on events that occurred in 1995. Â Youâ€™re giving our opponents a means of undermining us.Â If you donâ€™t believe that to be truth, then check out this, this, this, and this.Â And thatâ€™s just the tip of the iceberg.
This is not 1995. Â This is 2011. Â Past isnâ€™t always prelude, Mr. Boehner, and history doesnâ€™t always repeat itself.
So knock it off with the fait accompli nonsense.