Nowhere in the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights or the Federalist Papers did the wise Enlightenment inventors of America foresee any reason to support, defend or prevent political maneuvers that unplug the government–to make it stop in its tracks because of differences in ideological beliefs. In fact, they were very aware of not letting dogma or extreme beliefs arrest the people’s work. Everything they did was to prevent the overreach of government.
But postmodern ideologies are redesigning American political tradition. The coming to dominance of the ideological over the political has its latest version in the following Tribune report:
The latest proposal from House Republicans to re-open only certain parts of government failed Tuesday night as Democrats insisted they would not pick winners and losers among federal services, and the White House threatened a veto.
The latest Republican plan was to keep open national parks, veterans services and the District of Columbia, an approach modeled on recommendations of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has led the GOP’s strategy in the standoff that resulted in the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years.
“If the Democrats are really concerned about funding the VA, let’s fund it,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), as House Republicans emerged from an afternoon strategy session.
But the three bills failed in the face of Democratic opposition. House Republicans used a procedure that required a two-thirds vote, hoping that would pressure House Democrats to vote for them, knowing the bills would fail without their support. All three, however, were rejected largely on party-line votes.
“These piecemeal efforts are not serious, and they are no way to run a government,” said White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage. “If House Republicans are legitimately concerned about the impacts of a shutdown – which extends across government from our small businesses to women, children and seniors – they should do their job.”
Tuesday was the first day of the government shutdown, which began at midnight after Congress failed to reach a comprise in time to fund federal agencies into the new fiscal year.
Republicans had been demanding that Democrats agree to stop President Obama’s new healthcare law, but shifted their demands Tuesday after the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces launched.”
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