Shutdown 2013: The Mini Clean Resolution Gambit

The following is a transcript of this video.

Bankrupting America posted 5 questions for their Sunday show related to the present debacle that is the GOP shutdown of the government.  I was startled to read their first topic point for discussion as it appeared they were having trouble understanding why the President has refused to allow the GOP to pass what they are calling; “mini CRs” in the continuing saga that is Shutdown 2013.

The following can be found here;

Bankrupting America; “What Has Congress Spent The Hours Since The Shutdown Doing? Many Republicans have held fast to their belief that their party should use the continuing resolution to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. Democrats, of course, have refused that course and will continue to do so. Yesterday, House Republicans tried to pass “mini” CRs to keep certain agencies (national parks and museums, veterans’ programs and the District of Columbia government) functioning. President Obama said he would veto these plans. White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage argued, “These piecemeal efforts are not serious and they are no way to run a government.” (Other Democrats also said they didn’t want to fund the government in “bits and pieces.”) We’re wondering what is the difference between these mini-CRs and, you know, those 12 individual appropriations bills Congress was supposed to pass before Oct. 1? Has the president conceded passing separate bills is no longer an acceptable course? Or a wise one? We’re, admittedly, confused. “

To sum up their question, they’re confused about why the GOP controlled House putting forward mini clean resolutions is unacceptable, as opposed to a full  CR.

The mini CRs  offer piecemeal funding of government programs as opposed to full funding of the government. It’s only confusing if you don’t understand the difference between shutting down the government so you can then put through only the legislation your party wants to get through and the normal legislative process that consists of working together to come up with law that is a compromise between the parties involved.

In other words; despite the Tea Party wishes, this is not a one party system.  They don’t get to do; “It’s my way or the highway” in a system that’s based on legislation being developed by the passage of votes.  Their actions are the actions of a terrorist threatening;  Do as I say or else!   We did not do as they say so they carried out their political act of terrorism and now they expect us to act as if it’s SSDD.

If it helps you to understand further consider the principle in law that;

“Promises made under duress are not binding.”

It is understood that the duress in question poisons the promises which leads to people making decisions without sound judgment.  For the Democrats to accede to the wishes of the GOP would be to agree to legislation made under duress.  Such legislation cannot be trusted as good legislation due to the corrupting influence of said duress.  If the President allows the GOP to get their way, then all any party has to do is shutdown the government, disrupt the entire country (and possibly the world) and then refuse to negotiate until they get their way.  Within a matter of weeks any party could effectively turn this into a one voice only government; a dictatorship where the presiding ruler is the Speaker of the House.

Our founding fathers wisely set up our government so it functions through a series of checks and balances.  The Tea Party faction of the GOP is presently trying to circumvent that system.  If we allow them to do that then the dream our founding fathers envisioned for this country truly dies on that day and America just becomes another fascist country ruled by a Mickey Mouse dictator.

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2 thoughts on “Shutdown 2013: The Mini Clean Resolution Gambit

  1. As you said, they are terrorists, nothing less. There is no negotiating with terrorists. What they are doing is sedition. Trying to economically destroy the country isn’t just political gamesmanship, they are messing with the future of us all. Not that it would ever happen but I would love to see them charged with it.

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