Government Shutdown: Here We Go Again?

Well, it looks as though the government shutdown is going to happen.  We have been here before, when Newt “I-only-cheated-on-my-wives-because-I-loved-my-country-so-much” Gingrich, then House Speaker, managed to bring the wheels of government to a grinding halt back in the Nineties.  And then as now, under a Democratic President.

The issues?  Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting System.  Yep, you read that correctly:  this is all about Planned Parenthood, NPR, and PBS.

They want to de-fund Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions.  The fact that they also screen both men and women for STDs and are instrumental in both treating and preventing these diseases does not enter the equation.  And it hardly costs the Federal Government anything:  if I remember correctly, it represents something like 4% of government spending.

As for NPR and PBS, they too are minuscule in terms of the amount of money they get from the government; most of their money comes from donations from individuals and foundations established by wealthy families.  The problem the Republicans have here is that neither NPR or PBS are afraid to call a moron a moron when it is necessary.  The fact that PBS has played a major and important role in educating America’s children for over forty years does not come into play either.

In short, the Republicans want to de-fund programs that are not costing all that much to begin with.  And how many guesses do you want as to who will get that money (hint:  three guesses and the first two don’t count, but they produce a substance without which you couldn’t run your car.  Never mind that they are already overpaid.)?

As for the shutdown itself, if you ask me the Republicans will completely torpedo their chances in 2012 if they do this thing.  Americans may not have the longest memories in the animal kingdom, but even the most absent-minded among us are unlikely to forget who caused the government to shut down when it comes time to go to the polls next November.

So I say let them have their shutdown:  it will come back to  bite them in the ass just as it did to Gingrich.

And while we’re on the subject, someone really ought to speak to John Boehner about his incessant crying.  I myself have two words for the man:  crocodile tears.

Republicans boggle the mind.  They weep incessantly and wring their hands over unborn fetuses, but they don’t give a shit about the living who are already here.  Especially if they happen to be poor, non-white, or women.   And MOST especially if they are all three.

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