Boehner leading fight to shut down the government

With the Republicans holding the cards against Barack Obama and Harry Reid, why don't they just shut the government down? Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2013 — House Speaker John Boehner is an unlikely leader in a fight that could shut down the government. 

It is a fight he did not want.


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All along, Boehner has been afraid of a shutdown. He has said as much. He repeatedly said his goal was to send a bill over to the Senate that could then be sent to the White House to keep the government open.

In short, Boehner’s goal was compromise. When compromise is your goal, surrender is always your first option.

Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did their best to avoid this fight, even trying a bit of legislative trickery that would have allowed the Senate to kill the portion of the Continuing Resolution that defunds Obamacare. 

The conservative wing of the House Republican Caucus killed that and conservatives across the nation raised their voices in anger over that stunt. To his credit, Boehner has not surrendered, and instead seems willing, for once, to lead this battle.


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For conservatives, shutting down the government is a fight that should be relished. Russian President Vladimir Putin showed the world the willingness of President Obama to cut and run when confronted. If he won’t stand against Putin, why should Boehner even worry?

For conservatives there is a silver lining to shutting down the government. The left will scream that it is the end of the world as we know it. They said the same thing about sequester. Yes, Obama and the Democrats tried to make the sequester cuts as painful as possible, but the world did not stop spinning.

The absolute danger for Democrats is a prolonged government shutdown. If the government shutdown were to go on for weeks, the American people would realize exactly how little they need the Federal Government. 

If their lives go on as normal, the question a lot of people will start asking is, why do we have so much government?


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Essential functions of government will continue. The military will remain on the job. So will Air Traffic Controllers.  However, the third assistant deputy undersecretary for undefined affairs at the Agriculture Department may find himself furloughed.  

Would that be such a bad thing? Would furloughing the IRS be a bad thing?

Not really. 

How about furloughing the service staff at the White House?  Yes, Barack Obama could not have any more private parties and if he wants a pizza, he would have to go get it himself, but real Americans have to do that anyway.   Why should he be so special?

This moment could be a game changer for the Republicans and for conservatives in America.  For the past two and a half years, all the Republicans in Washington have done is roll over for Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the Democrats.   Conservatives are forcing John Boehner to fight.  Boehner may discover something very interesting.  Obama and Reid are nothing more than overgrown school yard bullies and what happens when you stand up to a bully?

Bullies usually cut and run.

It is time the Republicans made Obama and the Democrats cut and run for a change. 


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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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