Many remember the government shutdown of 1995-96 when a showdown between the majority Republicans and the Clinton administration shut down the government for 28 days. They portrayed the speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, as a crybaby because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane.
Thankfully, compromise did come – a balanced budget over seven years, tax cuts and changes in mandatory spending programs such as Medicare. It worked to Clinton’s advantage.
Today we face another shutdown where President Obama wants no compromise. The Democrats are using the same playbook they used against Newt Gingrich including the politics of personal destruction. They are saying that if you defy us, the government will be shut down and we will do everything to blame Republicans.
The Republicans in the House are like aircraft engineers and have the Constitutional mandate to insure the flight readiness of the budget. They are saying that the budget with Obamacare is a plane that won’t fly.
Americans know that Obamacare is wrong, and the Democrats secretly know it, too. Obama is in the cockpit crying, “Get this plane off the ground!” He is sounding more and more like a crybaby having a tantrum, who is willing to starve Grandma and vets to get his way.
The aircraft engineers must take the bad part out or the plane won’t fly. A shutdown in this case will be on Obama, not the Republicans.