There have been 18 government shutdowns in the past half-century, most of which came under Reagan and Clinton. Both presidents were aggressive in negotiating with Congress and eventually developed a compromise. Well, that was then, this is now.
Here’s how negotiations have gone as the partial government shutdown of 2013 continues.
American people: We don’t want Obamacare.
Republicans: Let’s fund the government but defund Obamacare for a year until we can sort this out in 2014.
Democrats: No. You’re all anarchists.
Republicans: How about a one year delay of the law, kind of like Obama unilaterally changed the law to delay certain parts of it, and we can talk again in 2014?
Democrats: No. You all are arsonists.
Republicans: Well, let’s at least fund some of the government, like that organization for kids with cancer and benefits for veterans.
Republicans: Can we at least talk about it?
Americans: Well, this sucks.
Meanwhile, Obamacare looks like this for 99% of those who try to sign up:
As demonstrated by this CNN host:
AND by this MSNBC host:
And, hey, it’s already been hacked. That’s embarrassing. Especially since they are storing all your private health information and social security numbers in a database, but they can’t guarantee it will stay private.
Isn’t government-run health care wonderful?