Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talks grow. At least that’s the headline. But why should the 1995 shutdown haunt the GOP? Republicans shut down the government in order to force liberal Democrat President Bill Clinton to take a sharp turn to the right and balance the budget. Clinton has been taking credit for it ever since as though somehow balancing the budget was his idea. You still hear people (who haven’t read my blog) tout the “Clinton surplus”. Of course, if you read my blog, you know there never was a surplus.
But Republicans did cause Clinton to drastically drop spending and usher in a period of pretty good economic growth for our country. It started with a government shut down.
Why should a shutdown haunt the GOP? Democrat senators in Wisconsin seem to think a government shut down is a pretty good idea. Maybe if the Senate in DC won’t pass the House’s budget, Senate GOP members should go hide in Illinois with the Wisconsin Democrats.
We are about to head into our third deficit in excess of $1 trillion in a row. In fact, this one is a brand new record of $1.65 trillion. Someone needs to put the brakes on. Especially since Obama’s idea of putting on the breaks is to have one deficit as low as $607 billion over the next ten years. Bush held the previous deficit record at $458 billion for one of his 8 years in office. Obama has dwarfed Bush’s entire deficit twice already and is on track to do it again.
Obama doesn’t even have a stimulus bill or healthcare law as an excuse this year. This deficit is simply government spending beyond its means.
Republicans trimmed a tame $61 billion out of the budget, and Dems have labeled them as oppressive, murdering extortionists. If the GOP doesn’t take drastic measures, by the time Obama leaves office it would take one year of every American paying 100% of every dollar they make in taxes just to cover his deficits.
Clinton managed to take credit for the results of the 1995 government shut down while demonizing Republicans for it. The grass roots conservative movements who sent the GOP back in 2010 are ready for a shut down. the question is if Republicans can speak louder than Obama and the media make sure credit is given where credit is due when it works.