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The Dems Want a Gov't Shut Down

Politico just spent four pages outlining how the GOP House Freshmen want to cut spending and how Senate Majority Leader Reid refuses to cut spending in order to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government.

Meanwhile, The One is radio silent, and is not engaging either the Republicans in the House or in the Senate.

The Dems are also in nostalgia-land about the how then President Clinton whipped new-Speaker Gingrich over the issue. It is clear, according to Politico, that the Dems think they can win because they say their budget cuts total $40 billion — while the media and the Dems stay quiet on their $1.5 Trillion in tax increases.

But the Dems have zero credibility on cutting the budget with voters. This is especially true for The One, with his ObamaDebt.

Nor does The One have the political skills to manage the Dems out of the shutdown.

Regardless, the Dems are talking up the shut down, according to Politico, “almost incessantly.”

Here is Politico’s conclusion:

For all the effort Democrats have put into portraying Republicans to be hot on the idea of a shutdown, it’s really Democrats who are talking much more about it – almost incessantly.

Why? It’s quite simple: The last time budget fighting let to shutdowns, in late 1995 and early 1996, a new Republican majority tested a Democratic president entering the stretch run of his first term. Gingrich lost the public relations war to Clinton – and badly. Many Republicans aren’t anxious to reprise that history.

Every time a Democratic leader says Republicans want a shutdown and that it would be bad for the country, listen closely for the clause that follows: Often it’s a veiled mention of 1995.

By talking about a shutdown – and saying it’s Republicans who want one – Democratic leaders are making sure to position themselves for the blame game that would surely ensue.

The top House Democrat, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said last week that it would be “a failure” on Boehner’s part if the government runs out of the authority to spend money.

“History shows you don’t want to shut down government,” Connecticut Rep. John Larson, chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said Friday of the 1995 impasse.

For many reasons, the parallels are limited. But if history is the Democrats’ guide, they believe they’ll win again.

Clearly, the party of we-love-the-government wants it to shut down because they think it will teach Republicans a lesson about how much Americans and the economy relies on the government. But the problem with fighting the next war with a strategy that is 16 years old, is that things have changed.

The first and foremost is that government and their sucklers are seen by many in the nation as a favored class who have grown fat with fully funded pensions and big health benefits, during a time when the country is suffering economically, most are hurting, and those at the Fed trough are not only fat, they are hurting the country and the economy by piling up debt and are spending taxpayer’s money on themselves, all while people are sacrificing to pay taxes.

But most importantly, The One and the Dems may say they will cut spending — but voters in the main simply will not believe them.

What the Republicans should demand as a price, is the $1 Trillion in savings CBO says would result in the repeal of ObamaCare — since the Dems are determined to see the shut down happen — the country ought to get something for the political scrum and media circus that will result.