I didn't want to write about the government shutdown again. Not only is it getting repetitive, but if I'm still writing about it, that means it's still shut down, and that's bad for everyone. I certainly hope that by the time I cycle around to my next blog post, my friends and countrymen who are employed by the government are back at work, where they all want to be.
It's not just the worker bees that are feeling the heat of the shutdown. On the plus side, the Republicans are feeling the heat too. It seems obvious, but polls show
that Americans blame the GOP for this mess:
Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.
Asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats or the tea party for the shutdown, Martha Blair, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, said, yes, you bet. All of them.
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.
Five percent - that is amazing. Rep. Grayson (D-FL) got shut down in the House for pointing out that dog poop is more popular
. Even the Republicans' benefactors the Koch brothers are washing their hands
of the shutdown. Perhaps they realize that it (and a possible debt limit default) will hit them financially possibly very hard.Yet Speaker Boehner still refuses to allow a vote on a "clean" bill, even though there appear to be enough votes for it to go through.
The problem is that the House Republicans holding everything hostage either don't know or don't care about the consequences. There's a meme floating around the internet that President Obama voted against a debt limit increase in 2006 when he was a senator. What's left off that is he later acknowledged that it was a mistake to do so, and his position then was made out of ignorance.
There is plenty of ignorance going around in these House Republicans. The King of the Deniers in his fool's cap would have to be Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has a history of stupidity. According to him, the government can't default on loans if it's shut down
. I can't even figure out how he came to that thought... If a person is laid off, that doesn't mean they won't miss a credit card payment. It's absurd.
So on the one hand, they are feeling the heat, but on the other hand they are too stupid to know what it means. How burned are they going to have to get before they take their hand off the stove?