‘MAGA Shutdown’: Dems Make It Clear Whose Fault A Shutdown Will Be

The Senate is back in session later today after their August recess. And The House is scheduled to return next week. But Democrats have already hit the ground running to try to shield President Joe Biden’s White House from being blamed for a possible government shutdown.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1467863

A Reminder of what a Republican-led House does to a Democratic President

April 2011: House Republicans threaten a government shutdown unless Democrats accept GOP demands on spending cuts to public broadcasting, Planned Parenthood.

July 2011: Republicans create the first-ever debt-ceiling crisis, threatening to default on the nation’s debts unless Democrats accept GOP demands on spending cuts.

August 2011: Republicans threaten another shutdown if Budget Supercommittee fails to achieve consensus.

December 2011: Budget Supercommittee fails after Republicans oppose all Democratic proposals. sequester kicks in with across the board military and domestic spending cuts.

April 2012: Republicans threaten another shutdown.

December 2012: Republicans spend months refusing to negotiate in the lead up to the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

January 2013: Republicans raise the specter of another debt-ceiling crisis.

September 2013: Republicans threaten another shutdown unless “Obamacare” is repealed.

October 2013: Republicans actually shut down the government.

February 2014: Republicans raise the specter of another debt-ceiling crisis.

December 2014: Republicans threaten another shutdown.

February 2015: Republicans threaten a Department of Homeland Security shutdown.

September 2015: Republicans threaten another shutdown over Planned Parenthood.


…we refuse to support any such measure that continues Democrats’ bloated COVID-era spending and simultaneously fails to force the Biden Administration to follow the law and fulfill its most basic responsibilities,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement.

My MAGAlish is rusty but I think I got this

Give in to 100% of our demands and we will still burn the Country to the ground because White grievance (see Greene, Marjorie T. )


Okay, the country is taken hostage once again, but top hostage negotiator Bill Richardson has died. Just our luck.


The MAGA minority reminds me of the bank robber in one of the early Woody Allen movies (“Take the Money and Run”?) where the thief passes an illegible holdup note to the bank teller, and nobody can agree on what it says. So, no robbery.

Unfortunately, unlike the movie characters, the MAGA’s are capable of blundering into doing real damage with their incompetence.


MAGA’s aren’t even bothering to not take the blame for this possible shutdown.

“We should not fear a government shutdown,” Good said on the steps of the Capitol. “Most of the American people won’t even miss it if the government is shut down temporarily.”

This month, the caucus members have been rallying around one of their own, third-term Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who on Aug. 16 told a radio host in his home state he would “use every tool I have at my disposal to stop [McCarthy’s temporary spending measure] and frankly to fight any efforts to continue to fund this government without radical reform for border security, at the Department of Justice and at the Department of Defense, at a minimum.”

That’ll make the job easier for Democrats.


Do Social Security and Medicare payments get made?

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In terms of spending, only a fraction of the government actually closes during shutdowns. Proponents of engaging in hostage taking via shutdowns use that as an argument why shutdowns really aren’t that bad (only true if you don’t care about timely food safety inspections, processing of IRS refunds, passport and visa services, national parks, museums, etc).


The MAGAts suffer from far too many maladies that are politically corrupt including something known as “The Tuberville Syndrome.”


"Both Democratic and Republican leadership have indicated that a temporary deal to fund the government would buy lawmakers on both sides of the aisle more time to come to an agreement. "

We see this every time Republicans do this. Do they not have calendars? Is it not an entire year from one September 30 to the next?


You have to hand it to them. They don’t let their long history of abject failure in the use of this tactic deter them from using it. Nope. Not even a little.


The Chaos Monkey caucus lives for this moment. They live for it. They are no more interested in relinquishing a single paragraph of their demands than they are interested in becoming the Queen of England.

The Dems have had more than enough chances to remove this threat from our midst in previous sessions, but didn’t do it.

The media will not cotton to blaming their contributors and owners for the shutdown. They are only interested in making a horse race out of something this serious (serious as a heart attack).

Can the message get out in time to counter the lies? Stay tuned.


“I have a gub?” No, it says “gun.” Hilarious.


Anti American MAGA House radicals seek to destroy our economy to win the 2024. They want things as bad as possible to bring Trump back into power and to end democracy and impose permanent minority rule.

That’s the extremist MAGA agenda.


And if we let them do it, then we get what we deserve. There are more than enough duly-elected members of the House that want no part of this. That’s on both sides of the aisle. They need to stiffen their spines and come out LOUDLY against this nonsense.

If they don’t, we go right down with them.


Today’s radicalized GOP continuously seek to forcibly impose their hated policies in an unwilling nation. They just don’t care about anything else than harming Americans in their pursuit of minority rule.

Rinse and repeat.


I thought it was already more than obvious who would want a government shut down
Those members who would vote for a shut down should lose their pay for the time things are shut down. This also should include their office staffs.

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Sadly, the Constitution prevents that. Nope. They will collect every dime of their pay while the shutdown lasts.

Why do politicians and judges get paid during a government shutdown? | Constitution Center

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I only blame so-called cowardly GOPers who privately and anonymously tut tut the FreeDumb radicals but publicly cower in fear. With a 5 member majority, the biggest coward of them all Qevin McQarthy could easily just call a vote on the Senate proposed budget and let 5 sane members of his caucus pass it, but he’s paralyzed in fear.


And cower, he should. He’s the one who conceded that the metal detectors for chambers were no longer needed and more than a few of his cronies are packing. So yes, he should cower in fear, that of his own making.