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Will there be a government shutdown this fall? Should there be a government shutdown this fall?
If there is a government shutdown, we already know the outcome. The Republicans will be saddled with the bulk of the blame for whatever occurs, and the ‘whatever occurs’ will be greatly exaggerated by the press since it does not have any time for Republicans.
The Republicans are terrible at managing public sentiment in such situations. There might be ample rationale for such a shutdown and there might be ample rationale for the shutdown to be seen as caused in large part by the Democrats, but there is virtually no doubt that the Democrats will walk through the burning coals with nary a slight burn on their collective feet.
I am not a member of a political party and have not been for at least twenty years. My allegiance is decidedly conservative, both socially and fiscally. If I were to be a member of a political party, it would be the Republican Party since that party is the closest to my thinking of what I believe would be good for the country. I don’t see any other really viable political party at this time; maybe that will change over time, but it isn’t the case today.
Back to the questions posed in the beginning:
I doubt there will be a government shutdown. I don’t think there is much reason for a shutdown given the simple fact that it will not accomplish anything positive for the Republicans and will further energize the Democrats. I believe that 2014 can be a pivotal election year but I also think that 2014 ought not to be marred by a ‘shutdown’ since that would obscure the ample supply of topics available which good Republican candidates can use to state their case for election. And there certainly could be good Republican candidates given the people coming into their own in that party.
A shutdown will, in my opinion, more than likely end up with Republicans having shot themselves in the foot…or at least being perceived as having shot themselves in the foot. It would be a shame to have gone through what this country has been put through by the Obama Administration and not have an election that dealt with those issues to determine if the public actually feels it is time for a change.
Even without a shutdown, I would not be surprised if the Democrats were victorious even given the angst being felt after five years under this government. But, with a shutdown, I don’t think there is any question but that Democrats would win in 2014.