The shutdown is a feature, not a bug

The shutdown is a feature, not a bug

Here's the thing: Republicans not only are rubbish at governing, but they don't believe in it to begin with.

To a Republican, governing is associated with tyranny. It is an imposition on a "free people", to have laws, regulations, codes. Today's Republican Party is little divorced from Libertarians. Government is not the route by which you bring the most benefit to the the most people, but an oppressive structure which prevents people from living "free" lives.

Of course, this is all rubbish. Republicans are quite happy to impose draconian laws on immigration, reproductive rights, the environment. They are quite happy to benefit their donor class at the expense of the larger commonwealth. They are quite happy to give a sop to their religious storm troopers to keep them onside.

Government is not an evil, per se. It's only evil when it attends to matters which are anathema to modern conservatism.

Thus, for McConnell, Ryan, et al, the shutdown, which will affect all those services they believe government shouldn't be engaged in providing, is a good thing.

CHIP could have passed without being attached to the continuing resolution. The same with DACA. There were clear majorities in both houses to get those measures to Donald Trump's desk. But those majorities would have had the bulk of their votes from Democrats, with a few Republicans. That would have been unconscionable to the GOP leadership. If a measure doesn't have the support of a majority of the majority (Hastert Rule, yo), then it's a dead letter.

So when Turtle and Ayn Ryan cry crocodile tears about evil Democrats, remember this: They want the shutdown. They know no other way to govern. They spent the entirety of the Obama Administration threatening to shut down the government, and have no other way of thinking.



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