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Privilege trumps morality.
With respect to the impasse in Congress that resulted in a shutdown of the government, you likely will not hear in the mainstream media what ultimately led to the stalemate. So I’m going to tell you now.
The last bill passed by the House and sent to the Senate prior to the midnight deadline funded the entirety of the government at present spending levels. That includes Obamacare. The last bill passed by the House left Obamacare on the books as it is now.
Of the last version of the House continuing resolution sent to and rejected by the Senate, the only provision having to do with Obamacare was the language that removed the exemption from Obamacare – granted by presidential order of dubious legality – for the benefit of members of Congress, members of the administration and their respective staffs.
Let us be very clear here. Senate Democrats refused to continue funding the government because they do not want to be subject to Obamacare – a law that they imposed upon the rest of us. Once again, the Ruling Class insists upon privilege ahead of all other considerations.
Whatever you hear in the mainstream press about Republicans holding the country hostage is pure bunk. In the end, the Republicans simply took the position that a law that has force and effect upon you and me should have force and effect upon those who enacted it. That they used the occasion of the continuing resolution to promote that position is simply a recognition of the fact that in a tough fight, you employ whatever leverage you have.
The Republican position may or may not prove to be politically unwise. The Republican position may or may not do damage to the party and its candidates in the 2014 midterms.
But those considerations aside, it cannot be said that the Republican position is unprincipled.
In the end, the Republicans took a stance that is not only reasonable, it’s moral.