Morici: Republicans Childish on Budget, Obama Care
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- House Republicans are behaving like children by threatening to shut down the government, especially when they have better options to move their agenda.
The House passed a bill to keep the government funded at current levels after Sept. 30, less any funds for Obama Care. Senate Democrats will send it back to the House stripped of that provision, where it will likely fail.
Theoretically the government will run out of money; however, Uncle Sam will continue withholding taxes from paychecks and businesses must continue quarterly payments.
The president has authority to continue mandatory spending programs -- Social Security and other benefits checks should go out -- and to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life and property. The latter may embrace a pretty wide swath but if history is any guide, the president will engage in some juvenile behavior of his own.During the early days of sequestration, he sullenly threatened public safety by not realigning funds to keep enough air traffic controllers and food inspectors on the job. Draconian warnings that prison guards and cooks will not be paid are extrapolation from such conduct. Will he release the inmates at federal penitentiaries to avoid keeping and feeding them in their cells? Obama wants to run America like a banana republic -- impose whatever laws he likes and reduce Congress to a compliant debating society. Obama Care was passed through Congress by sleight of hand. House Democratic leaders packaged the final legislation into a budget reconciliation bill, avoiding the need to win any Republican votes in the Senate -- an unprecedented legislative maneuver for such a major piece of social legislation. The law has not gained legitimacy among the majority of Americans to the peril of Democrats. In states where Senate races will be highly contested this fall and in House districts leaning Republican are likely to be contested, a significant majority of independent voters oppose Obama Care. Shutting down the government will spoil that potential GOP support -- especially because the president is in a position to make such a shutdown as painful as possible.
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