If the Democrats think the Republicans will shoulder the blame, I say give it a go, and let the public sort it out in 2012. This is purely a case of "chicken", that the donkey crowd think they have a leg up because they shouted their insults first.
But now that the slimy sleasebag of politics...Upchuck Schumer... developed a case of diarrhea of the mouth on an open mike, and we all now know everything the dumocrats are conniving to do is purely political, and has nothing to do with atempting to reduce the deficit or even provide a usable budget. They are purely for increasing the debt and raising the level of debt so their cronies and the unions and welfarists can continue their freeloading.
The TEA Party candidates are not going to allow this to happen. If their meager $61 billion cut from a $3.6 TRILLION budget proposal is blocked by the Democrats, I say Shut-R-Down, and let the public determine who's at fault.
Bachmann: Obama, Dems Playing 'Political Games' with Shutdown
Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 06:09 PM
By Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella
Congresswoman and tea party leader Michele Bachmann tells Newsmax she will flat-out refuse to support any budget bill that does not include the defunding of President Obama’s healthcare reform plan.
The Minnesota Republican, who is considering a run for president in 2012, also charges that Democrats are playing “political games” by seeking to shut down the government in the belief they would benefit politically.
Democrats in the Senate have proposed $33 billion in spending cuts, while House Republicans want $61 billion in cuts. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Bachmann was asked whether $33 billion in cuts would be a deal-breaker for her.
“People who are here in Washington, D.C., today affiliated with the tea party are saying that in their opinion, $61 billion shouldn’t be the goal — that should be the starting point,” says Bachmann, founder and head of the House Tea Party Caucus.
“So it’s very good that we have people from the tea party, which are average Americans, pressing the Congress, saying $33 billion isn’t enough, $61 billion isn’t enough. I think that will ultimately help us end on a very good number.”
Asked whether she would go along with just $33 billion in cuts, Bachmann says: “What I’m going along with is to be able to have defunding of Obamacare. I cannot vote for a budget bill unless it has the defunding of Obamacare. We’re talking about well over $1 trillion over a number of years and this will break the bank in the United States.
“Over the course of the past year, the American people have been very clear: Defund Obamacare. That will change the outcome more than what the particular dollar amount is.
“What we need to do is get our financial house in order. We’ve already put a template out to do that, which would include defunding of Planned Parenthood, defunding of Obamacare. We need to put that forward and make our case.”
Some observers have said the Democrats’ strategy is to drive a wedge between the tea party, which insists that Republicans should fight for massive cuts, and House Speaker John Boehner. Asked whether she believes that could happen, Bachmann tells Newsmax: “No, I don’t think so. The tea party put the gavel in Speaker Boehner’s hand. They’re not trying to go against John Boehner, they’re just trying to hold the Republicans accountable.”
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday said on an open microphone that his caucus had told him to label the tea party as “extreme” at every opportunity. Republicans said that indicated Democrats are more interested in playing political games, and perhaps even forcing a shutdown of the government.
Former National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have expressed sentiments similar to Schumer’s in recent days.
“Between Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Howard Dean, they let the cat out of the bag,” Bachmann says.
“That is that the Democrats’ political plan is to shut down government because they think they will benefit from doing that. Now we know that if the government shuts down it’s not the tea party’s fault, it’s the Democrats’ fault, because they’ve made a decision they’re not interested in compromise. They just want to see the government shut down.
“They aren’t interested in a practical solution, and I think people all across the United States are tired of political games.”