Americans' respect for their Congress has, sad to say, diminished in recent years. But citizens still expect a minimal level of competence and responsibility: Pay the bills and try not to embarrass us in front of the world. By those minimal standards, this Congress is failing. More specifically, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives are failing. They should fulfill their basic duties to the American people or make way for legislators who will. Republicans have shut much of the government in what they had to know was a doomed effort to derail the Affordable Care Act. They tried to block its passage and failed; they hoped to have it declared unconstitutional and failed; and they did their best to toss Obama out of the White House after one term in order to strangle it in its cradle, and they failed again. They're entitled to keep trying, of course. But their methods now are beyond the pale. – Washington Post
Regardless of how we got here, the shutdown of 2013 is upon us. Republicans should not blink now. Using the budget to try to stop an unpopular, destructive, disorganized, partisan law is no vice. Yes, it would be preferable not to be in this position. But there is still an important point to be made and some good that can be done. Even though Democrats and the mainstream media would have people believe that the shutdown was caused by Republicans' anarchic insanity or psychotic compulsion, Republicans stand ready to fund 99 percent of the government. They also have reasonably offered to negotiate the future of the train wreck that is Obamacare. Republicans can't change every mind, but they don't have to. GOP leaders need to show themselves to be patient, thoughtful advocates of their position. More voters appreciate what is really happening than the talking heads inside the beltway would have us believe. – Ed Rogers, the Insiders blog
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