Another day, another dreary episode in Washington’s shutdown/debt limit soap opera, reports CNN:
In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law would be a deal-killer.On top of that, Obama has already issued a veto threat.If Washington can’t reach a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The Senate will likely spend today rejecting the House’s plan, and the House in turn will either put the Senate’s bill on the floor or force a government shutdown.In our view, it actually isn’t the end of the world if the government shuts down for a couple of days. In fact, it would be a nice reminder to all that even when Washington is neutered, life in the republic churns healthily along.Anything that imperils timely payments on the national debt, however, would be completely irresponsible. Avoiding this scenario should be the real focus of those running everyone’s favorite branch of government. We hope the pols in Congress are getting their kicks with the government shutdown fight but sober up when the debt ceiling votes come due.[Ted Cruz photo courtesy of Getty Images]