The fact that Republicans always get blamed for “partial government shutdowns,” ought to be enough of a lesson that the strategy of threatening one is always a losing strategy. Why? Because these shutdowns are stupid, and the American People don’t like stupid. What the American People want is smart, and the only answer is federalism: restoring the balance between the federal government and the sovereign States, and even getting rid of the personal federal income tax in the process.
The latest looming “partial government shutdown,” which would have been the second in three months, has been averted, but unless Republicans embrace the hard work of restoring federalism, they invariably will find themselves again threatening another partial government shutdown over the next budget dispute. Oh sure, like addicts, the Republicans will press that button marked “threaten partial government shutdown,” and believe with all their might and brainpower that this time it will be different and the masses of Americans will rise to their defense and applaud their bravery against the federal government leviathan. Like clockwork, when it doesn’t work after a week, two weeks, a month, and the Republicans capitulate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the rest of the Democrats in the media will laugh their collective faces off at the GOP.