Poll Shows More Americans Blame Republicans for Government Shutdown

cruz-repubIn something that should come as no surprise to anyone with any kind of common sense, a CBS poll showed that 44 percent of Americans blame Republicans for the government shutdown, with 35 percent blaming President Obama and Democrats.  Seventeen percent blame both sides.

Going a step further, 72 percent of Americans polled opposed shutting down the government to try to defund the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

I thought Republicans said they’re “listening to the American people?”  Well, 72 percent don’t support what they’re doing, so just who in the hell are they listening to?

Oh, that’s right, the tea party and people like the Koch brothers.  And while they might be Americans, they sure as hell don’t represent the American people.

The thirty-five percent blaming the president and Democrats isn’t really a shocking number considering for any credible poll that’s been done about voting trends, around that same percentage of Americans consider themselves “solidly Republican.”  So, what that basically means is that only Republicans are blaming President Obama and Democrats, while more independents are siding with liberals in blaming Republicans or both sides.

And honestly, the only ones who are really celebrating this shutdown are the right-wing radical tea party Republicans who simply don’t live on the same planet as the rest of us.

Because let’s be honest — a government shutdown is never a good thing.  There are hundreds of thousands of people working without any promise of being paid come payday (and no promise that they’ll be given backpay when the shutdown ends), that might not be able to pay their bills here in the coming days and weeks.  Yet there are Republicans who are openly celebrating this shutdown like they’ve accomplished something.

Well, I guess they have accomplished one thing.  They’ve accomplished looking like a bunch of brainless idiots who seem eager to prove they should be admitted to a mental health facility instead of serving in Congress.

So, Republicans can sit there and try to convince themselves that they’re “winning” something in this shutdown (which they’re not), but the polls say otherwise—and this is just the beginning.  The longer this goes on, the more the American people are going to blame Republicans for this ridiculous sideshow they’ve created.

Because that’s exactly what this shutdown has been—a sideshow.  It’s an act of pathetic human beings who want to use our government as some kind of political launchpad for their future campaigns.  They stand absolutely no chance at winning — they know it, President Obama knows it and most of the American people know it.

They simply don’t care.  This shutdown is about them, not us.  It’s about the tea party Republican agenda, not the “voice of the American people.”

If this was about the American people, John Boehner would let the Senate resolution come to a vote, the House would easily pass it and the government would almost instantly reopen.

And the only person really preventing that is John Boehner.  A man so fearful of losing his position as Speaker of the House that he’s put that above his duty to work in the interest of the American people.

This whole shutdown has simply been the perfect example of just how sad and pathetic the Republican party has become.

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  • jag0581

    You have to blame both Republicans and Democrats in this because it the job of Congress to pass a budget and they have both failed to do so. The Democrats have passed a CR (which is borderline unconstitutional) and the House has passed a CR, the problem is both CR’s are completely different, one has funding for Obamacare, the other does not. The Senate doesn’t want to vote on the House one, while the House doesn’t want to vote on the senate one. Now here is where this gets tricky. The Constitution states that all bills pertaining to money has to originate in the House, they have the so called power of the purse granted to it by the Constitution, therefore the senate CR really is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate and not the House. Frankly at this point I think the only thing to do is to vote them all out of office.

    • Alexander Richards

      Excuse me they both pased budges in april/may but Republics block the standard precess of recosilat5 hence requires the CR

      as for the CRs being completing different the Sebate CR is saying yes to all the House CR budgetary demands they are identical, EXCEPT for the house version has law amendments to chance the ACA, like delay the mandate, given employers the right to denigh health care to female employees on ‘moral ground’

    • Robyn Kern

      However, if Bohner would bring it to the floor, and he is the one who asked for the senate to send one to the house, and if he brought it up for a vote it would pass. he refuses to bring it up for a vote as he knows it will pass.

    • Darthfluffy

      The senate CR did originate in the house, it was altered in the senate and sent back for reexamination, and that’s where it stalled, bypassing the constitutionality issue. They removed some things and added others… It doesn’t happen as much these days, but used to be that a bill could go back and forth a number of times through both chambers until compromise was reached.art

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  • Rev. Janell Smith

    The Koch Bros, are trying to buy America and are just as out of touch with the American public thinking as was their Daddy and mommy who tried to force the John Birch society down every body’s throat back in the 60′s. Only the ignorant , greedy and uninformed believe anything they have to say.

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  • Socialmedic

    Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.”
    Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.”
    Jan 2009: “We’re gonna shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.”
    July 2009: “We’ll fight to death every attempt you make to pass healthcare.”
    Dec 2009: “We will destroy you if you even consider passing healthcare.”
    March 2010: “We can’t believe you just passed healthcare.”
    April 2010: “We are going to overturn healthcare.”
    Sept 2010: “We are going to repeal healthcare.”
    Jan 2011: “We are going to destroy healthcare.”
    Feb 2012: “We’re gonna elect a candidate who’ll revoke healthcare NOW.”
    June 2012: “We’ll go to the Supreme Court, and they will overturn healthcare.”
    Aug 2012: “American people’ll never re-elect you-they don’t want healthcare.”
    Oct 2012: “We can’t wait to win the election and explode healthcare.”
    Nov 2012: “We can’t believe you got re-elected & we can’t repeal healthcare.”
    Feb 2013: “We’re still going to vote to obliterate healthcare.”
    June 2013: “We can’t believe the Supreme Court just upheld healthcare.”
    July 2013: “We’re going to vote like 35 more times to erase healthcare.”
    Sept 2013: “We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, repealing, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare.”

    Reminds me of wife beating. If the GOP were your husband (or wife) would you stay?