The shutdown and immigration

Remember how the Republican Party was going to stop being the stupid party and the party of no. It seems the Republican Party has. The government shutdown has now lasted 5 days where they won’t pass a Continuing Resolution that mainly follows their budget numbers, they want more or they’re going to keep the government shut down. Some in the Party are trying to blame this on Obama or the Senate, but others love it:

Yoho has felt little pressure to change his mind, either from inside the Capitol or outside it. His leaders are still weak and uneasy. His constituents — or at least the small slice that bothers to write or call him — are mostly supportive. And his defiance has made him far more powerful than a freshman congressman has any right to expect.

So he’s already planning for a bigger act of defiance.

“You’re seeing the tremor before the tsunami here,” Yoho said. “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling.”

Now, Yoho is ready for a bigger fight. He doesn’t want to raise the debt ceiling — ever again. The experts, and Republican leaders, say that would trigger a financial catastrophe.

But Yoho didn’t listen to them about the shutdown. And look how that turned out.

“I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.

Not paying your bills and playing games with the world economy Is the Tea Party way.

Republicans had a problem with minorities in the last election and they were going to fix that. Hmm, when was the last time they brought up an immigration bill in the House?  Here’s a reminder that immigrants are passionate about a new bill:

She helped lead a contingent of Williams College students to a rally for immigration policy reform orchestrated by the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition. The event, which saw about 750 demonstrators march from Copley Square to Boston Common, was one of more than 100 similar demonstrations nationwide today.

I’m sure they won’t remember that Republicans were the ones blocking it.

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