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AP: 1995 Gov’t Shutdown ‘Haunts GOP’

From a nostalgic and subtlety threatening Associated Press:

Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talk grows

By Charles Babington, Associated Press Sun Feb 20, 2011

WASHINGTON – Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.

Look how much we suffered after the last government shutdown. All the federal employees were paid for their days off. And, thanks to the limits imposed on Mr. Clinton by the Republicans – what the media called Clinton’s triangulation — the economy boomed. (The GOP even managed to push through a little welfare reform.) And yet the media is trying to pretend it was a national tragedy.

Also, lest we forget, without the government shutdown, Mr. Clinton would have never met Monica Lewinsky. So just who should be haunted by the memory of 1995?

Now, as Congress careens toward a budget impasse, government insiders wonder if another shutdown is imminent — and whether Republicans again would suffer the most blame.

This is probably as far as the AP expects most of its readers to get.

Leaders of both parties say they are determined to avoid a shutdown. But they have not yielded on the amount of spending cuts they will demand or accept. Meanwhile, shutdown talk is rippling through Washington and beyond.

"It’s good for political rhetoric to talk about a government shutdown. But I don’t know anybody that wants that to happen," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Democrats and therefore their media lackeys want a shutdown.

Behind the scenes, Senate officials are spending Congress’ President’s Day recess week poring over the spending proposal passed by the House early Saturday, according to one Democratic leader.

"We are prepared to negotiate right away," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on CNN’s "State of the Union."

Then why has Congress taken off the entire week for Presidents Day? Isn’t this a crisis? Who else, besides hard-working school teachers, have a week off for President’s Day?

The Obama administration is warning that workers who handle Social Security benefits might be furloughed

This even the AP admits further down in the article is an outright lie. It didn’t happen during the 1995 shutdown and it won’t happen should another one happen. But when have Mr. Obama’s lackeys ever passed up an opportunity to fearmonger?

"So much is at stake if this great government shuts down," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. "I would hope that instead of having ultimatums, we go forward with an approach that talks about how we keep government open."

Undoubtedly, Ms. Pelosi said this before getting on her jet to spend the week back in San Francisco. Meanwhile, all these threats of a government shutdown remind us of the old commercial, ‘pay me now or pay me later.’ If the current budget is ‘unsustainable’ than we can either shut the government down now – or it will shut down later because it has run out of money.

Which would be worse, do you think?

The House Republican campaign committee said Democrats are "shouting for a shutdown."

For all the political drama and rhetoric, the actual stakes of a shutdown are not so dire for ordinary Americans. The military would stay active, interstate highways would remain open and government checks would be issued, although new applicants for benefits under programs such as Social Security might have their sign-ups delayed.

In fact, the federal government has had more than a dozen "shutdowns" since 1981. Some lasted only hours, and few are remembered.

But notice how the AP buries this information in the middle of this article.

The exception is the two-stage partial shutdown of 1995 and 1996. Then, as now, a Democratic president clashed over spending priorities with a recently installed Republican House majority. Then, as now, Congress had failed to fund the government for a full fiscal year, so agencies depended on a series of "continuing resolutions" to keep them in businesses while lawmakers feuded.

When Clinton in late 1995 vetoed a Republican-crafted spending bill — he called it insufficient for health care, education and other programs — parts of the government closed for six days.

So, in actuality, Mr. Clinton shut down the government – by vetoing the continuing resolution. Funny how it is never portrayed that way.

After a brief truce, the parties clashed again. Hundreds of thousands of "non-essential" federal workers were furloughed for three weeks, from mid-December to early January. (Some workers eventually received back pay for missed days). National parks, museums, passport offices and other agencies closed.

In reality Mr. Gingrich and the GOP had agreed to a stopgap measure to reopen the government, one without the cuts they sought. But when even that expired in mid-December, the second shutdown ensued. And it too was entirely due to the recalcitrance of Mr. Clinton.

Each party blamed the other. But public opinion soon swung toward Clinton and the Democrats.

Which of course was primarily due to our one party media telling us incessantly that it was the Republicans’ fault.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t help himself by suggesting he had triggered the shutdown out of pique because Clinton had made him ride in the back of Air Force One

Yet another preposterous lie perpetuated by our watchdog media.

Republican lore portrays the 1995-96 shutdown as a political disaster. Lawmakers who lived through it have vowed: Never again.

"There’s absolutely no way" House Republicans will allow a shutdown, said Rep. Jerry Lewis of California, first elected in 1978. "It was a big mistake when Newt did it."

"There’s not going to be one!" echoed Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who heads the House Republicans’ campaign committee…

There will be if the Democrats have their way. And, once again our one party media will try to portray it as all the Republicans’ fault.

But they won’t succeed this time. They’ve lost their monopoly on the ‘news.’ It isn’t 1995 anymore.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: 1995 Gov’t Shutdown ‘Haunts GOP’”

  1. BigOil says:

    Shut it down. Despite the MSM decrying the inhumanity of a federal government shutdown, the majority of Americans will realize their daily life is not impacted at all by sending the federal bureaucrats home. That realization, I believe, is what the liberals actually fear.

    • untrainable says:

      Anyone who looks at Obie’s budget honestly, has to realize that shutting down the government is a much better option than actually adopting that monstrosity. As Paul Ryan said, we would be much better off doing NOTHING AT ALL than passing this budget.

  2. oldpuppydixie says:

    Slick Willie was not hated and feared as Hussein is and a great many Americans will no longer be conned by the State run media. The election has shown Democrats the door and voters will not change their minds now.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Anything that stops them from cranking out more laws we aren’t allowed to be “ignorant” of and likely won’t apply to them is good news to me.

  4. Right of the People says:

    And the lies just keep on a comin’!

  5. Chuckk says:

    When the government was shut down in 1995 I didn’t notice a single change in my daily life.

  6. TerryAnne says:

    savvy insurgents

    Really, AP? Really?

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