First the Republicans insisted that they were shutting down the government to save us from Obamacare, which they claim will ruin our wonderful health insurance system. Cough.
Then the Republicans changed their minds, and decided that it wasn’t about Obamacare after all, but instead it is about the deficit (even though Obama has been lowering the deficit, unlike their last president).
So, do the Republicans really care about the deficit? After all, they did pass a bill that will pay all the government workers for not working. Not sure how that is going to save any money.
But my new favorite answer to this question is a request that Republican Congressman Darrell Issa made after he helped force the government shutdown. He requested that his two year old lawsuit that he filed against the Justice department be allowed to proceed despite the shutdown. If you recall, Issa filed the suit over his failed investigation into alleged misdeeds by the Department of Justice in the “Fast and Furious” operation.
The best part is the response from the judge:
There are no exigent circumstances in this case that would justify an order of the Court forcing furloughed attorneys to return to their desks. Moreover, while the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control, that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted the stay motion.
In other words, lift the shutdown or suffer like everyone else — you ain’t exempt from your own misdeeds.