1995 Government Shutdown
April 6, 2011 by USA Post
1995 Government Shutdown, (CNN) – For the movement of the Tea Party that helped fuels the Republican electoral success in November, the promise is a promise. So when it became clear last month that House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican conservative hero, was willing to accept cuts in spending much less for the remainder of fiscal year than the Republicans were engaged in electoral campaign of 2010, the reaction of the Tea Party was both swift and decisive.
The threat of an imminent deadline to close the government carries through Friday high political importance: it is not just a question of which party could be accused of stagnation, but how much you can frame the debate on the budget in a way that has public support.
Deep spending cuts are the way to a stronger economy and a stronger government? If the public sides with that view, then the Republicans can come out as winners, whether or not a temporary shutdown occurs.
If the Republican Party search area to gut popular programs like Medicare in order to achieve its goal of smaller government? If the public comes down on this side, then the Democrats can stand to win.
At this point, with only a few days of temporary funding from Congress to the federal government runs out, what is clear is that the public would like to see a compromise and no shutdown. But in a high-risk, with implications for the future form of government, no major party wants to be perceived as a simple bow to the other.
In a new survey, the Pew Research Center found 39 percent of U.S. adults would see the Republicans as more culpable than the Obama administration if a close above 36 percent in late February. 36 percent said that the most blame for the Obama administration, up from 35 percent in February.
In 1995, a confrontation between President Clinton and Republicans led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich brought the federal operations of a partial suspension. At that time, a survey conducted shortly before the close of shows more Americans blame Republicans (46 percent) than the president (27 percent). Clinton easily won reelection in 1996.
The current economic context is different, however. Unemployment is a serious problem on the one hand, and the government’s fiscal outlook is weaker – with forecasts that the annual interest payments on the national debt could fly to and trillion over the next 10 years.
A central question is whether Republicans can play that to their advantage as the confrontation continues.
After a White House meeting with President Obama on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R) said there were good discussion, but no agreement.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the office of Mr. Boehner said, “Republicans strong preference is … pass a bipartisan agreement this week that last year’s disaster solves the budget with actual spending cuts and maintain full government in September. ”
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid have mostly tried to paint themselves as willing to make responsible spending cuts, while tea party the Republicans have a deal hostage to their own whims.
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