Who is most responsible for the government shutdown? Let’s look at the facts. Thomas Sowell has an excellent column on the matter (see full article here).
The facts, according to Sowell are these:
“The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.”
“As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.”
“The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.”
“The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare.”
The White House is not letting this crisis go to waste. They are trying to inflict the most pain by shutting down things that don’t have to be closed. A case is point is noted by Warren Meyer on his Coyote Blog. Meyer’s company runs over 100 US Forest Service campgrounds and day use areas under concession contract. He has received notice that even these facilities will be shut down although they require no federal money to run. As Meyer puts it:
“The US Forest Service, under pressure apparently from the White House, has reversed both its historical precedent as well as its position yesterday and will close over 1000 public parks and campgrounds that are operated by private companies without using one dime of public money.”