Chris Cillizza Breaks Down the Government Shutdown
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, the fact remains that as a result of our Congress not being able to reach an agreement, real people are losing real money.
Admittedly, that’s about where the Junkies’ knowledge on the issue meets its gravely end, so they brought on Chris Cillizza – who runs The Fix, the Washington Post’s political blog – to fill in the gaps of what the government shutdown means to you.
One of the many devastating realities of the shutdown, is the many people who must continue to work for free, and will ultimately be paid retroactively, whenever this whole mess gets sorted out.
“What about the people who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and they’ve got bills due in ten days, and they won’t get paid for nineteen?” Jason Bishop asked. “What are they supposed to do?”
“The reality of the situation is, for most people, what happens in politics and what the federal government does doesn’t matter at all,” Cillizza said on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday. “They pay very little attention to it until it affects their lives. And you hit on, that this is why a government shutdown is sort of politically perilous for both parties, because there’s lots of people out there, like you just talked about, who are paycheck-to-paycheck, who can’t say ‘well, I’ll retroactively get paid.’ They need the money now for their mortgage or their car payment or to pay to get on the metro, to go to their whatever it is.”
“And that is why it’s dangerous politically, because people get mad, people get upset,” he continued. “It affects their daily lives. That’s why the stakes of something like this are much higher than a fight over a piece of legislation that doesn’t really, that people don’t really think impacts their lives.”
“What is the ultimate compromise going to be?” Eric Bickel asked.
“Well, you know, I don’t know is the short answer, and I don’t think they know,” Cillizza said. “I think the truth of the matter is that you have this group of Republicans in the House, there’s about 40 or 45 of them, who just believe very strongly, that ObamaCare – the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care law – is bad for the country, not like bad politically, but bad for the country. That it will make the health care system more complicated, that it’s already showing signs that it’s not working, and they believe that the only solution here is to repeal it.”
“Now President Obama is obviously not going to repeal his signature accomplishment of his first term,” he said. “So, there we are. John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, doesn’t have – unless he wants a bunch of Democrats to pass something, which he doesn’t want to do, because remember he’s a Republican, he doesn’t want it passing with Democratic votes, not Republican ones – he doesn’t have enough people if he can’t get those 40 or 45 in line, and there’s no evidence that he can get them in line.”
“So that’s why I think a day or two or three for a shutdown seems unlikely, because the same problem we had yesterday is the problem we have today. Nothing has changed other than today the government is shutdown, yesterday it wasn’t.”
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