Michael Medved: GOP shutdown strategy ‘dishonest’

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SEATTLE — Despite a meeting Wednesday night at the White House with President Obama, House and Senate leaders remain firm in their positions that forced the government shutdown, and so the deadlock continues.

National radio host Michael Medved, a leading GOP conservative based in Seattle, said Thursday his own party has a lot to answer for in tying the repeal of Obamacare to funding the government, something he argues was never going to work.

“The strategy was built on dishonest premise,” Medved said.  “The strategy was basically built on advancing (Republican Sen.) Ted Cruz (of Texas), not on advancing the conservative cause.”

houseMedved disagrees with fellow conservatives who argue that this fight includes standing on principle.

“You’re damaging the principle if you lead honest and sincere people into what’s been called a boxed canyon, into a trap,” he said.

Despite his harsh words for the Republicans strategy, Medved is also critical of Obama, who he says needs to show much more leadership.

“The president has no justification at all to say no negotiations.  I mean, how absurd is that?” he asked.  “It’s unimaginable that Bill Clinton, or George W. Bush, or Ronald Reagan, or Harry Truman, or Jimmy Carter, for that matter, would have said I will not negotiate with the other side until they have already surrendered on the basic points,” Medved said.

Medved believes there is a way out of this, something that allows both sides to get a win that should satisfy increasingly frustrated Americans.  He argues that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, should allow a vote in the House on a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government in exchange for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid allowing a vote to repeal one small part of Obamacare — a tax on medical devices.

Medved says both would pass if leaders allowed them to the floor for consideration.

“That way, it sounds like both guys are letting democracy work,” he said.

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  • guest

    According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress voted 53 times from 1978 to 2013 to change the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling has increased to about $16 trillion from $752 billion. Of these 53 votes, 29 occurred in a Congress run by Democrats, 17 in a split Congress, and seven in a Republican-controlled Congress.

    While large increases that give the U.S. Treasury a healthy amount of borrowing space happen occasionally, small short-term increases are common. In 1990 alone, while Republican George H.W. Bush was in the White House, a Democratic-controlled Congress voted to increase the debt limit seven times.

    Congressional Republicans who want legislative conditions in exchange for a debt-limit increase are following a strategy that has been pursued by both parties the majority of the time. Of the 53 increases in the debt limit, 26 were "clean"—that is, stand-alone, no strings-attached statutes. The remaining debt-limit increases were part of an omnibus package of other legislative bills or a continuing resolution. Other times, the limit was paired with reforms, only some of which were related to the budget.

    Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal – perhaps too painful for the Seattle left of liberals.

  • Voter

    It's painful to realize what a bunch of buffoons the Republican Tea Party has become. Sad- sad! The party of Lincoln has gone way down hill in the last few decades. We trying to work our way of the Bush recession and now the idiot GOP is trying to ruin the economy AGAIN! it's painful to watch adults of the GOP whining on TV like little children.
    There was negotiations and the budget was cut to satisfy the spoiled little GOP whiners, but that wasn't enough for the congressional Tea dummies. You will pay a heavy price in the next several elections you fools.

  • Ralph

    Medved is right and the Republicans are way off the playing field. Better come back to work and get things done before it's too late.