Monday, October 7, 2013

(Related update): Who shut down the government?

Related update:  Below is a five-minute video from the Mises Institute disussing how government engages in "doublespeak" as a means of misleading, confusing, and scaring the public as to the effects of the on-going government shutdown.  Pay particularly close attention to the two quotes from George Orwell and note how relevant they are some 67 years later. [ht: The Circle Bastiat]

Original Post:  OLS major hero Thomas Sowell has an absolutely indispensable article at Capitalism Magazine asking, and answering, the question "Who shut down the government?".  To determine the correct response, you have to understand the constitutional process by which the congress provides funding for running the government.  Sowell walks us through this and concludes, incontrovertibly:
"... we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare... The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare...If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.
Thus, the answer is: The Democrats led by Reid and Obama.