The fear generated by media use of the words “government shutdown” is amazing. The hysteria peddlers using this terminology, and the media that purposely play to it, must know these two words emit such an extreme emotional response. It appears designed to frighten the least informed against the other political party, thus the terminology.
It always involves the House of Representatives, as it alone constitutionally must approve all government spending. This normally happens every October 1st for the upcoming year. No monies are to be spent by the federal government without the consent of the peoples’ representatives. This places the people in charge of taxation. The Senate cannot initiate a tax bill but can adjust any initiated by the House.
In the present instance, calloused filmed admissions of Planned Parenthood personnel extracting body parts of aborted babies to sell, has caused many members of Congress, mostly Republican, to seek the retraction of federal funding for the organization. President Barack Obama and most Democrats want the organization funded despite the films and the President promises to veto any budget that excludes the funding.
His refusal to enact the spending approved by the House of Representatives begins what the hysteria peddlers have called a government shutdown because he refuses to accept what the people’s representatives have agreed to fund, or not fund. If Congress caves to the President, as it has so often done the last seven years, it is a form of blackmail. If they do not, the press that favors the…