Thursday, October 21, 2021

Opinion: How to shut down the government — the good, the bad and the ugly

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This morning’s news that the far-left wing of the Democratic Party is engaged in a major attempt to shut down the government until funding is restored for the migrant caravan they claim poses a threat to the U.S. might have Democrats concerned. That anxiety won’t exactly help Democrats many of whose fiscally conservative policies are by most measures more in line with what voters really care about.

As Democrats prepare to campaign in advance of midterms where their lawmakers and senators up for reelection are keenly aware of how voters perceive their party, one overriding concern is getting the spending fights right — voters may not even notice that it’s Congress instead of the president’s party responsible for pushing the federal budget and national debt to historically-high levels.

This year’s debate pits the far-left part of the Democratic Party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), against moderate Democrats who, along with Republicans, have just last week rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to include border wall funding in the spending legislation that will fund the government past September 30.

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