The U.S. Government Shutdown: The Cost of Running the ‘Car into the Ditch’

Sara Niles

October 1, 2013

I was raised by an old man whose common sense and acquired wisdom enabled him to cut through the nonsense and simplify every situation with a simply analogy> My great-great uncle was born in 1883 and so has been dead for nearly forty years, but I can hear his voice and imagine what he would have to say about the Democrat versus Republican government shutdown going on right now. My uncle would have said the Republicans are running the car into the ditch, with the car being the U.S. economy and the drivers the Democrats and Republicans; the ditch, of course means the car is not even on the road any longer. I tend to agree with that analogy because it is one thing for two opposing sides to pull against each other to assure a common balance that is representative of the people served; in this case, I don’t think the majority of either group wants the U.S. government to ‘shut down’ and just quit working.

The proverbial car is definitely deep in the ditch.

There has reportedly been over 12 government shutdowns ( ) with the longest (21 days) and costliest one (over $1 billion) occurring during the Clinton administration. The cost of running the car into the ditch….could cost billions of dollars…$$$


One thought on “The U.S. Government Shutdown: The Cost of Running the ‘Car into the Ditch’

  1. How the GOP can (maybe) now win this showdown…

    Okay so all except the most one-eyed conservative has to admit the reality that the GOP will be blamed by voters for the budget / gov’t shut down crisis. But an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The debt ceiling D-Day is just around the corner. In fact it’s so close that it now seems VERY probable that the budget / shut down crisis will not be resolved by mid Oct and THEN an interesting thing may happen – the budget / shut down / Obama-care crisis and the debt ceiling crisis will combine into one ENORMOUS crisis that revolves around both issues.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    It could be a hail-mary / gift from God situation that saves the GOP.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now. The conservative wing of the GOP (I think that may be me) may then get what they really want – the opportunity to force changes to the ACA set-up with the FULL BACKING of the US electorate. Because the political conversation / vicious trench war will be about balancing our national kitty, we can make changes to Obama-care by making the simple argument that the US simply can’t afford the ACA. Because it is a financial reality and not an ideologically based argument, independent voters are much more likely to respond to it.

    With a bit of luck our gleefully anticipated thumping at the polls in the mid-term elections will then remain a Democrat pipe-dream and the ACA will be amended as we’d like.



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