I’ve come around to thinking that it, while it may be difficult for Republicans to impeach Obama, there is an excellent chance that they will shut down the government again if they get control of either branch of Congress. Obama’s too squeaky clean to be personally destroyed, but a government shut down could exacerbate economic problems to the point where Republicans have a strong chance in the 2012 presidential election. Donna Shalala points out that a shut-down today could be much more destructive than the one that happened before; economically, shutting down the government during the Bush/Reagan boom of the mid ’90s didn’t do that much damage, but doing so during the Obama recession just might.
The impact of employees out of work, and beneficiaries without checks, will hit the country much harder in the next year than it did under President Clinton. “It would stop all new enrollees into the [Social Security] system,” Shalala said.
“It bounces through: it’s grocery stores, it’s farms,” she said — and the list goes on. “It bounces through when people don’t have money at that scale.”