The situation in Wisconsin is also another reminder that Newton’s third law of motion — for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction — applies to American politics. When George W. Bush, after winning re-election, tried to partially privatize Social Security in early 2005, he woke up a despondent Democratic base. When Barack Obama, at the height of his popularity, decided to take on health care, the Tea Party and an energized GOP rose to combat it. And now the physics of politics is playing out in Wisconsin, where Democrats and organized labor are resisting new Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights.
I think that’s about right. This could help give Democrats the populist jolt they need. And we’re going to need it for the upcoming battles:
A high-ranking aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Democratic chiefs of staff that a government shutdown “is more likely than not”.
The SSA has put its employees on notice that GOP spending cuts could well lead to furloughs.
“It is important to note that the Commissioner has not decided to effectuate a furlough,” reads a letter from the office of labor-management relations. “However, given the potential of reduced Congressional appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year, the Agency is issuing this notice at this time in the event that a furlough may become necessary.”
I’d say “bring it on” but I don’t want working people getting furloughed and I don’t want the economy getting sabotaged by teatard high-jinks. So I’ll say this instead: say “shutdown” again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say “shutdown” one more goddamn time.