October 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the hugely successful GOP shutdown of the US government. And Republicans have every reason to celebrate.
Led by Cuban-Canadian renegade Ted Cruz, the shutdown allowed Republicans to deliver what one expert described as “a sharp kick to Uncle Sam’s balls and every American’s pocketbook.”
This “completely self-inflicted economic catastrophe” cost US taxpayers a staggering $24 billion, which was especially funny because Republicans had only just finished voting on $4-billion-a-year in cuts to Food Stamps having told US taxpayers we were already broke.
For some inexplicable reason, all of the consequences of the GLORIOUS REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN are not being reported 24-7 on Fox News and other media outlets. Some people are even claiming that the GOP-lead shutdown was “no big deal”. So, to make sure you don’t forget on this one year anniversary, here are some of the consequences of the 2013 government shutdown instigated by our great American conservatives:
– Because of the shutdown, National Parks saw 7.88 million fewer visitors in October, 2013, translating to a loss of $414 million.
– Because of the shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control had “reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations, processing of laboratory samples, and maintaining emergency operations.” Which is great, because here in America we never had to worry about the spread deadly infectious diseases, right?
– Because of the shutdown, more than 2 million hardworking Americans’ paychecks were affected, food safety operations ceased, and benefits for veterans, women, infants and children were disrupted.
– But most important of all, the GOP shutdown achieved the larger goal Republicans were seeking: It sent the entire US economy into a tailspin–our GDP shrank 2.1% in the first full quarter following the shutdown!
This timing was important. Voters were just starting to give Obama a tiny bit of credit for the eleven consecutive quarters of economic expansion that preceded the shutdown. Thank God the GOP shut that down!
But clearly, Republicans know there’s more work still to be done. The US economy expanded at a 4.2% pace in the Second Quarter of 2014 and Obama has now created more than 10 million new jobs in the longest period of uninterrupted job growth our nation has ever seen. Clearly, the threat to America posed by Obama getting credit for something is still as dangerous as ever
But Obama getting credit for economic growth isn’t the only threat America faces. There’s also climate change to ignore, immigration reform to postpone, and a vote on raising the minimum wage to avoid. Plus, if Ebola starts spreading, why waste money on the CDC when Rick Perry could solve the problem simply by leading us in a National Day of Prayer?
That’s why Republicans as visionary as Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and, yes, even Mitch McConnell are asking for you to help Republicans retake the Senate this November so they can respond to America’s challenges the best way they know how–by shutting down the government all over again!