Pretty much the entire mainstream media and the liberals they work for are busy laying the blame for the government shutdown and stalemate over the debt ceiling at the feet of Republicans. According to the liberals, there’s a small radical faction within the GOP determined to bring the country to ruin. And evidently, nobody within the rest of the GOP is man (or woman) enough to stand up to the radicals.
But who are the radicals? Yesterday, Democrats rejected a proposal offered by Republican Senator Susan Collins to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling (e.g., see here). In return, all she wanted was to maintain current spending levels (as set forth in the “seq-uester” that only modestly slows the growth of the central government) for six months, delay the medical device tax imposed by the ACA, and improve income verification for those signing up for a policy under the ACA.
Collin’s proposal was hardly radical, and the Democrats who rejected it are demonstrating the arbitrariness of their own views. Forget about Republicans, the real question is where have all the moderate Democrats gone? To paraphrase the Kingston Trio, it seems they’ve gone to graveyards everyone. Instead of moderation, all we get are headlines such as “Obama and Democrats, united by shutdown, looking for gains beyond it” (e.g., see here).
Yes, Democrats are looking for more: they hope to seriously weaken the opposition. If successful, they will continue to impose their big government agenda upon 315 million Americans. Liberals are committed to unprecedented levels of spending and greater centralization of authority, which will invariably lead to stagnation and decline. And nobody within the Democratic party is man (or woman) enough to stand up against this agenda.