Yesterday, the House passed a continuing resolution that would de-fund Obamacare. Today, according to reports on Drudge and elsewhere, Republican leadership is preparing to fold by passing a resolution which will only de-fund the healthcare subsidy for Congressional staffers. Presumably with the support of House Democrats and a few Republicans currying favor with the administration. Really? Why bother with all this theater when you are going to fold anyway – yes, they’ll stop the unpopular subsidy and then quietly give all the staffers raises. The answer is that it is to give the illusion of democratic process – just the illusion, there is only one party and it does what it wants, responding only to the personal interests of the politicians and their clients who pay to play. Especially in this case Speaker Boehner, who is protecting his pay, perks and privileges, no doubt fearfully aware that the last speaker to enforce a serious “shutdown”, Newt Gingrich, was cast out into the wilderness in the aftermath.
In the meantime, we are all treated like Victorian children – seen but not heard.