Earlier David posted, GOP Rigs Congress So Majority Can't Rule. Now who's to blame for shutting down the government again? Oh yeah, Republicans are.
Desperation drives people to do very destructive things, as is made very clear here, by Chris Van Hollen's YouTube entry:
Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate's clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee -- all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives.
The vdeo evidence is pretty hard to dispute, isn't it GOP?
Normally, any member of the House can force a vote on legislation which the Senate and House are unable to agree on. Although it is a rarely used mechanism, House Republicans were taking no chances in the days leading up to the shutdown.
Republican leaders were nervous about the possibility that the Senate’s clean spending extension bill would pass the chamber on the strength of Democratic votes — or worse, that it would fail, taking it off the table permanently as a solution.
Destroying the economy and American lives is more important to the GOP than doing what is right for the entire country. They've made it clear that they are so worried about losing their jobs (aka being primaried) that they're willing to force many of us to lose ours.
Hmm, kind of like women being forced to endure unnecessary vaginal probes because their "small," white, male government demands that, too.
Now my buddy @Anomaly100 over at FreakOutNation adds this:
Cue: Democrat and Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter.
She said, “Oh mercy, it just gets deeper and deeper”, after Sessions admitted that he and his House Republican colleagues manipulated the traditional rules of the House by taking away the power to bring the resolution to the floor from any Representative to the US Congress.
When asked about this unprecedented change, Sessions admitted, “That’s right, we took that away.”
Occupy Democrats reports, “At this point, she pointed out several inconvenient truths for Sessions and his Republican conspirators, to which he had absolutely no answer. She ended her shaming with this powerful quote,”I think it is an atrocity to the rules of the house, and I think you’re putting the whole country through this angst and aggravation that we did not need to go through. This one, we could have done without, and I must tell you that I’m more and more angry now that I understand what you have done is take away our ability to really make a motion for that Senate vote.”
Why, here Louise is now! Check this out:
“Despite the fact that all have you have said ad nauseum, that you didn’t want to shut the government down.”
“For people that haven’t see this before, wait until the phone calls come into your office.”
And the response she got, essentially: "Ummm, err, derrr, ummm." Or as I like to call it, Republicanese.