Finally, today we get some REAL reporting on what/who caused the government shutdown. And no, it certainly wasn’t in the Bezos, formerly Kaplan, formerly Washington Post, where all we get is Dan “Has No” Balz’s false equivalence bull****! Instead, we have to look to a serious newspaper, the New York Times, for “A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning.” A few key points:
*The blueprint for this mess was developed by a bunch of right-wing groups and individuals shortly after President Obama’s 2nd inauguration. It was “a little-noticed ‘blueprint to defunding Obamacare,’ signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.”
*The letter and its blueprint for a certain government shutdown is available here. It states point blank: “Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare. This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.” That plan, developed in secret, is now being implemented.
*Key players in the effort to stop “Obamacare,” by whatever means necessary, include the right-wing extremist Koch brothers, big backers of Ken Cuccinelli. Also note that Robert Sarvis attended the Koch Summer Fellows program after college and worked for the Koch-funded Mercatus Center. Hmmm.
*Other top Cuccinelli allies are included in the secret plan to stop “Obamacare” by bringing our government to a screeching halt: Alfred Regnery (President of the Paul Revere Project, a far-right-wing group which helps “local ‘patriot’ groups connect and share ideas,” and which stresses that “[w]herever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression”); Brent Bozell (for more on Bozell and his hatemongering, bigotry, etc., see here and here); the hard-core anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List (for more on them, see here); the secretive, far-right “Ending Spending” group; David Bossie of “Citizens United” – yes, THAT “Citizens United!” – which is running anti-McAuliffe ads in the 2013 Virginia governor’s race; etc, etc.
Getting the picture here? And of course, last night, Cuccinelli rallied in Richmond with the architect and immediate instigator of the government shutdown, far-right extremist Ted Cruz of Texas (formerly of Calgary). In sum, Cuccinelli’s close allies, supporters and donors have their fingers all over this shutdown. Yet someone in Cuccinelli’s camp claims that Cuccinelli really/truly/honestly wants the shutdown to end? If you believe that, then you probably also believe the Koch brothers really believe in climate science and that the Tea Party’s really a moderate/sane group of normal American “patriots.” Hahahahaha.