End the Government Shutdown: Fight Fire with Fire

In the government shutdown saga, righteous indignation is appropriate. However, it is also futile.  Some people out there think the extortionists in the Republican Party are making sense. To make matters worse, it’s not clear whose side John Boehner is on.

One of the weirdest parts of this drama is the refusal of the Speaker of the House to call a vote. Some say he could pass an emergency spending bill if he would only allow it to come to a vote.  He claims it wouldn’t work.

Recently I asked Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army, Retired, [ref name=”generalhonore.com”]Generalhonore.com[/ref] if there is some way to force a vote on a spending bill. In retrospect, his answer was painfully obvious: fight extortion with extortion.

General Honoré suggested that taxpayers do a walk out. Stop buying cars, TVs, clothing. Buy only essential food. Stay home and read to your kids. Those in charge ought to get the message…after four or five days.

Extreme maybe, but the stakes are high. They now include a default on U.S. debt.  It’s time to call their bluff and teach the Tea Party who’s boss.

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