While you may get an argument on whether U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is an authority on what’s sane or not, the head of the Democratic National Committee said Friday that the GOP needs to “embrace sanity” when it comes to funding the government.
“This is about an internal civil war going on in the Republican Party where clearly the tea party has won,” Wasserman Schultz said in an interview with CNN after the Republican-controlled House passed a continuing resolution that will fund government while defunding Obamacare.
“They are hurdling us toward government shutdown and economic crisis. It is unconscionable, irresponsible and entirely avoidable,” she said. “The ball is firmly in the Republicans’ court. They need to embrace sanity.”
Adhering to rigid ideology in defending the Democratic Party’s disastrous health care law, Wasserman Shultz added: “The Republicans continue to rigidly adhere to dogma and ideology. They are slavishly bowing at the altar of the tea party and that’s what this is about.”
The dirty little secret here is that, while few politicians openly advocate for shutting down government, it’s not the catastrophic, end-of-the-world event that the far left wants Americans to think it is.
In fact, according to The Washington Post, there have been 17 shutdowns since 1977, with the longest in U.S. history lasting 21 days during the infamous budget battles between Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
From the Post:
Six shutdowns occurred between fiscal year 1977 and fiscal year 1980, ranging from eight to 17 full days, according to the report. From fiscal 1981 to 1995, nine shutdowns occurred, lasting no longer than three full days.
In fiscal 1996, the first budget impasse led to a five-day shutdown from Nov. 13-19, 1995. The second shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, stretched 21 days from Dec. 15, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996.