When it comes to politics, numbers are always confusing whereas you have to be very careful in determining their source. As for myself, I always doubt them regardless of origin, because both major parties always present biased statistics.
I mention this today because of the impending government shutdown which will surely occur, unless it doesn’t. However, what I hear most often is that regardless of right or wrong, Republicans will be blamed if the shutdown actually happens. And that’s the part I simply don’t understand.
To my knowledge, the Republican leadership’s been crystal clear in its presentation of any kind of governmental disruption which they say will only address the incumbent’s new health care tax, nothing else. They claim this is the best way to make their case on legislation they find onerous, unfair, extremely poor in design and likely unworkable in implementation.
Nonetheless, and despite the Republican's having a valid case, the majority of pundits predict that if a government actually takes place, those same Republican’s will face huge backlash and negative reaction from the public. And that’s where I get confused.
I just looked up some statistics from Rasmussen which shows that as of today, September 30, 2013, “One-out-of-two U.S. voters continues to oppose the national health care law’s requirement that every American have health insurance. Most also still don’t know if their state has a health care exchange even though those exchanges are scheduled to start signing up insurance applicants beginning tomorrow.”
Conversely, “Thirty-six percent (36%) of likely U.S. Voters believe the government should require every American to buy or obtain health insurance, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty percent (50%) disagree and oppose the so-called individual mandate. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.”
And the last time the mandate itself was specifically addressed, back on July 12, 2013, by a two-to-one margin, 56% to 26%, voters want the president to delay implementation of the individual mandate.”
So, if more than half the voting public is against the legislation now, and the problems aren’t even understood yet by millions more, what in the world are Republicans worried about? Because if it takes a shutdown to make their case, more than half the voters are quite likely to understand that.
And especially, since practically everything important still goes on even if a shutdown happens, there’s really not very much to worry about at all.
That’s it for today folks.