John Boehner says he’s ready to not fund the Department of Homeland Security, which apparently runs out of money for salaries, etc., in two weeks. This would mean that about 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 workers would be required to come to work without pay because of their essential job functions such as *law enforcement, border security, Secret Service protection and passenger processing at ports of entry, according to the Associated Press. The remaining 30,000 workers would be furloughed. (*I’m not sure which ‘law enforcement’ that involves).
When I heard the DHS could be cut that deeply, I cringed because I knew the Left would take this to town and they are: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said one certainty is Boehner “will be responsible for shutting down a large part of the government.” A spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called Boehner’s remarks “a sad reflection of the fact that Tea Party continues to hold the gavel.” (Z: I could say something to that one but I’m way too polite. Damn)
And, of course, John McCain agrees with the Left and some other Republicans: “I think it would be terrible,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The American people didn’t give us the majority to have a fight between House and Senate Republicans. They want things done. We cannot cut funding for the Department of Homeland Security.”
SO, some of my friends feel defunding the DHS is probably a good thing…. Others, not so much.
Are you with McCain? Or do you think we need to shut the whole thing down because it’s bloated and too “federal”? And can that be done now, with nobody covering the security they absolutely do provide before states pick it up, and can the individual states afford to take that on, particularly when a lot of the DHS is federal issues?
The bill, which would provide the Department of Homeland Security with necessary operating funds, is contingent on obstructing President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. While a bill has passed the house, Senate Democrats have blocked it several times. THAT IS THE CRUX OF THIS WHOLE MESS.
What do you think should be done? You know VERY WELL that the Left is less concerned about security and more thrilled that they can tell America REPUBLICANS HATE YOU AND DON’T WANT YOU SAFE! ….and they’re rejoicing that Pelosi can say her idiotic stuff, and Schumer can slam Republicans, heck….McCain’s in on it, too (what else is new?)….
If you were Boehner, what would you do?