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The GOP Has Been Planning a Govt Shutdown Since 2010

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The GOP Has Been Planning a Govt Shutdown Since 2010
During a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition
convention today, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) explained that as a
recruitment officer for the NRCC, the Republican campaign committee in
charge of electing House Republicans, he picked candidates that would
stand with the caucus in unified campaigns to slash government, starting
with health care.
If Republicans take back the House, Westmoreland said, they would use
their new majority to force a budget battle akin to the fight staged by
former Speaker Newt Gingrich with President Clinton and shut down the
federal government. Westmoreland cautioned that he was fully aware that
such a move would close down hospitals for veterans and shut down
National Parks. But, Westmoreland argued that taking down the government
is worth “the pain” because health reform and government programs are
like a “gangrene” that “need to be cleaned out”:
WESTMORELAND: If we hold the line, if we get those
courageous men and women to be part of our majority. If we say look, the
American people we’re listening to the American people, this is what
we’re going to do. If government shuts down, we want you with
us. We want you with us. We gotta have you because later on you all will
call us and say look I didn’t get my check. Daddy can’t go to the VA.
You know, the National Parks are closed. We need to be sure
that you are with us because let me tell you this, all Americans need to
understand. We need to understand this and I hope you can help share
this analogy with people. Just as when you talk about what is going to
possibly happen, you know I was unfortunate to cut myself with a
chainsaw. I don’t know how many of you have cut yourself with a
chainsaw. Chainsaw is not the cleanest instrument if you’re going to cut
yourself. [...] He said this is going to sting a little bit and it hurt
like crazy. But you know what, if he didn’t clean out that wound, it would have never healed. I would have got gangrene.
I would have died from it. And what has happened with this country, we
have put bandaids on things that need to be cleaned out. It’s going to take some pain for us to do the things that we need to do to right the ship.

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