“ The government shutdown took about $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, cutting 0.6 percent off this year's fourth- quarter growth, according to Standard & Poor’s . Even worse, the financial research company expects consumer confidence to continue to be shaken, which could have lasting effects down the road – especially since we will likely play another game of fiscal chicken at the beginning of 2014. And S&P's estimate could be a low-ball: Moody’s Analytics has estimated the costs of the shutdown at closer to $55 billion, about the same as the economic costs of Hurricane Katrina." --- Rolling Stone
Over at USA Today, Tea Party Holds Most Blame For Shutdown by Hank Plante contends:
“It was a small cadre of Republicans who held their own party, the rest of Congress, the White House and the American economy hostage in their failed attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”
“The fact is the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and ratified by the re-election of President Obama — since voters chose not just a candidate but his policies as well.
But then came this fall's blackmail, led by political Jihadists who, in many cases, simply hate government. They aren't far removed from their predecessors who hated Social Security, Medicare, welfare and anything that smacked of "entitlements."
And members of the tea party will continue to be political extortionists as long as the news media and the rest of the public give them equal weight on the sanity scale.”
Arguing Abject defeat only adds fuel to the tea party, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. contends the tea party movement was founded on wanton disregard for reality and it thrives on rejection---
“..hours before a historic default, Congress finally stopped playing chicken with the world’s largest economy and ended the government shutdown.”
“This is what it has come to in tea party America: government of the crisis, by the crisis, for the crisis, government that lurches from emergency to emergency, accomplishing little, resolving less and generally behaving with all the thoughtful reflection of a toddler holding her breath until she gets her way.”
“Note that, even as other Republicans were sounding appropriately chastened, tea party activists were assailing the party for “surrender” and were disavowing regret.”
Right Wing Watch reports:
“Tea Party groups are still reeling from the unsuccessful push by Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies to use a government shutdown to force the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, blaming RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for their failure.
Tea Party Nation emailed its members urging them not to support so-called RINOs, even in the general election.
Tea Party Leadership Fund is urging “true conservatives” to run campaigns against the 87 House Republican “traitors” who backed a deal to end the government shutdown and prevent a default on the debt.”
Republicans Find Themselves Facing New Attack Ad Created By Tea Party (a post on Addictinginfo) concludes:
“The Tea Party has lost. It knows it has lost. So it has resorted to the only tactics it knows, calling anyone who disagrees with them “Traitors.” So begins the new McCarthyism, and it will sink the Republican party.”
Raw Story communicates: “A petition posted online at MoveOn.org is calling for the arrest of prominent House Republicans on sedition charges for their role in engineering a 16-day government shutdown.”
The Petition Statement reads: I call on the Justice Department of the United States of America to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and other decision-making House Republican leaders for the crime of seditious conspiracy against the United States of America.
For more about the petition, go to the MoveOn site. You'll be informed that currently, there are over 55,000 petition signatures.
However, be advised that MoveOn Civic Action notes at the bottom of each petition that the group does not necessarily endorse the contents of petitions posted on the site, which is offered as an open tool to allow anyone to post petitions advocating any point of view that does not violate terms of service.
What is sedition? Per U.S. Penal Code (18 U.S.C. § 2384) ---
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.