House Republicans should forget delaying it for a year and send the Senate a bill essentially saying, “Fine, then implement it in its entirety, lock, stock and barrel” and then grin like Cheshire cats when unions and businesses begin to howl.
If Congressional leaders want to shut the government down to stand on principle, they and their staffers should not get paid right along with my friend Bob (not his real name) who is suddenly out of work because of Congressional principles.
Conservative radio commentators are fond of trying to diminish the severity of what happens during a government shutdown by talking about closing national parks being its most serious side effects. Meanwhile, I keep thinking about Bob.
If Congressmen and women want to stand on principle, fine. But they should do so without pay.
My guess is, if they did, it wouldn’t be long until Bob was back at work.