cutting off Social Security checks, federal law enforcement operations, and the military paychecks...including for active duty soldiers.
What?! So security home and abroad, as well as financial security of our elderly aren't worth supporting? I'd LOVE to hear some reasoning behind that....
I think the "reasoning" employed is the same as we saw when congressional Republicans threatened to default on the national debt during the last Debt Ceiling crisis, or when they decided to let Sequestration stay in effect. They don't believe the consequences exist, and whenever there's coverage about the fact they actually do (higher interest rates on the national debt; shutting down cancer care centers) they simply blame Barack Obama.
As far as why Republican lawmakers are facing so much anger
from their own constituents pushing for the shutdown:
And, as ThinkProgress pointed out, Rep. Aaron Schock responded to a remark by an Illinois constituent that Schock risks “alienating the people who brought you to power in 2010, the conservative voters who caused that landslide are going to react unless you take a strong principled position on this.” Schock said that he thinks Obamacare is “supremely flawed,” but also opposes shutting down the government.
“How many weeks would you go without paying Social Security, and how many weeks would you go without paying the troops?” Schock asked. “And having a young lady walk into my office, whose husband is over in Afghanistan, who can’t pay her mortgage because I’m shutting the government down because I don’t like a health care law? … I’m just suggesting that when you get into a fight, politically, you gotta make sure you’re willing to kill the hostage you got. And I am not convinced yet that that’s a hostage that we should take headed into this fight.”
The voters that man is talking to have been warned for years by their media outlets and their elected representatives -- including him! -- that the Affordable Healthcare Act is going to destroy the economy. Now they really, truly believe it, and they are *terrified* this law is going to turn America into communist Chinese Greekistan unless the Tea Party caucus lines up shoulder-to-shoulder with Rand Paul in a metaphorical firing line.
Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican deputy majority whip, was confronted at a town hall Tuesday for his decision to not support a vote that aimed to shut down the federal government unless ObamaCare is defunded. Cole spoke with constituents for three hours at Moore Public Library in Moore, Oklahoma.Emphasis mine.
“I was a little concerned to find out your were not in support of making the continuing resolution contingent on removing what optional spending you can remove on ObamaCare. I feel very strongly, I think others do,” the constituent questioning Cole said to applause from the audience. “This is not theatrical for me because two weeks today my husband and I paid, in cash, for our son to have major surgery, for our procedure. But you know what? That’s a price I paid for the liberty of my children.”
“Even if you do not believe in your heart, number one, that it will pass, or number two, it’s appropriate. You need to represent us,” the questioner added.
Cole said he “absolutely” wanted to defund ObamaCare, adding he “voted 40 times to repeal it,” but said the consequences of a government shutdown strategy would be disastrous to audible boos.
I don't know what that woman considers "major surgery," but the out-of-pocket cost for an uninsured person to have their appendix removed would average about $33,000.
In her mind, that's a small price to pay for liberty.