The headlines of the day make it obvious that Democrats pay their bills and Republicans do not pay their bills. Even in the endless Republican wars and military expansions, the Democrats supported raising the debt ceiling. When Republican Reagan used debt to finance the government instead of taxes, the Democrats still supported raising the debt ceiling because it still was the most responsible solution. The country’s interests were always put ahead of political interests.
Today, because Republicans hold the house, the federal government is shut down with only emergency services. Republicans refuse to pay the bills. Under any other circumstances, we would call this blackmail or even treason. All of this is because Republicans want to stop a law that the last presidential election was about. So really Republicans want to stop the will of the US people. And the Republicans are willing to risk the financial health and rating of US in a temper tantrum that will not work. In business, shutting down would mean going out of business. No act of war has done what the Republicans have done.
At the state level, Democrats are again paying bills left over from the Republicans. Originally, the Republican dominated state government balanced budget by borrowing from $2.8 billion in payments to schools. Schools had to get the money on their own credit or go without. Under DFL controlled government, another payment of $636 million has been made, leaving only $238 million left. Democrats pay the bills.
Corporate media willing went along with the phrasing, the “delay” of school payments description. “Delay” like this was normal, like this is something that you could do with your mortgage payment. Corporate media is again shilling for the Republicans. The federal shutdown cause is described as “Politics” when it should be described as “Republicans”. It kind of like our 35W bridge that fell because of “design” flaws instead lack of Republican maintenance. No design can endure against Republicans in office.
The Republican party is good at keeping its debt issues out of the news. Indeed, its own members did not know that in 2012, the GOP was over 2 million in debt and was unable to pay rent on its headquarters. Tony Sutton was in charge of the Minnesota Republican party’s finances from 2005 until 2011. He went on to totally destroy his own finances until he reached bankruptcy. Republicans don’t pay the bills.