8 Stupid Things the GOP Said About the Government Shutdown

The government shutdown is lingering on, and Republicans are refusing to budge. For most of the Tea Party members of the House, it’s still defund Obamacare or bust.

Although some members of the GOP are trying to be reasonable, admitting that the political theater is hurting real people and maybe their party needs to consider a compromise, it’s clear that the most extreme faction of the GOP is still running the show…and hogging the camera.

Lots of media appearances means lots of opportunities to say really unbelievable things. Here are just 8 stupid statements they’ve managed to make so far:

1. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was on the “government shutdowns are great” bandwagon before the shutdown was officially even on, telling reporters:

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”

2. North Carolina Rep. Renee Elmers has no problem cutting off other government employees’ pay, but she won’t go without it herself.

“The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line.”

3. Indiana Rep. Todd Rotika has been battling with the media, at least when he’s not belittling them as professionals. He told one female reporter who asked him to justify his opposition to Obamacare, “Carol, you’re beautiful but you have to be honest as well.”

4. Texas Senator Ted Cruz says the shutdown could lead to a terrorist attack.

“If, God forbid, we see an attack on the United States because the intelligence community was not adequately funded, every member of the committee would be horrified. So I hope issues of partisan politics can be set aside and we can all come together and pass, right now by the end of the day, a continuing resolution to fully fund the Department of Defense and intelligence community.”

5. Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman isn’t even entirely sure if the GOP has an endgame anymore.

“We’re not going to be disrespected… We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

6. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who claimed that the government was putting extra effort to close off the World War II Memorial, said:

“Some idiot in the government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades, to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument, because they’re trying to play a charade. They’re doing it because they just aren’t serious about this… They like the shutdown.”

7. Texas Rep. Steve Stockman headed into the shutdown claiming that it would be good for Republicans and that the last government shutdown was good for the party, too. Now, he responded to the lack of passage of a bill that would fund only veterans’ benefits as a “curb stomping.”

“Democrats are voting to kill clean, no-strings-attached funding for veterans care because Obama told them to. That’s sick,” he said in one message on Twitter, followed later by “Democrats just curb-stomped veterans. Because Obama told them to.”

8. Finally, in what can only be seen as the height of chutzpa, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor has sent out a memo saying that the shutdown is entirely the fault of a Democratic administration that for some crazy reason just won’t compromise.

“This shutdown is a result of President Obama and Majority Leader Reid refusing to reach across the aisle in a divided government, a problem that has sadly been a hallmark of this Administration.”

And to think, this shut down has only just started. Even better, soon we will have a debt ceiling limit to battle over, as well.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

it sucks for everyone

Don Swanz
Don Swanz3 years ago

SHEILA H: Ref: Forbes and DAVID. IMO, you'd get much more satisfaction by using the article as toilet paper and response by talking to a wall; which by the way appears to have more common sense than David. Don and I CAN! :-))

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Just how many numbers are there in a percentage? None of the figures add up to 100. I've heard of the new math but that's ridiculous.

Don Swanz
Don Swanz3 years ago

Hey gang, look who sadly dug his head out from where the sun never shines.

Don't you just live his math. His figures look like something a five (5) YO would write, trying to explain to his mother where in the world all of the cookies from the cookie jar went. Don and I CAN ! :-))

Don Swanz
Don Swanz3 years ago

Ronald Reagan: 'Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit' and that strong and truthful statement is a relevant today as it ever was. Don and I CAN! :-))

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

David F - please read Cletus' 10:04 am Oct 11th post. The "example" you gave is comparing apples to oranges - your "example" was of a law that was overturned by following the Costitutional process of VOTING. What the Repub kooks are trying to do now circumvents the voting process in Congress, because they already tried to get the ACA defunded through votes numerous times and LOST. So now they are going against the Constitution, and against the democratic process. David please respond to those facts.

Again I urge everyone out there to contact their Reps in the House, whether Repub or Dem. The Repubs need to know how upset you are. You need to urge them to sign the discharge petition the Dems will be doing shortly, and to vote yes on a "clean and continuing" resolution to re-open the govt FULLY and to raise the debt ceiling so that the U.S. does not default on our debts. If your rep is a Dem, you need to tell them to stay strong, and NOT to "compromise" on some BS bill that allows partial funding of govt and a 6 week extension on the debt ceiling. Also NO CUTS to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. You have to understand the END GAME here - billionaires want their taxes to be 0 and they want all social programs abolished. Don't kid yourself - SS, Medicare and Medicaid are at great risk here.

Don Swanz
Don Swanz3 years ago

KATE G: If only that were true in real life. Don and I CAN! :-))

Kate G.
Kate G.3 years ago

DAVID, the house of representatives are to serve the constituency, it is not about their opinions, it is about us.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Aw c'mon Mary, you know David won't respond to you because he can't. Typically, like many he hopes problems will go away if ignored, sort of like the plague or poverty or mental illness or gun violence or the rapid decline of the United States. (I refuse to call it America because American consists of dozens of countries who aren't arrogant enough to claim it solely as their own). It is known that if one acknowledges problems the implication is that they must act upon it, thus he refuses to acknowledge. The ways of a heartless coward. If a child was dying of starvation or illness in the street, he would probably selfishly and uncaringly walk around it.