Can you IMAGINE Harry Truman capitulating to this extortion? FDR? LBJ?
The only reason Obama is open to this shit is because he is secretly one of the GOP anyway. That's why he was put in there by the elites.
Although the Republican leadership refused to drop its demand for a delay in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Democratic concession prefigured the way in which the government crisis will be used to shift the entire domestic agenda further to the right, increasing cuts in such basic programs as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
The shutdown will have a punishing impact on millions of workers and poor people. At the same time, the government functions considered essential by the corporate-financial elite will be largely unaffected. The uniformed military, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the agencies involved in US imperialist aggression and subversion abroad and domestic spying and repression at home will be virtually unscathed.
It's increasingly obvious neither party gives a shit about the rest of us.