Saturday, August 6, 2011

Memory Shutdown

I can't stand it anymore!

Virtually everyone, pundit and pol, left and right, insists on invoking the memory of the "disastrous" results for the GOP of the, brief, government shutdowns that occurred in 1995 and 1996.  Remembering  them is, of course, supposed to scare the GOP and us conservatives into not repeating that same mistake again as we confront this fiscally incontinent Administration and Democrat Party.

The facts, THE FACTS, however, tell a different story.

The party composition of the US Congress in 1995 before the government shutdowns:

Senate:  52 Republicans, 48 Democrats
House:  230 Republicans, 204 Democrats, 1 Independent/Other

The party composition of the US Congress in 1997 after the government shutdowns:

Senate:  55 Republicans, 45 Democrats
House:  226 Republicans, 207 Democrats, 2 Independent/Other

Can we stop the hand-wringing already and at least remember correctly that in the 1996 general election, the GOP lost only 4 seats to the Democrats in the House and actually gained 3 in the Senate?

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