As TPM notes, House Republicans are ready to shut down the government not over deficits, which they couldn’t care less about, but rather over Planned Parenthood and EPA. This is to be expected: they are far more interested in catering to their base than trying to help the country.
But what do you do about it? At some point, someone is going to have to give. Well, here’s a formula for the Planned Parenthood impasse, which I think will be used in some form or another in a lot of the issues. The proposed budget should contain this language:
No funds shall be spent for any programs operated by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Then Planned Parenthood creates a subsidiary, with an interlocking directorate, and the government funds programs through that subsidiary. Republicans say that they blocked funding of “Planned Parenthood,” the funding goes through, then the GOP goes to their base and say that they are shocked, shocked, that this could happen. It costs more money because of the additional paperwork, but of course as I said beforehand, Republicans don’t care about that.
It gives the country a few months.