Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a nice round-up of material from the web about the cause of the looming government shutdown. As you may have heard by now, one of the sticking points in the debate is federal funding for Planned Parenthoodâ€”the largest abortion provider in the United States.
As far as the national deficit is concerned, the funding is a drop in the bucket. Nevertheless, Republicans want the funds eliminated, and Democrats are trying to protect them. The Tea Party is ambivalentâ€”some of them just wishing for Republicans to quit their obsession with irrelevant “social issues.”
I think it’s very unlikely that Planned Parenthood would be defunded this go round. The Democrats have the Senate, and neither they nor the President can afford politically to budge one inch on this. They will fight this to shutdown and beyond. I expect the Republicans to blink on this point. I hope I’m wrong.