Magazine October 14, 2013, Issue

A Dialogue on Defunding

Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
Should opponents of Obamacare be willing to shut down the government?

So why are all the Republicans in Washington, D.C., yelling at each other right now?

A bill, called a continuing resolution, has to be enacted for all the operations of government to be funded. Without it, there will be a partial government shutdown. One group of Republicans, led by Senators Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) and including a minority of House Republicans, thinks that Republicans should refuse to pass any such bill unless it takes funding away from Obamacare. They argue that if they hold firm long enough, they will win. Most Republicans say that it won’t

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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Politics & Policy

The Height of the Net

America long ago committed to providing for the basic needs of all its citizens, constructing a so-called safety net of government programs to catch those unable to support themselves. But ...
Politics & Policy

Divestment du Jour

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Roadmap

Back in the late 1980s, I was working at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., while finishing my dissertation. At that time, I attended Harvard’s public-economics seminar, ...
Politics & Policy

The GOP at War

The testy exchange this summer over U.S. counterterrorism practices—involving two leading potential GOP presidential candidates, Kentucky senator Rand Paul and New Jersey governor Chris Christie—is part of a broad and ...
Politics & Policy

Modern Love

It’s hard for new parents not to find themselves regarding childless twentysomethings with a mix of envy and contempt. Compared with the unavoidable reality that is parenthood, their freedom seems ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham to the Senate, and for all they know it could have been a chapter of the Affordable Care Act. ‐ Aaron Alexis, who ...
Athwart

Suffer Little Children

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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Happy Warrior

Whose Islam?

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