There are so many to choose from, but these four take the cake. In no particular order:
The facts of the "exemption" are these: During the 2010 debate over the ACA, Sen.
Like other big employers, the government customarily covered about 70% to 75% of their premium costs. But there isn't a provision in the ACA for employer contributions to exchange-provided policies, which are designed largely for individuals who don't get coverage through their jobs. Accordingly, the federal Office of Personnel Management issued a special ruling allowing the government to continue its usual share of employee premiums.
Vitter's amendment is directed at the soft-minded people who think there's something unusual or untoward about this. He undoubtedly knows the truth. The measure would impose a significant pay cut on congressional staffers, especially lower-paid workers who will have trouble making up the lost employer contributions from their own pockets. What species of person screws his own employees this way? A "Vitter," apparently.
It's a classic poison pill, and it's the U.S. economy that would get poisoned. It obviously does nothing to incentivize an intransigent minority in Congress to come to grips with economic or political reality, and isn't that exactly where we are now?
In fact, it's a formula for the slow strangulation of economic growth, which is the problem the economy faces already, thanks to the mindlessly destructive
4. The return of starving the seniors. Another idea from the Ryan shop. This proposal would require cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a condition for raising the
What's worse about all these ludicrous ideas isn't their particular stupidity, of course. It's that they evade the point that the Republican Party has long since abandoned its rationale for the shutdown and the threat to the debt limit in the first place -- rolling back Obamacare. That's no longer even on the table. What's happening in Washington right now is an infantile exercise in face-saving. To have to list the four stupidest ideas for ending the shutdown just shows how hopelessly stupid the shutdown is.