Rahm Emanuel, speaking soon after Obama took office in 2009, famously suggested that the Obama administration would not let a serious crisis — the Fall 2008 credit crisis — go to waste.
Republicans would do well to heed that advice, advice which Obama used to his advantage to push through the failed Stimulus and then Obamacare.
Republicans have an opportunity to turn the government “shut-down,” which really is a modest ”scale-back,” into a lesson on how we have more government than we need to provide essential services.
While the fight over Obamacare led us here, and the debt ceiling is approaching, the budget is the battle which is winnable, and the current scale-back may be a road map.
We’ve been here before.