I realize that January has come and gone (heck, February is almost out the door) and that is the month where I do most of my veridictions (my completely fabricated word for the process of verifying predictions). Be the calendar (and my procrastination) as it may be, but I will still offer up this prediction that I have been holding on to since September of last year.
Near the end of the ninth month of 2013, the U.S. government was on the verge of a self-imposed shutdown.
Before the lights were turned out, Republican Senator Tom Coburn (of Oklahoma) made a prediction concerning how the Grand Old Party would fare if, indeed, the government did shut down.
In no uncertain terms, Senator Coburn said the GOP would “fold like hotcakes” in its quest to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by shutting down the federal government.
So, what happened?
For sixteen days starting on October 1 (aka the start of Fiscal Year 2014), the U.S. federal government did indeed shut down. When it was over and business resumed in Washington, D.C., the ACA was untouched.
At a cost of $24 billion (according to Standard & Poor’s), some in the Republican Party shut down the federal government to defund the ACA and got zero in return.
Senator Coburn’s prediction of folding like pancakes was spot on. Congrats (I think).