Is the government making preparations to close on Oct. 1?
Yes. The Obama administration told agencies this week to begin planning for a partial shutdown. A memo issued to agencies said that “prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse.”
Federal managers must review which of their employees would be essential and required to come to work, and which would be nonessential and sent home during a shutdown.
Agencies are notifying their employees to expect some chaos: On Thursday, for example, State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy issued a memo making clear that a lapse in funding to keep the government running could mean “a number of employees may be temporarily furloughed.”
Conservatives and tea party activists insist that Republicans will be rewarded for going to the barricades to stop the health-care law.
And just about every poll shows that, three years after its passage, Obamacare remains unpopular with voters. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, 52 percent said they disapprove of the law; only 42 percent said they support it.
But Americans are even less enchanted with the idea of bringing the government to a halt as a means of blocking Obamacare.
The Republicans’ own numbers show that...