Washington Monument Ploy

Didn’t know the practice had a name; the standard tactic of those who want to raise taxes and fees without taking responsibility for their own wasteful spending.

A quote from the ever-reliable Allahpundit explains it well:

The first, and really only, rule of shutdown theater is that the public must suffer, whether that means threatening to arrest a 95-year-old who fought at Omaha Beach or denying Navy and Air Force fans the simple pleasure of a football game. The public must suffer, because the more the public suffers, the more pressure there’ll be on Congress to turn the lights back on.

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