I have documents, incontrovertible proof, that there is a systematic, decades-old project to move the country to One Party Rule. It's been engineered by concentrated wealth and single-minded pursuit of the goal to funnel all public money into private hands under the mantle of "one hand washes the other".
In 2001, at the time Congress passed the Bush tax cuts (estimated cost $1.3 trillion and there was no talk of "pay as you go"), Grover Norquist, he of the "No Tax Increase" loyalty oath, famously crowed, "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."
The plan is not to get rid of all government institutions and civil servants: the EPA, the NLRB (well, maybe that one), the Department of Education (that one, too), the Post Office (that one, too), teachers, firemen, policemen, sanitation workers, transportation workers, infrastructure programs, etc.
The idea is to defund these government institutions and civil servants so that government cannot work effectively; thereby demonstrating that government fails so we should sell off public space/assets to private entities. The Republicans don’t have to shut down government, they just have to starve it to get everyone to agree that it doesn’t function.
The next post will illustrate what lessons the Republicans learned and their resulting tactics.