The gridlock in Congress that’s led to a government shutdown boils down to one simple question:
Why won’t House Speaker John Boehner allow an up-or-down vote on a “clean” budget bill?
After all, Republicans comprise a majority of the House. Most of them say they’re not in favor of a shutdown. So why not vote on a measure that would end the shutdown in a snap?
The answer, of course is as simple as the question. If a clean budget bill was put to a vote in the House, it would pass. Almost all Democrats would vote for it, and ...