There is nothing going on with the government shutdown. As long as the GOP insists on holding the government and the American people hostage – there really isn’t anything to talk about.
Budget negotiations broke down on Saturday — just days before the nation reaches its borrowing limit — as angry Republicans said that President Obama had rejected their latest offer.
“It’s now up to the Senate Republicans to stand up,” said Representative Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho after House Republicans left a closed-door meeting in the Capitol.
The message from Speaker John A. Boehner had been grim, Republicans said. Representative John Carter of Texas described Mr. Obama as “acting like a royal president.”
“He’s still ‘my way or the highway,’ ” Mr. Carter said.
With House Republicans insisting that they have all but run out of options, and the House not scheduled to meet again until Monday, attention turned to the Senate, where Republicans have spent the past several days trying to gin up Democratic support for a proposal they hope could reopen the government and extend the debt-ceiling through the end of January.
This is very important in my opinion. The republicans are trying to change the way that Washington works. They are added another way to get what they want in spite of losing elections and losing in the Supreme Court. They are hoping that they can get Obama to give them something – a pound of flesh. I just don’t think that Obama can give them anything.
Let’s think about this for a second. If Obama and the Senate Democrats cave then every piece of legislation that the GOP can’t get over turned thru the normal legislative process will be on the chopping block – Medicare and Medicaid can be overturned or defunded. Social Security cut or dissolved. All progressive programs are at risk.
This fight may have started over the Affordable Care Act but now it is much bigger. This fight is about how our government is going to function or not function for the next 10 – 20 years.