January 22, 2022

Obama Shuts Down the Government and Blames Republicans

President Barack Obama ordered a partial shutdown of the federal government shortly after midnight on October 1, 2013. On September 30, 2013, the Republican-majority House of Representatives voted 228-201 to fund the government for two months while delaying the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The Democratic-majority Senate voted 54-46 to reject that deal, just as it had done earlier in the day with a similar measure that would have postponed Obamacare.

obama shutdown 304Earlier, on September 30, President Obama said in a televised address that he would not negotiate over the implementation of the healthcare law. The president stated “one faction, of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government does not get to shut down the entire government just to re-fight the results of an election.” It is interesting that Obama refuses to negotiate with Congress, yet is willing to negotiate with Iran, Russia and Syria. Perhaps, Obama has forgotten or does not care that in our Republic, our Founders incorporated in our Constitution a separation of the three branches powers in order to limit the executive branch from abusing its authority. As president, Barack Obama has the obligation to negotiate with Congress and not to act as a dictator.

For several days, the Obama White House and member of his party in Congress have been blasting Republicans in the House of Representative and the Senate for being reckless. Following Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, Obama’s supporters have been using serious accusations and ridicule against those who are opposed and refuse to fund Obamacare.

Senior White House adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, called Republicans suicide bombers, arsonists, and kidnappers. He stated the following: “What we are not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest… We are not going to do that. It is not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say give me everything inside or I am going to burn it down.” Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called Tea Party members “terrorists” and “anarchists.” Former Vice President Al Gore accused those opposed to Obamacare as “political terrorists.”

The former community organizer from Chicago and now White House “agitator-in-chief” believes firmly that citizens and politicians who oppose his misguided policies are his enemies. As such, his opponents must be demonized constantly for daring to oppose Obama’s radical and collectivist agenda. Obama learned well the teachings of his spiritual leader, Saul Alinsky, as his son proudly stated that President Obama was his father’s greatest disciple.

allinskiAlinsky, the founder of the modern community organizing movement, preached to his radicals and Marxist followers that those who are opposed to them, must be destroyed by using ridicule and character assassination. Alinsky urged his radical disciples to wage constant war against their opponents. He also told them to lie and use deceit, as often as possible, to push their radical agenda. Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals, a book that he dedicated to Lucifer, the following : “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule.” Thus, the White House and Congressional Democrats have used ridicule and incendiary statements, such as the ones employed by Obama’s preacher of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, of the United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Lost in this negative and incendiary rhetoric is the fact that defunding Obamacare by the Republicans in the House of Representatives is the right thing to do, as they are acting on behalf of the majority of Americans, who are opposed this train wreck healthcare law. So when patriotic Americans are called terrorists, arsonists, and kidnappers, this is another indication of the disdain and hatred that President Obama has for conservative and religious individuals and organizations. It is another manifestation of his desire to take us down a road to a tyrannical socialist society.

The failure of the president and the Democratic majority in the Senate to compromise with the Republicans in the House of Representatives has brought the partial shutdown of the federal government for the first time in 17 years. The failure of Congress to agree on a spending bill resulted that 800,000 federal employees are being furlough as of October 1, 2013 and all others will have to work without pay. The military, and services such as Social Security and Medicare, are not affected by the shutdown. National parks and national museums and other nonessential services will be closed.

President Obama talks about how the Republicans have failed to understand the results of his victory in 2008 and that elections have consequences. However, Obama fails to understand that from 2010 to the present, the American people have elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Those that voted for Republicans in the House of Representative want their views represented by their elected leaders. One of their main issues is abolishing Obamacare. They know the law is unworkable, as some Democrats who were in favor and voted for the law, are now also in agreement. It was Democratic Senator Max Baucus who called Obamacare “a train wreck.”

trumka_ap_223The president himself had to postpone the employer mandate for one year since he realized it would have brought massive unemployment. The majority of small businesses and corporations would have had to reduce hours and lay off workers because they could not afford the enormous cost of the health insurance under Obamacare. Shamefully, the White House and Congress exempted their employees, as well as themselves, from Obamacare. The unions that supported Obama do not want Obamacare now, nor do the vast majority of American people.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, stated the following: “The House has made its position clear: keep the government running and ensure basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to shut down the government rather than discuss or even recognize Obamacare’s failures. reid-nuclear-option-one_full_380The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences, and to move forward on important legislation that gets control of spending and strengthen our economy. That is the system the Founders set up for us, and it is what the American people expect us to do.”

Speaker Boehner named the following lawmakers to serve as conferees on the continuing resolution on funding the government:

  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican from Virginia
  • Dave Camp, Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Hal Rogers, Republican from Kentucky and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
  • Paul Ryan, Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Budget Committee, as well as former vice presidential candidate in 2012
  • John Carter, Republican from Texas
  • Ander Crenshaw, Republican from Florida
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen, Republican from New Jersey
  • Tom Graves, Republican from Georgia

The Democratic-controlled Senate has now to respond and negotiate with this committee from the House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner stated “I hope the Senate will accept our offer to go to conference so we can resolve this for the American people.” This was the fourth proposal sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives.

The new plan of House of Representatives calls for the two houses of Congress to appoint lawmakers to sit down and work on a compromise bill that would fund the government. The bill includes a provision that would delay by one year the Obamacare mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, a proposal that the Senate has rejected repeatedly. The measure also includes a provision that eliminate special subsidies paid to Congress and Congressional staff to help purchase health insurance in the newly created exchanges. Boehner explained that “the House has voted to keep the government open, but we also want basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed the new GOP plan and stated that the House Republicans are being dominated by “the Tea Party, the anarchist of this country.”

ted_cruzSenator Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, who had conducted earlier a 21-hour filibuster against Obamacare said, along with other lawmakers, that he would forgo his salary during the shutdown and contribute the money to charity. Senator Cruz said that “elected leaders should not be treated better than the American people, which is precisely why hard-working Americans deserve the same Obamacare exception that President Obama has already granted members of Congress.”

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida, called the government shutdown as nothing less than a “spectacle of failed leadership.” Senator Rubio stated the following: “Across our country, Americans are as disgusted as I am by the latest Washington spectacle of failed leadership. I hear it every day from Americans hurting and wondering whether anyone in Washington even cares about people like them who continue marco rubioworking hard and sacrificing, only to keep falling behind. While Washington debates how to keep the government open, too few are talking about how to keep the American dream alive for the majority of Americans threatened by Washington’s dysfunction and intrusion into our economy and lives. On October 1, Obamacare will begin to take root in Americans’ lives and mark among the most invasive intrusions into our workplaces, health plans, and religious freedoms that we have ever seen. Obamacare hurts everyone but especially the very people who live week-to-week, for whom being moved to part-time and losing work hours can be a devastating hit for their families.”

On the same day that the federal government had a partial government shutdown, the Obamacare new insurance exchanges were started. However, this was not the grand opening that President Barack Obama wanted or envisioned. Americans are being encouraged to shop for, compare and purchase insurance online. The White House employees were also affected by the partial government shutdown and many of them were placed on furlough. So, Obama with an a skeleton crew working in the White House could not be in any mood to celebrate the start of his most signature piece of legislation, the monstrosity law known as Obamacare.