‘NOT MY FAULT!’ Obama: Too many Americans blame both parties for shutdownPosted: October 3, 2013
President Barack Obama repeatedly complained on Thursday that the public took a skeptical attitude toward his decision to shutdown the government rather than agree to the GOP’s Obamacare reform proposals.
According to the president, too many Americans believe “both sides are just squabbling” and “neither side is behaving properly.”
“The only thing that’s keeping the government shut down … basic research from starting back up, and farmers and small businesses getting their loans, is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the [2014 budget] bill get a yes or no vote, because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party,” Obama said during a speech given to a construction company.
“That’s what this whole thing is about,” he said, even though Republicans have passed three bills to fund the entire government, and a series of bills to fund individual agencies, such as medical research and park agencies.
Obama and the Democrats in the Senate have shot down all the funding bills, while demanding the GOP give up its popular reforms to the Obamacare program.
Those reforms include ending a job-killing tax on the high-tech companies that made medical devices, ending the special health care subsidies for White House and congressional staff and providing a one-year delay in the requirement that individuals buy insurance regardless of their youth, health and other spending priorities.
However, polls shows little public reaction to Obama’s decision to shut down the government until the the public pressures the GOP to cave into his demands.
That’s a problem for Obama — his strategy was meant to intended to spur fights within the GOP and weaken it prior to the 2014 mid-term elections.
In his speech, Obama again turned up the pressure on the American public, saying the GOP’s policies will cause “falling pensions, and falling home values and rising interest on mortgages and student loans [and] risk putting us back into bad recession.”
But if Boehner allows legislators to vote for or against a 2014 budget bill that doesn’t include the Obamacare changes, it would pass with Republican and Democratic votes, Obama insisted.
“That way, the American people will be clear about who is responsible for a shutdown. … It should be that simple,” he insisted.
Until the Republicans agree to his priorities, the government will remain shut down, barricade will be posted at national parks, federal loans will be bottled up and research will be delayed, Obama threatened.
“We’ve all seen Washington shut down, monuments closed … benefits denied,” he said. “Veterans, seniors, women, they all worry the services that they depend on will be disrupted,” he said.
“Stores and restaurants around here don’t know if they have that many customers,” he said.
But if the GOP gives up its demand for Obamacare reforms, “national parks would open again, benefits and services would resume again,” Obama promised.
Obama tried to place all the blame for the impasse on the GOP.
“They won’t agree to end the shutdown until they get their way,” he declared.
Obama also complained about the public’s attitude toward the pending “debt ceiling fight,” where Republicans are expected to demand spending curbs in exchange for raising the nation’s debt limit above $17 trillion.
The debt was at $11 trillion when Obama was inaugurated in January 2009.
“A lot people end up thinking, ‘I dunno, I don’t think we should raise the debt ceiling, because it sounds like we’re raising our debt,’” Obama complained. ”I want you to think about this. If you go to restaurant, order a meal and eat it … and then you look at the tab an it’s pretty expensive and you decide, ‘I’m not going to pay the bill,’ you’re not saving money. You’re not being frugal. You’re just a deadbeat.”
But Republicans are refusing to pay the bill unless they get something extra, Obama declared.
“Everybody knows [that],” he said. ”It’s written in all the papers. … I’m not just making this up. It’s common knowledge. Every reporter knows it.”
- U.S. government shuts down as Congress can’t agree on spending bill (fox2now.com)
- Political hardball steers U.S. government into shutdown (wtvr.com)
- Boehner: Obama said ‘he will not negotiate’ (upi.com)
- Obama: ‘This Republican Shutdown Did Not Have To Happen’ (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- US federal government shuts down for first time in 17 years (channelnewsasia.com)
- Boehner Keeps Unruly House Republicans United in Shutdown (bloomberg.com)
- Federal Government Officially Shuts Down (fox17online.com)
- Obama slams ‘Republican shutdown’ as health insurance policy rolls out (abc.net.au)
- Senate set to defeat Obamacare delay (reuters.com)
- Obama: Shutdown Forced By Republicans On ‘Ideological Crusade’ Against Obamacare (freshwaddabrooks.com)