With the Obama government shutdown entering day two in the country, some want to know if the president's hands are tied or not, or if he is just refusing to do what he can to end this stalemate in Washington.
On October 1, the First Lady tweeted that her husband's hands were tied to fix this problem, telling Twitter fans of FLOTUS that it was "due to Congress' failure to pass legislation to fund the government" that future updates to their Twitter account would be limited.
The partial shutdown, brought on by the Republican House's refusal to fund Obamacare, might appear to be a partisan issue, but it actually takes two branches of the government to shut down the country in this way. The Senate is controlled by the Democrats, so they can choose to work with the House to reach an agreement that will get the country moving again if they wanted to. But they don't. And the third branch of government--the executive branch--could intervene and try to get both sides to work together too, but Pres. Obama is also refusing to negotiate an agreement that all sides can live with.
Fox News reported on October 2 that Pres. Obama is so unwilling to reach across the aisle with House Republicans in the shutdown situation that he would rather let them clip his wings regarding his Asian trip this week. That seems to be a very drastic measure for the president to resort to just to prove his point he will not negotiate for the sake of himself and the American public, doesn't it?
What would drive House Republicans to continue to try to stop the Affordable Care Act from being funded? Common sense would reveal that their constituents who put them in office want them to fight it, of course. And if they want to be put back into office the next election day then they better keep fighting it, right? So what is driving the president and the Democrat senators in the Senate in refusing to negotiate more on the topic of health care, especially if so many Americans don't like the new law?
Some like Rush Limbaugh say it is because if they don't then the bad decision they made to subsidize the congressional members and staffers with special insurance plans would be changed, stopping those people from getting a better health care deal and price than the taxpayers they are representing. But they shouldn't get a cheaper price and better health care product and options than those they represent, right?
The Hill reported on September 30 that if the president exempted congressional members and their staffs from having to sign up for Obamacare, then the American people should be able to, too. Yet as of Wednesday the government shutdown continues because Pres. Obama and the Senate Democrats refuse to hear the objections of the American people about the Affordable Care Act. And the Republicans know that they have to use their only congressional power in existence to stop its funding, even if it means an Obama government shutdown, to get Obama and others on Capitol Hill to finally listen and make needed changes to the law.
Shouldn't the president be willing to listen to the voice of the people who don't want Obamacare, rather than trying to say it is those people's leaders who are causing the problem? The Republicans merely voice what their constituents are telling them to do. But the president seems unwilling to hear that. And why?
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