It’s a buyer’s market for President Barack Obama. With House and Senate Republicans preparing competing proposals to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the nation’s debt, Obama hasn’t shown any inclination to jump at the first offer. The plan House Republicans presented to the White House on Thursday night wasn’t enticing enough, and there is a sense in Washington that the GOP’s scramble to avoid further political pain from this latest fiscal crisis will give Obama plenty of opportunity to define the terms of a settlement. At this point, White House officials won’t even describe
Not long ago, the conventional wisdom in official Washington held that the so-called sequester spending cuts would be a disaster for the Republican Party. They were expected to rise up in vehement protest once the “cuts” went into effect.
Instead, nobody outside of Washington noticed.
Today, the conventional wisdom suggests that the so-called government shutdown is a big time loser for the GOP. But, once again, few Americans other than federal workers have really noticed any difference.
That’s a big problem for the president. Nothing can be more frightening to liberal politicians than proving how little impact many federal programs have on the day-to-day lives of individual Americans. If nobody notices when they’re missing, it’s hard to argue against trimming the size of government.
Obama claims that it is urgent to come to a solution/agreement on funding the government and expanding the debt ceiling. Yet, he shows no urgency in his actions. He is content to wait until the Republicans give in to everything he wants. The Republicans should start responding to Obama´s tactics by asking "Which is it? Is this a crisis beyond imagining? Or is it something that there are no dangers in the President taking the time to score all the political points he can?"
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Tom Paine, 10/13/2013 8:06:03 AM (No. 9563057)
If the Rinos back down what´s the point of voting for them. Better to let the Democrats win so HOPEFULLY the Republician Party will know where their future is. My suggestion to Voters in Rino districts sit out the 2014 election.
To the rinos. Just go home. To the conservatives. Put dr Carson out front and let him explain in his clear articulate and brilliant way that Obama is not leading us but pushing us over a cliff. To those like McCain. You lost and just keep repeating the same moves. Too easy to defeat you by press releases from the unglued and lying propaganda machine. Can´t you tell how bad things are for the tax payers who elected you ?
This is just cynical liberal spin. It´s worthless. Obama is dumb and the way he behaving is like a petulant, petty little child. It is an indictment of American democracy that he is president. He is not a serious person.
Barry is a low IQ idiot who thinks his pack of voting communist care about this. The fact of the matter is if it didn´t touch them then they don´t think about it. The Republicans end up in the same spot if they hold out or cave. The communist, propaganda media for Barry will still hate and blame them for all of this and it will be a campaign issue in 2014 and 2016. Count on it. The RINOs should just do the honorable thing like Arlen Specter did, change parties.
Not that they care or have any real smarts, but we´d appreciate all the GOPhers to go home. Go home, stand up in front whatever coverage they can get, and announce to the people just what exactly is going on in DC. Explain in layman´s terms all the legislative mumbo. That harry reid is an obstructionist who hasn´t passed any budget in years, that O´Bummer´s economy ( with the senate ) is as bad as Greece, that the unemployment numbers are far worse than what gov. reports, and on and on. Go home to your people and talk to them, not DC insiders. Then we might get some cooperation .
McCain has reached that point in life where he has come to the conclusion that nobody is paying ant attention to him. He´s just acting out the behavioral actions of a spoiled four year old child, throwing himself on the ground and screaming when they don´t get their way.
Retire John, your time has come and gone. You aren´t relevant anymore. You have lost your way. Thank you for your service in the military, but Obama is harmful and destructive to this country. If you want to side with him, then you are him. Take your marbles and go home.
Thank you #7. The USA will NOT default. I am shocked that even "banking experts" have been using this term. The USA is bringing in 250-300 million a month even with the shut down. We can service our debt and pay our bills..so we are not in danger of the phony default. Scare tactics for the dumb masses. SHAME on the hucksters.
No matter what is presented, you know that Obama will turn it down. If that is the case you would be better off if you would put forth a very strongly worded bill demanding everything that we want and not anything that weakens us. Repeal Obamacare, put forth a budget, do not raise debt limit, redo tax code, etc. Tell the president we are tired of playing games and that is our best and final offer.
The house has already passed 3 bills. Pick any one of the 3 and the government goes back to work. Then accept Boehner´s offer of a 6 week extension. Throw out Collins proposal because the House won´t support it even if the Senate could pass it.
The RINO Surrender Monkeys would never do this, but it is time to change tactics. The next offer should have a little less of what 0bama wants, and the next after that, even less. Keep subtracting what the Dims want and adding what the conservatives want.
And when 0bama or Harry Reid wakes up and wants to "accept" the first offer, say: "Sorry, that was rescinded when the next offer was put in place. Time to get serious about the work of the American people"
Even the densest of Republicans should understand that it is silly to expect any offer other than unconditional surrender to be acceptable to the thugs in the White House. Why do they allow the media to go unchallenged with the claim that there will be a default on loan payments if the government does not loan more money? Is there no one to challenge this claim by pointing out to the public the madness of incurring more debt to pay off debt?! There is money available to service the debt! Is this not the root cause of Capital Hill insanity. The grand Pooh Poobahs are hooked on reckless spending and self-aggrandizement. They need to get off their high horses and start to deal with the realities. Put an end to this abuse of the tax payers! They are small people in big jobs and this requires a sense of humility from the president and his cohorts. They need to drop their ideological pursuit of virulent abuse of the good people of America.
The House needs to make a frontal attack by speaking the truth about the degenerates in power. Courage is a cornerstone of American heritage. Let us see some of it now! Besides, it should not take a lot of courage to defend against the assault on the foundation of the civil society. Start the debate now!
Enough of this. No more deals. No more extensions that come due just before the holidays. Only raise the debt ceiling through January 10, 2014 - after the holidays and before the primaries. No more CRs: pass a budget.
If the Dems stay stubborn, then meet them at the polls. We know how to get a mule´s attention.
On Friday Mark Levin was angry at the GOP for sending in Susan Collins to do the negotiations expecting a total cave in. I read in headlines today that Obama rejects this cave in because it wasn´t total and complete enough for him. I guess the only way out is for the GOP to make reparations to the one for causing his majesty such distress by not agreeing to his demands faster and give him another 2 trillion per year to squander forever on his constituents.
Seems to me that the man in the "Spite House" wants what he wants and he will negotiate with anyone who will cave and give him his way. Not very grown up and certainly not very Presidential of the current occupant.
What our esteemed leaders in the GOP fail to understand is that Obama is on a mission to destroy the Republican Party. He is holding out for one thing-complete and humiliating surrender by Boehner and McConnell. Then let the gloating begin. If the Republican establishment want to eat crow prepared by this unAmerican Marxist, have at it. It is your choice. Show some courage and honor! This country deserves better than the leaders we have.
#7~ there is minimal risk that the USA is going to default on anything. We have trillions of dollars in assets to be attached first ~ imagine putting one of our 11 carrier fleets on the block ~ think of the bids ~ China "$1 trillion", India "2 trillion", Germany, "5 trillion"
Seriously ~ but not likely to happen because, lo and behold, we have other resources of even greater value, even if less fungible (you can stick a carrier fleet into any oceanic basin and get an effect)
However, the argument for ´don´t fear a default´ is also the same argument that comes out in "raise the debt limit next year".
The Democrats would use it to justify future spending on more stuff.
In calif the Mexican tong decided to have a day without Mexicans, (read:illegal aliens). So they stayed home. It has been 4 year or so. and people still recall ti. It was the best time in Calif´s life. No traffic. fwys empty. the Raza group realized they made a mistake. Never did it again. Same here, entire departments, ones with a Cabinet Secy, are empty. We are 40% over-stocked with people.This prives it And so the topics discussed are everything and anything but that. "look over here".
#14, your idea is a good one, the GOPers speaking to their constituents.
The only problem I see is that their constituents are the people sensible enough not to have elected a democrat in the first place--so, in some ways, the GOPers will be preaching to the choir. But anything is better than what´s going on in Washington now.
we know all democrats are communist driven to control the lives of all the peasants. Right out of Marx, Lenin, Stalin and a lot of Hitler. German Socialist, Russian Socialist, a monster mess that makes it worse, is the so called opposition. The republican party is infiltrated with stealth communists so there is no effective opposition within the party. All commies must be called out identified and THROWN OUT before America is destroyed, before the propaganda of TV wipes out the truth.
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