Day 3 Shutdown Update: No Compromise On Either Side
Matt | On 03, Oct 2013
Well, nothing came of the meeting because neither side wants to negotiate on a compromise.
House Republicans are digging in their heels on their incongruent argument about why the government should be shut down. They are saying that Obamacare should be delayed by one year in order for them to approve a temporary budget measure (continuing resolution) to fund the government through the middle of November.
That argument makes little sense because Obamacare is not funded by the continuing resolution. It comes from separate taxes and funds to get its operating money. Republicans have essentially picked something that is the law of the land and decided to debate it again at the expense of the American people. Nearly 800,000 people were furloughed this week because of the shutdown. The GOP doesn’t care.
Democrats are warning that Republicans need to do something to get the government back in order. Another fight about raising the debt ceiling is brewing right around the corner on October 17. If that doesn’t happen, then the nation could default on its debts for the first time in history.
This would be like saying you didn’t approve of the trash collection company in your neighborhood, so you decide to stop paying your car note in protest. WTF? Those two items are not connected. And that’s EXACTLY what the House GOP has done.
Frankly, I’m over it. It doesn’t look like any real compromise is going to come this week. Republicans have fanned out in the media to try to “message” their way through this — saying the shutdown isn’t that bad or that they want to fund specific parts of the government only.
NO NO NO!
I’m with the president on this one. Fund the government and put people back to work. They need to realize they have lost this fight on Obamacare and need to move on to governing with real ideas. If they want to negotiate with Democrats, then they must do it with an open government.