“Team Obama excels at promoting Obama and attacking Republicans. It isn’t actually good at anything else.” — Daniel Greenfield
“A Hobson’s choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; ‘take it or leave it'” — Wikipedia
This afternoon President Obama gave a brief statement on the government shutdown, said nothing new, and received a warm collective embrace from the press, who made sure not to ask him about the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. (Obama Stumbles Despite Friendly Press)
Obama, holding firm to the position he first took more than a year ago, said at a lengthy news conference that he would not negotiate over the essential act of raising the nation’s debt limit or offer concessions to the Republican-led House to finance and reopen the government. (Lift ‘Threats,’ Obama Insists, Spurning Talks)
The House Republicans’ fourth (and latest) offer asks for only two changes in Obamacare: First, eliminate the subsidy for members of Congress, which has outraged the public. Secondly, delay for a year making insurance mandatory for individuals. Let anyone enroll in Obamacare who wants to. But don’t penalize individuals for being uninsured in 2014 when the president has already postponed the penalty on big companies for not insuring workers. (Obama’s Dangerous Claim to Executive Power)
“The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House. It passed the Senate; the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. … and it is settled.” — Barack Obama
Not so. The health program the president is imposing on us is not the Affordable Care Act. The president has dismembered and mangled it. Gone is the employer mandate, the cap on out of pocket expenses, income verification and over half the deadlines specified in the law. The president delayed or did away with these features without asking Congress. Illegally. Then, he added 1, 472 waivers and connived a subsidy for members of Congress that no one else in American earning $174,000 a year could get. The Supreme Court has ruled twice that presidents cannot delay, amend and repeal parts of laws.
The question is whether or not President Obama will interpret Section 4 of the 14th amendment as meaning he can step in and raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. Will Obama go this route? According to ABC News, he has not ruled out the idea. Much depends on whether or not Obama thinks he can deal authoritatively via other executive decisions to subdue the civil unrest that would result if he eviscerates congressional authority over the federal budget. (Will Obama Cross the Debt Ceiling Rubicon?)
Obama, who had bent over backward to negotiate with Russia and Iran, refused to negotiate with the Republicans, and began a policy of punitively closing open air memorials to veterans, evicting people from private cottages on federal lands and even attempting to barricade the ocean.
… The Obama myth is that he is a reasonable man being blocked by unreasonable Republicans at every turn. There are plenty of things wrong with that myth, but the biggest one is that Obama isn’t being handicapped by Republican obstructionism. He seeks out and cultivates Republican opposition.
Radicals need enemies to give them meaning and to keep the troops rallied behind their latest disaster. No matter how many “Cukes, Not Nukes” bumper stickers they may paste on their Subaru bumpers; they are “Guns not Butter” types who invest all their energies into war … The left runs on conflict. It excels at propaganda because that is a vehicle for conflict. You can ask it to organize a committee to denounce American foreign policy, but don’t ask it to change a tire or bring in the crops or run a health care system.
… The most important thing about Obama is that he is a community organizer. He has never been anything else. He is not capable of being anything else. (Obama’s Competent Incompetence)
If you wanted to hear words of sweet conciliation, the White House was the wrong place to go this week.
“We’re not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills,” President Obama said Tuesday, sticking to his demand that Congress pass a spending bill and raise the federal debt ceiling without conditions. “I’m not budging.”
Instead, Obama doubled down on his favorite metaphor for Republicans’ demands: the GOP as a band of terrorists. (The Uncompromiser-In-Chief)