It's funny how things change. When the Democrats were in the minority during the Bush presidency, it was fine to obstruct the Republican agenda. The Democrats said it was "patriotic" to oppose the President. When Obama was a senator, he said Bush was "unpatriotic" to have run the national debt to $9 trillion. Democrats would like the public to believe they never questioned funding the government or increasing the nation's debt. Most people have a better memory than that, however.
Now the shoe's on the other foot, and Obama has "closed the government" by refusing to negotiate with the Republicans. He will not delay the Obamacare individual mandate for everyday Joes although he has delayed the employer mandate for all his Wall Street cronies. Now he threatens damage to both the world and national economies through continual refusal to negotiate over raising the national debt.
Presidents don't always get exactly what they want, just as Bush did not always get what he wanted. Obama is trying to "man up" after his pitiful performance in Libya and Syria. He is trying to appear strong when he is weak and the butt of jokes among our allies. His actions threaten economic damage we cannot even predict, just to save the incredibly flawed Obamacare in its current form with no changes.
So it is the President who has more to lose than the Republicans. It is Obama who is leading us to a possible default. If he lets that occur, it will become another blight on his record and in the nation's history. But Obama is gambling our economic well-being because he thinks it's politically wise for his side.
I hope the Republicans do not flinch. They can send him debt increase legislation that includes responsible reductions in spending. Then let him decide if he's strong enough to trash the economy even more than Obamacare has done and will continue to do.
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Here we go again, wanting to blame everything on the president. How do you know that he doesn't want to negotiate? You are only going off what the rich Republicans are saying. They should just get off their high horse and accept the healthcare, only a fool would vote against that.
If you are going to blame someone then blame both. Obama is for the middle class and to help people, that's why he won again and I'm glad. He hasn't done any more damage than what Bush did.
Yes, let me add there are still some that are upset that our president is black also. This is my opinion, everyone that doesn't like it should just accept the fact that he is our president and he isn't going anywhere.
The national polls show that people are more upset with the Republicans than the president and the Democrats. I love my president and wish he could run again. Let's see what you and all the others that don't like it can get up there in the White House and change and make this a better place. That's what I thought, nothing.
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We do have the freedom to express our opinion and a thanks to those past and present who have served and are serving who have protected us to have that freedom.
I am at loss for why there are people who think that we shouldn't blame the Democrats. While it was our own President in his first term that was always blaming a past president for getting us where we are, he never took any responsibility. However, if all the Republicans and Democrats would also take the new healthcare bill just like it is and have to register just like their people they might think twice about the healthcare bill.
Why is is called Obamacare? Could we not have come up with a better name? I as an American citizen feel that our president isn't looking out for the people of the United States of America. He is looking out for himself only and those that matter to him. He hasn't once been straightforward to what really happened in Bengazi, nor has he shown any concern for anything. Instead he has been playing golf, or going on vacation, why would you do that when your country who you are supposed to be leading is in dire straights.
People are hurting, people are suffering, people are broke and can't afford to feed their families. Service men and women who deserve their checks for protecting us their checks are being held up because of this shut down, then when it comes down to it, it may be weeks before they finally see any money. Why did they have to vote on whether or not to offer the back pay for them, there shouldn't have been any question to offer it to them? Yes give it to them, they don't get to take a shut down. Mr. President, you are wrong for not wanting to come to some kind of agreement with both sides in order to get this shut down over and done with, it should have never happened to begin with, yes I am blaming you. I am disappointed in your leadership of this country.
Ms. Wynn, you as an American have every right to your opinion and I am sure you think that the president is doing a good job and for you he might be, for some he isn't and we have that right to express our opinion. No, our president hasn't done a good job, I feel he has failed in leading our country and failed me as an American citizen. He is always so worried about other countries and their leaders when right now because of the current situation our government is in, we are the laughing stock of the leaders of other countries. It is a sad day.
If our leader would take some responsibility and own up to the mistakes that he has made and fix some of them and show some leadership, maybe then we can have a good example to follow for our kids in this country. People don't know how to take responsibility, own up to the mistakes. I will be the first to say I am not perfect I never claimed I was but when I have made a mistake I own up to it.
The job of being president isn't easy I am sure of that, they are always in the spotlight, no one let's them forget when they make a wrong decision, but no one gives them a pat on the back when they do something good. Why can't we just take responsibility for the wrong decision and fix it rather than trying to blame everyone else. That doesn't look good to the other countries either. Instead of playing golf why couldn't he have met with Congress and tried to work out a plan. It is almost like it is being said, well if my rules aren't accepted and we play by them I am going home.
Please, people wake up, show some pride in our great country. Let's get back to the basics of what this country was founded on, quit worrying about stepping on people's toes. If they don't like it do something about it. Quit trying to please everyone, because not everyone is going to be pleased. Life isn't fair, so why should we think it should be, kids need to know about life's disappointments. Our congress should show them that with hard work and listening to one another things can be fixed. Sometimes people hear one another but do you really listen? Mr. President, Democrats, Republicans are you listening to the people? You may be hearing us, but are you really listening? I think not.