President Obama on Thursday urged his Republican adversaries to view the end of the government shutdown and debt ceiling battles of recent weeks as new opportunities for bipartisan compromise in the weeks ahead.
Maybe I’m still a bit bitter about this whole government shutdown but if what President Obama was looking for throughout this shutdown was bipartisan compromise, then why did him and his party refuse to compromise? They may have said they were willing but actions speak louder than words and throughout the entirety of the shutdown, all Democrats demanded was a ‘clean bill’ – meaning a bill that fit everything they wanted and nothing the Republican party had expressed an interest in.
“You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular president, then argue for your position,” Mr. Obama said in the 15-minute statement.
I would really appreciate the opportunity to meet President Obama’s speech writer. Who would write such a remark and then write only moments later for the President to chide Republicans for adopting a strategy of ‘brickmanship’ that delayed any type of compromise. Someone in President Obama’s arsenal and President Obama himself were very clearly absent for a majority of the shutdown. The Republican party held true to their needs in the budget, they asked for compromises and were met with roadblocks enforced by President Obama – so, why are they getting chided?
In all honesty, his entire speech gave me the heebie jeebies. From blaming Republicans for the shutdown to saying our party has seriously undermined the United States economy more than anyone else in the last few years is absurd. Really, hello, cash for clunkers? Was that not an epic failure that undermined the economy just a tad? And our national debt? Hasn’t that increased more under President Obama than under previous Presidents? Yes, yes it has.
To me, in sounds like President Obama is living in fantasy land. Too bad we have three more years to put up with that fantasy land. Oi.
- Senate approves bill to reopen government, avoid default on debt (kdvr.com)
- Government shutdown over; House passes bill, raises debt ceiling (al.com)