Blame Obama, Reid, Boehner

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President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader John Boehner are equally responsible for the shutdown of the government. Those three, using politics instead of statesmanship, caused the shutdown of the government and innocent citizens are suffering as a result. Look at the facts.

Obamacare was passed without due diligence, led by a Democratic majority in the Senate. Public opinion at that time was about 50 percent for or against. However, the majority of the public felt that due diligence had not been properly exercised. The U.S. Supreme Court failed to table their review until due diligence had been completed. The Supreme Court has become too political.

To use Obamacare as an argument in closing or not closing the government was wrong. The shutdown should not have happened.

Obama carries more responsibility than either Reid or Boehner for this situation. Once he takes the oath of office, he is constitutionally required to represent all citizens regardless of their party affiliations. Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has failed several times to live up to this responsibility. When he publicly refused to lead a negotiation with both parties to resolve this situation, he again failed the citizens of this great nation. It is time for Obama to resign and go home. He can take Messrs. Reid and Boehner with him.

The last (but by no means the least) contributor to this mess is the 24-hour news media. Through their liberal bias, they have influenced many people in the wrong direction. I urge all citizens to turn off the 24-hour news media and read their local newspapers.

A.C. Forgay

Augusta

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/08/13 - 07:29 am
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You were doing great until "read you local newspaper". LOL
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You were doing great until "read you local newspaper". LOL

deestafford
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deestafford 10/08/13 - 08:12 am
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I agree with the letter writer with the exception of the blame

being share equally.

The Speaker of the House is merely following the Constitution in that all spending bills originate in the House and it gets to decide what is proposed funding for every aspect of the federal government for the upcoming year. It does not have to fund everything that has been funded in the past. So, the Speaker can make funding modification proposals on existing laws/bills/acts and send them to the Senate.

The Senate is supposed to have its committees look at the House proposals and send them to the floor for votes and then the House and the Senate will meet in conference to hammer out differences. The resulting proposed spending will go to the House and the Senate for full votes and if passed goes to the President for signature.

The problem is Harry Reid and the Senate have not passed a budget in five years and he refuses to carry out his Constitutional duty of bring a proposed budget to the floor and conference.

I could continue to show why the Speaker is not to blame equally on this "shutdown". By the way, 83% of the government is still up and running. Obama is just being vindictive and failing to reduce the impact of the "shutdown" on the people as a leader should do, he is taking every effort to inflect as much pain as possible on the American people. This is evident by him requiring the Department of Interior to move all people living and/or owning businesses on leased federal land. This includes an entire town around Lake Mead, NV where by the way the federal government owns more than 80% of the land within the state's borders.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/08/13 - 08:46 am
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The blame
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is on us. We are the morons who put these fools in office.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 10/08/13 - 09:55 am
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deestafford is right, the House is doing its proper part, albeit
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very badly. The administration is indeed making a show of Shutdown Lite, deploying extra manpower to turn 90-year-old men away from the World War II memorial and closing access to a privately-operated park surrounded by federal land, but quite a few items in the budget that could be cut or eliminated are not even being considered by Republicans.

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t3bledsoe 10/08/13 - 10:11 am
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LTE

"It is time for Obama to resign and go home. He can take Messrs. Reid and Boehner with him"

SOOO, that is two Democrats and one Republican you want to get rid of?? YEP, that is real fair!

OJP
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OJP 10/08/13 - 12:41 pm
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@deestafford:

"The problem is Harry Reid and the Senate have not passed a budget in five years and he refuses to carry out his Constitutional duty of bring a proposed budget to the floor and conference."

Absolute bull and you know it. Well, you do now:

"Democrats said they would be willing to go to a conference committee over the budget -- which they have been seeking since May -- but not on the short-term continuing resolution both bodies have been fighting over."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/conference-committee_n_4020206....

"Senate passes budget — first in 4 years"

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/senate-passes-budget-89244.html#ix...

This is unequivocally the House GOP's fault and the American people know it: "Government shutdown: GOP losing ground with public, polls indicate"

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-government-shut...

OJP
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OJP 10/08/13 - 12:44 pm
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@deestafford:

Here's the article listing EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. the Senate Democrats tried to conference with the Republicans - and were blocked each time:

"1. 4/23 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked.

2. 5/6 Senator Reid requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

3. 5/7 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

4. 5/8 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

5. 5/9 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator McConnell blocked.

6. 5/14 Senator Warner asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

7. 5/15 Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator McConnell blocked.

8. 5/16 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

9. 5/21 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Paul blocked.

10. 5/22 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

11. 5/23 Senator McCaskill asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

12. 6/4 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Rubio blocked.

13. 6/12 Senator Kaine asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Lee blocked.

14. 6/19 Senator Murray asked unanimous consent to go to conference, and Senator Toomey blocked.

15. 6/26 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Cruz blocked.

16. 7/11 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

17. 7/17 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Mike Lee blocked.

18. 8/1 Senator Durbin requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Marco Rubio blocked.

19. 10/2 Senator Murray requested unanimous consent to go to conference, Senator Toomey blocked."

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/19-times-democrats-tried-to-nego...

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/08/13 - 02:54 pm
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@OJP @ 1:44----thanks for

@OJP @ 1:44----thanks for this great documentation.

Some people suffer from what I call "blind hatred." They can not see what is true due to their severe hatred of this administration.

On another blog one poster commented that the ACA law was not properly debated in the last election because Mitt Romney was tied to Romneycare and didn't stand a chance. Like it's the Democrats fault that they nominated Mitt Romney to be their standard bearer.

They have no shame.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/09/13 - 05:52 am
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I like how the first
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I like how the first paragraph puts blame on 3 individuals - but the rest of the article blames Obama- even though he is the one that had the backing of the American people in 2 elections with healthcare reform as one of his platforms. AND - he had the supreme court back him up even though Boehner spearheaded 40 FAILED attempts to block / change the reform. Granted, it's not perfect reform but something (versus the GOP's do-nothing plan) is better than nothing.

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KSL 10/09/13 - 07:17 pm
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The same can be said hot the

The same can be said hot the other side. Harry Reid has done plenty of blocking.

And the WH isn't exactly suffering during thius shutdown.

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