October 9, 2013
Yesterday, President Obama spoke for an hour calm pragmatic and unwavering on his goal to reduce debt ceiling and reopen government to provide the services the nation needs. The countdown on day 9 has the Democrats meeting with the President. There is not end to the governmental sand fight but the government needs to reopen. The news of today is “Obama to meet with House Democrats over government shutdown, debt limit“while the furlough continues effecting millions.
Chicago Tribune reported, President Obama said Tuesday afternoon that he had shown himself “willing to go more than halfway” in talks with Republicans, but House Speaker John A. Boehner flatly ruled out a potential short-term deal to reopen the government Tuesday, saying it would amount to “unconditional surrender.”
Boehner, responding to President Obama’s hourlong news conference, said he remained “disappointed” that Obama refused to consider talks centered on House-passed spending measures that included provisions tied to the healthcare law and that would “provide fairness” to Americans.
President Obama said, “we are being held at ransom.”
The nation is faced with a new reality of political parties needs outweighing national necessity inclusive of race relations, social justice on pensions, children’s services, jobs and small business. The shutdown is symbolic of the growing divide between power and the powerful. The implications are captured in the myopic view of government as service versus government as product.
DAY 9 and counting down to more dominoes.
- Most Republicans don’t want debt ceiling “debacle”: Former Rep. (cbsnews.com)
- US government shutdown: Barack Obama and John Boehner refuse to budge (telegraph.co.uk)
- Obama Invokes ‘Extortion’ and ‘Ransom’…Before Calling for ‘Civility’ and ‘Compromise’ (theblaze.com)
- Howto End the Government Shutdown (trommetter.com)