President Obama was in Missouri today where he delivered a speech about the economy at a Ford Motor Company plant in Liberty, Missouri. In his speech he had harsh criticisms toward the Republican led House of Representatives in regard to their vote taken today for a continuing resolution which would fund the government through December. That bill also contained a provision which would withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act which is scheduled to go online with full implementation Oct. 1, 2013. Harry Reid has announced that the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate and the president has promised to veto it just in case it makes it to his desk intact.
President Obama has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention of negotiating the nation’s debt obligations and compared the tactics used by the Republican Party as the equivalence of extortion. Obama has no intention of setting a precedence where a president or a governing party can be held hostage when a few lawmakers doesn't get their way. Upon news of the vote becoming public, Wall Street immediately reacted with a downward turn that went into the red and remained there until the close of the business day.
President Obama has been reluctant to view the actions of the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party as being personal, but today for the first time he made it clear that the focus is on him and not on the American people.
“Unfortunately right now, the debate going on in Congress is not meeting the test of helping middle class families,” Obama said. “They’re not focused on you. They’re focused on politics. They’re focused on trying to mess with me. They’re not focused on you."
Despite overwhelming objections to the proposed bill voted on today containing language to defund Obamacare, John Boehner went ahead with the toxic vote anyway. The effort by Boehner was to force Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to do what he has been promising since he took the oath of office in January 2013. Cruz was elected overwhelmingly in Texas on a platform to get rid of Obamacare at all cost if elected. If that verbiage is familiar, it’s only because Mitt Romney lost to Obama while promising that same course of action.
Ted Cruz while still popular among the most radical components of his party has been ostracized by the moderate and rational thinking part of his party.
“Ted Cruz is a fraud who will no longer have any influence in the Republican Party.”
The talking points today of the Republican Party as evidenced by the constant refrain of pundits and politicians are as follows:
1) Blame the Democrats for shutting down the government by not defunding Obamacare.
2) Assert that we (The Republican Party) are doing the will of the American people.
3) Assert that Obamacare was passed by some parliamentary trick and rammed down the throats of the American people.
4) Repeat over and over that we (The Republican Party) are protecting the public from a failed and not ready for prime time piece of legislation.
5) Continue to assert that we are a republic and not a democracy.
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, republic sounds like Republican and democracy sounds like Democrat.