U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia refused recently to be drawn into the controversy over the federal government shutdown during an appearance at Tufts University. When asked by a student about the controversial shutdown which has seen the stock market drop sharply yesterday, Wednesday, October 2, Scalia replied, "I've got a deal with Congress. They stay out of my business and I stay out of theirs."
A poised Scalia told a reporter who hit him with a sharp question at the event, "I've got lifetime tenure so you can't scare me."
Scalia, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the highest court in the land, said he hadn't lost any employees as a result of the shutdown and wasn't worried about losing any in the future.
While Scalia refused to be drawn into the debate over the shutdown, conservative Tea Party leader Matt Kibbe, who heads up the conservative Freedom Works organization, said he hopes Republicans in the House continue the shutdown until Obamacare is stopped or at least weakened.
President Barack Obama appeared in Washington with a group of people who said they were grateful for the medical treatment they received as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Flanked by the supporters of the healthcare law, Obama said it was wrong for House Republicans to ask him to deny medical coverage for the people standing with him. He once again vowed not to give in to GOP demands he agree to repeal Obamacare.
Current Texas Governor Rick Perry also spoke out on the subject, raising his rhetoric with the words that Obamacare was a "felony." Some sources say the governor of the Lone Star State is preparing for a Presidential run in 2016 as he campaigns for fellow Republicans.
Current Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for Perry's position in 2014 on the Republican side while Democrat Wendy Davis is to make an announcement October 3 as to whether she will seek the state's top job.
Obama met with Congressional leaders late Wednesday in an effort to break the stalemate which has caused the shutdown. Evidently, no progress was made during the 90-minute talks based on comments made by the opposing sides.
House Speaker (R) John Boehner accused Obama of refusing to negotiate. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D) argued the Democrats had compromised a great deal on budget cuts which GOP members wanted, but the Republicans refused to "say yes to yes."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) also claimed it was the House Republicans who would not negotiate.
Obama reiterated his refusal to defunding Obamacare pointing out that millions have already started the sign-up process in the first two days it has been available online.
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