It’s pretty clear and was illustrated long ago in his first term. While supposedly ‘negotiating’ the stimulus package in 2009 and after a joint meeting with leaders from both parties:
As the president, he had told Kyl after the Arizonan raised objections to the notion of a tax credit for people who don’t pay income taxes, Obama told Cantor this morning that “on some of these issues we’re just going to have ideological differences.”
The president added, “I won. So I think on that one, I trump you.”
Now Obama has taken the position that he will ‘not negotiate’ on either funding the government (through a continuing resolution) or raising the debt ceiling. He has further stated that any negotiation would be ‘unprecedented’ even though there is all kinds of precedent for negotiating both.
Actually there are few other opportunities for the minority party to be heard. This is especially true with Reid in control of the Senate and able to ‘shelve’ virtually every bill submitted by the House.
Negotiations normally take place after a bill has been widely discussed in both the House and Senate and different versions passed by each branch. Once this happens the bill are subjected to a ‘reconciliation’ committee made up of members from both the House and Senate. This committee then negotiates a bill acceptable to both.
In order for this to happen it is necessary for each branch to pass a bill. When either party fails to pass a proposal there can be no reconciliation and thus no ‘negotiation’.
It is only with such extreme measures as the continuing resolution (required simply because there has been no budget agreement) or raising the debt ceiling that there ‘must’ be a bill approved by each branch. This sets up the reconciliation of the differences and negotiation.
On the continuing resolution we have accomplished the passage of two competing bills. The House passed a bill de-funding Obamacare and the Senate passed a bill that simply eliminated that de-funding. In a normal situation a reconciliation would have been set up and some compromise position would have been reached that was acceptable to both houses and the president.
Instead we have a president that will accept ‘no compromise’, even though he has arbitrarily changed the Affordable Care Act and even though many Democrats recognize the need to make changes or ‘corrections’ to the law.
The stated position resulted in Harry Reid ignoring John Boehner’s call for ‘reconciliation’ and destroyed the procedure for ‘normal’ negotiation.
The government shutdown is clearly the result of the President’s insistence on ‘no negotiation’.
Now that the shutdown is a fact we see this administration using it as a way to inflict maximum pain on the voters.
- Shutting down the WWII Memorial (required erecting barriers since this is a non-restricted access site)
- Erecting barriers that prevent people from accessing privately owned property on government land.
- Preventing our troops from receiving mass, even from voluntary priests.
The Washington Times surveys the administration’s tactics, eliciting a money quote from a frustrated park ranger:
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help. “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
With these tactics being used it seems rather obvious to me that this administration has total disdain for the United States and its citizens. They are only interested in political gain and appear hell bent on destroying the Republican Party as effective counter to their ‘progressive’ agenda.
With this as their ultimate goal do you doubt that they will intentionally default on our public debt if given the opportunity? Even though there is nearly 10 times as much revenue as interest on that debt the administration has the ability and the responsibility to ‘allocate’ those funds. I have no faith that they will actually allocate funds to that interest payment and failure could destroy the value of the dollar.
Would Obama risk destroying our economy in order to effectively destroy the Republican opposition? Given his overall track record, YES I BELIEVE HE WOULD.
He’s done everything he could to destroy our economy.
- Wasted taxpayer money of ‘green’ energy companies.
- Restricted development of oil and gas exploration and extraction on government land.
- Effectively stopped development of the Keystone pipeline.
- Increased electricity costs by adding restrictions to coal.
- Continues to pursue efforts to stop ‘fracking’.
- Continues to pursue increasing taxes on corporations by eliminating exemptions or increasing taxes. (Even though corporations will pass those increased costs to their customers and/or relocate outside of the U.S. to avoid the tax burden)
- Promotes public unions. (Even though it is obvious that public unions and their lucrative retirement plans are a major cause of government debt (local, city and state governments in particular)
- Promote public schools in opposition to ‘charter schools’. (Even though charter schools operate at a lower cost per student and yield better results)
- Promotes raising the minimum wage in the face of extreme youth unemployment which is very likely the cause of increased drug use and gang violence. (This will force even more jobs to other countries as businesses seek lower cost labor)
- Increased ‘cronyism’ with big finance as evidenced by the bailout of these institutions, the Dodd/Frank bill which increases favoritism to big finance, and the actions of the Fed which also favors big finance.
While talking about jobs and rescuing the middle class, this administration has done virtually everything in its power to destroy jobs and the middle class. Unfortunately the voting public has swallowed the ‘hype’ and ignored the ‘fact’.
In spite of these obvious failures of leadership our ‘brilliant’ president refuses to ‘negotiate’. Give me a break!