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White House: We Don’t Really Care When the Government Shutdown Ends

October 5, 2013

The Obama administration doesn’t care how long the partial government  shutdown takes place, after all, from their vantage point they believe they are  winning.  However, it’s their hypocrisy that amazes me.  They want to blame  something that they don’t mind taking place on their political opponents.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It  doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because  what matters is the end result.” White House allies, however, say a long  shutdown could make the White House’s position less tenable. Mr. Obama is the  most visible symbol of the U.S. government, they say, and will inevitably share  in the blame as hardships mount and people weary of the infighting. Already, the  shutdown has produced images of inconvenience, lost pay, and disruptions in  wedding and vacation plans. The Republican National Committee has offered to  cover the cost of keeping open the World War II memorial for the next month  after a group of veterans toured the site even though it was closed due to the  shutdown. “To the extent that any blame washes onto the Democrats  and the president, it’s going to be from the sense that this town is just  completely dysfunctional and it’s everybody’s fault,” said Matt  Bennett, senior vice president of Third Way, a center-left think  tank.

Both Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have said that  democrats are only hurting themselves by refusing to negotiate, and I believe  they are correct.

Polls  indicate that the people are placing the blame for the shutdown on Obama and  company more than on the GOP and Democrats know it.

Charles Krauthammer really put things into perspective in an op-ed piece for  the Washington Post:

President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend  Obamacare are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of  Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme  Court. Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a  president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obamacare five times  after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the  employer mandate…The mainstream media have been fairly unanimous in  blaming the government shutdown on the GOP. Accordingly, House Republicans  presented three bills to restore funding to national parks, veterans and the  District of Columbia government. Democrats voted down all three. (For procedural  reasons, the measures required a two-thirds majority.) Senate  Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t even consider these refunding measures. And the  White House has promised a presidential veto. The reason is obvious: to  prolong the pain and thus add to the political advantage gained  from a shutdown blamed on the GOP.

While both sides blame the other, the reality is that only one side has  sought to negotiate and compromise, which honestly even I question.  My thought  has always been that if you believe in your principles, then why compromise  them?  The Democrats and Barack Obama believe in their delusional misguided  principles.  With that said, I would love to see the Obama administration bend  in this matter.

The one thing this does expose though is the White House’s hypocrisy on the  government shutdown issue.  On the one hand they think it’s great for them.  On  the other hand they are more than happy to vilify their political opponents for  it.  Yes, liberalism is a mental disorder, as evidenced by this little  scenario.


Credit To:  Tim Brown / Freedom Outpost


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