The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Shutdown begins as Congress REMAINS DEADLOCKED” (Web-site/URL: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/30/.Ukrrdcq9Y7A.twitter).
“A partial federal government shutdown began Tuesday morning (October 1 2013) as a deadlocked Congress failed to reach an agreement on a short-term funding bill by a 12:01 a.m. ET deadline”.
“As the clock ticked down to midnight, House Republicans announced that they would try to shift decision-making to a bipartisan conference of lawmakers from both chambers, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid immediately rejected that plan. “We WILL NOT go to conference WITH A GUN TO OUR HEADS“. Both parties do this to each other making this the latest/yet another example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“(Speaking) on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning (October 1, 2013)”, Sen. Jeff Flake said: “I CAN’T believe it will go for very long. I HOPE that today (October 1 2013) or tomorrow (October 2 2013) that we can open it back up”. “hope” is essentially an EXPECTATION so we have to wonder: is this a REASONABLE expectation (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI)?
“Referring to his House Republican counterparts, he added that, “I think WE ALL SHARE THE SAME GOAL, certainly to REIN IN SPENDING and NO Republican voted for Obamacare before” obviously/of course. “But it’s no secret that I HAVEN’T agreed with the tactic or the strategy here. I just DON’T think that we should have used this vehicle,” that is, the SHORT-TERM spending bill”, a GOP idea, unless HEALTHCARE REFORM WAS REPEALED.
“Flake also said that for the GOP strategy to succeed the Democrats would need to fear a partial government shutdown, but in fact they WELCOMED it: “The Democrats knew that if there were to be a shutdown, that it would be REPUBLICANS WHO’D TAKE THE BLAME. So you’re THREATENING to do something that the other side ISN’T very fearful of”, which, of course, ISN’T effective.
“Reid said on the Senate floor Monday (September 30, 2013) that Republicans “have LOST THEIR MINDS” by repeatedly voting for “RIDICULOUS policy riders” destined for failure in the Democratically-controlled Senate”.
“Speaking shortly before the first House vote Monday (September 30, 2013), House Speaker John Boehner said the measure to delay the mandate was about “FAIRNESS. I would say to the president: This IS NOT about me (?)” These are the latest ANTICS from Boehner: ALL POLITICIANS are ARROGANT by definition (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “This IS NOT about Republicans here in Congress. It’s about FAIRNESS FOR the American people (?)” Let’s rephrase this: “This IS NOT about Republicans here in Congress”. Instead “This is about” DEMOCRATS. This is yet another/the latest example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“The President spoke by phone Monday (September 30, 2013) to Boehner as well as to other congressional leaders in both chambers, the White House said. His call to Boehner lasted about 10 minutes, an aide said”. “His call to Boehner lasted” longer than any other single call because, as we know, Boehner is EXTREMELY HARD TO PLEASE.
“The call came shortly after the president urged Republicans to pass a “clean” funding bill rather than tying an Obamacare-delaying provision to the legislation and accused GOP leaders of acting to “SAVE FACE after making some IMPOSSIBLE promises to the EXTREME RIGHT wing of their party“, otherwise known as the TEA Party. Let’s also note “save face”, because in some cultures, “(saving) face” is sometimes more important than DOING THE RIGHT THING.
“During a statement at the White House”, Obama said: “ONE FACTION of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government DOESN’T get to shut down the entire government just to re-fight the results of an election“. Unfortunately THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING.
“In an afternoon interview with NPR News, Obama reiterated that any funding measure that involves major changes to Obamacare IS A NON-STARTER“.
Finally, “Asked what he can ‘offer’ towards a compromise – especially once the debate shifts to the debt ceiling – Obama insisted he should not have to negotiate over the issue”. “I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO OFFER ANYTHING”, he told host Steve Inskeep”. “THEY’RE NOT doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of THEIR basic function of government, that’s NOT doing ME a favor”.
The BLAMING & CRITICIZING is well underway and this is only CHAPTER 1 of MSNBC‘s INTERPRETATION of the shutdown (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).