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Shutdown and Buyer's Remorse: Be careful what you wish for

Obama’s antithetical and hostile attitude toward constitutional government

The sun set on Day 1 of the much bemoaned government shutdown with all the equity markets in positive territory and the price of gold down. So much for the “shattered economy” prognosis. Where’s the panic? And even if the markets go south today or tomorrow, this is no more see-sawing than normally expected.

No naval ships were called in to port for docking. The air force inventory wasn’t anchored on the runways. Commercial travelers took flight. Social security checks continued rolling off the presses. The mail was delivered.

A national monument or park might have been closed but as nice as these are to have and enjoy, they simply can’t be said to be essential or, for that fact, necessary to the general health, safety and welfare of the citizenry.

So this begs the question as to whether or not we’re even experiencing a government shutdown at all. A slow down, perhaps. Or a slim down.

To be sure, it’s a shutdown to the thousands of bureaucrats and government contractors directly affected by the White House and Senate induced impasse with Congress. And House Speaker Boehner has a point: Obama owns this shut down.

Obama owns it because he insisted on socializing medicine in his first term instead of putting Americans back to work. He insisted on tending to his hubris rather than the good of the country by railroading Obamacare through the Democratically controlled legislature with no heed or concern to the minority party. It passed by the narrowest of margins. Never before has such sweeping legislation passed in such a manner without remorse.

At least the Clintons got it right with Hillarycare (remember that?). Todd Purdum’s recent piece in Politico recalls the advice given at the time that to pass, to survive, and to be successful, such transformative legislation had to have bipartisan support and had to pass by a 70% margin. They wisely pulled the plug on the initiative. Such was not the case with Obamacare.

So now it’s come home to roost.

As they have done in the past, the House has passed a measure fully funding the government. It’s a CR, a Continuing Resolution, since it’s fruitless to send Harry Reid in the Senate an actual budget, something they haven’t passed in over 4 years. With it the House proposed dropping a job killing tax imposed by Obamacare on medical device manufacturers (unemployment is, after all, at 7.2%) and defunding Obamacare.

Obama and Reid take the position that, hey, there was an election in 2008 and 2012 and they won.  Well, kinda, sorta.  There was also an election held in 2010 after the passage of Obamacare and the electorate gave the House of Representatives to the GOP, so outraged were they about the passage of the socialized medicine initiative.

And while they returned Obama to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2012, they also retained the GOP House. Bear in mind that House Republicans ran a national campaign based on the inequities and dangers of Obamacare in both election cycles.

This geopolitical divide screams for compromise.  But Obama and Reid will do nothing more than phone Speaker Boehner and inform him that there will be no negotiations.

One would have to look far and wide to find a more antithetical and hostile attitude toward constitutional government than that now on display in the Oval Office or the Majority Leader’s office.  They figured it worked when they passed Obamacare so why not now?

This approach to governing, while a good fit for that of the Third Reich or the Kremlin, has no place in America.

So while the thousand of furloughed federal government employees and contractors aren’t able to visit national monuments or parks during their down time, they can thank Obama and Reid for both the time and the closures.

Obama not only owns this economy but this shutdown as well.


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