#Shutdown: The Negotiations Begin
Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Congress will meet with Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the partial shutdown of the federal government as well as the approaching federal debt limit.
The meeting – scheduled for Wednesday evening – will be the first face-to-face conversation between Obama and Congressional leaders since the partial shutdown took effect on October 1. Obama extended the invitation after Republicans hammered him for refusing to negotiate.
Where did they get that idea? From Obama – who has repeatedly said he will not negotiate on raising the debt limit – which is set to expire on October 17 – or ongoing funding for Obamacare.
“I will not negotiate over Congress’s responsibility to pay bills its already racked up,” Obama said Tuesday. “I’m not going to allow anybody to drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud just to refight a settled election or extract ideological demands.”
Tough talk … of course given the spinelessness of the guys sitting across the table from him Obama can afford to be uncompromising.
So … are our “leaders” ready to cut a deal? Perhaps this deal?
We’ll see … but you can rest assured anytime a pair of hypocritical, fiscally liberal “Republicans” like House Speaker John Boehner and GOP majority leader Eric Cantor get in a room with Obama and his top Democratic allies (U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi) it’s only a matter of time before our tax dollars and individual liberties get sold down the river.
Hell … we’re amazed “Republicans” have lasted this long (editor’s note: TWSS).
As far as we’re concerned any deal to reopen the portions of government affected by the shutdown (i.e. 25-40 percent of the massive federal behemoth, depending on who you talk to) must be contingent on the complete defunding of Obamacare and the permanent elimination of its insidious tax hikes and oppressive mandates. And any agreement on the debt ceiling must be accompanied by dollar-for-dollar spending cuts (starting with our warmongering and domestic spying complexes).
Can Boehner and Cantor be trusted to hold the line on those two critical points?
Hell no … in fact were it up to them the GOP would have already caved.