Sep 302013
 

There is a tendency in the American media, whenever something goes wrong with government, to report that both sides are equally to blame. Nope, not this time. The United States government will shut down in about half an hour, and this one falls squarely on the backs of the Republicans.

Q: who’s to blame for government shutdown? A: the Republican party

There is a frustrating tendency in American political reporting to adopt a position of “both sides-ism” – as in, “both sides” are equally to blame for the nation’s chronic political dysfunction. Sometimes, it must be said, this assessment is correct. After all, the US political system was practically designed to breed legislative gridlock.

Not this time, however.

There is one party that is solely to blame for the first government shutdown in 17 years. And it’s the Republican party.

Indeed, the debate happening in Washington right now is not even between Democrats and Republicans. It’s not even about the deficit, or the budget, or government spending priorities. Rather, it is one strictly occurring between Republicans who are trying to find some magic bullet to destroy “Obamacare” – the country’s fiscal health be damned.

In the House of Representatives, bills that would allow the government to continue to operate were amended with provisions defunding or delaying Obamacare. This is, for Democrats, a nonstarter. The reason is obvious: the Affordable Care Act is the president’s signature achievement and he is not going to sign a bill that undoes or even delays it.

Nor should he. Obamacare is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the US supreme court, and it is already going into effect. There is no reason for President Obama to be cowed by such legislative extortion.

Yet, rather than accept the reality of Obamacare, Republicans are using the prospect of a government shutdown and/or a default on the nation’s debt to try to stop it.

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Sep 302013
 

President Obama spoke this afternoon about the Republican/Tea Party shutdown of the federal government that will likely occur at midnight tonight. Here is part of what he had to say. A full video of his statement follows the quote.

“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 refight the results of an election.

“Congress needs to keep our government open, needs to pay our bills on time, and never, ever threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America.

“Time is running out. My hope and expectation is that in the 11th hour once again, that Congress will choose to do the right thing and that the House of Representatives in particular will choose the right thing.

“Unfortunately, right now, House Republicans continue to tie funding of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman’s access to contraception or delaying the Affordable Care Act, all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party.”

Full transcript follows the break.

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Sep 302013
 

Ted Cruz said “jump” and John Boehner asked “how high?”

It is starting to appear more and more likely that the extremists who have taken over the Republican party are going to get the government shutdown they so badly want. And it’s all over a law they do not like. The Affordable Care Act was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and signed by the President of the United States. It is the law of the land. Period. The Republicans can throw all the temper tantrums they want and that fact will not change. Health care is here to stay.

If a government shutdown does occur tonight at midnight, the Republicans are going to get the credit blame they so deeply deserve…

CNN Poll: GOP would bear the brunt of shutdown blame

If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.

And six in 10 questioned in the survey say they want Congress to approve a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown, and if it happens, most people say a shutdown would be a bad thing for the country.

Why the fear?

 Posted by at 10:36  Politics, Republicans
Sep 282013
 

There is an article posted on the Vanity Fair website that you should take the time to read. It will either calm your fears or help you answer a lot of questions and objections from your uninformed or misinformed friends and family. It’s entitled “Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?

Seriously, you need to read this article, whichever side of fence you are currently sitting on.

Weekly Address 09-28-13

 Posted by at 09:40  Politics
Sep 282013
 

“Averting a Government Shutdown and Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama said that on October 1st, a big part of the Affordable Care Act will go live and give uninsured Americans the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care as everyone else. It is also the day when some Republicans in Congress might shut down the government just because they don’t like the law. The President urged Congress to both pass a budget by Monday and raise the nation’s debt ceiling so that we can keep growing the economy. He also said that those without health insurance and those who buy it on the individual market should visit HealthCare.gov to find out how to get covered on Tuesday.

Click below to listen to the audio only:

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Transcript after the break.

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Sep 272013
 

Every Friday at this time it is our pleasure to present you with the best and brightest political and editorial cartoons published during the week just ending. If you click on the first thumbnail a slideshow will commence. The image will change every eight seconds. You may pause, stop or restart the slideshow any time you wish. Enjoy.

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

The President on the ACA

 Posted by at 18:28  Politics
Sep 262013
 

NBC News reports:

President Barack Obama dismissed what he called the “antics” on Capitol Hill over the budget to keep up the sales pitch on his namesake health care law Thursday.

Slamming “irresponsible” congressional Republicans who have threatened to shut down the government or prevent a raise in the debt ceiling if the Affordable Care Act is not defunded, a defiant Obama said the health law won’t be derailed.

“That’s not going to happen as long as I am president,” he said during an appearance at a community college just outside Washington D.C.’s Beltway. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

I’ll admit he was on fire. He spoke for nearly an hour without notes or teleprompter. This is the Barack Obama I remember from the 2008 campaign. Watch and listen for yourself.

Transcript follows the break.

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Sep 262013
 

The local Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate has revealed that Wendy Davis will indeed run for Texas governor next year on the Democratic ticket…

Sources: Wendy Davis Running for Texas Governor

Two people with knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press that Democrat Wendy Davis is running for Texas governor.

Two Democrats spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt her formal announcement scheduled for next week.

The 50-year-old Davis is the state senator who catapulted to national stardom this summer with a nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Texas Capitol that temporarily blocked new statewide abortion restrictions.

Davis campaign spokesman Hector Nieto would not confirm that Davis is running for governor.

No other Texas Democrats have entered the governor’s race. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy this summer and is the early favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry is not seeking re-election after 14 years in office.

Senator Davis will definitely have an uphill battle against Greg Abbott. Abbott is heavily funded and is the Tea Party darling in the race.

UN General Assembly 2013

 Posted by at 17:13  Politics
Sep 242013
 

[The address of this blog has changed to http://esoterically.net. Please tell everyone you know.]

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning. This address is perhaps the most important foreign policy speech of his presidency to date…

Full transcript follows the break.

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Address change

 Posted by at 16:03  Weblogging
Sep 232013
 

The URL for this blog has changed. It used to be esoterically.net/weblog. Now it’s just esoterically.net. We dropped the ‘weblog’.

So, if you have us linked on your site or bookmarked as a favorite, well… first of all thank you very much! Second, please update your link or bookmark.

Thank you. Hasta luego.

Len adds: This blog was updated to Dreamhost’s DreamPress over the weekend. It was a difficult couple of days but I think the transition is complete. Hopefully, we’ll see an improvement in performance. Please let me know if you notice any problems. This service is not cheap so I need to know if it’s really worth it.

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