Obama Blasts Republicans as They Continue to Simply Make Absolutely No Sense

obama-republicansIt’s apparent what President Obama’s strategy is when it comes to a possible government shutdown and, in the next few weeks, a possible first ever default on our credit—-it’s up to Republicans to actually do their jobs, because he’s not going to allow either to be used as political tools for blackmail.

And he’s absolutely right.  I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you consider yourself a part of, President Obama is 100 percent correct on his stance in refusing to negotiate with Republicans.

Why the hell should he?  The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) isn’t a bill—it’s the law.  He shouldn’t have to negotiate the funding of a law simply because Republicans see this as a last-ditch effort to try to get their way.

And he sure as hell shouldn’t allow them to use shutting down the government or defaulting on $17 trillion in debt as mechanisms to try to blackmail the President of the United States into getting something they want.

Obama simply, and directly, called out Republican propaganda by telling it exactly how it is:

“My message to Congress is this: Do not shut down the government.  Do not shut down the economy. Pass a budget on time.”

A simple but clear message to this radical faction of the Republican party which almost seems eager to embrace a government shutdown which would devastate the lives of millions of Americans.

He went on to slam Republicans on their continued use of the debt ceiling vote as another tool in their blackmail scheme:

“I don’t know how I can be more clear about this: Nobody gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States just to extract political concessions.”

What Republicans simply don’t get is this — Obamacare isn’t up for negotiation.  It’s the law.  Period, end of story.

They can continue on with this rhetoric all they want, and they’ll end up being the party the vast majority of Americans blame for any negative events that follow.  It sure won’t be Democrats or President Obama.

But the dumbest part about this whole thing is that none of it will work.  So they shutdown the government for a few weeks — they’ll have to eventually approve funding.  And when they do, guess what?  Obamacare will get its funding.

Refuse to raise our debt ceiling and default on our debt?  Go ahead.  It’ll crash our economy, devastate our financial sector, and after that backlash begins to mount (and they eventually raise the debt ceiling), guess what?  Obamacare will get its funding.

Because in both of these instances it isn’t Congress passing measures the president is refusing to sign — it’s a small block of Republicans in Congress causing all of these problems, and the majority of the American people are at least smart enough to see that much.

Sure, the radical right-wing Republicans absolutely love the thought of “sticking” it to President Obama by shutting down our government or defaulting on out debt—because they’re idiots.  And I don’t say that with a partisan tone, they really are morons.  These are the people that think shutting down our government is some defiant act against tyranny and think our debt ceiling is about new spending (it’s not).

These are also many of the same people that still believe Obamacare requires microchips, has death panels and is a government takeover of the health care industry.

Like I said, they’re idiots.

And these right-wing radicals are the ones the tea party Republicans in Congress are winning over as they threaten to ruin the lives of millions of Americans and sink our economy.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans will put the blame solely on Republican antics.  And at the end of the day, they will have accomplished nothing.  

President Obama is not going to negotiate with Republicans on the funding of Obamacare—period.  Ted Cruz can stand there till he’s blue in the face for all I care — at the end of the day, Obamacare will still be the law of the land and will end up being fully funded.

So if Republicans want to completely break our government and crash our economy, go right ahead.  Because when push comes to shove, the blame from most Americans won’t be put on Democrats or President Obama — it’s going to rest solely with Congressional Republicans and their reckless radical antics.

I just hope Americans remember this next fall.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Cruz’s long speech began at 2:42pm and lasted until noon the next day. The Senate doesn’t usually deliberate during most of those hours anyway. House and Senate committees could have been working on this financial impasse during that time. They weren’t. In fact, the Senate, House and President had something like a year to work on these matters but they didn’t.

    I laud President Obama for opening talks with Iran but he isn’t talking to Republicans. It is becoming obvious that President Obama is savoring political gains to be made if the government shuts down just as some Republicans are. They really have to work together to solve this problem.

    There is no real danger of the government not paying its bills. What bills were not payed during the sequester? Government agencies might have to lay off employees, reduce park hours, cancel some f-35 purchases, etc. but continuing resolutions can pay the bills at hand. Now if Republicans refuse to move forward with a continuing resolution to pay bills at hand, then they would bare the onus of shutting government down.

    • Ace

      Oh really? I suppose a further downgrade of the country’s financial rating, financial market declines, here and abroad and overnight increases in interest rates – just to name a few problems created by defaulting on the country’s debt, are ok with you. WOW!!

    • Suzanne Longo

      Ask former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich how well the last government shutdown worked. Emphases on the word “former.”

    • jdubhub68

      How do you figure “he isn’t talking to Republicans”? How does he negotiate with people who have taken to extortion to get their way, as if their way wasn’t soundly defeated on November 6, 2012? The Republicans aren’t interested in anything the president has to say short of “Yes, you can have you way.” Like a good parent, he is not giving in to the ultimatum set by the petulant child.

      • strayaway

        That’s what he said. I would argue that the President is being equally petulant.

        “I WILL NOT NEGOTIATE over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I don’t know how to be more clear about this: no one gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America just to extract ideological concessions.” -President Obama

        Congress does have a responsibility to pay all bills. However, only Congress can legislate. The President has a veto power he can exercise, of course, but exercising it would shut down parts of the government.As previously mentioned, Congress can pay all bills by reducing some government services and future purchases or by raising taxes again. I doubt the President would sign on to such things either even though they would meet his expressed concern of paying bills already racked up.

      • lilyfur 985

        The Republicans are not “Negotiating” with Obama, they are “demanding” what Obama should do. There is a big difference. I stand with Obama. Do not meet the Republican demands. They are no longer concerned with ACA, now they just have a list of “demands” that must be met, are they will cut the country’s throat.

      • strayaway

        Republican cannot “demand” that President Obama not veto House and Senate passed bills.

  • Pipercat

    Next time my junior Senator decides to engage in this comedy, I’ll make sure to send him a note that says: Break a leg!

  • DrDon

    I hope Obama stands his ground this time. Every other time he has given in to Beaner and the TP people. And of course it will matter if the gov’t shuts down. The GOPers will “bare” the onus, also spelled anus, if they do it. And if they DON’T shut it down I hope Cruz resigns in disgust, like Sarah P did halfway through her term, and decides to just go on the FOX talk shows and start his run for president in 2016. Good luck with that, BTW, Teddy.

  • Pat McGrew

    Responsible congress members should be tried for treason if they follow through with this. Actually the threat is enough for me to believe its treason.

  • Lianne Schneider

    PLEASE PLEASE stop calling it Obamacare!!!!!!!!!! You just validate their insanity by using their perjorative term for the Affordable Care Act. It’s become a red flag word to a whole segment of society too easily brainwashed by these Tea Party nuts!!!!!!! Call it what it is…and then let the President know we stand with him as long as he DOESN’T negotiate with these “morons” who are really advocating treason. Let’s put them on trial as the un-American traitors they are – clearly they don’t understand what democracy and the Constitution is all about.

  • Timothy Tikker

    Actually, they’re not morons: they’re psychopaths.

  • Camille Lynn Csicsery

    They should be arrested, lose thier seat, pending trial for treason, and a special election held for remainder of all their seats. The american people will not be held hostage to thier selfish antics and blackmail strategies. Set and example!

  • Ann B Chapin

    A shutdown means our troops won’t get paid, among others

  • J

    think the republicans are just trying not to let government get any
    larger with how much they are going to provide to the citizens that need
    it right now to get back on their feet…but there has to be a cut off
    point somewhere some people have to slip between the cracks…..this has
    been the truth from the beginning of civilizations….and if Obama can fix that welllllllll then that’s a “True Miracle”……

  • terry

    If a group of citizens tried shutting down the government, they would be arrested for treason and the same should happen to GOP Congressmen if they do the same!