American Elephants

Storm and Stress: Obama Rants About Shutdown by The Elephant's Child


During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely I’m exasperated because this is entirely unnecessary.

Oh absolutely. Always kept the rhetoric down. Never a discouraging word.

” In Mr. Obama’s first term, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, it took 542 days before Mr. Obama even deigned to invite John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to the White House. George W, Bush waited 96 hours to have Ted Kennedy and other Democrats to the Oval Office when there was no agenda, but to talk about how they would talk. Bush aides were not empowered to call Democrats “terrorists,” and “hostage takers.””from Andrew Malcolm.

Ed Driscoll notes some other examples of the new civility from the Democratic party:

1. “Unhinged” Arsonists (Wasserman-Schultz)
2. Insane People Who “Have Lost their Minds” (Harry Reid)
3. “People with a Bomb Strapped to their Chest” (aka Terrorists) (Dan Pfeiffer)
4. Blatant Extortionists (Jay Carney)
5. “Legislative Arsonists” (Nancy Pelosi)

President Obama went down to visit a construction company in Maryland to issue more threats about the outcome of the shutdown. Small business loans are apparently the reason for this speech and this trip:

•The SBA gives a billion dollars of loans a month to small businesses — a billion dollars a month goes to small businesses all across the country.  Right now those can’t be processed because there’s nobody there to process them. •Veterans who deserve our support are getting less help .•Hundreds of thousands of dedicated public servants who are worrying about whether they’re going to be able to pay the mortgage or pay the car note. (3 days of staying home, and they’ll get paid for the days they stayed home)

It was a long rant about the ‘reckless’ and ‘irresponsible’ Republicans for whom he has always bent over backwards… And then he came up with this particular insult for Republicans:

Imagine if workers could shut down a manufacturing plant just because they didn’t get what they want. Imagine it. Imagine a movement so selfish that it would sabotage the operations of a venture on which vast numbers of people depend simply to gain leverage for its own agenda. Then imagine that that movement grew in numbers to the point where it could elect its own bought-and-paid-for politicians to do its bidding. Who knows how much havoc it could wreak?

Wait until the Unions find out that the president is opposed to strikes!

The president is particularly infuriated because the Republicans have attempted to delay the roll-out of ObamaCare—highly desirable, and the roll-out so far is sheer chaos. Mr. Obama added:

It’s not as if Republicans haven’t had a chance to debate the health care law.  It passed the House of Representatives.  It passed the Senate.  The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional — you remember all this.  Last November, voters rejected the presidential candidate that ran on a platform to repeal it. So the Affordable Care Act has gone through every single democratic process, all three branches of government.  It’s the law of the land.  It’s here to stay. 

The Republicans did not have a chance to debate the health care law, it was passed with threats and bribes in the back rooms with no Republican input and not one single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate. But Mr. Obama misunderstands. No Congress is bound by the actions of a previous Congress. Any subsequent Congress can repeal the law completely. The more waivers and favors get embedded in the law, the more foul-ups, the easier it will be to repeal it.


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