Obama Blames ‘Ransom’ Demand for ‘Republican Shutdown’

No end in sight to the standoff

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

President Barack Obama placed the blame for the first government shutdown in 17 years squarely on Republican shoulders Tuesday afternoon, as Senate and House leaders continued to trade blame themselves and the political standoff continued with no end in sight.

Obama, speaking at the White House, repeatedly sought to brand it as a “Republican shutdown,” and said the GOP’s efforts to use the shutdown to defund or delay his health care reform law are hurting the economy.

“They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans,” Obama said. “In other words, they demanded a ransom just for doing their jobs.

“We know that the longer this shutdown continues, the worse its effects will be,” Obama added. “More families will be hurt. More businesses will be harmed.”

The White House was preparing for the shutdown to last at least through Thursday, with plans to dispatch the president to a local construction company in Washington that day to highlight the economic toll. Tuesday afternoon, the White House rejected a plan suggested by House Republicans that would fund federal parks, veterans’ programs and the District of Columbia.

“These piecemeal efforts are not serious, and they are no way to run a government,” said White House Spokeswoman Amy Brundage. “If House Republicans are legitimately concerned about the impacts of a shut down — which extend across government from our small businesses to women, children and seniors — they should do their job and pass a clean CR to reopen the government. The President and the Senate have been clear that they won’t accept this kind of game-playing, and if these bills were to come to the President’s desk he would veto them.”

Despite the White House’s veto threat, the House on Tuesday evening voted on but rejected three bills that would have restored limited funding to federal programs.

Hours earlier, the Senate rejected a House motion to form a conference committee to negotiate differences between the two chambers. The vote was 54-46, split on party lines. It was the third time in the last two days that the Senate voted to reject House measures tying government funding to delaying or defunding the health reform law. Obama and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have called Republicans’ demands “extortion.”“We will not go to conference with a gun to our head,” Reid said on the Senate floor late Monday. “We will not go to conference until we get a clean [continuing resolution].”

But Republicans said they are heeding an American public yearning for them to stop an unpopular law. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the GOP whip, said constituents want them to “stay strong” and “stop the runaway train called the federal government.”

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsh Blackburn predicted that dire warnings of economic calamity during a shutdown would prove unfounded.

“People are going to realize they can live with a lot less government,” she said on Fox News.

Most of the federal government shut down early Tuesday morning, when funding for the federal government expired. More than 800,000 federal employees are expected to be furloughed, while many more are required to work without pay.It is still unclear how long this shutdown will last. “I honestly don’t know what the timing on this is,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Monday night.

“I have no idea. I’m just along for the ride,” said House Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-Okla.).

American voters oppose Congress shutting down the federal government to block implementation of Obamacare, 72 percent to 22 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning. Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49-44 percent margin, while opposition rises to 90 percent among Democrats.

But Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) argued that the president and the Democrats will blink first. “When your approval rating is at 9 percent as an institution, we don’t have much further to go down,” Huelskamp said Monday. “The president’s approval ratings are not going to up.”

In a letter to federal employees, the president said of the shutdown, “None of this is fair to you.”

“It should not have happened,” Obama added. “And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.”

Democrats saw political advantage in the shutdown, with the Democratic National Committee saying that Monday, the eve of the shutdown, was its best fundraising day since last November’s election.

Charlotte Alter and Noah Rayman contributed to this article.

146 comments
AnthonyWall
AnthonyWall

We should not believe that they are honest why they are breaking these rules, and/or that they are really that ignorant of the violence played out every time leaders don't follow the rules in these contexts.  Poverty is a reflection of the sabotage of the Constitution, and of American independence and values.

grape_crush
grape_crush

No, the shutdown really doesn't affect anyone. Non-essential services are just that, non-essential. Right?

"At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said."

Enough of this, you shtbag right wingers. Enough.

jsfox
jsfox

And now the House cannot even pass it's own bills.

"House Republicans on Tuesday evening failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to pass a series of three partial government finding bills.

The three bills -- to fund veterans benefits, national parks and the District of Columbia -- were designed to increase pressure on Senate Democrats to resolve the government shutdown by making them take politically uncomfortable votes against funding popular government services."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/house-gop-fails-to-pass-partial-government-funding-bills

ROFLMAO

j45ashton
j45ashton

Basically what the GOP is doing in sending over these mini-CRs is seeing how this is playing with the public.  It comes down to a simple question.  They're testing...is this fooling the public?  This is like an extension of Frank Luntz style politics.  Like call the estate tax the death tax or call global warming climate change.  Just a sucker's game but there are plenty of suckers.  So in this case, the GOP will say...hey, we're good guys.  We want to fund this, we want to fund that.  In essence, given their way, they'd wind up funding everything except...Obamacare.  And what the president is saying to them is F-U.  Which is exactly the right response.  So the GOP is waiting to see...is the public suckered in or not.  Actually, the question is...are the independents suckered in.  The simple facts are there are enough moderate Republican in the House such that if Boehner allowed a vote on a clean CR, it would pass with Democrat & moderate Republican support.  Boehner = weenie.  Want to blame someone for not heeding the will of the people...blame John Boehner for collapsing & giving in to Fox News & Ted Cruz.

fitty_three
fitty_three

For all you GOPers, a "gift" from Quinnipiac polls shows you're down 72 - 22 in support.

I really suggest you either get more tinfoil, or you're going to have to tell the Tea Party weasels you've married that you want a divorce.

Take yer pick...

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

THE NATION pleads with Obama and Reid to pass the budget without Obamacare and haggle about that later. The DEMOCRATS are going to starve people to death over an ideological disagreement. That's cruel.

AnthonyWall
AnthonyWall

Poverty is a reflection of the sabotage of reason, and of wisdom and distinction...  _:l

MrObvious
MrObvious

@jsfox 

What a joke, even when they want to pretend that it's the dems fault they fail. Just stop playing games and pass a clean CR. They're not fooling anyone and the longer this spectacle goes on the more damage it does to them and the nation.

anon76
anon76

@fitty_three 

It's been a pretty abusive relationship so far.  Boehner's had the crap kicked out of him on a couple of occasions.  Time to cut loose!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mary.waterton 

BTW - you don't represent 'the nation'. You represent at the most a minority of conservatives which in turn is about 10-15 percent of the total voter block. There's a reason why a clear majority think it's moronic to extort over Obamacare and that the current GOP congress polls in the 10s. Your party is about as popular as a venereal disease or your average household pest.

So no, don't go blabbing about the nation because your average disengaged American have had enough of your antics. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mary.waterton 

Civics 101 - negotiate bills when you're passing them. In a democracy you sometimes lose, other times you win and sometimes you even find an amicable middle ground.

When bills comes due you pay them.

But not only do GOP want to filibuster bills and only pass their stuff but they also want to extort to remove stuff when things need to get paid.

You teabillies just don't understand how our political system works. It's not that hard. Being ignorant and blaming Obama for what your guys are doing is simple. I mean why take responsible for the fact that you lack political power to pass your own ideas but the reason for that is simple. Most people think you're a bunch of loud obnoxious morons and the stuff you want, which is nothing but a Christianist survivalist libertarians wet dream to be nothing more then a load of toxic bull.

Here's a suggestion. Win political power, pass bills and then pay for them without drama. Your inability to do both of those things explain why you come across like a blithering moron.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@mary.waterton I agree. I mean AGREE.

 What other laws should we ignore and "haggle about later"? 

Can we all pick and choose? 

I think states that receive more than they send to the federal government should be cut off until they pay back their accumulated debt. Now many, if not all, of the red states will suffer but since we are picking and choosing...

Who is with me?  Or is the "T" in TPers for "Takers"?


jsfox
jsfox

@mary.waterton Say what!? No the nation does not plead with Obama and Reid to pass a budget without Obamacare. You'll notice Obamacare is funded and up and running. You have a problem with starving take it up with the Republicans, you know the guys who just tried to throw 4 million people off of food assistance

j.cadman.smith
j.cadman.smith

@mary.waterton You and your views do NOT represent the nation.  You don't speak for me.  None of the ultra right wing conservatives speak for the nation.  They are a small faction of crazies brought out by gerrymandering

swagger
swagger

@mary.waterton obamacare is funded with or without this right wing extremist melodrama.  the republicans own the shut down and a solid majority of americans know that.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@MrObvious You know what? If it sends the Republican Party into the political wilderness for the foreseeable future, it will be worth it, no matter what carnage they create in the near term. As long as these traitors have power, we will all suffer for it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@anon76

Maybe we should call HHS and see if we can have him removed from the home before something bad happens to him.

It's not nice to abuse people who are disadvantaged.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @mary.waterton Please as wipe give it up your love for your brother Obama. The gop has been around a long time moron and knows the ins and outs of Politics as much as your bleeding heart liberals do. You keep equating the Tea party to the GOP . You are so dumb you do not get it. The TB want there own party even if they are to the right they are not one in the same. They want to be a 3rd party, other the independent and think the American people may embrace them . You are the moron.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jsfox @mary.waterton Mostly democrats and Obamas people, i noticed he did not have a problem just before the shut down sending one hundred million dollars to the worst run city in America, on his executive .power alone because the black city council asked for it. I wonder if he would have done that for , lets just a city like Salt lake City, where there are not many blacks? the racist muslim .

fitty_three
fitty_three

@shepherdwong

I think that we are in one of those rare situations. No way is Obama the one that's keeping Dems in line. It's only one of two possible reasons: one being they all see the danger the GOP represents and/or they and Obama built a clear strategy around all possible contingencies that they all agreed to.

I think both are in play. I have Never seen this level of unity. It is so strong at the moment it puts the usual GOP unity to shame.

anon76
anon76

@fitty_three

I work for HHS, and unfortunately we are currently closed for business.  Boehner will have to do his job before he gets any help from us.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @mary.waterton You dumb ass liberal moron, did I cover enough. You guys the same group I here day after day bitching about the GOP get af-king life. you all think your pseudo intellectual's and when you are just plain liberal morons. first off dummy Obama is not has popular as you proclaim not even close. And either are the GOP morons. You label me a TB or gop fan Of which I am neither that is how naive and gullible you and the likes of mantis and jfox and 53 and IVy the whole lot are. I have played you dummys and you have fallen for it because you have one track minds that are limited. It is a good thing none of you ever worked the streets as a cop you would all be dead by now. you all are such idiots ranting , venting and hating the GOP with your pathetic lives.Leave the computer go to work, go to diner, get laid if you can , life is short then you are dead. I have laughed at you morons and have gotten under you skins and you all made it so easy. Who is dumb look in the mirror.  I sitting here with my wife and we are laughing as we look out over the ocean with a glass of fine wine, and think about what 5 star restaurant to go for dinner and you idiots are stewing over the GOP. Time will tell morons on weather the racist Obama was right or the moron GOp and or tea party was right. There is one thing I do know and that is Obama is a Muslim racist.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @MrObvious @mary.waterton 

It's clear that you're not exactly the most house broken nor the smartest among you. But since you're a teabillie I assume it's more a question of average rather then someone less then astute.

Let me give you a hint. Obama is about 4 x times as popular as THE ENTIRE GOP congress. That might not be much in your book but at least he's a tad more popular then most house hold pets.

Where as in the case of the tea party and GOP there's probably roadkill out there more popular than GOP.

The fact that you keep offering name calling and irrelevant drivel as your best argument is quite telling. You're it. You're the atypical fan of GOP right now. A loud moronic minority with no self preservation. At least most so called 'winger independents like to pretend that they're not righties - just agree with them most of the time. You embrace the ideals and the label of tea party. You're pure.

God bless.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @MrObvious @mary.waterton

You may be right I am not sure, but the fact remains the tea party has there own agenda and the GOP is not the Tea party even if they look like twins they are not, just some of the same traits.

The tea party has no agenda. They offer no solutions outside what their money men tells them. They're not there for politics or ideals. They're there for money. Not to say other types of politicians aren't but if you look at the stuff they peddle is a little bit of social conservative nostrum and a tad of free market anything goes.

These are not ideas or solutions. It's whatever the lowest payers tells them to pass.

The tea party will be the end of GOP for a long time, simply because GOP doesn't have the brass to do something about it. They will get challenged in elections, often by an even dafter tea partier and that person gets beat to a pulp by the worst Dems have to offer. Just look at North Carolina.

The speaker is scared shiatless and otherwise fairly moderate GOPers are outdoing themselves in crazy. The end result is that you won't see a republican president any time soon, the senate will slowly slip away from them for good and short of the gerrymandered house that'll change eventually.

You can't run against the majority of the country and get away with it, regardless if you personally think libruls are the devil. In the end each party will be judged for their crazies and GOP have loaded all the bases with some of the dumbest political creatures in the history of this nation. That'll come with a prize.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @mary.waterton You may be right I am not sure, but the fact remains the tea party has there own agenda and the GOP is not the Tea party even if they look like twins they are not, just some of the same traits.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @MrObvious @mary.waterton 

Thanks for your input, are you claiming that the blithering idiot I responded to is the 'GOP' now? Look - GOP might have been around for a bit, but the tea party hasn't. And the fact that a clean CR would pass if the speaker removed the need for the Hastert Rule should tell you something about what most GOPer think about the 'sniff my finger' teabillies.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @Diecash1 @Paul,nnto And do not tell me because he has never said he was a muslim please. Because if he owned up to that , he would not be in the Oval office now. It is one of the reason a guy like Mitt is not in office, be sides be a moron he is  a Mormon. Obama would not dare admit he was a muslim. Just like he would not be an open racist. there are many black racist in power and with money son who do not advertise there racism, it would not be to prudent to do so. It would also hurt the most important thing to them money and power not to mention prestige. Open your eyes .

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @Diecash1 @Paul,nnto Son I guess by the time you find out that the love of your life Obama is a Muslim I may be dead. That is ok with me.I just have a question for you young man. seem write articulately ,and I think your educated , but you seem to lack true street smarts. If Obamas dad and step dad and aunts and cousins and his brother Malik in Kenya who for lack of better words works for the MB are all Muslims why do you think it is a reach for Obama to be a muslim? Do your home work not just run your normal rhetoric .

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @Paul,nnto @fitty_three You are not as smart as i gave you credit for. Nice try dummy. I go on line for fun it is better then TV and as a retired man I have all dy to do as I please. No said I was super rich moron. What i said and that was in answer to your comments from you about who and what I might be. I am very comfortable in live, Making the right investments and attaining a command rank with my department, 401 k, stocks a wife who also attained a high rank with city and her pension and my pension and ss plus etc etc we made good investments. that dumb ass is not done by stupid people. Don Trump is a ass hole, with a big mouth but he to laughs all the way to the bank. He is not to stupid, just arrogant . he also was born into big money. I am just a gut who worked hard and smart. You are out of your league professor and very much a know it all condescending ass. And you are as not as smart as you think, you must have lived and live in the hood most of your life. You need to get out more, there are many psychos out there money as nothing to do with psychosis. You call me crazy because I do not like Obama and know that he is a racist and a muslim That is not crazy son that is arealist something you have not grown up to be yet. You write intelligent, but you lack experience in real life. You will get there if you survive.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @Paul,nnto @fitty_three

Do not feel pity for a man who retired at age 51, and lives in two homes one in the winter another in the summer that you could not even begin to dream about. who drives an Audi A8 that is paid for and travel to Europe once a year and takes a cruise or two a year. Who eats in fine dining establishments and not dennys and can afford the best of wines. Do not let forget Forget Italian shoes. I am the non democrat laughing all the way to the bank and Paradise Island casino in a few days leaving you to your silly rants. moron if you only new.

You're all that and you go online and talk trash to stupid libruls?

Bragging about what and who you are is so pedestrian. I couldn't care less how rich and how often you can afford expensive prostitutes. If you are anything like you act online it wouldn't be the first psychopathic rich person anyone come across.

But I doubt it considering how ignorant you seem. But true - Trump is pretty rich and he's as smart as a box of rocks so it's not impossible.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @Diecash1 @Paul,nnto

Nothing phony about son,  it is real and if you would do some real open and unbiased research look back at comments Obama has made in his young life in hawaii and Chicago as well as his family background and comments he has made since being President you will begin to se the racist he is and that he is a muslim How you libs deny that one is beyond normal intelligence.

Problem with fanatics like you is that no data will ever overcome your phobias. You ain't right along with the rest of the inhuman teabillies. 

I wonder if 'normal intelligence' is code for batshiat, because if you think you're the smart one I got simple news for you. If something sounds stupid, it probably is.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Diecash1 @Paul,nnto rage, you call that rage, you silly little wimp you do not know or ever have experienced rage. As a cop for 30 years i saw first hand rage. As a vietnam veteran i saw rage, you the wimp that you are the most you ever encountered was a traffic accident. I do not give af-uk about the GOP disappointment dumb ass  I mess with morons like you to see you go off the deep end , you are the one that is outraged and can not take it. Go out and laid if you can what a dumb ass.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Diecash1 @Paul,nnto Is pauly going to save and protect your coward silly ass? I am the one laughing on how easy it was to play you morons and to get you ranting. so insecure and thin skinned. You libs all the same sissy little children in the playground of life. Cash you are the type that got bullied in school and it is still effecting your insecure ass. be a happy liberal . You are way out of my league of men sonny. You would not last 45 minutes in the streets of real life. You were so easy you fell right in to my web. what a dummy.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Paul,nnto Can you see the desperation with which this pathetic d0uch lashes out at everyone?  There's no point in encouraging this impotent rage.  A broken mind like his might just snap.

I concur with you.  I generally laugh at him but this is truly pathetic.  He's not the first and surely won't be the last right-winger to break in the face of the disappointment brought on by the Repubs.  I think I'll savor it.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Diecash1 @Paul,nnto You are a coward little sissy mary follower like most bleeding heart liberals. Not much of a man hope you are not married.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Diecash1 @Paul,nnto Another ass wipe lib who ls a follower your love for Obama is heart warming. Do as your silly avatar of the Muslim is doing be quiet sonny its ok to be seen but not heard. try it wimp it will make you a better sissy.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Paul,nnto Why does anyone bother to respond to that moronic a$$hat?  There is absolutely no value in it and it only succeeds in spamming the discussion.

Trolls should be shunned.  Period.
 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @Paul,nnto fifty three you are like a little boy on the playground. You trying to win pauly over to your side, do not bother he is already a moron lib, hes yours. farm implements what a ass hole , consorted with black men, were are you from a monastery? You must be a very lonely gay man. I eluded to the the ladies in answer to some of there stupid comments that it was apparent like you they like black men. The subject was something about live stock and beasty something or another. You are out of your league little man.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jsfox Detroit right up Obamas and your alley, you should go for a visit, detroit is nice this time of year. But if you are white dumb ass, take a black bodyguard you will need him. dummy

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Paul,nnto @fitty_three Do not feel pity for a man who retired at age 51, and lives in two homes one in the winter another in the summer that you could not even begin to dream about. who drives an Audi A8 that is paid for and travel to Europe once a year and takes a cruise or two a year. Who eats in fine dining establishments and not dennys and can afford the best of wines. Do not let forget Forget Italian shoes. I am the non democrat laughing all the way to the bank and Paradise Island casino in a few days leaving you to your silly rants. moron if you only new.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MrObvious @Openminded1 @Paul,nnto @fitty_three Nothing phony about son,  it is real and if you would do some real open and unbiased research look back at comments Obama has made in his young life in hawaii and Chicago as well as his family background and comments he has made since being President you will begin to se the racist he is and that he is a muslim How you libs deny that one is beyond normal intelligence.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Paul,nnto

I don't waste much time on him. He's mixed but has some, uh, "flaws".

Needle points to pity.

jsfox
jsfox

You really should try and get your facts straight before whining."The package follows weeks of meetings in Detroit and at the White House between the administration team and local business, labor and philanthropic leaders on how best to pool existing resources. Final details are to be worked out in a two-hour meeting of the federal and local officials at Wayne State University, participants said."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/us/300-million-in-detroit-aid-but-no-bailout.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0And the worst run city is being run by a Republican manager at the moment.You really need to change your screen name to epistemicclosure.

jsfox
jsfox

You really should try and get your facts straight before whining.

"The package follows weeks of meetings in Detroit and at the White House between the administration team and local business, labor and philanthropic leaders on how best to pool existing resources. Final details are to be worked out in a two-hour meeting of the federal and local officials at Wayne State University, participants said."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/us/300-million-in-detroit-aid-but-no-bailout.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

And the worst run city is being run by a Republican manager at the moment.

You really need to change your screen name to epistemicclosure.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@fitty_three @Paul,nnto Bigger laugh line?

A) Rusty was a Physician

B) Poor, angry, Open is black.


Depending on my mood I laugh or feel pity.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Openminded1 @Paul,nnto @fitty_three 

The whole reverse racism is so phony and stupid. Seriously - as an argument goes it's right up there with 'he's a moslem'. It's nonsensical and irrelevant and it's kind of typical that the 'best' argument you guys have against anything Obama or dems do is the kind of stupid drivel most people find idiotic.


Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @Paul,nnto Nice try ass wipe, never went there. i stated they were snobs and that you and they liked black men which appears to be the case. i also stated I understood the attraction and yours to black men, again being black I have seen it many times. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @Openminded1 I have no problem with white women and never said i did, I have f-ked a lot of white women in my time, before getting married. And do not have aproblem dumb as with black men unless they are thugs and punks and lazy ass coke heads and drunks and use the race card for everything. You really are in love with Obama and all black men . You want black men move to detroit or get yourself arrested I know your type.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Paul,nnto 

He's a bit cracked, PNNTO. 

Last month, he was accusing women whose opinions he didn't like (Sue, Ivy_B, and decon) of being farm implements because they consorted with black men.

Believe me, I'm euphemising the hell out of the comments he made.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Paul,nnto @Openminded1 @fitty_three Not at all, that has nothing to do with it. It is just a statement of fact that he is a racist, as a black man who like Obama is half white I have lived in both worlds, i know a racist when i hear one and see one he is a racist.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Openminded1 

You have a big problem with white women and black men.  You've said so yourself.

Why don't you look in the mirror for a fight.

In the meantime, you really, really, should seek help.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @Openminded1 You forget dumb as I am black so are my kids and wife what a stupid statement. I just say it like it is, and you never heard a black man or any black go against the grain. you are not only naive you are a moron.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Openminded1

i already know you seem to have a deep seated hatred for black men.

I suggest you seek help.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fitty_three @Openminded1 we are also talking about Obama's choices and judgement. he uses the race card in almost everything he does, you are just to naive to see it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Openminded1  

You should put away the race card.  We're talking government shutdown vs. Obamacare here.