Obama: Government Shutdown Raises 2014 Stakes

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Oct. 25, 2013

Framing the recent government shutdown in electoral terms for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday that the Washington fighting raises the stakes for Democrats in next year’s midterm elections.

“We just went through an episode that expressed Washington’s dysfunctions in ways that we haven’t seen in quite some time,” Obama told donors to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an ornate dining room in the New York City home of donor Karen Mehiel. “It was a symptom of a larger challenge that we have, and that’s that too often our politics become detached from the day-to-day lives of everyday people. And ideology ends up overcoming common sense. Folks are more determined to beat the other side than they are to actually deliver for the people who sent them there.”

“And that’s why the stakes for next year are high,” he added to the Upper East Side crowd paying at least $16,200 per person — including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Public approval of congressional Republicans has nosedived since the shutdown, a condition that Democrats believe is likely temporary, but a situation they are looking to capitalize on — especially when it comes to fundraising. The DCCC has placed field staffers in a number of targeted districts in hopes of retaking the House, though defeating the GOP’s 17-seat majority in the House remains an uphill battle.

“The shutdown was about more than just health care,” Obama said. “It was about sort of a contrast in visions, what our obligations are to each other. And we’ve got the better side of that argument, one that’s truer to our history. But we’re going to have to continue to push. … The one thing I’m absolutely confident about is, if we work hard, that we can make a case to the American people and we can win.”

14 comments
KatieNYC
KatieNYC

According to a report this morning, President Obama told reporters that because of sequester cut-backs he was forced to move his mother-in-law out of the White House. I wonder how the recent government shutdown will affect the first family? http://goo.gl/ZNqYW

TyPollard
TyPollard

Who knew elections matter and electing people that think government IS the problem might not care about effective governing? 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

“It (the shutdown) was a symptom of a larger challenge that we have, and that’s that too often our politics become detached from the day-to-day lives of everyday people. And ideology ends up overcoming common sense. Folks are more determined to beat the other side than they are to actually deliver for the people who sent them there.”

Spot on!

Ana Foroohar has described the effect of the dysfunction of our own government has had on the recovery.  http://business.time.com/2013/10/23/foroohar-americas-real-economic-crisis-is-flat-wages/

And, since the shutdown many of the Tea Party types have voiced their conviction that they didn't fight hard enough or long enough.  They have actually said a default wouldn't have been as bad as everybody thinks.  Simply put, they haven't learned any lesson.

Let's send a message to let them know that government needs to represent We the People and not their own party ideology.  Let's boycott Christmas. 

Should the "season of giving" (quaint) be fundamentally affected you can bet the big boys on Wall St. will "get the message."  And if they do then you can be sure our "representatives" will too.

Let's get back to the real "reason for the season" and simply say no to Christmas.

grape_crush
grape_crush

@KatieNYC 

Enough with the blogwhoring, already. You've posted the same blind link to your crappy satire site, like, eight times.

jamesgordon777
jamesgordon777

@KatieNYC According  to  news  reports  this  morning , The  republican  party  after  using  the  bathroom on the  ground and  then  stepping  in  it , or  trying  to  get their  true  believers  to  say "It  smells  great ".

reallife
reallife

"Effective governing" is an oxymoron.

manlyman
manlyman

Sure alphy. That's really gonna happen.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@reallife

Yes, let's elect the party that thinks "effective governing" is an oxymoron.

Thank you for proving a point.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman I see your point Manly.  But, can you tell me any other way that would be as effective as using the Almighty Dollar as a means of conveying a message?

I write to my own House representative all the time via his website e-mail, twitter and his FaceBook page.  Do you think he (he voted nay on the bill to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling) is actually reading my communications?  Do you think any of them are?

We the People "sent a message" in the 2012 elections.  A message the Republican leadership assured us all that "they got."  Look what happened.

Nope!  Unless we do something fundamental to the Almighty Dollar no one is going to pay any attention to We the People.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman There is absolutely no doubt that deficit spending and the spiraling national debt need to be addressed.  Both of these are unsustainable and doing ultimate damage to this country.  But, before you condemn Liberals for this you should actually blame both parties. But, right now, today, the number one problem we have is the dysfunction in Washington.  Several articles I have been reading have validated the claim that the Tea Party Republicans have done significant damage to the recovery, to jobs creation and our economy since the Great Recession began.

And, what about their concern about the national debt.  They are largely responsible for the current $17 Trillion debt.  It began with Reaganomics. 

Take a look here to see how Democrats have worked to reduce the national debt while these oh-so-debt-concerned Republicans have steadily increased it.

http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

As Rana Foroohar stated in her article (above) if it weren't for the counter productive actions of the Tea Party we could be experiencing a much better recovery.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@manlyman Yeah, it's the "liberal party's" fault manly. Our fiscal problems have nothing to do with the "conservative party's" debt incurred starting two wars and giving seniors even more Medicare options than they already had. 

manlyman
manlyman

Oh don't worry alphy, the liberal party is dilligently and successfully moving the " almighty dollar" into extinction. At least as far as "we the people" are concerned.