The question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. However, you might want to consider this statement before reading the article below:
How can the Republicans, the minority party in Congress and not holding the Presidency, have the power to shut down the government? The Democrats have the power or at least you would think so from the way they act. If the Democrats want to enact their leftist agenda they need Republican support , but since the socialist/democratic agenda is so extreme, they can not get enough Republicans who agree. America, as a nation, does not favor Obamacare. It is a program offered by leftists. The country is divided and thus the Congress is divided. Isn’t that the way the system is supposed to work. If the country ever moves far enough left, it will have enough politicians to do the socialist things, like Obamacare.
The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going, except for ObamaCare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.
Another fact that is missed by the socialist/democratic party is that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
ObamaCare is indeed the law of the land, as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality. However, so were
other laws before they were overturned!
The point of having 3 branches within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.
The 800,000 plus of government workers who have been laid off since they are NOT essential are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies. If they are NOT essential, then why are we paying them a salary? The EPA has only kept 6.5% of its workers that they deemed essential!
We do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to ( socialist/democrats and Obama). The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.
The Senate chose not to vote to authorize the bill from the House because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a parrot and without knowing how our government works! However, why give Obama and Harry Reid everything they want?
If Reid and Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government that has been authorized by the House, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. However, their refusal to accept the money authorized by the House is also their responsibility.
You cannot blame other people (the GOP/House) for not giving you everything you want. It is their lack of responsibility to blame others when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government. And, of course, the media is also to blame since they refuse to point out, maybe for lack of knowledge on how the government works, and being bias.
When Obama keeps claiming that it is an outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald faced lie. However, we all know that Obama is a LIAR (goes back to when the BAR was in the process of revoking his law license for lying). If you do not believe me, you can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called is both legal and not unprecedented, it is a matter of fact.
Another big lie told by Obama and his thugs is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. However, tax money keeps coming into the treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.
Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. This does not mean that the government is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.
Republicans must get their side of the story out and not the lies of the socialist/democratic party or media win!