Why is everyone blaming Republicans for holding the nation hostage over the funding of Obamacare? Even a number of leading Republicans are pointing fingers at other Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz for threatening to cause a government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare.
But who is really at fault for the possible government shutdown?
Cruz and other Republicans have been asking the Democrats and President Obama to compromise on the spending bill by agreeing to defund Obamacare or to delay the insurance mandate for another year. Yet it is the Democrats and Obama that are refusing to compromise.
On yesterday’s CBS This Morning, they showed President Obama saying:
“Some have threatened the government shutdown if they can’t shut down this law. Others have actually threatened an economic shutdown by refusing to pay America’s bills if they can’t delay the law. That’s not gonna happen as long as I’m president!”
Perhaps some of the harshest words have come from Dan Pfeiffer, a White House Senior Adviser. He described Republicans as being no different than arsonists, hostage-takers and bombers. He then went on to say:
"What we're not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We're not going to do that."
Even Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was also shown on yesterday’s CBS This Morning criticizing fellow Republicans for using the funding of Obamacare to force a possible shutdown of the federal government. Over the past year, McCain has become like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in that he seems to be more of a Democrat than a Republican.
Please tell me how Republicans are the bad guys in all of this when they are willing to compromise on some issues in order to get others passed, but Obama and Democrats are not willing to compromise on any of the issues in question? Listen to Obama’s own words. He is not willing to compromise whatsoever when Republicans are. So who is the real hostage-taker? Who is using extortion tactics to force their way on the American people?
It should be obvious to everyone that Obama is the one guilty of holding the American people hostage and will allow the shutdown of the federal government unless he gets his way. But what concerns me more is that some Republicans are siding with him and buying into his lies and deception and blame shifting. No wonder Republicans have been struggling in the past few elections.