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The Hill Cheers Reid’s Refusal To Talk To Boehner

From The Hill:

Reid: I’m not talking to Boehner

By Alexander Bolton | September 26, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday he hasn’t had a single conversation with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about avoiding a government shutdown and doesn’t plan to.

“Send us a clean [continuing resolution], a clean debt ceiling [bill]. That’s the path forward. There’s no need for conversations. We’ve spoken loudly and clearly, and we have the support of the president of the United States,” Reid told reporters.

Reid and other members of the Democratic leadership said only House approval of a clean extension of government funding would avert a shutdown.

As time ticks down to the midnight deadline on Oct. 1, Reid has staunchly refused to negotiate with House Republicans over proposals to defund or partially repeal ObamaCare.

Again, where is the outrage from the news media? Isn’t this gridlock? Where are the calls for compromise? Aren’t the Democrats trying to shutdown the government?

Besides, the Republicans are no longer even calling for the defunding or repealing of Obama-Care. They are only asking for things the Democrats themselves want: the removal of the medical device tax and a one year delay on the ‘individual mandate.’ (Which would put it off past the 2014 midterms.)

Reid has resisted even talking with Republican leaders, which he says could further encourage them to threaten a government shutdown or debt default…

You see, negotiating will cause these things. But not his refusal to negotiate.

Reid said Democrats would not negotiate over the stopgap bill funding government even if Republicans agreed to turn off the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. “No, as much as we dislike the senseless sequestration,” said Reid…

And never mind that sequestration was Obama’s idea. And never mind that Obama has vowed to veto any efforts to ‘turn it off.’

Reid also ruled out a GOP proposal to attach a repeal of the medical device tax to the stopgap, even though many Democrats support eliminating it.

In other words, the Republicans are compromising here big time. They are now only asking for things that the Democrats themselves actually want. But Reid won’t even take ‘yes’ for an answer.

“We want a clean CR. That’s what we’re going to get. If they want to shut down the government, here’s how much time they have to figure it out: four days, 11 hours, 22 minutes and 15 seconds,” Reid said, pointing to a large television monitor in the Senate television studio counting down the time until government funding expires…

What a fine example of statesmanship. What reaching across the aisles. Even when the Republicans are trying to give the Democrats what they want.

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Reid urged President Obama to abandon discussions about setting up a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders this week…

What a hero he is. We can’t have bipartisan discussions. We demand gridlock!

Meanwhile, we have this from the Washington Post:

Top White House aide: GOP acting like someone with ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’

By Aaron Blake | September 26, 2013

A top White House aide said Thursday that the White House refuses to negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling, likening the GOP to someone with "a bomb strapped to their chest."

"What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest," senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN. "We’re not going to do that."

Pfeiffer then took the metaphor a step further, saying the GOP is asking for a "ransom."

"It is not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say, ‘Give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down,’" he said. "The Republicans have provided a laundry list of essentially ransom demands." …

If only Democrats were as good at governing as they are at projecting. And, once again, lest we forget, in 2006 Obama and many of these very same Democrats refused to raise the debt ceiling in order to try to defund our troops on the battlefield. But using the debt ceiling to try to delay the Obama-Care mandate for individuals is terrorism.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 27th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “The Hill Cheers Reid’s Refusal To Talk To Boehner”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    How is this governing? Obama is a child! A petulant child. We should treat him as one.

    If Boehner had a pair he would bring forth a bill with everything the republicans want, pass it and then adjourn. Dare Reid and Obama to shut down the government. Their choice.

    But of course I’m dreaming. The republicans will fold. They’re going to get the damn blame anyway, so just do it and stand for something!!! Have some priciples! But, that will never happen because they’re a bunch of p*%%#@s!

    The county GOP pres was just emailing me last night begging me to come to their meetings and help them get ready for the coming elections. I told him, in so many words, to go take a long walk off a short pier. I’m not helping the GOP ever again. No money! No time! NEVER!! I call Sen. Burr’s office and they treat me like I’m the damn enemy. If only they saw democrats like they see the base. eff ’em!

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