If you listen to the British media, you would be led to believe that the current US shutdown, whereby thousands of men and women have been sent home without pay, is the fault of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Republican Speaker John Boehner. The Republicans have been accused of political opportunism, and trying to avoid looking weak over the dominating issue of Obamacare. However, it is actually Barack Obama and the Democrats who are really to blame for this latest US crisis.
Under the US constitution, it is the President’s role to negotiate in order to ensure the US avoids events such as this ongoing shutdown. Therefore, Obama has a duty to come to the negotiating table to try to thrash out a deal. Instead, he has refused to show any sign of compromise whatsoever, presumably out of a stubborn belief that implementing his health reforms is more important than thousands of people’s jobs. In the words of Texas Governor Rick Perry, “I have never seen a president stand up and just blatantly say, ‘I’m not going to negotiate with you in any form or fashion.’”
At the heart of this debate is the fact that Obamacare is simply a badly thought-out law, which will stifle competition and cost the USA billions. This is why House Republicans are seeking negotiation over Obamacare. But yet the President seems to think he is playing a political game, as do the Democrats led by Senator Harry Reid, who hypocritically vetoed the Republican bill last week whilst seeking exemptions from Obamacare – exemptions which, as things stand, are not available for ordinary Americans. If Obamacare isn’t good enough for Senator Reid and his Democrat cronies, why is it good enough for the rest of the country? It is time for the President to stop blaming the Republicans, and show a willingness to operate within his country’s political system and compromise in order to end this crisis.