Obama would be responsible for shutdown: Cantor
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican refused on Sunday to rule out the possibility of a government shutdown next year over growing federal deficits but said if there were one, President Barack Obama would bear responsibility.
So what do you think?
I think it would be easy to make the argument that with the continued arrogance of Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress, especially Harry Reid, that it would be their fault if the government were shut down.
They remain convinced that they have the mandate from the American people to continue their policies and dismiss the historic beat down they took at the polls last Tuesday.
Their arrogance is as strong as it has been over the last two years while they have been ignoring the will of the American public in pushing through destructive bills such as Obamakare.
They continue to refuse to listen to the message sent to them by voters that we are pissed with the way they have behaved. Instead deciding that the American public voted the way they did out of ignorance. We are just not bright enough to understand what they are trying to do for us.
So yes, it would be an easy argument that if the Republicans proposed cuts to the deficit that the public wanted and Obama and the Democrats continue down the path they have been, then an impasse would be the fault of Obama.
Without putting too fine of a point on it, congressional members are elected to represent us, not their political ideology. So, taking that into account, it is an easy argument that voters elected these new members to cut the deficit so a shutdown would be the fault of the Democrats if they go against the will of the American public.
So, back to the original question - who's fault would it be?
This is not a simple question.
You could take the above argument and make a pretty clear case that it would be the fault of Obama and the Democrats.
You could also look at the Republicans and say that, while they do have the backing of the American people, some of what they are doing is politically driven.
The more important question though may not be whose fault it is but...who gets the blame.
We do have to keep in mind that the Democrats have one thing the Republicans do not, the media. Yes, we have a few news organizations such as Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, etc but they still have large control over the message to the American public.
So what do you think? Whose fault will it be?