I really appreciate the article by Thomas Sowell, Who Shut Down the Government? He clarifies the facts for us and points out what is opinion. The house did what it had a right to do and has a precedent in history. The Senate refused to give into what the House had a right to do.
For me, the ones to blame are the Senate and President, for not negotiating at all. They keep saying that Obamacare is the law of the land, as if that settles the issue. But it’s their law of the land. It was not a bipartisan law at all. They rammed it through Congress and the American people realized that, giving the house back to the Republicans with the mandate to stop Obamacare. So stating it as the law of the land, as if that ends debate, is nefarious.
Obama keeps saying that he was re-elected so that he has a mandate. Republicans say they were elected into the house for the same purpose. What Obama and Democrats want to do is force a faulty law onto the American people. I hope and pray the Republicans stand strong against the president and his cohorts.
Here are some of the facts provided by Sowell:
There is really nothing complicated about the facts. 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.
As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. 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.
Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.
ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.
But the whole point of having a division of powers 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.
You can read the rest here.