Obama Calls Government Shutdown ‘Manufactured Crises’

Reiterates legislative priorities in weekly address

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President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to emphasize the importance of a balanced budget, immigration reform, and passage of a farm bill, post government shutdown.

His remarks came a little more than 48 hours after the end of a 16-day shutdown, with Obama adding that “there were no winners” in the aftermath of the third longest government closure in U.S. history.

“I’ll look for willing partners from either party to get important work done,” the president said.

In the GOP’s weekly address, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — who opposed reopening the government — blasted Obamacare. “[T]he law that carries the President’s name is the hallmark of a reckless federal government that has lost its way,” he said.

[Huffington Post]

33 comments
knightporter
knightporter

"carries the President’s name" You realize it's not actually called "Obamacare", right? Oh wait, that would mean actually reading it rather than parroting the party line.

sandrargough
sandrargough

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GorBismori
GorBismori

The shutdown may have been fixed, but expect the Tea Party to come back, flightier than ever.  But you ask, haven't they learned their lessons? No, because these abstract concepts as "lessons" doesn't resonate with them. Already, the deficit scolds are getting ready.

OliverCatolos
OliverCatolos

U.S. Government shutdown was politically on difficult stages of human

technical destabilization. It should be materialized as the best resolution

for Obama’s transparency against irresponsible leadership… on who’s

going to be the best man in Time. The act of such legislative priorities

involve multidimensional schism and relate an ambiguous impact

through certain agenda. Therefore it was more of a diversion than

hanging on the walls of truth… on serving the people rather themselves.

Oliver Catolos

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btt1943
btt1943

Unfortunately, there will be more such "manufactured crisis".

US is not just an ordinary sinking ship, but a gigantic aircraft carrier once thought too big to be sinkable. It is sinking not because of external huge typhoon or colossal waves, but due to endless internal political quandary and economic quagmire.     

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006


Yes, Obama voted NOT to raise the debt ceiling in 2006.

The liberal activist news media applauded Obama in 2006 for being "responsible", but condemn republicans as "irresponsible" for doing the same identical thing in 2013. The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

"Standard & Poor’s estimated that when you add up all the costs of the shutdown, from lost wages and productivity to the ripple effects throughout the economy, the 16-day shutdown took about $24 billion out of our economy.


That works out to a $1.5 billion price tag per day. And for what?


The sad truth is that Tea Party Republicans in Congress held our economy hostage. While they failed to extort concessions on their radical demands -- like stripping away access to affordable health care -- they succeeded in dealing our recovering economy an agonizing blow."

jamesgordon
jamesgordon

watching  republicans  self  destruct  is  kinda  fun , I  remember  being  thrilled  when  democrats  destroyed  themselves .The  most  fun is  watching  those deceived republicans  thinking  they are  winning .

paulejb
paulejb

Barry 0 is now the 7 trillion dollar man. Up from 6 trillion just a few months back. No one has run up so much debt in so short of time in the history of the galaxy.

paulejb
paulejb

Barry 0 was right. The "crisis" was manufactured. Barry manufactured it himself. While he was droning on about a default his regime was secretly borrowing $300 billion over the previous debt limit.

"U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time"


U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.

The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/18/us-debt-jumps-400-billion-tops-17-trillion-first-t/


racerkoi
racerkoi

No, everybody was a loser according to the $24 Billion economic price tag...


"We Built That"  Tea Party Shutdown  2013

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Not much to disagree with in his address. 

Whether Boehner will be allowed by the TPers to get anything done remains to be seen. 

ChrisWyman
ChrisWyman

The President looks like his face caught on fire and someone tried to put it out with a hammer.

j45ashton
j45ashton

@paulejb Tell you what.  Why don't you ask your rich Republican friends, CEOs, Wall Streeters & corporate raiders like Romney to take some of the money they've stolen out of American businesses over the last 30 years and set it aside for debt reduction only.  Instead of wasting their ill-gotten billions just to defeat Obama.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@paulejb What does the dollar amount of the debt have to do with who "manufactured" the crisis Paule? Or are we just taking turns making random statements about things we don't like about Obama?

paulejb
paulejb

@j45ashton @paulejb 

Why don't Obama's rich union boss pals do the same thing, Ash? Unions spend millions subverting the Democrat process in order to milk the taxpayer dry.

paulejb
paulejb

@j45ashton @paulejb 

There are roughly a trillion dollars in special favors annually in the tax code. Eliminate all and lower everyone's tax rate.

j45ashton
j45ashton

@paulejb @j45ashton Although I don't think union bosses have stolen nearly as much a Republican businessmen.  Strange bedfellows but there's one thing that democrats, Grover Norquist & tea partyers should all be able to agree on and that's getting rid of tax loopholes.


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