Obama to GOP: 'Take a Vote, Stop This Farce'
Meanwhile, Boehner says he won't allow a default
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Barack Obama was on the warpath today in a speech delivered at a Maryland construction company, tearing into the "reckless Republican shutdown," ABC News reports. The only reason the shutdown hadn't ended, he said, was because "Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes-or-no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party. That's all. … My simple message today is: Call a vote. Call a vote!" He then tore into Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who's been lambasted online since telling the Washington Examiner, "We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

"What you get are little kids back into Head Start," Obama thundered. "What you get are workers continuing to be hired. That's what you get! That's what you should be asking for. Take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now." Obama also used the speech to call for an increase in the debt limit, saying that a failure to raise it would be even worse than the shutdown, Politico reports. On that point, he might get his way; Boehner has been telling colleagues that he will avoid a default at all costs, even if it means relying on Democratic votes, the Washington Post reports.

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Mr_Joshua
Oct 4, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
Excellent !! Looks like he has reached puberty and grown a pair at last. About bloody time. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua
pepperpete
Oct 4, 2013 12:18 PM CDT
You libtards follow the Nancy P creed. Just vote it in and then we will see what we get. That includes the snake oil salesmen omoma and HIS health care act. So you libtards got on this train wreck by voting for it and like people on a train you cannot see the cliff coming of trillions in debt this will cost. It is also right and the right of the people to correct a wrong. Do you libtards buy a car without reading the contract and then you find out that it did not come with tires and have to buy them at ten times the cost to make it work. Ya you probable do.
RockB
Oct 4, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
(Excerpt from letter to Obama and Boehner sent in 2011. Amend the last sentence to "it is now a eulogy", and note the title of the chapter referenced was "Political Mausoleum") Around 1820, the United States nearly went into the black. Never since has even so much the semblance been seen. What stated out as a relatively minor problem in the 19th century, when the ratios [of people per "representative"] were well under 700,000:1 and 3,000,000:1, grew into annual deficits on a nearly regular basis by the 20th century. As the ratios topped 300,000:1, 400,000:1, 500,000:1, the deficits became more numerous, the surpluses and balances of payment disappeared. So, now we face a situation where – according to the Bureau of Public Debt – the United States has gone deeper into debt every year since the flag has had 50 stars on it. Nixon lost the 1960 election largely on the issue of seeking to bring a balance of payments back into the budget. The path chosen that year by the nation served as an augur for things to come. The intervening years have seen all combinations of conservative and liberal presidencies and Congresses, all combinations of Republican and Democrat. None has changed the outcome. The parties have withered under the inexorable tide of history, to the point where their ideologies have not only become utterly irrelevant to the issue, but to where they have even flip-flopped on their stances. It has witnessed a president who one year – as president – condemned the refusal to raise the Debt Ceiling as “irresponsible” only a few years after he – as Senator – voted against doing that very thing. As a result, we can now clearly see that the Emperors are stark naked. Washington is financially bankrupt, politically bankrupt and morally bankrupt. If it continues down this path, it will soon be bankrupt of any legitimacy, with the Constitutional mandate on its creditworthiness rendered worthless. Make no mistake as to how fast the situation can unravel. As a comparison, take a look at the final years of the other Superpower and how fast its empire crumbled. Like a tidal wave buffeting its shore, the wave of change crashed in upon the homeland, tearing it apart in just a year or two. The time between the Berlin Wall coming down and the USSR declaring bankruptcy was extremely short. Only one more month passed after bankruptcy before it dissolved completely. Bankruptcy was the actual mechanism of that dissolution. The only difference between then and now is that today, everything happens at Internet Speed. A year is an eternity in our world, while the one years’ time of two decades past would equate now to a single season. ,,, This letter is both a continuation and completion of the 1979 letter “To the Founding Parents” published in the Third Wave. It was meant to be taken not as a eulogy, but as a clarion call for change.