Regardless of political party or political philosophy, most everyone agrees on one thing: Congress and the President have failed Americans because they are prioritizing political power over functioning government.
President Obama continues to blame House Republicans for refusing to fund his signature legislation. In an interview with NPR, he highlighted his stance on working with Republicans.
Obama stood with his party members in the Senate. Steve asked if that opportunity to avoid a shutdown exists, what was he willing to offer.
“Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” Obama said. “They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.”
However, this vitriol seems reserved only for the Legislative Branch. As Commander-in-Chief, it’s a basic function of the Executive Branch to keep the military functioning. That didn’t stop Obama from self-complimenting his “basic functions” in a speech this week:
“Hi everybody. As President and your Commander-in-Chief, I’ve worked to make sure you have the strategy, the resources and the support you need to complete the missions our nation asks of you. Every time, you’ve met your responsibilities and performed with extraordinary professionalism, skill and courage.
Moments later, he again lambasted Congress:
You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we’re seeing in Congress. Your talents and dedication help keep our military the best in the world. That’s why I’ll keep working to get Congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible.
Despite Obama’s heated rhetoric, no offers of negotiation have come from the White House or Democratic-controlled Senate, where four separate Continuing Resolutions from the House have died. The House GOP has resorted to piece-meal legislation, hoping to keep as much of the government open as Democrats will allow.
Neither Obama nor Senate Democrats are doing America a favor by shuttering the government. The last thing either deserves is a compliment.