Link if video does not play: 'This Isn't Some Damn Game'
When we have a crisis like we are in the middle of this week, the American people expect their leaders to sit down and try and resolve their difference. I was at the WhiteHouse the other night and listened to the president some 20 times explain to me why he isn't going to negotiate.
I sat there and listened to the majority leader in the United States Senate describe to me that he is not going to talk to me until we surrender. And then this morning, I get the Wall Street Journal out and it says we don't care how long this lasts because we're winning.
This isn't some damn game.
The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I. All we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness, reopen the government, and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It's as simple as that. But it all has to begin with a simple discussion.
This is some damn game, and I am frustrated as hell to be losing it.
Several Tea Party Republicans Cave-In
In spite of Boehner's frustrated bluff in the video above, he has already signaled the game is over. See Boehner Prepared to Cave-In to Obama; Reflections on the Waiting Game
And not only is Boehner prepared to cave, several tea party Republicans are prepared to concede as well. Nonetheless, Boehner insists he does not have the votes.
Bloomberg reports Some Tea Party-Backed Lawmakers Yield in Obamacare Fight.
The first cracks are appearing in the Tea Party’s push to dismantle the nation’s health law as three House lawmakers with ties to the movement said they’d back a U.S. spending bill that doesn’t center on Obamacare.Ross Translated
Republican Representatives Blake Farenthold of Texas, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Dennis Ross of Florida, all of whom identify with the Tea Party, said they’d back an agreement to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling if it included major revisions to U.S. tax law, significant changes to Medicare and Social Security and other policy shifts.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner said he doesn’t have the votes to pass an increase to the debt ceiling without packaging it with other provisions. There isn’t enough support to pass a “clean debt limit” provision, Boehner said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program today.
“We’ve tried a lot of things and used just about every arrow in our quiver against Obamacare,” Lamborn, 59, said yesterday. “It has not been successful, so I think we do have to move on to the larger issues of the debt ceiling and the overall budget.”
Lamborn said he would back a debt-limit increase if the agreement included an equal amount of spending cuts. He said he’s also seeking a deal that includes instructions for major tax-code revisions.
“I recognize the writing on the wall,” he said.
Farenthold, 51, was a conservative radio talk-show host when he won election in 2010, defeating 28-year incumbent Democrat Solomon Ortiz.
The Obamacare battle, he said, was for “another day.”
“It will collapse under its own weight, especially when the young people -- who are going to be under the individual mandate -- start screaming at what they’re having to pay for,” he said.
Ross, ranked among the House’s most conservative members by both the Club for Growth and the American Conservative Union, said he shifted his position because the shutdown hasn’t resulted in changes to the Affordable Care Act. The shutdown also could hurt the party, he said.
“We’ve lost the CR battle,” Ross, referring to the continuing resolution to authorize government spending, said in an interview. “We need to move on and take whatever we can find in the debt limit.”
Ross, 53, is pushing for other changes, such as basing Medicare premiums on income and switching to a formula that may make Social Security beneficiaries’ cost-of-living increases rise more slowly. Those would be “major reforms” that should win Republican votes.
“I’m not questioning my leadership,” Ross said. “I’m just suggesting that we need to take stock of where we’ve come and realize what it’s going to take for where we want to go,” he said, adding that he still favors changing the health-care law.
I'm questioning my leadership on this issue, because this game is over.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock