The Republican plan was to shut down the government and make life so painful Obama he would be forced to accept changes to his signature health care law. Of course the shutdown ended up being more painful for the GOP. So now Republicans want to make the shutdown less painful by passing small bills to address the issues which have gotten the most press coverage.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 4, 2013 10:49 am|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 17, 2013 9:25 am|
The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama’s incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the employer mandate legal. From the OMB:
|By: Jon Walker Saturday January 26, 2013 5:00 pm|
Now that the House has passed the three month suspense of the debt limit, it is safe to say President Obama won this standoff. The original Republican position was that any debt limit increase had to be accompanied by spending cuts. Obama said he would not negotiate this time and wanted a debt limit increase without cuts. This temporary increase has no cuts.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 19, 2011 6:30 pm|
President Obama’s deficit speech may be viewed as the moment the Obama administration fully pivots away from trying to reach bipartisan compromise, to instead focusing on winning 2012 by bashing the Republican Party.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 26, 2011 6:00 pm|
It is unfortunate that as our whole political system comes unhinged due to this current fight, so little has been done to explain to regular people what a preposterous and unnecessary debate this really is.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 14, 2011 8:30 am|
It is never a good idea to tell someone “Don’t call my bluff”. It undermines your position. Either you’re ready to win or you’re bluffing, but either way you leave that up to the opponent to figure out. After all if you taunt them, they might just call your bluff from pure spite.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 12, 2011 2:01 pm|
The White House has been trying to maneuver everyone into reach a big austerity deal, but I simply can’t see Obama carrying out his short term veto threat unless the administration had been lying other aspects of the debt ceiling issue.