Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., "So in case there's any shred of doubt in the minds of our House counterparts, I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead."
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking on "I think Senate Republicans are going to stand side by side with Speaker Boehner and House Republicans, listening to the people and stopping this train wreck that is Obamacare."
President Obama, "Let me say as clearly as I can: It is not going to happen. ... We're not going to allow anyone to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just to make an ideological point."
President Obama, the play’s chief producer, director, and promoter, holds the keys to the play’s success or failure. By refusing to negotiate with the theatre guild, and threatening to veto any budget that doesn’t fit his personal script, he is putting the country at risk of a government shutdown.
President Obama sees the play as all about him, not his policies or governance style, but about personal vendettas. It is not about the play being jammed through without being read by others. It is not about its economic impacts, about people losing their jobs, or insurance, or doctors, or being shifted to part-time work, or damage to the economy, or impending and predictable software failures, or widespread fraud because of not documenting eligibility, or being deeply unpopular with out-of-town audiences in its trial runs. It’s about Republicans “messing with me.”
The President might be better off compromising, negotiating, collaborating, or delaying implementation rather than running the risk of a shutdown before the main performance even begins or a collapse down the line requiring multiple rewrites.
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