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Shutdown? or Meltdown?

In normal times, the President cannot change the laws passed by Congress. The President can go back to Congress and request an Amendment to the law as passed.

So, what has happened, the President has taken it upon himself to make unilateral changes to the ACA (ObamaCare) without consulting Congress.

So, the GOP controlled House sent forward a bill seeking a delay in one mandate of the ACA. The Democrats (and President) have rejected that proposal. That “delay” mirrors previous “delays” (unilateral changes) to the ACA previously enacted by the President.

The kicker, the issue is about DELAYING the individual mandate within the ACA. Coincidently, the President has already delayed aspects of the very same ACA -- without advice and consent of Congress.

Yup, the Democrats (and President) have achieved the shutdown of government because they were not going to negotiate an implementation delay in accordance with established process. And yet, the President has already made unilateral changes to the very same law OUTSIDE established process.

The arrogance of the President and the Democrat leadership have set the stage for the next recession.

Keep in mind, this is a lead up to the real fight with the pending debt ceiling. With a debt in the $16 trillion range and climbing, there is a real danger to the long-term stability of the United States of America.

I applaud the Republican party for their stand on ObamaCare and the projected excessive government debt it will create. And, for their stance to restrain uncontrolled government growth.

The continued growth of government is unsustainable. The continued growth of government regulation is unsustainable.
All ready, agencies are issuing public land closure orders that will further limit public access to public lands. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security are exempt from the shutdown.

So, we have federal museums being closed. We have national parks being closed. We have hunting and fishing opportunities being placed off limits.

Wade through the media hype and this is not that big of a calamity. More than three-quarters of the government is still on the job; as are the House of Representatives and Senators.

Cut spending. Cut government regulation.


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