ratofponi asked: Seriously? Nutjob Tea Party shuts down the government and now they blame Obama on the shutdown and make some mpretty npictures stacking barricades for the press? It's so sad that people follow that and blame Obama now, sometimes I think every single person in this country is fucking retarded.
Whoa there, Bucky. The people who showed u today were NOT Tea Party members. They were mostly veterans and their families. I’m sure some of them are also Tea Party affiliated, but that was not the driving force behind the movement today. Get your facts straight.
Let me break this down for you: The Republicans in Congress passed bill after bill that fully funded the government and only stripped or delayed parts of Obamacare while the Democrats in the Senate refused to even bring them up for a vote. This has happened on several occasions. Before you say Congress shouldn’t decide what does and does not get funded I will point you towards the constitution which gives the power of levying taxes and the budget directly to Congress. Democrats have used this tactic against Republicans in the past, so this is not unprecedented.
The President decides what is and is not essential during a shutdown of government and Pres. Obama decided to close open air monuments for the first time in history. People inside the Obama administration have been quoted as saying “We have to make this shutdown hurt the people as much as possible” and “We don’t care how long this shutdown lasts because we’re winning.” Again, this has nothing to do with Republicans.
From a person on the ground in Washington DC:
Just witnessed police whack older women with night clubs. Young kids pushed and crying. Out of control. I was in the middle of it all. Equally sad and proud of what I saw today.
Dennis Michael Lynch