The House Repubs took the initiative to tie budget approval to defunding Obamacare, Obamacare being an inappropriate socialist "solution" ramrodded down Americans' throats that never truly addressed at its core the real problem with healthcare: the outrageous cost of healthcare materials-services and insurance in America. Obamacare was really all about a quick-fix bandaid of keeping healthcare institutions from going bankrupt tending to the care of so many Great Recession victims (underscoring Obama's failure to get Americans back to work!) and other people who can't afford insurance and, of course, finding a way to insure 20 million illegal aliens, all part of Obama's idealized Multi-Cultural Internationalist agenda that does great harm to America.
Obama and the Senate Dems refused to approve the budget, based, essentially, solely on the defunding of Obamacare.
So, with the deadline approaching, The House Repubs compromised (damn them!) and changed "defunding" of Obamacare to "delaying" of the individual mandate etc.
That was resubmitted to Obama and the Senate Dems and they refused to compromise.
Then the deadline came and went .. and that's where we are now, with 10/17/13 looming, the date of default.
So .. who's at fault?
It really doesn't matter.
What matters is that the House Repubs have done the right thing by Americans.
And, Obama and the Senate Dems, idealistically clinging to this part of their agenda, refuse to compromise.
The real question is who's responsible for the government continuing to be shut down.
And, of course, that's the side refusing to compromise, refusing to do what's right for Americans, blindly clinging to their extremist idealism .. Obama and the Senate Dems.
Obama and the Senate Dems need to do the right thing: delay Obamacare for individuals as well, just like they did for the employer side last year, keeping that delay as well.
That is the right thing to do.
That will bring our government back up.
It really is that simple.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.