Obama calls Boehner, will speak at 2 p.m.

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Obama calls Boehner, will speak at 2 p.m.
Tue, 10-08-2013 - 12:32pm

"President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, again telling the Ohio Republican he will not negotiate on budget items until the GOP-run House ends the shutdown and raises the debt ceiling.

Obama also scheduled a White House statement on the budget shutdown for 2 p.m.; he will also take questions from reporters.

"The president is willing to negotiate with Republicans -- after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed -- over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country," said a White House readout of the 10:45 a.m. phone call to the House speaker."

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Do you think the shutdown will end soon or do you think we've got another week, two weeks, three weeks to go?

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Registered: 08-25-2013
Thu, 10-10-2013 - 11:47am

You are blaming this mess on the Tea Party? As leader or the person who is supposed to be in charge, I say the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the President of the United States. His partisan politics has driven us straight into the rocks.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 10-08-2013 - 8:38pm

First, I want to note that iVillage  doesn't seem to have as many problems with log-in.  Also, one can now see the OP in the same window.  Should NEVER have been left as long as it was with all the glitches though.  iVillage boards are a faint shadow of what they once were.  Whoever was the moving force behind the last change should be/have been escorted on a defenestration trip without any golden parachute to soften the landing.  And it's taken far far far too long to make urgently needed corrections.   

I am of the "pox on both your houses"sentiment in regards to the government and its shutdown.  Reid is not a inspirational or gifted leader.  Pelosi seems to rub many people the wrong way (though one wonders if her gender is part of the irritation).  I could almost feel sorry for John Boehner but his crocodile tears made me feel leery long ago.  Mitch McConnell?  Meh.  This is what we call our leadership?!  Ugh. 

But the real ogres in the act are tea party-type representatives who utterly lack logic.  Let me get this straight.  We should vote them into positions of power in government....because they don't believe in government.  Huh.  I received a robo-call from  Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri.  My representative in the House. Trying to drum up opposition to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  If he and his ilk (the "tea party caucus") are what the Republican Party have running the show, then we're in trouble.  They know how to obstruct, obfuscate, obliterate, and mislead.  Present viable alternatives?  No. 

I get the impression that unless and until people get fed up with the tangible lack of the "tea party" and its types to present solid and balanced leadership (aside from laissez-faire capitalism), we could be in for a rough ride. From what I can see, there is NO willingness from the TPers to compromise .  They fear the RINO label and don't understand that a democracy cannot be solely about ideology.  And if the Democrats try to make concessions, they'll be called sellouts because compromise can never be a one-way street. 

Maybe I am wrong (hope so!) but am wondering what fresh hell our economy will lurch into during the impasse.  Austerity has a history of  deepening into recession, if not outright depression.