President Barack Obama cautioned the Republicans against “manufactured crises.” If his negotiating style is any clue, he may have preempted the Republicans on assigning blame for who is responsible for manufacturing them. The president is negotiating by saying that he does not want to negotiate.
The president and the Democrats first want clean bills, without any strings attached, to keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling and want to discuss the federal budget after. Obama says he does not want to negotiate the budget with the House Republican majority under the threat of a government shutdown and default.
The de facto understanding is that the federal budget for the new fiscal year starting October 1 is to be passed every year by September 30th of the previous fiscal year. Therefore, why did not the White House and Congressional Democrats, with a majority in the Senate, negotiate a budget with the Republicans before September 30th when there was no threat of a government shutdown? After all, the president sent the budget to the Congress in February.
The issue for the White House and Congressional Democrats is the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” Legitimately, the individual mandate of Obamacare should be delayed by 1 year because some states are not expanding Medicaid and because the online enrolment facility is plagued by glitches. The law must be made better and healthcare.gov needs repair and a possible revamp. Obama already delayed, without the consent of the Congress, the employer mandate by a year. The Democrats, however, want their way on Obamacare despite its gross inadequacies including a tax on medical devices to fund Obamacare’s federal subsidies. Hence, the government shutdown and a potential default.
Obama’s MO: If Obama does not get his way there will be a crisis, blaming the opposition for it. No wonder budgets have not been passed on time for 3 years in a row.
President Obama must stop the politics of blame and begin to lead.