Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Shutdown News

I read Lincoln's Cooper Union Address, it's surprisingly relevant. That speech was about the south trying to force their view that the federal government does not have the right to ban slavery. Lincoln address everything, examples in new territories, was the framers said, lies about recent events, respecting the results of an election, and how each side has to respect the other. Still this line has resonance.

Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.

this too:

Under all these circumstances, do you really feel yourselves justified to break up this Government unless such a court decision as yours is, shall be at once submitted to as a conclusive and final rule of political action? But you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, "Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!"

To be sure, what the robber demanded of me - my money - was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle.

Apparently there are some new fun dynamics I didn't know about. Harry Reid and John Boehner Really Loathe Each Other.

Politico reports John Boehner’s private fight for Hill health subsidies

With the federal government nearing shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner stood on the House floor Monday and called on his colleagues to vote for a bill banning a “so-called exemption” that lawmakers and staffers receive for their health insurance.

Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show.

During a five-month period stretching from February to July, Boehner and his aides sought along with Reid’s office to solve what had become a big headache for both of them. They drafted and reviewed a possible legislative fix, as well as continued to push for an administrative one from the Office of Personnel Management.

Also, as a result of the failed grand bargain talks between Boehner and Obama, the GOP caucus doesn't allow Boehner to talk with Obama without anyone else there. Seriously. This time, it’s different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis

But maybe something will happen soon. Obama Summons Congressional Leaders to White House

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