In the NBC story Shutdown closer as GOP House clings together, President Obama put the whole matter to rest very succinctly.
In an afternoon interview with NPR News, Obama reiterated that any funding measure that involves major changes to Obamacare is a non-starter.
Asked what he can ‘offer’ towards a compromise – especially once the debate shifts to the debt ceiling — Obama insisted he should not have to negotiate over the issue.
“I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” he told radio host Steve Inskeep. “They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government, that’s not doing me a favor.”
When I was working in Oregon, I once joked to a customer in Massachusetts that I would be happy to help him if he flew me and my wife back to Massachusetts so I could help him in person. Boy, did I catch hell from my boss, and rightly so. All I could say when asked about it by my boss was the answer I learned to give while I was in the Army. “Gee, it sounded like a good idea at the time.” Except, nobody was laughing.
Suffice it to say, I worked my ass off to solve the customer’s problem.