government shutdown

Schlafly: O's Shutdown Politics

Phyllis Schlafly, GOP USA

Is Obama trying to eliminate military chaplains in his war against Christianity? Incidents like these are building a climate of intimidation and discrimination against Christians in the military. Whatever happened to our First Amendment right of "free exercise" of religion and Dem's so-called culture of inclusion?

King: GOP Should Go After Cruz

Greg Richter, Newsmax

Rep. Peter King has had enough of Ted Cruz, saying the GOP should "start going after" the freshman TX Repub. to stop him from repeating the actions that King says led to the shutdown. Cruz's actions have even made Obamacare more popular when it should be failing in public opinion because of the glitches in its rollout, said King.

Stopping OCare:It's About Limiting Bad Gov't

Daniel Horowitz, Red State

Who cares about a few billion in random discretionary cuts that will not fundamentally affect the average American if we are prepared to surrender on the most consequential (yet unpopular) law? What is better for Repubs: a rallying cry of “keep the sequester” or “save people from losing their health insurance?”

Graham: Obamacare's Unstoppable

Fox News Insider

Sen. Graham said, “I’m not going to vote for any deal coming out of the Senate that doesn’t have a reasonable chance of getting a majority of House Republicans understanding that defunding and delaying ObamaCare is a bridge too far.”

McConnell: Time for Dems to Say Yes

Newsmax Staff

Harry Reid says that voters want Congress to compromise, but Dems continue to reject offers, the latest of which came from a bipartisan group. It would've re-opened the gov't and funded it for six month while raising the debt limit through Jan. 31.

Are Boehner and McConnell Ready for an “All or Nothing” Battle?

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell must recognize that if they cave-in completely and give Obama everything he wants then that’s the end of their leadership, and perhaps the end of the Republican Party as well.

This is the Future of the Republican Party

The “Million Vet March” to take back the World War II Memorial and the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution" were great successes in building the limited government constitutional conservative movement.

Huelskamp: What's Your Offer, O?

Bill Hoffmann, Newsmax

"Mr. President, tell us what your offer is, what you'd like to see instead of just saying you're not going to negotiate."

Defunding Obamacare Hopes Dashed?

Real Clear Politics Staff

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) says defunding Obamacare is no longer on the table and the GOP's now pushing for delay of penalties.

Shutdown's Forgotten Heroes

Janeen Capizola, BizPac Review

Border agents are still on duty protecting the US, but working without pay during the government shutdown. Though deemed “essential personnel”, they weren't included in the bill that ensured troops were still paid.

Privatize National Parks

Paul Kengor, American Spectator

We can avoid future Obama shutdowns by privatizing the service that operates and manages parks. Why? Because government employees became unionized, entrenched, and over-extended. 

Raising the Debt Ceiling: Smart Move or Surrender?

Beware a deal that allows the establishment GOP to declare victory without actually having to fight for conservative principles, and thereby loses them the limited government constitutional conservative grassroots – and even a majority of Democrats and Independents – who want real spending reform.

Spending Curbs Equal Anarchy?

Larry Elder, Human Events

Harry Reid thinks that the Tea Party lawmakers' concern over runaway spending is anarchy. Sen. Obama chided GW Bush on the debt. Pres. Obama in '09 even said, “The long-term deficit and debt that we have accumulated is unsustainable.” Is Reid's memory fading?

A Healthy Show of Civil Disobedience

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Taking their lead from the veterans who pushed through the World War II Memorial barricades, Americans nationwide are defying the federal gov't shutdown, tossing aside barriers to get to national parks and other federal lands that Obama has deemed out of bounds.

Obama’s War Against The Citizenry

The actions of the National Park Service are a mere skirmish in Obama’s war against the citizenry – a war that has been fought across the entire landscape of the federal bureaucracy.

Obama Aimed for Military Pain?

Patrick Howley, Daily Caller

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) accused Obama of seeking to inflict the “maximum amount of pain” on active duty National Guard members who may have been improperly furloughed as part of the gov't shutdown.

Heritage: FOCUS on OBAMACARE

Alexis Levinson, Daily Caller

'The only acceptable way out of this is some deal that funds the federal government without funding Obamacare.'

Dr. Carson's Rx for Shutdown Blues

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., The Washington Times

In order to cope with a $17 trillion debt, why is the gov't inflicting pain on us when it could have simply trimmed nonessential personnel and services from the budget with little or no inconvenience? 

Why Obama Won't End Shutdown

Jason Howerton, The Blaze

When a reporter asked Obama why he refused to “go along” with any of the House bills to fund programs like Head Start or veterans benefits during the shutdown, he said if the R’s aren’t feeling any “political heat” then “nothing happens.”

Congress' Gyms Open Amid Shutdown

John Parkinson and Arlette Saenz, ABC News

An exclusive gym for Members of Congress was supposed to be a casualty of the government shutdown, but the gym remains open. The facilities are not staffed but were kept operational to accommodate lawmakers who live in their offices during session.