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Salvato: Government Shutdown? Blame Obama & Reid

By Frank Salvato

There are two statements one can make with certainty about the current situation inside the beltway. First, truth is a rare commodity. What was promised to be the most transparent administration in American history has proven to, by comparison, make Richard Nixon’s Administration look like Wikileaks. And second, the Republican Party, at its highest level, has a lethal messaging problem. These two truths combine for a moment in time when the United States government is not only susceptible to Progressive despotism, but well down the road to succumbing to it.

Where the transparency and honesty of the Obama Administration is concerned, the examples of dishonesty are many. From using the Internal Revenue Service to cripple their ideological and political opponents to advancing fiction as the cause of the slaughter of four Americans by al Qaeda operative in a quest for an election victory, the list of matters ringing dishonest emanating from this administration is profound:

▪ The IRS scandal

▪ Benghazi cover-up

▪ The NSA surveillance scandal

▪ Spying on the media

▪ Fast & Furious

▪ Being able to keep your current coverage under Obamacare

▪ The Pigford debacle

▪ Sebelius violating the Hatch Act

▪ The use of secret emails by agency heads

▪ Solyndra

▪ Dropping prosecution of the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation

The list goes on and on and on, all the while the mainstream media provides cursory coverage at best, even as they provide rhetorical cover for the administration’s misdeeds.

But perhaps the most dishonest misinformation emanating from the Obama White House – and from the Democrat and Progressive controlled Senate, for that matter, is that Republicans want to shut down government. This out-and-out lie was false in 2011 and it is false today.

Since Republicans wrestled control of the US House of Representatives from the talons of Nancy Pelosi and her Progressive coven, the House has satisfied its constitutional obligation to craft and pass a budget, on time, each and every year, including for 2014. Conversely, Democrats and Progressives in the Senate have manufactured gimmicks and excuses to elude their budgetary obligations.

On January 7th, 2013, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York wrote:

“Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers’ expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then. 

“There’s no mystery why. The budget passed by large Democrat majorities in the first months of the Obama administration had hugely elevated levels of spending in it. By not passing a new spending plan since, Reid has in effect made those levels the new budgetary baseline. Congress has kept the government going with continuing resolutions based on the last budget signed into law. 

“While Reid has forbidden action, the House has passed budgets as required. Senate Democrats have been highly critical of those budgets, designed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But under Reid’s leadership, Democrats have steadfastly refused to come up with a plan of their own.”

Yet the narrative advanced by Reid, his Democrat Senate cronies and the White House is that it is Republicans who exist as “the party of ‘no’” in the US Congress. The facts, as they present, prove otherwise.

Which leads us to the current misinformation spin being advanced by the Progressives in Washington, DC: The Republicans want to shut down government over Obamacare. Truth be told, even the staunchest TEA Partier in the House and/or Senate has gone on record as not wanting to shut down government.

Article I, Sections 7, 8 and 9, respectively, of the United States Constitution states mandates that the “power of the purse” resides solely with the US House of Representatives:

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills...” 

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States...” 

“No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

A plan being advanced by the fiscally responsible in the US House proposes to fully fund the US federal government, devoid of any funding for the notorious and ill-crafted Affordable Care Act. The facts surrounding the proposal are thus:

▪ Government funding through the Continuing Resolution will expire on September 30th.

▪ The House should pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the entire federal government, except for Obamacare. To do so, the Continuing Resolution should include the Defund Obamacare Act (HR2682/S1292) to explicitly prohibit mandatory and discretionary Obamacare spending.

▪ If Republicans stand together, with 218 votes in the House and

41 in the Senate, we can win. House Republicans should send the Senate a Continuing Resolution that fully funds the government without funding Obamacare, and Senate Republicans should ensure that no Continuing Resolution providing Obamacare funding is signed into law.

▪ If Republicans do this, President Obama and Harry Reid will falsely accuse Republicans of threatening a government shutdown. But only they control whether to shut down the government just to implement their failed law.

To date, more than 60 House Republicans and 14 Senate Republicans have joined in this effort. The likes of Richard Shelby (R-AL), John McCain (R-AZ), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Roy Blount (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orin Hatch (R-UT) have come out against the measure for what can only be construed as purely political reasons.

Given that the Progressives of the Obama White House and the Reid Senate have no issue with crafting falsehoods to advance their political power, Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians and fiscally conservative Democrats should admit this inevitability. Whether fiscally responsible Republicans fund government devoid of Obamacare or not, Progressives and Democrats – including their sycophants in the mainstream media – are going to blame the GOP for any and all push back on the budget, the debt ceiling and the implementation of Obamacare, no matter what Republicans do.

This makes it all the more frustrating, if not infuriating, that Republicans at the national level – both elected and not – are miserable at messaging. In the last decades Republicans have shown not only a weakness in being able to message; to convey simple cognitive thoughts, to the American people, they have displayed a complete inability to craft and take control of “the narrative,” pre-emptively.

And while “establishment Republicans” (many of whom are Progressive elitists in their own right) blame their inability to communicate to the American people on a “facture within the party,” this avoids the stark truth that the national Republican party hasn’t had a coherent message or employed a potent counter-measure to the Progressive message since the days of Ronald Reagan.

(A note about the “facture within the party: It is more a confrontation between moderate Republicans who have allowed the party to be “nudged” to the ideological Left continuously and without reciprocation during their tenure, and those loyal to the party’s charter and tenets circa 1856; those identified as the TEA Party faction of the Republican Party; those advancing the “Defund Obamacare” movement in Congress. To wit, establishment Republicans didn’t want Ronald Reagan as their nominee either. He would have been considered a TEA Partier had the movement existed in his day.)

That said, the only thing keeping the Defund Obamacare initiative from saving the country from economic devastation and a nation devoid of individual rights is intestinal fortitude; courage and conviction.

On August 21st, 2013, a gunman, armed with an AK-47 and over 500 rounds of ammunition, entered a Georgia elementary school. Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man with a history of mental health issues, proceeded to take the school bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, hostage, in what could have been yet another senseless tragedy; another murderous rampage. Instead, the situation resolved in Mr. Hill being taken into custody unharmed, the children of the school safe and sound, all because Ms. Tuff had the courage to try to do the right thing. Ms. Tuff talked the would-be gunman into surrendering and seeking medical attention. Because of Ms. Tuff’s courage, because of her willingness to put the good of the children before her own self-preservation, everyone involved in the incident lives to see another day: Hill gets the help he needs and the children live to embrace their futures.

That the “establishment Republicans” on Capitol Hill would display the same courage as Ms. Tuff when it comes to doing the right thing; when it comes to making a decision to take a stand; when it comes to placing the good of the people about political self-preservation. Sadly, there are very few Antoinette Tuffs on Capitol Hill. Sadly, there are very few Antoinette Tuff’s in the Republican Party.

But there was a time when this was not the case.


Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.orgMr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at

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  1. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    August 24, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    So by the Senate & Harry Reid not passing a budget in over 1350 days and a budget is required by LAW yearly. Harry Reid’s not allowing a vote is breaking that law and is a law breaker.

    When will he be arrested and punished for this LAW BREAKING? Will the answer be “What difference does it Make NOW”

    It would be Time that he is removed for not preforming his sworn duties!

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    • poppoComment by poppo
      August 24, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

      You think Eric Holder would arrest Harry Reid?

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  2. jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
    August 24, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I say let them close down the government. It’s corrupt, bankrupt and not working for anyone except politicians anyway. We’d all be better off. We might have to go back to a barter system and produce a few more guns to defend ourselves from the criminals imported by Obama, but he and his henchmen would be out of work and out of money which would make us all much better off.


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  3. oldsaltydawgComment by oldsaltydawg
    August 24, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Sadly the TRUTH of who is doing the most DESTRUCTIVE Things to America will never get out to the public. The IDIOTS in the MORON MEDIA won’t say a thing bad about the Democrats in the Senate or that WORTHLESS IDIOT Obama since for some IGNORANT SENSELESS REASON they love them more than even the TRUTH. Obama and his flunkies are out to destroy America and the media is the biggest tool those IDIOTS have. People of America need to find out the TRUTZH about how it is the Waste that Obama and his Thugs are doing and see that it is for those reasons the Republicans would rather shut down the Government than to give those IDIOTS what they want which is DESTRUCTION of America in every way they can. They have already gotten GOD thrown out MURDER of the unborn and now Gay rights so they have DESTROYED the morals and ethic(Clinton getting away with Perjury)so OUR Financial standing goes next and will be America’s DEATH and Exactly what Obama and his Thugs have always wanted.

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  4. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    August 24, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    “If Republicans stand together, with 218 votes in the House and 41 in the Senate, we can win”

    AND IF

    A majority of the people cheer, DO IT

    Why wouldn’t they cheer, given Obamacare is such a horrid deal?

    Mainly because they have to take the Republican’s word for it because few to none have SEEN how it works

    And IF one thinks the word of a Republican is rock solid then they think everyone has forgotten about WMD

    And it does not matter if the Republicans did it intentionally or unintentionally, it proved they don’t always know what they are talking about.

    So IF the Republicans don’t fund Obamacare it is a gamble the majority of the people will be able to independently evaluate the impact of Obamacare all by themselves. Big gamble like in when pigs can fly

    What I think will happen is what happens when a person loses some thing they really don’t know if it is good or bad, they feel a loss because they are focusing on all the imagined good, and none of the bad they never knew.

    Do this lose the House

    Or we can let Obamacare show the people all of its charming ways and have them elect people who want to repeal it

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  5. ksr1Comment by ksr1
    August 24, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    I am kind of split on the defund of O-Care. Straight up I do not like it one bit since my costs have already gone up 30% with about 70% of the coverage…go figure. BUT, if we are willing to make a short term sacrifice in costs and all those LIV who fell over themselves by letting The Anointed One stay for another term I wonder what will happen in let us say 6-8 months. When they go to a less than full time job, companies reducing the staff so they are not effected and THEIR costs also going through the roof, I think 2014 should be a very good year followed by ’16. That is only IF the conservatives really follow through to get rid of the whole darn thing. People like Reid et, al. will be history. I do not like it but in reality I see no other way to really force the “hand that feeds all of them”. I know I will get some heat for this but if someone can come up with a better way, I am all for it.

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  6. my04301933Comment by my04301933
    August 24, 2013 @ 3:03 pm


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  7. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    August 25, 2013 @ 1:03 am

    Mark Levin pointed out that we live in a nation where most of the government that people rely on is already shut down two days per week. While those days are an inconvenience from time to time that nation has adjusted. The military is still open on reduced work schedules and are recallable 24 hours a day for emergencies. Law enforcement remains on watch. The Post Office still move tons of mail around the country every hour to distribute on weekdays.

    Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want the masses to believe that they are (or were) on duty 24/7 since they took their oath of office.

    I that is so, it must have been Harry Reid’s duty to block the annual approvals of an Fiscal Year Budget, Eric Holder’s duty to give blind approval of Fast and Furious, allow the New Black Panthers to walk free from justice and to lie about the warrant on Fox News’ Rosen.

    It must have been Obama’s duty to stir the race pot over the death of Trayvon Martin when there was never a legitimate shred of evidence of racial profiling by Zimmerman. It must have been Obama’s duty to violate the Constitution by use of Executive Orders to avoid the legal processes that require Congressional approval and many times when Congress tried to authorize the changes.

    Both Obama and Hillary Clinton were on duty in the middle of the day our time when Benghazi was attacked and our Ambassador and three other Americans were murdered by terrorist. It was their duty to make at best a single phone call effort so campaign issues could continue for the next day’s travels. Slick campaigning to give us Obama(DON”T)care at prices that can only head up instead of reducing the overall costs nationally.

    Obama was driven by his own ideals to fundamentally change America by throwing monkey wrenches into the parts of our economic machine that mostly needed adjustments. It is also his duty to shut down our electrical grids that are fueled by coal and burden national businesses with unrealistic regulation that kill profits and the likelihood putting America back to work, while supporting higher taxes to support a bloated oversized federal government that never had a perk or party it didn’t like. Among these injustices is the one personal Obama advisor with Secret Service Protection and the President’s Food Taster.

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  9. hdr206Comment by hdr206
    August 25, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    The righties are terrified of Obamacare. My theory is that they’re afraid it’s going to work.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      August 25, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

      Going to work? No, they can’t even get it started! Postpone, exempt etc etc it’s not even what they passed so it’s already a failure hdr666

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      August 25, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

      “My theory is that they’re afraid it’s going to work.” Comment by hdr206

      Have wondered the same myself. However, anything which requires force to work already cost more than some thing which is free. The free part is the not the price of the product but the price of participating in the market

      What makes the free market the dynamo it is, it requires the seller to make some thing faster, cheaper, or better to take market shares away from another seller and the buyer benefits

      When force is used, if you don’t like the product they keep beating you until you pay to stop being beat.

      This Obamacare. It has already failed before it has begun

      Of course, the question is how to reform the medical market without government intervention

      The answer, get government out of the market

      Before Obamacare government expenditures were 45% of the market

      To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, the question is whether a nation can long survive being half free and half slave

      Obamacare will make it all slave

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  10. vosjeComment by vosje
    August 26, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    The situational morality that Obama and H. Clinton used to leave Americans and lie about for political reasons at Benghazi is the same situational morality liberal republicans are using to justify funding unconstiutional, immoral Obamacare for political reasons.

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