Obama sharply criticizes Republicans in new budget clashes

LIBERTY, Missouri Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:23pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) delivers remarks at a meeting of his Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) delivers remarks at a meeting of his Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, September 19, 2013.

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LIBERTY, Missouri (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Republicans in Congress on Friday to quickly resolve two festering budget issues or risk a government shutdown and a debt default that would send the U.S. economy into a tailspin.

"Just do your job," Obama said in a speech in which he offered his sharpest criticism to date of Republican attempts to gut funding for his signature health care law as part of any agreement on the budget or debt limit extension.

Washington faces two looming deadlines, with Obama and his Democrats and Republicans far apart on a solution. The government runs out of money on September 30 unless Congress approves a new spending law and will be unable to pay its bills by mid-October if the debt limit is not increased.

At a Ford automotive plant in the Kansas City suburb of Liberty, Obama said the U.S. recovery from recession would be at risk should the debt limit not be extended. And if no budget bill is passed by September 30, the government will shut down, idling hundreds of thousands of public employees.

If the United States is unable to pay its bills, said Obama, "We're deadbeats."

He offered withering criticism to a faction of conservatives in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who are adamant about trying to cut funding for the healthcare law.

Referring to a comment from North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr that trying to defund the healthcare law was "the dumbest idea I'd ever heard of," Obama said he agreed with the statement.

"This is not a deadbeat nation. We don't run out on our tab," said Obama, vowing he would not negotiate over the "full faith and credit of the United States."

While Obama and Republicans ridicule each other, so far there has been little in the way of substantive negotiations aimed at resolving the budget snafu.

"Be the guy who's doing your job. No obstruction. No games. No holding the economy hostage if you don't get 100 percent of what you want," he said.

Obama toured a factory at Liberty, Missouri, where Ford is boosting its workforce by more than 80 percent. The company has added 900 people to help build the popular F-150 pickup truck, and will add more than 1,000 jobs over the next year building a new line of vans.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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The deception is from the Republicans. After every major war, the US has fought, taxes were raised to pay for the war. Just looking at the facts we have spent 95% more on the military than on social program’s. It is easy to demonize people you do not know, but one fact is undeniable, bad things happen to good people. A lot of those bad things benefit big corporations. Corporate America wants us to be scared of the government, but what is scarier, a government we control through our votes or business has one goal, make profits at all cost and you have no say as to how they do it. Corporate America has in the past and has the potential to be as bad as any criminal syndicate that has ever been.

Sep 20, 2013 8:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:
Leonardo you are deceived. There is little difference between the 2 parties both are responsible for the abhorrent state of our country.

Sep 20, 2013 10:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F: “There is little difference between the 2 parties both are responsible for the abhorrent state of our country.”

You’re right but you’re also wrong. Yes, both parties have contributed to the disaster we are in. Both parties prioritize wealthy donors over middle class constituents. It’s beyond obvious to anyone who’s paying attention that NEITHER party are the “good guys” in this mess.

However, saying that they are the same is a false equivalence. If you gave democrats the power to enact a liberal agenda, at the worst, you’ll get something that is fundamentally stupid. Allow republicans to enact a conservative agenda, and at the worst, you’ll end up with policies that are downright vile and malicious.

I mean, look at some of the major issues right now:

- Gun control, which is arguably the worst thing that anyone can imagine the democrats doing. Even their most extreme policies fall far short of outlawing guns completely. Banning certain types of guns, restricting magazine size, enforcing vigorous background checks. Stupid? Maybe. Malicious? Not a chance.

- On the republican side, what are they trying to do right now? Gut the food stamp program, making it all the more difficult for people who are struggling the most to feed themselves and their families. And gut the ACA, take away health insurance for millions of people, allow insurance companies to drop customers if they get really sick, or allow them to deny coverage from the start if they have a “pre-existing condition”. Their agenda, whether intentional or not, is putting a lot of hurt on people who are hurting the most.

No, these parties are not the same. I’ll take stupid over evil (hyperbole alert, I’m not literally calling all republicans evil) any day.

Sep 20, 2013 11:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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