Obama blames Boehner for ‘reckless Republican shutdown’

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By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday blamed House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for the government shutdown, warning of a possible economic recession if the political gridlock leads to a government default later this month.

The only thing keeping the government closed is Boehner’s refusal to call a vote on a budget unburdened by other measures, Obama said. “He doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party,” he said. “That’s what this whole thing is about. … My simple message today is: Call a vote.”

On the third day of the federal government shutdown, Obama’s speech at a construction company in Rockville, Md., was filled with warnings about how it could affect the economy.


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With no real negotiations taking place with Republicans in Congress, Obama also warned of the exponentially worse effects to come if lawmakers don’t act to raise the debt ceiling to pay government bills. The U.S. government is set to hit its limit for borrowing in mid-October and, if the ceiling isn’t lifted, won’t be able to pay its bills.

A day after talks at the White House revealed no common ground with the president, Republicans turned their attention to passing piecemeal measures that would fund certain, more popular government services. White House officials say they aren’t interested in those incremental steps.

Instead, Obama aimed his message Thursday at assigning blame for what he called a “reckless Republican shutdown,” and demanded a House vote immediately.

“That way,” he said, the “American people would be clear” who is for a shutdown and who opposes it.

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  • Skip

    Reminds me of the Bush/Cheney recession and now we have the reckless Republican shutdown. Great job you GOP morons. Now the stock market is noticing your mess and it's in decline – making even more retired folks angry at your stupidity. When the Social Security checks stop, you'll have a revolution and it won't be pretty.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the buck stops at you Mr President? Aren’t you as much to blame as Congress for not helping to mediate? All you seem to do is instigate and stir the pot. You know what’s a bigger detriment to the economy? Your monstrosity of a “healthcare” bill. But you wouldn’t know that because you are exempt from the law. Jerk, you need to be impeached!

    • Skip

      Blah blah blah! More Tea Party gibberish.

      "The Tea Party Patriots’ mission is to restore America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets."

      Wasting 300 million every day of the Republican Shutdown! More lies from the Tea Party!

  • guest

    this is the problem, "only one way out" MY WAY! compromise is the key. if we keep raising the debt ceiling to fund our spending more than we have, at what point does that bubble burst causing more problems than we've ever seen? this is like using one credit card to pay another, you can only do it for so long. what is the long range plan? why does the media NOT talk about this impending disaster?