After weeks of laborious negotiations, what the nation ended up with was a shutdown deal which is in fact a small term solution. During the next few months, the series of crises will continue because the cash reserves will run out on Jan. 15, 2014. At this moment, even if some people are heralding the shutdown deal as a “breakthrough victory”, the fact is that it only offers a temporary truce midst the ongoing wars over Obamacare and govt. finances.
The positive side of the emergency shutdown deal is that at least the U.S. government will not be facing a default for now. The parks, the popular monuments, students with placards and small businesses will resume their activities that were once disrupted by the financial crises. Same goes for federal workers, health insurance clients and especially moms who are trying to keep it together through “reliable” food aid programs will benefit for the deal.
Jay Carney, a Whitehouse Spokesman stated, “There are no winners here.” On the contrary the obvious winner seems to be Obamacare (all thanks to the so-called ‘anonymous advisers’ to President Barack Obama).
Somehow, one part of the shutdown was giving the impression from the President’s side that “ “they” wanted to take away an average American citizen’s rights to health care benefits.” On top of it, the President’s signature on the health care law and people running into issues concerning the program’s policies seemed like a plea for help. “Help us in reaching a shut down deal against “them” for the sake of your health!”
What is the GOP Up to?
“We will (continue to” rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the President has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people,” – John Boehner ‘s statement on Wednesday during his keynote speech.
While the government is still fixated on reaching a permanent solution to the shutdown crisis, the GOP activists have vowed not to submit to the opposition. Waving the white flag is absolutely out of the picture any time soon.
In fact, the GOP is just warming up for another round, preparing its strategies which somehow look like President’s approach to the war on terrorism, all the way through Iraq, Afghanistan, Drone attacks and the latest Syrian chemical weapons issue.
To overlook Harry Reid in the middle of this deal would be a mistake. The Democratic majority leader has to be taken into account and considered among winners. One of the Democratic aide spoke after the shutdown deal, “There wasn’t any brow beating and there wasn’t any arm twisting because there wasn’t really any need (for it).”
The aide further continued, “Everyone seems to understand that a line had to be drawn (sooner or later), and defaulting was it. As the situation evolved, it became clear that Democratic unity was paying off, especially in contrast with the Republican disarray.”
Any Potential Voters for Obama in Future?
The poll numbers have definitely dropped for President Obama. Members of opposition parties were, and still are, quick to point out Obama’s sinking stats. What will happen during the 2014 mid terms where the President appears to have domestic agenda, which is stalled?
If politics enthusiasts are willing to recall what the U.S. President said on Jan 1, does it still mean that the President will continue to keep up to his words? He said, in fact he promised, “While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed. Let me repeat: We can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred. If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic.“
In the end, the question is: what does the future hold for the entire nation during the upcoming post election time period?