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Why is it that the average person doesn't have the facts?

I'm discussing the government shut-down with my co-workers and somebody comes up with "why doesn't Obama just negotiate".

Now the discussion takes on a civics' lesson.

What the hold up is that the short term budget (or continuing resolution) will not be brought to the House floor for a vote.

A CR is a budget that has already been negotiated. The Democrats want a Budget with over a Trillion Dollars, the Republicans proposed one at about 900 Billion. The Democrats conceded to the Republican proposal. End of negotiations.

Now, the Republicans want to hold up their own budget in order to extract concessions on issues that they can't win through the normal parliamentary process or at the ballot box.

That's not "negotiations", it's extortion.

My Political Strategy to Solve the Government Shut-Down Crisis

President Obama has the votes in the House for a clean CR. There are reports that upwards of 100 Republicans will vote with all the Democrats for a CR Resolution with no strings attached. All we need is 17 or 18. The Hastert rule stands in our way (a Majority of the Republican caucus must favor a bill for it to reach the floor). The Hastert rule amounts to a Republican House filibuster that ostensibly requires a 3/4ths vote for any legislation to pass that the Democrats agree with.

President Obama should just call on Speaker Boehner to allow for a simple up or down vote. That's Democracy.

"Speaker Boehner, just call for a vote, a clean vote, and let the people's Representatives decide."
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