Letter: Obama’s fault
The partial government shutdown is President Obama’s political theater intended to intimidate Republicans into ending their opposition to Obamacare, continued reckless spending, Obama’s job-killing policies and Obama’s appointment of radical left-wingers to key government positions.
Without media hype, most Americans wouldn’t notice the shutdown. To increase the pain and get attention, Obama spent more money to shut down things never closed before, such as open-air monuments like the World War II and Vietnam memorials, where he erected barriers and sent more guards to prevent access than normally there.
Republicans passed a bill to fund every part of government except for two minor Obamacare changes to which Democrats object. Republicans say big business shouldn’t get a one-year delay from Obamacare requirements unless individuals get a delay too. And Republicans don’t want highly paid (on average double the private sector) senators, congressmen and their staffs to get three-quarters of their health care premiums paid by taxpayers over and above any normal Obamacare subsidies.
Obama stated that these Republican changes wouldn’t stop Obamacare, so these aren’t the reason for the shutdown. There is a partial government shutdown because President Obama believes he can win a political victory and bludgeon Republicans into dropping opposition to anything he wants.