Democrats and Republicans were unable to come to terms on a Federal budget by September 30. Because of this, our government went into partial shutdown mode on October 1. The adjective “partial” is employed because personnel and services considered “essential” are still in operation.
The issue, from the Republican point of view, is the fact that President Obama has been willing to grant delays and waivers to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to many labor unions and large corporations, but has not been willing to grant those same waivers to individual Americans.
House Republicans have offered legislation that would fund some of the non-essential agencies and departments currently closed, but President Obama and Harry Reid have stated repeatedly that they will not negotiate with the GOP. Therefore, the legislation was rejected!
So apparently, the issue from the Democrat point of view, is that no negotiations whatsoever will be entered into with the GOP. Which point of view sounds more unreasonable?
Neither side is blameless, but refusing to negotiate makes President Obama and the Democrat Party every bit as culpable for the shutdown, as they say the Republican Party is.
It is unknown how long the shutdown will last, but some predict it will extend at least until October 17. That is the date the debt ceiling (the amount of money the U.S. can legally owe) will need to be debated anew.
It goes without saying that President Obama will want to raise the debt ceiling, while Republicans will certainly oppose that action unless concessions are received. We could be in for a long battle!