President Obama on Friday set up another potential budget shutdown fight, insisting on a long-term spending bill and saying he would not sign another temporary measure like the current one, which expires Dec. 11.
“I will not sign another short-sighted spending bill like Congress sent me this week,” Bush said. “Congress has to do it’s job. It can’t flirt with another shutdown.”
Laying the groundwork for a bruising brawl in the fall with congressional conservatives, Obama demanded that the sequester budget caps be broken and the spending spigot open wide so lower spending doesn’t make it even harder on things like “an aging population,” schools and the military.
“It’s time now to undo them,” Obama said in a press conference.
The president warned Congress against adding “extraneous” issues to the budget debate, like their objections to Planned Parenthood. “They want to defund Planned Parenthood? There’s a way to do it: Pass a law, override my veto,” Obama said.
Obama returned to his demand for gun control, which he had just lodged Thursday in the aftermath of the mass murder at an Oregon college. He suggested Republicans were resisting him not out of principle, but because they were getting their marching orders from the National Rifle Association.
“It’s because of politics. It’s because interest groups fund campaigns and feed people fear,” Obama said. “And in fairness, it’s not just in the Republican Party, although the Republican Party is just uniformly opposed to gun safety laws.”
Obama took a moment to skewer Jeb Bush for saying, in relation to the shooting, that “stuff happens,” an attempt by Bush to indicate that politicians should not overreact.
“I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Obama said. “I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happening.'”
Obama ridiculed his opposition, saying even some Republicans in Congress suggest he wants gun control because he’s plotting to seize power.
His opponents charge that gun control is “an assault on freedom or Communistic, or a plot by me to take over and stay in power forever or something,” Obama asserted. “I mean, there are all kinds of crackpot theories out here, some of which are ratified by elected officials on occasion.”
But he nevertheless suggested he has no plans for dramatic, unilateral executive action, indicating the matter was in the hands of Congress. “Main thing I’m going to do it talk about it,” he said.
Obama said voters should, for at least a few election cycles, judge candidates entirely based on their position on gun laws. “You have to just for a while be a single-issue voter,” he said.
Strikingly, Obama said nothing during the press conference about the Oregon’s gunman’s targeting of Christians, who revealed their faith only to be shot and killed.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race.
The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out of the boomlet that accompanied her strong performance in last month’s GOP debate.
A GOP donor from the energy sector was less than charitable in his assessment of Bush’s campaign this week.
“No one wants another Bush,” said the donor, who asked to remain anonymous. “Hell, when will they get that through their heads?”
Despite numerous hopeful stories in the mean that Donald Trump’s mediocre debate showing had at last inaugurated his decline, the billionaire real estate developer remains well ahead of the field, logging a solid 25 percent, 9 points ahead of Ben Carson’s 16 percent.
Even though he has not yet unleashed his massive advertising war chest against his rivals, Bush — whose 4 percent ties him with “don’t know” — surely did not expect to be where he is at this point. He was long presumed to be the man to beat, but his inability to show much spark or forcefulness on the campaign trail has given Republicans pause.
Meanwhile, he has failed to address the average Republican’s concern about such matters as trade and immigration, leaving the field open for Trump to seize those issues and run away with the base.
Unlike a few other candidates, Bush has so far declined to release his fundraising totals for the third quarter of the year. If those come in lower than expected, the news could further diminish his standing and cause even more donors to consider sending their money to another establishment figure like Rubio.
In the poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — strong contenders in the “next to drop out” contest — each received 2 percent. Paul will reportedly reveal that he raised a meager $2.5 million, a tumultuous drop for the $7 million he raised in the second quarter.
A version of the piece first appeared on PoliZette.
The press conference has concluded.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is leaving in December. He will be replaced by his deputy former New York state education commissioner John King.
Duncan’s term, which has spanned Obama’s entire presidency, has been marked by aggressive moves to institute a Common Core-influenced agenda. I will live stream the Obama announcement, scheduled for 3 pm today.
Briefing has been cancelled.
President Barack Obama likes to tout his religious passion. Today, we will find out if it equals his passion for gun control.
According to multiple reports, the gunman who killed 10 people and wounded seven Thursday at a rural college in Oregon methodically asked his victims whether they were Christians before he killed them, one by one.
One of the students wounded at the school, Anastasia Boylan, said the killer ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christian.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
Each and every one of those young Americans who revealed their belief is a hero and a Christian martyr. Today, it is incumbent upon our leaders, starting with the top dog, to talk about their incalculable bravery.
Instead, many people, like the president did on Thursday night, will focus on scaling back the Second Amendment by passing gun measures that in all likelihood will be useless for stopping mass murderers, but which will prevent some from defending themselves while scaling back freedom.
The antigun outrage will make Obama and his allies feel fantastic about themselves and offer the comforting illusion that they are “trying to do something.” That will be the main accomplishment.
Perhaps some of those who will serve up histrionics today should ask whether they are compounding the problem. The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, craved the attention, according to CBS.
He apparently wrote this on social media about the man who in August killed a reporter and her cameraman in Virginia:
“I have noticed that so many people . . . are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
Maybe the president would like to outlaw video games. Inevitably, the shooters are found to have spent hours every day wrapped around a video console shooting zombies or some other imaginary threat.
An online dating profile that appears to belong to Mercer lists his hobbies and interests as “Internet, killing zombies, movies, music, reading,” CBS reported.
Nothing the president does is going to eliminate guns or significantly decrease their availability, other than to law-abiding citizens. Unless he believes he can repeal the Second Amendment with a two-thirds vote of his White House staff.
But one thing he can do, for a grieving nation, is talk about the bravery of these martyred American Christians.
President Obama marched directly to the podium of the White House briefing room Thursday and specifically turned the tragic shooting at an Oregon college into a political issue.
“This is something that should be politicized,” Obama said.
I wonder. Guns have always been available. And yet these shootings are occurring more than ever. What else is stoking it. Video games? Excessive attention to the issue?
The president of course didn’t mention that the shooting occurred in another gun-free zone, just like the one in July on a military base in Tennessee.
No guns allowed at the college where this happened. Unless you’re a murderer.
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