Government shutdown: Obama cancels Asia trip, standoff continues
Remember that Obama is locked in an ongoing war with the American Catholic Church over both his social policy in general and his insistence that Catholic employers give their workers funding for contraception in particular. The two men have fundamentally different philosophies and theologies. We all expect a President to have nice things to say about a new pontiff but the tone implies that Obama believes he’s found a political bedfellow. For those who think that orthodox Catholicism is incompatible with Obamamania, this is very disturbing. But then Obama gets his information from the media and the media is doing its best to cast Francis as a liberal. The Prez probably read this from the New York Times and jumped for joy : Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown obsessed with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a home for all which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church. Obama may also have read that the pro-abortion NARAL group put a card up on its Facebook page that read, “Dear Pope Francis, Thank you.
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“They’re flopping around like dead fish in the bottom of the boat trying to figure out what to do next,” Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington told CNN. “They have no plan B.” His fellow House Democrats said Friday they would try to get Republican colleagues to join them in a procedural move that would force a vote on a spending measure with no anti-Obamacare amendments. However, the earliest such a vote could occur under their tactic would be October 14, they said. “This will at least start the clock ticking,” said Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. House takes piecemeal approach Boehner and his GOP House leadership said they would proceed with votes during a rare Saturday session on piecemeal spending legislation to fund popular programs while the shutdown continues. Democrats oppose the incremental approach, saying it amounts to conservatives choosing to fund programs and services they like.
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