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Conservatives were trying to avoid 'shutdown' with a compromise

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To The Daily Sun,

If President Obama, the leader of the most powerful nation in the Free World, can negotiate and compromise with the Russians over Syrian chemical weapons, why did President Obama allow a "shut down" (President Obama's words) of the U.S. government, instead of negotiating a compromise with his own U.S. Congress?

Why was President Obama willing to inflict all this "pain and discomfort" on we, the people, the citizens of the United States of America, by allowing this so-called "government shut-down", a term that substantially overstates the actual situation. As part of this so-called "government shut-down", President Obama ordered the placement of barriers around our national open-air monuments such as the WW I Memorial on the DC Mall; President Obama ordered the furlough of military chaplains who were willing to celebrate Mass and baptisms for our men and women in uniform for free, but were told they would be punished for performing their religious rites. President Obama allowed that the D-Day Memorial in Normandy, France should be barricaded and the public excluded. President Obama allowed that our National Parks be closed in spite of the fact that the U.S. Treasury actually makes money from rent paid by private companies who employ about 400-500 individuals at these national parks in about a dozen states. President Obama allowed that the National Park Service place "traffic cones" along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the this universally recognized National monument. President Obama even attempted to block visitors from the privately funded George Washington's Mount Vernon estate (the president later backed down on this one due to the overwhelming outcry from we, the people). Perhaps the most outrageous move of all by President Obama was the "slap in the face" to our American military heroes, when he allowed that the families of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan in early October would not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the government, so-called, shutdown. The list of transgressions perpetrated by President Obama against the American people in October 2013 alone can be extended even further!

Yes, the non-negotiator in chief, President Obama, in an earlier attempt to "fundamentally change America", an attempt that we, the people, must not forget, was President Obama's "sequester-prompted" termination of the public tours of the White House, a brazen insult to the American people continuing even after offers from reliable private sources to fund continued citizen access to this national icon were summarily rejected.

Here we are, then, in the aftermath of the so-called "government shutdown" of October 2013, we, the people, are told by the progressive/liberal media that conservatives should get the blame for this so-called "government shutdown", even when it was known that the conservatives in the U.S. Congress would have been happy to negotiate (compromise) for a delay of the, so called, Affordable Care Act "individual mandate". Folks, this compromise would afford no different treatment than the delay many businesses and unions have already received under this so-called Affordable Care Act! Due to software problems we, the people, are now experiencing an extended delay in the, so-called, Affordable Care Act implementation anyway! Even if the web access is fixed over the short term a 12 month delay for individuals seems a fair compromise to me. Oops; there's that word again: "compromise". Is President Barack Obama going to foist this same fiasco on us, the American people, again when our country comes to the same "can in the road" in four months? A sad state of affairs, indeed.

Omer C. Ahern, Jr.