GOP Obstructionism Overcome....
The government worked up to the midnight deadline to resolve the crisis, and, in the end, the Dems had too many votes for the Rich Man's Party. The shutdown is over, the debt ceiling crisis is put off until after Christmas, and federal employees are going back to work this morning.
Public opinion was solidly on Obama's side, as even a poll conducted by the noted liberals at The Wall Street Journal showed that the public blamed the GOP for the shutdown. Other polls showed that even children laughed at the GOP's attempts to spin this on Obama, be it that "we defunded the government, but wish to blame Obama when those veterans can't stare at some granite" nonsense, or "Obamacare is worse than the Holocaust." Other than complaints from a few right-wing loonies on my Facebook, Barry skated on this one.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, on the other hand, is pretty much through. The guy who was supposed to control Obama could not even control elements of his own party. Some joker named Ted Cruz made the Speaker dance to his Tea Party tune, and Ohio millionaires are lining up to oppose the impotent Boehner in the primaries. Boehner is said to be choosing between "I had Obamacare shoved down my throat," "Vote for Ted Cruz's bitch" or "I shut down the government for nothing" as campaign slogans.
President Obama backed down the GOP House, who were out to eliminate his signature Affordable Care Act. He'll face another challenge when the debt ceiling rears her ugly face again in early February. We'll go through this whole dance again then.
Central to the GOP position is the elimination of Obamacare, a costly program aimed at making health care affordable for all American citizens. The GOP fought against it mightily. Once this Obamacare became your law, they sought and failed to eliminate it ex post facto, then ran a failure of a candidate against Obama last year who made killing Barrycare his top priority behind millionaire tax breaks, then tried and failed to get the Supreme Court to eliminate it, and now have failed at holding the nation hostage to avert Majority Rule.
The wealthy have never liked Majority Rule, other than a brief period in history when only white male property owners could vote. The majority of America is poor, and would benefit from health care not being like a Cadillac... something that only rich people can afford. Obamacare is an attempt to eradicate that problem. I'd rather see it dropped on America after the recession has ended, and I'd really rather have it where wages were high enough that people could just insure themselves... but that isn't going to be happening.
Look for Rodney King-style riots in Duxbury and Chatham, as the wealthy- now potentially facing the loss of a small percentage of their hoarded money- descend upon Sharper Image and Sotheby's to demand retribution.