The shut­down means ‘shut up’

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that they do not want Oba­macare as it cur­rently stands. A re­cent NBC-Wall Street Jour­nal poll shows that only 12 per­cent of Amer­i­cans think Oba­macare will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their lives.

We are look­ing for com­pro­mise with Mr. Obama. We are look­ing for give-and-take so­lu­tions.

The pres­i­dent is in­tran­si­gent. He will not give an inch, yet he ex­pects the en­tire coun­try to take the whole Oba­macare mile. It is his way or the high­way.

It was not a good idea to shut down the gov­ern­ment. It’s also not a good idea to give Mr. Obama 100 per­cent of what he wants on Oba­macare. Why is the pres­i­dent so op­posed to try­ing to make this law less bad? Why is he con­tin­u­ally re­fus­ing to com­pro­mise?

What are we sup­posed to do with a pres­i­dent who is com­pletely un­will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate? Mr. Obama and the Democrats in the Se­nate would rather shut down our gov­ern­ment than work with Repub­li­cans on se­ri­ous amend­ments and so­lu­tions.

Rand Paul is a Repub­li­can se­na­tor from Ken­tucky.

ILLUSTRATION BY GREG GROESCH/THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

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