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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The shutdown as an opportunity -- By Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara, The Washington Times

It would be laughable if it weren't so tragic for our nation. No, not the government shutdown, but the relentless assault by President Obama — and his Senate sidekick Harry Reid — on fundamental constitutional procedures for making laws, applying them and enforcing them.

Without congressional action or concurrence, Mr. Obama has made 17 or more changes in the Obamacare law — unilaterally. Huge glitches in the system startup revealed that the law is far from ready for prime time. Yet in recent White House "negotiations" with House Speaker John A. Boehner and company, Mr. Obama has refused to change the health law he has repeatedly violated as though it has somehow reconstituted its virginity.

Meanwhile, the president has sought to inflict political pain on Republicans for the federal shutdown, going to the extent of barricading the World War II Memorial to prevent visiting veterans from visiting this Mall exhibit. Some park rangers were so embarrassed by this alien act that at one point, they helped the veterans remove the barriers.

The House has begun the process of restoring "regular order"; that is, funding the government with 13 separate appropriation bills instead of lumping everything in a continuing resolution. Already, they have approved the defense appropriations bill, and they should accelerate this process.

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