Terry Paulson

President Obama seems comfortable negotiating with President Assad in Syria, President Putin in Russia, and President Rouhani, the newly elected "moderate" from Iran. As Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor, has said, "We're always open to diplomacy if we believe it will advance our objectives." The president talks of "trust but verify," but he's open to meeting our enemies halfway.

President Obama campaigned on bringing a "bipartisanship" to Washington, but looking for a 2014 mid-term election edge, the triumvirate of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have sent a clear message. There's NO NEGOTIATION with the GOP over the budget, Obamacare or the deficit impasse in the face of deficit limit "blackmail!" In spite of the House's Constitutional mandate to manage the purse springs, it's the President's way or the highway!

When has President Obama "negotiated" with Republicans? A bipartisan House group, meeting in secret to craft a comprehensive immigration bill, has collapsed. It boils down to trust and President Obama's poor track record in enforcing laws that are passed. Republican Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson explained: "The administration's practice of handpicking what parts of laws they wish to enforce has irrevocably damaged our efforts to fixing our broken immigration system. If past actions are the best indicators of future behavior, we know that any measure depending on the president's enforcement will not be faithfully executed."

President Obama hates any thought of delaying or negotiating changes to the Affordable Care Act with the GOP but has no trouble making changes by executive order. Without even requesting Congressional support, he's provided waivers for some companies and subsidies for politicians and their staffs. He's arbitrarily postponed until 2015 the law’s employer mandate that requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with health insurance or pay a fine.

Now, when faced with a House-passed CR that funds government but requires politicians and their staff to live under Obamacare and delays the law’s individual mandate, Democrats have refused to budge! Normal citizens like you don't count enough for a waiver or delay.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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