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WSJ's Moore: Democrats 'Don't Care About What's Good for the Country'

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 01:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

The Democrat-ruled Senate is refusing to negotiate with the Republican House on Obamacare in a bid to have the GOP blamed for a government shutdown, according to Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal.

"They want this to be like a nuclear reactor going off in the country because then the Republicans get the blame," Moore, an editorial board member and senior economics writer at the Journal, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I don’t want to see the government shut down … but [there are] very serious policy disagreements between the president and the Republicans who were elected to have the majority in the Congress."

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"And the president's basically saying he's not going to negotiate, Harry Reid's saying he's not going to negotiate. Well, how do you reach middle ground when one party won't budge an inch?" he asked.

Moore says the Senate waited until 2 p.m. Monday to turn down the latest Republican proposal, in which the implementation of Obamacare would be delayed for a year, because the Democrat-led body wants the government to shut.

"They don't care what's good for the country, they care about politics," Moore said.

"So they think — and they're probably right — they can blame this on the Republicans and if that means a bunch of people don’t get paid and people have to worry about the services they depend on from government, that's a small price to pay to squash the Republicans."

He said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the one who is being political, not the Republicans.

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"He's basically said, okay, we've passed our budget. There's only eight hours left. What are you going to do? It's becoming very, very difficult to avoid a shutdown rather than spending the last couple of days negotiating."

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