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President Obama in Kansas City – September 20, 2013 (September 20, 2013)

President Obama in Kansas City – September 20, 2013 – photos (September 20, 2013)

President Obama in Kansas City – September 20, 2013 – photos – part 2 (September 21, 2013)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) has a sad because President Obama visited Missouri (September 21, 2013)

On Friday at the Ford Stamping Plant in Liberty/Claycomo (Kansas City metro area) President Obama addressed hostage taking by House republicans on the debt ceiling and default.

…And now they’ve gone beyond just holding Congress hostage, they’re holding the whole country hostage.  One Republican senator called shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act, the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I agree with him [cheers, applause]. But, that’s the strategy they’re pursuing. House of Representatives just voted on it today.

Now, I tell you what, Missouri. The American people have worked too hard for too long, digging out of a real crisis just to let politicians in Washington cause another crisis [applause].

This is the United States of America.  We’re not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don’t run out on our tab. We’re the world’s bedrock investment. The entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is stable. We can’t, we can’t just not pay our bills. And even threatening something like that is the height of irresponsibility.

So what I’ve said is I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States  [cheers, applause]. I am not gonna allow anyone to harm this country’s reputation. I’m not gonna allow them to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just so they can make an ideological point….

Apparently, for republicans in Congress, doing something, anything, to give access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans is an evil to oppose that is worth destroying the economy over. That would make perfect sense if you were insane or a sociopath.

Interestingly, congressional republicans will vote to make all those other purchases in the past, but they won’t vote to have the one percent assume the social responsibility to pay their fair share for them. Ever.