President Obama has made two mistakes that are going to cause the country much harm by allowing the GOP to work their will. First he altered the sequester to eliminate delays caused by budget cuts to the air traffic controller budget. Other sequester cuts that are less visible continue to hurt 10,000s of Americans. Secondly, he signed a bill to allow members of the military to continue to be paid during the Federal government shutdown. That gives the GOP relief to the only segment of the government that they care about. The other segment of American society that the GOP care about is the 1%, and they are wealthy enough to purchase other services during the shutdown. Even if Congress finally approves a clean bill for the continuing resolution, the sequester will continue. And I believe that the government shutdown will continue for a long time since the military will continue drawing their pay while other government employees will not.
In voting to allow a vote on the budget in the form of a continuing resolution, the Senate exhibited political courage. The House of Representatives has yet to follow suit, demonstrating a lack of political courage. Why the difference? Harry Reid is demonstrating more and better leadership skills than John Boehner, and there are more wacko birds in the House than in the Senate. In addition, only one-third of the Senators face re-election every two years, while all the House members face the electorate every two years. House districts are redrawn every ten years, while state boundaries do not change. House members face a possible gerrymandered district if their party controls state government and they do not submit to party discipline while that is not true in the Senate. Some in the GOP want to repeal direct election of Senators, giving even greater control to the states over Congress.