Reasons behind the ‘shutdown’

Americans ought to be very clear on why some sectors of the federal government “shut down” Tuesday morning. The bottom line is simple: President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to grant millions of people the same breaks the administration already has handed to big businesses, scores of labor unions and others favored by the current administration.

Officially, Reid and other liberals in the Senate rejected a plan to provide money for the government. They did so because the bill, initiated by conservatives in the House of Representatives, also called for a one-year delay in enforcing Obamacare, the national health insurance takeover.

The law of the land, as the president is so fond of referring to Obamacare, was enacted three years ago. But this summer Obama declared big businesses will be given a one-year delay – the same amount of time conservatives sought for the rest of us – in complying.

In addition, hundreds of organizations, companies, government entities and labor unions have been given waivers from compliance with Obamacare. Scores of unions, with an estimated 543,000 employees, will not have to offer insurance.

Apparently conservatives in Congress are not permitted to suggest altering Obamacare formally and legally – but the president himself is allowed to make changes unilaterally if he doesn’t like the law.

So, beginning Jan. 1, most Americans will have to obey Obamacare’s mandates or pay higher taxes from which millions of others have been exempted.

Obama has chosen to circumvent the law to protect a few million of the favored from it. But when conservatives in the House suggested basic fairness dictated giving everyone the same break, the president and Reid said no.

That is why part of government was “shut down” Tuesday. Incidentally, bureaucrats handling Obamacare remained on the job.