The confusion we are witnessing with the potential shutdown and the default of the government going over the fiscal cliff can be blamed on the media as well as the party in power. The media sides with and defends the president and his party by exaggerating and/or omitting information.
I fail to understand why the president and the Democratic leaders aren't willing to sit down and talk with the Republican leaders. They seem more willing to have discussions with world leaders who don't like us very much. Instead of dealing with the Republicans, the president would rather discuss his position in televised interviews.
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The Republicans are being blamed for the shutdown but many ignore the fact that the House of Representatives has the power of the purse. The Democrats argue that the ACA "is the law." Maybe so, but it seems to be a bad law and not worthy of funding at this time. It is worthy of discussion, but the Democrats don't want any part of that.
I don't rely on the media to deliver facts. Many journalists slant their stories to their political sway, and that includes The Associated Press. It becomes difficult to be an informed citizen because the media has taken sides, which is not what reporting the news is about.