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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Charles W. Dent
Moving with stunning speed, Congress voted Wednesday to end the 16-day government shutdown and avert the potential for the first major debt default in U.S. history in a deal that gave President Obama most of what he sought — an open government and more borrowing authority without denting Obamacare.
Republicans on Sunday said they welcome the White House's new "charm offensive" — even if they are skeptical of the motives behind President Obama's renewed effort to schmooze with some of his administration's harshest critics.
Centrist House Republicans say they still want Congress to fix the nation's financial problems through a long-term grand bargain, warning its "ping-pong ball" method of propping up the economy from month to month will end in a crisis that will force even more unpleasant decisions on them.
The Department of Homeland Security program that secures the nation's chemical plants against terrorist attacks is a mess, lawmakers learned Wednesday.
"This legislation must be supported, but it should not be celebrated," said Rep. Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, who had been begging his party to end the shutdown. "It's not a win for anyone — not the institution of Congress, nor the president, for that matter."
"I'm not going to sign a discharge petition," Rep. Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, told CNN.