Government shutdown creeps closer

  • Article by: PAUL KANE and PERRY BACON JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: April 6, 2011 - 6:15 AM

It was a day of futile budget negotiations to keep the federal government running.

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nicolaswillApr. 5, 1110:13 PM

Cuts, cuts, cuts. You people will see what happens in a few years if this happens. You won't be happy. If you think this "spending" is the problem you are in for a world of hurt.

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Wally_99Apr. 5, 1110:16 PM

HA! This administration has mired us into stratospheric debt ($14 trillion) and we are bickering over tens of billions in proposed cuts. (*Knocks on the skulls of the politicians*) HELLO! We are no where NEAR where we need to be in terms of slashing government spending at the Federal (and State) levels. What they are talking about is peanuts relative to what's needed.

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duckhunter97Apr. 5, 1110:23 PM

And the problem with the government shutting down for awhile is????

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irresistableApr. 5, 1111:56 PM

The CBO just reported on Ryan's budget plan, In essence they say seniors would pay more for health care and his other numbers do not add up. But what else is new in the Republican world- since Reagan's heyday they trot out the same old tax cut formula and starve the Government of income then they claim hey we can't afford these programs that benefit the working class and poor. They don't touch corporate welfare though and that runs 125 billion a year, double the cost of the food stamp program. Even with 44 million people on food stamps it still is a bargain for the money it pumps into states and local communities compared to corporate welfare tab. If you are a senior and you vote Republican I hope you are wealthy or you are cutting your own throat.

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cadguymarkApr. 6, 11 3:06 AM

every man, woman, and child in the US owes approximately $30,000 as their part of the national debt, if you do not have the cash, shut up and get to work on earning it so the rest of us don't have to pay your share.

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dakmarknetApr. 6, 11 3:43 AM

The Republicans holding the country hostage as a result of a measly rag-tag group like the Tea Party. These uneducated, easily swayed mouth pieces for the extreme religious right, are holding Boehner's feet to the fire in order to stop government spending a measly few million dollars on NPR, Planned Parenthood, and climate change. Boehner is the most infeffective leader in the history of our nation. He is useless and the Republicans are solely to blame for this shut down.

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toolman28Apr. 6, 11 5:00 AM

Wally_99 , Take a look back at Reagan the the GOP trickle down economics - Tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts have mired us in debt - 80 % off all debt can be attributed to 3 presidents Reagan Bush 1 and 2 - they will realize there dream - get the US into so much debt that they can finally cut off what benifits the middle and lower class while still giving breaks to those that have most of there money in the cayman islands avoiding more tax yet benifiting from the country

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warmfiddleApr. 6, 11 5:19 AM

The whole debacle has nothing to do with rich vs poor despite what the progressives say. This fight is about people who value the sanctity of the US Constitution, individual liberty, private property ownership, freedom of choice, etc. vs those who do not think along these lines. These progressives are on a die hard mission to have the government control every scope & aspect of your lives. The progressives will maintain that this about money, societial order, etc. This claim is a lie, this is all about controlling people, period. Name me one time in US history where we have had a political movement declare that people who want to adhere to the tenets of the US Constitution as extremists? It's unreal! These progressives need to be removed from power at all costs.

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farmeraApr. 6, 11 5:28 AM

Go ahead, shut down the government. The blame will be placed squarely on the Republicans, and rightly so, for failing to solve the problems they had created.

We do not have a spending problem (and never have), we have a revenue problem deliberately promoted by unwise tax cuts and tax breaks pushed by Republicans over the past 30 years. (Only two large countries have lower taxes, Mexico and Turkey. We don't want to be compared to them.) The present economic troubles were created by short-sighted deregulation of business and industry largely promoted by Republicans, where only stimulus spending by governments can mitigate the effects and shorten the recovery period.

Only the restoration of sane revenue levels (taxes, fees, whatever) will ever come close to balancing the budget.

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comment229Apr. 6, 11 5:38 AM

I also saw the reaction by the independent accounting agency on Ryan's budget plan. Why is he wasting his and our time? It is nothing more than political posturing. The game they are playing is poker and this one is a gigantic bluff hand. Will the poker game end? Who knows. What I fear however, is that both sides will compromise to the point of just pure bad legislation and they will pat each other on the back and go home. We are in trouble in this country when we don't hesitate to fire $600,000 cruise missiles on a whim, get involved in three wars of choice, and at the same time saying we can not take care of our own people. I also knew we were in trouble when the Bush tax cuts were not allowed to end. We needed the revenue, still need it, and you can tell me all day long that we can do this with "cuts" but what will the USA look like when you are done mutilating it with the proposed cuts?

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