Note to Congress: Budget showdown is a reckless tactic

  • Article by: Miami Herald Editorial
  • Updated: September 24, 2013 - 1:20 PM

Oh, no. Not again. Like a recurring nightmare, the tea party faction of the House of Representatives is once again threatening to shut down the government at the end of the month if the White House doesn’t knuckle under to their demand to strip President Obama’s healthcare law of financing.

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jayman1816Sep. 24, 1310:45 AM

This was a waste of time reading. Big Newspaper supports Big Government. What else is new.

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furguson11Sep. 24, 1310:55 AM

Well, we'll know who to hold responsible for a govt shutdown.

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dschachenmeyerSep. 24, 1311:01 AM

Check the polls. A majority of Americans opposed Obamacare when it was passed (on a straight party line vote). A majority of Americans favor repealing Obamacare now. The author is correct that defunding it is a purely political tactic with no chance of passing the Harry Reid controlled Senate or getting Obama's signature. However it's also showing that it is Republicans, who are actually taking action enforce the will of the majority of Americans and it is Democrats who are obstructing that will.

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Seawaves AheadSep. 24, 1311:02 AM

The fear mongering about a Government shutdown where nothing gets shutdown and the name calling are purposeful distractions from the issue. The Democrats plan for the budget is simply much higher spending, more deficits, and a bigger government. They do not have a feasible plan to control spending or the deficit, (the 10 year projection with savings in years 8, 9 & 10 is nonsense). And that's what is truly reckless and dangerous for America.

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furguson11Sep. 24, 1311:10 AM

"dschachenmeyer-However it's also showing that it is Republicans, who are actually taking action enforce the will of the majority of Americans and it is Democrats who are obstructing that will." We'll get verdict on this in the next election cycle.

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eordropmeSep. 24, 1311:12 AM

Shut 'er down.

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dschachenmeyerSep. 24, 1312:08 PM

"furguson - We'll get verdict on this in the next election cycle." -- Quite possibly we will. Given that Obama's current approval ratings are in the low 40's and history says the incumbent President's party doesn't do well in mid-term elections, things are looking good for Republican gains and maybe even retaking the Senate. That's why I'm not a fan of the "defund" strategy. Polls all show the public opposes Obamacare. They are going to hate it even more now that it's really going to hit their pocketbooks. I see no reason why Republicans should help Obama by allowing him to paint them as the ones pushing for a shutdown (which the media will happily do). The best way to get a bad law defeated is to enforce it and wait for the public outcry.

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mspshadowSep. 24, 1312:18 PM

dschachenmeyer: "Check the polls. A majority of Americans opposed Obamacare when it was passed (on a straight party line vote). A majority of Americans favor repealing Obamacare now."...Guess it depends on the poll. The CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent. Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure.

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stpaulisbestSep. 24, 1312:24 PM

"Note to Congress"?? Maybe, just maybe, the Republican, corporate Strib could tell the truth? It's not "Congress". It's congressional Republicans. Let me say that again - Republicans. It is the Republicans who are threatening a shutdown of the entire government because they lost on one item. They didn't get what they wanted one time, so now they'll take their ball and go home. The heck with the consequences to the country. They're in a snit. And the Strib can't seem to see the difference between the party that keeps moving more and more radically toward the extreme and the party that, although the Strib doesn't agree with them, is at least not threatening to cause harm to the economy, our credit rating, and to grandmothers waiting for their social security checks.

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buttlesSep. 24, 1312:46 PM

And when the Republicans shut the government down and the U.S. defaults on payments and the stock market tanks who will get hurt? -- Hint, it's not the 'Cons who care so little for this country, their constituents or the oath they took that they're willing to put it all at risk just to impress a few extremists.

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