published Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The U.S. 'shutdown' threat

Members of Congress are supposed to be intelligent, mature, reasonable, responsible men and women—although political partisanship often makes us wonder. One example of that partisanship is on display in Congress now.

The federal government spends too much—surprised?—and is expected to run out of authorized money for most federal agencies in the next few weeks.

Republicans have proposed a bill that would keep government running through Sept. 30 while cutting spending by $61 billion. But Democrats oppose the cuts.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner said: "Read my lips. We're going to cut spending."

But Democrats are threatening to blame Republicans for a government "shutdown" if higher spending is not authorized.

We already have a national debt of more than $14 trillion.

Republicans believe voters will blame Democrats for irresponsibly spending more, while Democrats believe Republicans would be faulted for any ill effects of a possible government shutdown.

In reality, a shutdown is unlikely because small, temporary spending measures can be passed to keep government running. Still, this is a serious, disgusting game of political "chicken."

What to do? With the budget deficit expected to hit $1.65 trillion this year, and few people wanting to pay higher taxes, shouldn't reasonable voters insist on spending cuts?

Well, congressional Democrats and Republicans are calculating what they believe the people's political reaction will be.

Which side do you think is right?

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acerigger said...

Yeah, shut it down Repubs,show the nation what a bunch of dumb jerks you really are!

February 19, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
Salsa said...

Shutting down the Federal government for a while might be the best thing to happen for the American people.

February 19, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
Plato said...

Neither side is "right". they are both playing political games. The type of cuts being discussed are chump change compared to the big problems - entitlements and defense spending.

Bottom line the president's non partisan deficit reduction commission has charted a path towards fiscal solvency. It's high time both sides embrace it and bring forth a serious bill based on their recommendations.

February 19, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
acerigger said...

Indian,you're right,I don't realize what Pres. Obama has done to our country that you consider to be so terrible. So please point out specifically what that may be. However I do know that the repubs nearly brought this country to it's knees the last time they had control.Now a mis-informed electorate has given them another chance to finish the job.

February 19, 2011 at 11 p.m.
GlacierClipper said...

Obama has done nothing for the people of this country.

He did give stimulus $$$ packages to the big companies like the auto makers.

How many of the taxpayers got a stimulus package? NONE

The so-called President of the USA at the present time is a JOKE!

February 20, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
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