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Formal Shutdown of U.S. Government Begins (TEXT, VIDEO, and PHOTOS)

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The U.S. government began to shut down for the first time in 17 years early Tuesday, after a Congress bitterly divided over President Obama's signature health-care initiative failed to reach agreement to fund federal agencies.

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Elle B (84)
Monday September 30, 2013, 9:58 pm
Ty Carrie ... The wayward Republican bullies are a sick depraved reckless disgrace and as such constitute a threat to our security as a nation...not one single thing more. . .a sick threat. . .period. . .

"Empirical studies reveal that authoritarians are frequently enemies of freedom, antidemocratic, anti-equality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian, and amoral. They are also often conservatives without conscience." ―John Wesley Dean, III, White House Counsel to U.S. Pres. Richard Nixon 7/1970 -4/1973

“Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.” ― Edward Abbey

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” ― Sinclair Lewis

Lindsey O (19)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:13 pm
I am not happy with Congress in its totality right now. At least they managed to fund military pay - but otherwise we're all getting screwed.

Susanne R (234)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:13 pm
How Congress Will Still Get Paid in a Government Shutdown
by Patricia Murphy Sep 30, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

"Shutdown or no shutdown, members of Congress aren’t worried about their own finances this week. Patricia Murphy on how the 27th Amendment protects the salaries of the House and Senate."

The article goes on to explain why:

"Members of Congress will have no such dilemma about the future of their own finances this week because the 27th Amendment to the Constitution specifically stipulates that the salaries of the House and Senate cannot change until a congressional election has come and gone. Members of both chambers currently make $174,000."

These hypocrites see nothing wrong with playing games with other people's lives when they don't have to suffer the same consequences. I hope Americans provide them with serious consequences when election time rolls around. Personally, I don't want anyone who is controlled by the tea party to make decisions on my behalf. I hope others agree. If not, I hope they're starting to see the light.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:39 pm
Words fail me. Confronted by such a concerted, evil psychopathy, words fail me.
Poor American people!
Here in Australia we have to be very alert too, because this authoritarian "conservatism" is invading our country too through the media channels provided by Rupert Murdoch.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:31 am
Yep, I'm having so much fun right now. I'm sitting here in the middle of a Social Security Administration office right now working for free. I'm shutdown & since I'm a Secretary, guess who will have to fix this mess that has now been made of employees time & leave???

Lindsey O (19)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:20 am
I'm sorry to hear of your situation, Ginger. And you're right - I've been a clerical worker in one way or another all my life and we are the ones stuck with getting all the details in order when things have been screwed up royally by our superiors.

Siti R (12)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:23 am
Seriously??!!! from Singapore, first time i've heard of such a thing!

Mike M (43)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:39 am
It is all about the take over of the American people and the country

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:45 am

Carrie W (6)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:59 am
You know who really likes to shut down government? Democrats, look at history. According to the Congressional Research Service, there have been 17 federal shutdowns in U.S. history: six during the Jimmy Carter’s four years; eight during Ronald Reagan’s eight years; one for George H.W. Bush; and two for Bill Clinton.

The shutdowns lasted much longer during the Carter years than the Reagan years, when he had a Democratic Congress. Carter’s longest shutdown was for 17 days, between September and October 1978, and his shortest — two of them — were eight days, both in 1977. Reagan’s were all between one and three days, with a shutdown every year except for 1985 and 1988.

Bush 41’s only shutdown lasted three days. And note, it was Democrats who ran both houses of Congress with a Republican president.

The longest shutdown in history was on Bill Clinton’s watch. It lasted 22 days —

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:33 am
Lock them all in a room without water, food or toilet and keep them there til they work it out. Saw REPUBLICAN Steve King last night saying that Ted Cruz has taken over and he can no longer go along with such dealings. We just need a few more to come to their senses...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:08 am
I dont understand it all What is wrong with the healthcare dont people want it


. (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 7:18 am
I'm not happy with the way those politicians have been acting lately. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:50 am
This might be a good time to reflect upon New Gingrich and the government shutdown of 1995 and 1996, when Newt's bruised ego (and an enormous ego it was) contributed to two temporary shutdowns of the federal government totaling 28 days, as described in Wikipedia:

Government shutdown

Main article: United States federal government shutdown of 1995 and 1996

"Gingrich and the incoming Republican majority's promise to slow the rate of government spending conflicted with the president's agenda for Medicare, education, the environment and public health, leading to two temporary shutdowns of the federal government totaling 28 days.[64]

Clinton said Republican amendments would strip the U.S. Treasury of its ability to dip into federal trust funds to avoid a borrowing crisis. Republican amendments would have limited appeals by death-row inmates, made it harder to issue health, safety and environmental regulations, and would have committed the president to a seven-year balanced budget. Clinton vetoed a second bill allowing the government to keep operating beyond the time when most spending authority expires.[64]

A GOP amendment opposed by Clinton would have not only have increased Medicare Part B premiums, but it would also cancel a scheduled reduction. The Republicans held out for an increase in Medicare part B premiums in January 1996 to $53.50 a month. Clinton favored the then current law, which was to let the premium that seniors pay drop to $42.50.[64]

The government closed most non-essential offices during the shutdown, which was the longest in U.S. history. The shutdown ended when Clinton agreed to submit a CBO-approved balanced budget plan.[65]

During the crisis, Gingrich's public image suffered from the perception that the Republicans' hardline budget stance was owed partly to an alleged snub of Gingrich by Clinton during a flight on Air Force One to and from Yitzhak Rabin's funeral in Israel.[66] That perception developed after the trip when Gingrich told reporters he was dissatisfied that Clinton had not invited him to discuss the budget during the flight. He complained that he and Dole were instructed to use the plane's rear exit to deplane, saying the snub was "part of why you ended up with us sending down a tougher continuing resolution".[67] In response to Gingrich's complaint that they were "forced to use the rear door," NBC news released their videotape footage showing both Gingrich and Dole disembarking at Tel Aviv just behind Clinton via the front stairway."
Please note that the comments attributed to Gingrich were direct quotes.

Mitchell D (104)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:24 am
Elle, I love your quotes, and am familiar with the scary one about fascism, the flag and a cross.Mike, you are right,
As far as i am concerned, the crazies in the House do not really want a "compromise," they want nothig less than ongoing opportunities to shred what is left of the New Deal, to guard against anything that smacks of that concept (Read"progressive") and, if given a compromise now, (the delay of Obamacare for a year( will just pull the same shit next year; and on, and on.
Not to mention their being owned by the insurance Industry!

Betty Kelly (4)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:00 pm
I am sick of the Tea Party Rebubs. Their radical ideas will not sustain them in the upcoming election if voters don't like the shutdown of our government. The costs of the shutdown should be paid by the 1% and Tea Party Not the poor middle class and poor they devastate.
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