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Investigate ‘shutdown’

October 9, 2013

Last week, a group of World War II and Korean War veterans from Mississippi, having traveled to Washington, D.C....

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PleaseGetAClue

Oct-09-13 12:05 PM

With staff all furloughed because of the Republican forced shutdown, opening monuments to the public, with no security or staff to man them is inviting trouble.

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PleaseGetAClue

Oct-09-13 12:07 PM

So let's not focus on millions of children being denied WIC benefits because of the republican driven shutdown, lets make the focus not being able to visit a park or monument....boy this editor really doesn't have a clue.

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PleaseGetAClue

Oct-09-13 12:09 PM

...Or lets overlook the fact that the fact the FDA has furloughed everyone and can't examine food or cosmetics to make sure we are safe...or the fact that the CDC is closed...as long as we focus on closing parks and stupid articles like this no one will notice the real damage republicans are doing here

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moderation

Oct-09-13 12:45 PM

Could this editorial writer possibly be more obtuse? You don't need an investigation to figure out the Regressive party is holding the nation hostage. Does anyone proofread this nonsense? I have never seen a newspaper so unconcerned with facts, sourcing or any kind of semplence of journalism. Amateur hour from top to bottom.

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LoyalSocialist

Oct-09-13 12:54 PM

Situations like this are where I wish citizens could have a "vote of non-confidence" for our current congressional "representatives". If they aren't doing their job to represent their constituents, then a popular vote should be enacted immediately.

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drugsrus

Oct-09-13 1:02 PM

GetAClue, your BFF Barry is innocent in all of this ??? OMG no FDA inspections!!! Funny I don't remember that last rabbit I shot, skinned, cleaned, and made stew from being gov't approved. Accept responsibility for your own actions.

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 1:19 PM

Obama and his administration is out to make this as hard on as many people as they can. He has asked people to share with him the misery they endure so he can pass it on... not do anything at all to help. How bad is it? Over 80% of the government is working, many that should be off have been called back to work, even if they are not at work the employees will get every penny that they would have if they worked. I'd be willing to say that Obama has worked his way around the shutdown and is slamming the door on negotiations. The divider in chief is working overtime... and his golf course is open too!

Next up is the phony debt ceiling fight. Obama is an expert at spending, he should practice his negotiation skills and his choices on where he spends OUR tax dollars so we can get a deal and avoid all this controversy!

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adkkev

Oct-09-13 1:22 PM

Drugs: Were you selling your rabbit stew to others? Then perhaps it needed to be inspected, but, as you already know, no inspection is needed for personal consumption. Nice blather about something not even connected to FDA inspections. On a side note, the Speaker of the House had agreed, this past summer, to a clean bill to keep the gov't open & it included spending cuts of $90 billion, no defunding of the ACA. That would have been great & then the two sides could have sat down & REALLY focused on correcting the problems with the ACA. But alas, 'twas not to be so.

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 1:23 PM

Because it was buried in nonsensical posts and not fully understood, here is the post that I had put on yesterday. With the Obama administrations unwillingness to negotiate this is more important than ever!

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

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adkkev

Oct-09-13 1:25 PM

ToT: are you advocating that the US default on its debt? Do you even understand what the debt ceiling is? (hint: it has nothing to do with current or future spending)

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 1:30 PM

Funding for clinical cancer trials and other life-saving research under the National Institutes of Health was cut off in response to the government slimdown, but it looks like the cookie monster will still be knee-deep in chocolate chips (or is it carrots now?)

According to the Daily Treasury Statement and first reported by CNS News, the administration dished out $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the first day of the slimdown, which means funds for the likes of PBS Newshour, NPR and “Sesame Street” are being spent before cancer research.

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 1:32 PM

I say that the Obama administration is over the debt limit already. Can you tell? The reported debt on the government site has not changed since may 17 even though the intake of cash has not kept up with expenditures... The liar in chief is leading us to ruin and you blame the republicans... LOL!

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DaveGibson

Oct-09-13 2:45 PM

"Clearly, President Barack Obama has issued orders intended to inconvenience Americans during the 'shutdown.'"

No, it's not clear. Does this mouth breathing knuckle dragging editor actually think Obama personally micromanages every facet of the operations of the Park Service? PleaseGetAClue nailed it. These memorials are closed because there's no park rangers or security working, only the DC police, and they're spread pretty thin.

Hey Pat Beck, would you please keep the editorials local? Yours make sense.

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BEREAL64

Oct-09-13 2:49 PM

LOL! Reading all the ranting’s of the far wrong (opps that’s far right being wrong) and the deception they present. When I watch the news that is fair and balanced (anything but FOX) they show how the all the party of wrong has identical talking points. They can’t let idiots like Michelle Bachmann create their own talking points because the American people would think she was staring in a new comedy. The party of wrong extremists wanted the government to shut down and they are pushing for the default. It doesn’t matter what other garbage they put out in their talking points, the shut down and default is the end game. This would be catastrophic for the US and world economy, but the spoiled brats in the party of wrong are willing to put us there in their attempt to stop the ACA and try to improve their political status. Time for the Tea Party to go overboard with the tea.

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Pards13

Oct-09-13 3:10 PM

"Clearly, President Barack Obama has issued orders intended to inconvenience Americans during the 'shutdown.' It's clear to me, boss says underlings do it. Why else would they close things that were never guarded. It takes two sides to have a conversation and neither is willing. Do you really think there would be a conversation on any of this if the threat of government debt ceiling (default) was not in play. They need to find a common ground and work from it. Times wasting and it is both their faults.

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Patriot1

Oct-09-13 3:49 PM

Disgusting - all the more reason to hasten 2016.

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Pards13

Oct-09-13 4:12 PM

Illegal aliens hold rally on closed mall and WW II vets told no for memorial. Close off pull off ramps so people can't stop to look at MY Rushmore but Obama's golf course stays open. Inflict maximum pain no matter what. I wonder what the security cost when His Royalness plays golf. Probably a lot more than the security for the Vet memorial.

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Hilltopper

Oct-09-13 6:52 PM

TOT: I didn't know you were concerned with science or with medical research continuing. How about stem cell research?

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 7:40 PM

If it will save lives why would I not want to see it work? I support stem cell research, I wish that the government were even a little honest so that they could freely fund the important and necessary programs. But with the careless and completely outrageous spending that reins today the future is not very secure. Tell me how our government is at the same level $16,699,421,095,673.60.? Go look it is TABLE III-C Debt Subject to Limit, they are being very dishonest. Criminally dishonest!

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TiredOfTax

Oct-09-13 9:25 PM

adkkev, Not I, that was the presidents words, word for word what he said when he voted to SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT! You progressives disagreed with OBAMA'S OWN WORDS! Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Failing grade for you as well as Obama!

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TiredOfTax

Oct-10-13 7:24 AM

adkkev, The debt ceiling is the ONLY tool republicans have to try to get some fiscal responsibility from liberal democrats, when Obama gets what he wants he runs like a thief. Do YOU (or Obama) even know what fiscal responsibility is? HINT! it has EVERYTHING TO DO with the SECURITY of our nation, the ability to continue to be able to do the things our country has got to do and to lessen the financial burden that we are selfishly passing on to future generations.

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MrBoB51

Oct-10-13 8:39 AM

Ok, all you libs call your creditors and demand they raise your credit limit because you don't want to change your spending habits. See how far that gets you.

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MrBoB51

Oct-10-13 8:52 AM

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better" - obama 20 MAR 2006. Well folks, I guess that says it all. Any questions?

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BEREAL64

Oct-10-13 10:26 AM

Hey Bob, call your creditors and tell them you decided not to pay the debt you have already incurred. Tell them you decided not to take a raise and instead you will pick and choose who you pay. See how far that takes you.

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adkkev

Oct-10-13 12:13 PM

ToT: do a little research please: "Back on May 17--when the Treasury said the debt first hit $16,699,396,000,000--Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter indicating that the Treasury would begin using “extraordinary measures” to allow the government to continue borrowing money without exceeding the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60. “In total, the extraordinary measures currently available free up approximately $260 billion in headroom under the limit, as described below,” said an appendix to Lew’s letter. Among the “extraordinary measures” Lew said he could take to create this “headroom” under the debt limit were: 1) not investing new money from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) in U.S. Treasury securities, which he said would create $6.4 billion in “headroom” per month, 2) not reinvesting $58 billion ion Treasury Securities held by the CSRDF that would be maturing and not reinvesting $16 billion in interest owed to the fun

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