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The Government "Shutdown?"



October 13, 2013 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: VXX

As the intense drama over the recent “government shutdown” continues, let’s take a step back and look at some simple facts that put this situation in perspective.

According to statistics, 87 percent of the government is still running as our leaders continue to play petty political blame games to score points with voters.  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and a host of other programs are still up and running.

This isn’t a government “shutdown” by any stretch.  It is a government “slimdown.”

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#1) On October 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

Until we pass October 17.  Then the game changes.  I am so tired of dealing with these Republican made deadlines.  I will never ever vote Republican again.  This is not my parent's party nor mine anymore.  I am tired of them pointing a gun to my head every year and telling me negotiate or die.  They can stick that where the sun don't shine.

We don't negotiate with terrorists.  We don't negotiate with hostage takers.  Why should we negotiate with Republicans who keep pointing guns at us?

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#2) On October 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM, drgroup (69.53) wrote:

#1 You sound like an anarchist who has no clue what planet he is on. You are embarrassing yourself with such ludicrous statements about republicans with guns. Take a look at what your pres and the dems are do to this country. Are you blind or just stupid?

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#3) On October 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

#2 shoo, allow me the right to rant. And the problem is the Democrats are too emboldened now in light of the recent polls putting the bulk of the blame on the Republicans.  It is rumored that is why a deal almost made was pulled back.  So I put blame on them too.

The one poll I did like was the one where most Amercians want to boot all the incumbents out of office.

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#4) On October 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM, VExplorer (29.09) wrote:

To #1 & #2: Politics in US is confusing. I believe more and more people cannot find good reason to support D or R. For example, I support Republicans efforts to control rise of government size and power on one side. But, something should be done with healthcare system on another side. I’m not against “single payer healthcare system”. I experience good once in Israel and Germany and bad ones in USSR and Ukraine. So, I'm more radical than Dems on this topic.

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#5) On October 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM, drgroup (69.53) wrote:

#3 sorry I could not respond sooner, but I have been on line with the nobamacare web site waiting to receive my quotes. Still waiting...

Like both of you, I too am disgusted with both parties. I can respect the dems for their ability to not eat their own and stay together on issues even if the issue is absurd. The repubs have the right philosophy of smaller gov is better, like #4 states. Unlike #3, the polls I saw reflected 65% in favor of repubs.  But to no avail; these bumbs in congress are not remoteley concerned about polls. The best that can be done is like #3 writes "throw the bumbs out, all of them" 

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#6) On October 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

I'll be honest I don't know what poll you read, even Kudlow was not pleased with the negative polls on the Republicans.  It is the main reason they finally stopped with the brinksmanship.  It doesn't work.  People will remember at the voting booths. 

I posted elsewhere that I personally like the sequester.

I want this to continue.  I wouldn't mind if there was some reshuffling to give more flexibility as to what to cut, but we really can see a balanced budget in a few years. And then hence no need to raise the debt ceiling but perhaps start lowering it.

I wish the more moderate Republicans would take back their party.  Boot Grover Norquist out.  Tell the Tea Partiers to back off with the armageddon approach (really they let a JUNIOR 1 year Senator direct tactics?) and maybe just maybe COMPROMISES (and not that BS "common ground" Norquist garbage) can occur and responsible fiscal stimulus plans made.

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#7) On October 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

By the way this did make me laugh: #3 sorry I could not respond sooner, but I have been on line with the nobamacare web site waiting to receive my quotes. Still waiting...


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#8) On October 18, 2013 at 8:28 AM, GirlsUnder30 (35.53) wrote:

This is a polarizing article and I don't see how a disinflationary period wouldn't continue the wealth transferance trend that has so damaged the middle class of this country. We clearly need a reversal of this trend which, in my opinion, is best served by a continued policy of quantitative easing and MORE government spending. The tactics being used by the republican party are absolutely shameful and have soured any respect I once had for their leadership. Have you guys read this?

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