Government shutdown ... does anyone really care?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-10-2011
Government shutdown ... does anyone really care?
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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 9:10am

Ok, obviously there will be some impact if this does happen, but the way this is getting covered on the big news networks is ridiculous, imo. They're practically frothing at the mouth. Anyway ... do you think the average person really cares so much about this or is this more about politics than anything? I'm not sure if it's really going to happen and if it does, I give it a few days for dramatic effect and then a deal will happen. What do you think?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2011
Fri, 04-08-2011 - 11:47am
I am honestly not that concerned. They were saying on the radio that this has happened something like 27 times before. I don't know, maybe I should be more concerned>
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007

People better start caring.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
I care, but I suppose I'm not "the average person" since I'm a military wife. Knowing that our soldiers aren't going to be getting paid is a problem for me. I know so many soldiers and their families and many of them will be hurting if this goes on for any extended period. Sure, they'll get it back eventually, but that doesn't put a roof over their head or food in their stomaches for the time being.

I also live near DC and look forward to doing things in and around the area that will be affected, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend, and any trips to the Smithsonian or some of the other museums in DC since they will be closed (along with the zoo). National parks will be closed as well.

So yes, I care. They really need to get this worked out as soon as possible. I think it's sick that one of the biggest things they are holding out over is that the Republicans want to get Planned Parenthood defunded (which the Democrats won't agree too). That should be more of a social issue (since it really stems to their concerns about abortions) instead of a budget issue.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Maybe we ought to let the Tea Baggers have their way...kick the old people out of the nursing homes, end Medicare, destroy the environment, eviscerate public radio, end Planned Parenthood. Let them return our culture to a better time, when the poor knew better than to aspire above their stations....ditto for minorities and women. Let the financiers who've wreaked destruction on wide swaths of the economy get a chance to stuff their pockets with what remains.

Then let's have an election...I'm guessing a lot fewer people will still be living in "I'm-independent-so-it-doesn't-matter-what-happens-to-anyone-else" La La Land.

Deborah
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-05-2009

Great job covering all the left's scare-mongering talking points. Don't forget though, the extremist tea party as per directions the other week from your caucus.

One thing I would like to point out, were you aware that PBO threatened to veto a bill

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
He threatened to veto it because he doesn't want any more extensions, he wants a budget to be done. Not to mention that sure, that bill would pay the military, but only the military. It wouldn't continue payment for any other government workers. So the government emoployees that are non military would stood be not getting paid. That bill was simply a diversion from getting off their asses and getting the budget done (since there are a lot of people that are against the military not being paid).
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007

Scare tatic's?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-05-2009

Or maybe people chould think rationally without the hysteria.

Why didn' t the Democrats pass a budget in October of last year

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-05-2009

Then he should have

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
I agree it should've been done. I'm just stating why there was talk about him vetoing any more of the extension bills (not just the military one).

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