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Four days into the government shutdown, the effects are beginning to spread across the country as ancillary industries, from defense contractors to restaurants to universities, feel the impact. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.
In the 1860’s, Southern congressmen, knowing that they were in the minority and that their attempts to save or extend slavery were doomed, decided that they should discard the democratic process and use the threat of secession to force the majority and properly elected President (Lincoln) to comply with their demands. This outrageous behavior led to the Civil War and over 600,000 dead Americans. These Southern congressmen would not budge from their ideals and principles and refused to compromise or participate in the democratic process for the general welfare of the country.
Today, the small group of Republicans who demand their minority views should take precedence over the majority regardless of a recent national election, Supreme Court decisions and over 40 previous failures to impose their minority will on the majority, should consider the damage caused by similarly fanatic congressmen more than 150 years ago.
I work for a government contractor in Virginia. It is not just 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed without pay, an increasing number of contractor personnel are also being furloughed without pay. The economic effect of the shutdown goes well beyond closing the national parks and even beyond federal workers being furloughed. Why is the press so slow in recognizing this? Furthermore, even if Congress passes legislation to give back pay to government employees if and when the shutdown is ended, contractors will not get any back pay. We are just out of luck.
Another point that the press does not seem to understand: Majority leader Reid and Speaker Boehner made a deal: If Reid agreed to a significantly lower budget number, Boehner would pass a CR for that amount with no strings attached. Reid agreed. So what did Boehner do? He reneged on the agreement. He could pass the CR right now if he just brought it to a vote, with Democratic and Republican votes, but he refuses to do it. He alone is causing this shutdown. Why are you not using this fact to hold him accountable, instead of letting him off the hook by saying "Neither side is budging". That is a huge distortion. The Democrats already budged big time, and Boehner reneged. That is the story. These facts need to be reported on the shutdown and the debt ceiling story.
We must cut run away cost of government at all cost . Each time a government waste more then it takes in the people suffer . When you have more takers then givers the people suffer .When jobs leave a country and you buy more from other countries then you sell them . The people suffer . I back the shutdown and if it comes to a default that will hurt even worst . It may be the only ting left to save this country .
Now we know where all the children who took their toys and went home landed; they're politicians in the Tea Party.
I think this shutdown is a good thing . It is exposes the waste in our government . It is exposing areas of waste llike to start with the government carpool . Gas is going down as those carpools are full of set-ting cars and trucks . We need to take notice and cut waste as we find it in this shutdown .
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