Shut down of the US GOVERNMENT!!!

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The US House will vote soon (Today)

The last time this happened was in 1995 I believe, but I think this time around something’s are going to TAKE A TURN for the worse…what do you think about it..or maybe you dont care either way....

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Kate CP - posted on 03/02/2011

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Okay, my husband makes a little over 30k a year and we CANNOT afford to take a cut in pay. We would lose our home. Making people take a pay cut won't help AT ALL. But making the top %10 pay more taxes would help a lot.

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Iridescent - posted on 03/03/2011

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It just appears she doesn't know the cost of living for most of the nation. $30,000 per year is a lot of money...in Mexico. Not so much in the US.

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2011

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Deanna Jersett - posted 1 day ago

I don't agree that a government "shut down" will work or do any good. I know it will have adverse reactions just like in '95 and '96. However, I also understand that the Republicans want to get Obama under control. The Democrats have done nothing but bail out big businesses, and sink money into things that they never should have had they nose in to begin with. Now they want to sink yet billions more into Obama-care and other Obama crap further sinking the U.S. into a third world country. I think the U.S. needs to find a way to fund the gov't yet make cuts. Here is a HUGE idea. Make everyone over $30,000 a year take a pay cut. Millions of people live in far less than that and still provide for a family. So can they. If they don't like it then get out and give the job to someone who needs to put food on the table.


Are you nuts!!! We have almost 8 ppl in our household making 40k and JUST making it a year. I do think that the families making 150k+ a year should contribute a tad more, and certainly the big businesses like oil companies and drug companies!

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Deanna, you have to factor in cost of living on people's locations though. Some people wouldn't even be able to pay JUST their mortgage on $30,000 year.......

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I don't agree that a government "shut down" will work or do any good. I know it will have adverse reactions just like in '95 and '96. However, I also understand that the Republicans want to get Obama under control. The Democrats have done nothing but bail out big businesses, and sink money into things that they never should have had they nose in to begin with. Now they want to sink yet billions more into Obama-care and other Obama crap further sinking the U.S. into a third world country. I think the U.S. needs to find a way to fund the gov't yet make cuts. Here is a HUGE idea. Make everyone over $30,000 a year take a pay cut. Millions of people live in far less than that and still provide for a family. So can they. If they don't like it then get out and give the job to someone who needs to put food on the table.

Iridescent - posted on 03/02/2011

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Didn't happen...yet.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/7382...
"March 2, 2011 — Uncle Sam is staying open for business, at least through the middle of March.

With Congressional funding for fiscal year 2011 set to expire Friday, March 4, the Senate today voted 91 to 9 to approve a bill to pay for government operations for another 2 weeks. The House passed the measure yesterday. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it.

Last year, Congress laid the groundwork for a possible shutdown by appropriating funds for government operations only through March 4, even though the current fiscal year ends September 30.

Now lawmakers have 2 weeks to devise another funding bill to avert a shutdown that will otherwise take place when funding expires Friday, March 18. However, the prospects of a Republican-controlled House and a Democratic-controlled Senate reaching an agreement are dimmer this time around, given the partisan battle over budget cuts.

With the 2-week extension passed today, deficit-minded Republicans managed to trim $4 billion from the 2011 federal budget that Obama proposed. They did that by terminating programs that Obama had already targeted for the trash heap in his fiscal 2012 budget and eliminating earmarks opposed by both parties. All in all, the cuts were relatively small potatoes.

However, House Republicans seek to trim an additional $61 billion in a bill to fund the government through September 30, and some of these cuts would deprive the Obama administration of money to implement healthcare reform legislation. House Republicans have the votes to pass this bill, but the depth of the cuts and the defunding of the Affordable Care Act make the legislation a likely loser in the Democratic Senate.

Essential vs Unessential

For all the angst the term triggers, however, "government shutdown" ought to be amended to "partial government shutdown."

After all, both Republican and Democratic administrations have understood that Uncle Sam must continue to deliver essential services provided by essential employees. This means fielding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, mailing Social Security checks, directing airport traffic, maintaining power grids, operating prisons, and taking care of hospitalized patients in Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Partial as a government shutdown may be, healthcare nevertheless takes some hits, because some federal activities fall into the unessential category. According to the Congressional Research Service and Congressional testimony, the shutdown of 1995 to 1996 had these effects:

* The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center did not accept new patients for clinical research.
* The National Institutes of Health did not answer hotline calls about diseases.
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped its disease surveillance.

The shutdown, however, did not interrupt Medicare reimbursements to physicians. Money for paying physician and hospital claims comes out of government trust funds that do not depend on Congressional appropriations, and private companies that process and pay those claims on behalf of the Medicare program kept cutting checks, even though the federal government stopped paying them to do so."

Jenn - posted on 03/01/2011

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Do you have more info? I'm not American and don't follow American politics closely.

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