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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    LOL....says the man who actually believes that 911 occurred on Clinton's watch.....GWB captured and killed Bin Laden and then led America down the road to economic utopia. The fact that you still believe your own fictions show all too clear that it is You sir who hasn't a clue on the realities or the workings of Government. Turn off your right-wing radio.....and perhaps trying picking up a newspaper or doing a little research of your own some time.
    Wow, with people like you there is no wonder California is in such sad state. You deserve to live in the highest taxed state in the country with the most minimum wage workers and highest debt. You really need to grow up, maybe one of these days it will happen.

    I know I am not nearly as educated as you so that is why I have asked Obama supporters to provide me with the credible sites that they use to verify the Obama rhetoric and that show what a great job he is doing as President. You see, results matter and I know that liberals like you have those results which cause you to sell your soul to the liberal party. It is just that I cannot find those positive results.

    Now on the issue o ACA, in your world apparently it is ok for Obama to exempt certain groups, negotiate with the unions on their exemptions, but ignore the Republican Party which represents the majority in this country as evidenced by the number in the "People's House" or did you not know that Congressional elections show where the majority reside?

    I know this is very hard for someone like you who works at Disneyland to understand but Bush has been out of office for 5 years and only in your Fantasyland are the economic results today still his responsibility.

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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I agree, it should be done with decorum and professionalism. But that is not the way reality is. As I said before, both democrats and republicans have used the same exact tactic lots of times and found it acceptable behavior. Yet this time its "wrong" its "terrorist type behavior"? It is either wrong all the time no matter the party or it is not wrong and acceptable no matter the party. You cannot have it both ways.
    Sure he can because that is the way liberals operate, it never is a liberal's fault for failure or poor performance as they always blame someone else. when Clinton shutdown the govt. because the GOP Wouldn't give him what he wanted it was the GOP's fault, just like it is now when Obama won't negotiate with the Republicans, that is the GOP's fault

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    And you called how they rammed the passage of that law past congress "democracy." Really - you'd make fascist stalin proud.


    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    The "alternative" they offered is to abandon our democracy and make terror the rule of law. Let's not mince words here.

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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I agree, it should be done with decorum and professionalism. But that is not the way reality is. As I said before, both democrats and republicans have used the same exact tactic lots of times and found it acceptable behavior. Yet this time its "wrong" its "terrorist type behavior"? It is either wrong all the time no matter the party or it is not wrong and acceptable no matter the party. You cannot have it both ways.
    Government shutdown in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In every case, the Government shut down over pending legislation. This is the first time in US history that the government was shut down over legislation that was already passed and funded. The closest parallel is when the the Democrats shut down the government in 87 over funding for the Iran Contras and demands for the FCC to reenforce the "Fairness Doctrine". Eventually the Democrats abandoned efforts to reinstate the "Fairness Doctrine" in exchange for no longer providing lethal aid to the Contras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post
    Actually in this case I think the hyperbole is justified. There really is no difference between this and a hostage negotiation.

    The Tea Party wants to get rid of the ACA even though they have no legislative means to do so. In a hostage situation the hostage takers want money even though they've done nothing to earn it.

    In order to gain leverage the Tea Party is threatening a prolonged shutdown and possible default. The Tea Party don't gain anything from a government shutdown and will be hurt badly by a default. However, they are betting that the country will suffer from a prolonged shut-down or default enough that the Democrats would be unwilling to risk it. In a hostage situation, the hostage is the leverage. Killing the hostage does the hostage takers no good, and will likely result in their deaths. But, the hostage takers are betting that the pain of losing the hostages is enough to warrant giving into their demands.

    Finally, just as in a hostage situation, one should never negotiate. Yes, this time the hostage takers may give the hostage back safely, but what about the next time? Or the time after that?

    The Republicans aren't offering to give up something they want. They're offering to not do something that will harm them some, but will harm the country more. They're not negotiating, they're threatening because they can't achieve their goals through the legislative process. That's exactly what a terrorist does and why they do it.
    No, hyperbole is never justified. Hyperbole just takes the meaning of a word and degrades it to the point where its original meaning is lost and doesn't apply/mean correctly to anything anymore. Or to say it another way, it de-sensitizes people to the words actual intentions.

    As far as the republicans doing this...in reality both sides are to blame. Democrats could have caved in just as much as the republicans could have. At least they could have when the republicans gave up the defunding part of thier demands and ony asked for an extension for the average American just like the big corporations and those in both houses got. It takes two to agree or disagree in an argument. Not one.
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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post
    Government shutdown in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In every case, the Government shut down over pending legislation. This is the first time in US history that the government was shut down over legislation that was already passed and funded. The closest parallel is when the the Democrats shut down the government in 87 over funding for the Iran Contras and demands for the FCC to reenforce the "Fairness Doctrine". Eventually the Democrats abandoned efforts to reinstate the "Fairness Doctrine" in exchange for no longer providing lethal aid to the Contras.
    And how many times was the government "almost" shut down due to some sort of deman or other? And I'm not applying my arguement to just the shutting down of the government. I'm also applying it to every single time some good/useful bill/law or other was threatened because of some rider that was tacked on due to the agenda of one party or another.
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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    I would say that this is just another case of the president leading from behind and voting present. There was plenty of time for the administration and congress to work this out before hand but the senate and the president are hard liners. The senate won't even take their differences with the house to conference committee. It's shameful really. I hope the government stays closed until all sides come to the table and negotiate.
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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    I would say that this is just another case of the president leading from behind and voting present. There was plenty of time for the administration and congress to work this out before hand but the senate and the president are hard liners. The senate won't even take their differences with the house to conference committee. It's shameful really. I hope the government stays closed until all sides come to the table and negotiate.
    irony irony irony.

    Republicans Spent Year Blocking Budget Conference (VIDEO)

    House Republicans decided Monday that government shutdown or not, it was more important for them to keep trying to strike a blow against Obamacare. Having failed to convince Senate Democrats to go along, the Republicans resorted to seeking a "conference committee" to resolve the differences.

    For Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, the move is ironic. She has been trying for more than a half-year to go to a conference to work out dramatic differences between the Senate budget and the House version. Senate and House Republicans have objected, repeatedly.

    But with the clock expiring at midnight Monday, and federal officials starting to shut down all non-essential government functions, the House resorted to seeking a conference committee to pass a spending bill, or "continuing resolution" that runs only through mid-November or mid-December.

    Senate Democrats called that negotiating at gunpoint.

    "We know going to a conference means that we have to compromise -- that's what a conference is," Murray said just before midnight. "But we're not going to do it with a gun to our head that says we're shutting government down and we're going to conference over a short little six-week C.R. We have to deal with the longer-term budget. We have asked many times to go to conference on that."

    Indeed, Murray and her colleagues asked 18 times. They have been blocked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a group of tea party Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    No, hyperbole is never justified. Hyperbole just takes the meaning of a word and degrades it to the point where its original meaning is lost and doesn't apply/mean correctly to anything anymore. Or to say it another way, it de-sensitizes people to the words actual intentions.

    As far as the republicans doing this...in reality both sides are to blame. Democrats could have caved in just as much as the republicans could have. At least they could have when the republicans gave up the defunding part of thier demands and ony asked for an extension for the average American just like the big corporations and those in both houses got. It takes two to agree or disagree in an argument. Not one.
    Agreed. So I'd rephrase my statement as the "hyperbole" may not actually be hyperbole.

    But what are the Republicans willing to give up? Like it or hate it, Obama care is law and is already funded. The GOP would need need control of the House, Presidency, and 60 votes in the Senate to make any substantial changes. In other words, there's no real chance of changing the ACA without bipartisan support.

    That means that in order to repeal the ACA through negotiation, the GOP would have to offer the Democrats something they want more than the ACA. The only thing the GOP is offering is to not shut down the government. Since that's bad for everyone, it's not a compromise or a negotiation. It's a threat.

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    Re: Obama Address the Nation on the government shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    And how many times was the government "almost" shut down due to some sort of deman or other? And I'm not applying my arguement to just the shutting down of the government. I'm also applying it to every single time some good/useful bill/law or other was threatened because of some rider that was tacked on due to the agenda of one party or another.
    I have no idea. I tried to look that up but couldn't find anything.

    I'm not going to pretend that the Democrats have always been reasonable. Actually, as a former Republican it's pretty easy to find cases where the Democrats have also been guilty. The Debt Deiling is a great example. It's a cheap political ploy that the minority party uses to score political points against the majority. Obama was only in the Senate for a few years, yet he managed to vote against it. The minority party complains about all of the spending and makes a huge spectacle, because they know that the majority party will have to vote to raise it or the economy will collapse. Both sides are guilty of these kind of silly political games.

    What's different now is that the Tea Partiers don't realize that it's always been a game. They're actually willing to pull the trigger on these things.

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