Calling the indescribable circus underway in the nation’s Capitol a “shutdown” violates the purposes of the English language to adequately describe actions attributable to adults supposed to be leaders, all paid and more than adequately supported by taxpayers.
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (Oct. 21, 2013): Congress, the media and just about everyone else should be extremely wary of the seeming capitulation of Sen. Cruz in letting the deal go through to reopen the government. From what we hear, he will be plotting to toss a major and well organized disruption(read sabotage)as the relatively short term deal reaches the next hurdle sometime in January. He has his own well financed juggernaut and time to regroup.
Thinkman2 (Oct. 15, 2013): One of the biggest hypocrisies in this mess is the Republican assault on what they csll "entitlements", meaning everything from Social Security to child care, education, medical care, but overlooking one of the biggest cost reliant on American taxpayers: Dept of Defense contracts for stuff not just including planes, guns, etc, but contracts with private PR firms to recruit because there is no draft, with food firms to do KP that soldiers have done for generations and hundreds of billions of other costs the GOP likes more than helping poor people.
Bill Huey (Oct. 15, 2013): Propaganda at work, indeed, Joe. On-the-street interviews asking people about how they felt about Obamacare elicited a universal negative response. When subjects were asked how they felt about the Affordable Care Act, the response was much more favorable.
The president really should have made a major address prior to the October 1 intro date, reminding people that the ACA is the first major reform in more than 50 years and that it is the product of much debate, compromise, and fine tuning. I think Team Obama really missed a big opportunity there.