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Government Shutdown, Please
I'm going to be disappointed if we don't have a government shutdown next week. No offense to mai_neh or any other government workers I know that would be affected by a partial or full shutdown.

Any extension the GOP wants at this stage is a losing proposition. Cutting both revenue and spending leaves us no closer to a balanced budget, and aiming certain social services (instead of also cutting subsidies) as the first thing to cut is hardly the way to go. That will just give corporations more power and citizens less. To top it off, they still want to fund the, by far, largest item on the menu for the next half a year.

No, maybe if the government shuts down we'll stop relying on it for everything.

Here's an idea. Only vote on and fund line items as they're determined critical, and anything left over at the end just doesn't get funded until next year. It's bound to fail in one way or another, but getting everyone to agree on everything just isn't going to happen in a way where someone (mainly the very citizens we're talking about) doesn't get completely left out in the cold. As that is what the hard-line GOP/Tea Party members want.
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mai_neh From: mai_neh Date: April 8th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is up to each person to decide whether the alternative is so bad that a shutdown is preferable. I haven't personally examined the latest one-week CR passed by the House, so I don't know whether it is worth it to me. At this point I feel like the outcome is not under my control, first the leaders need to agree with each other, then I'll decide whether I support their agreement.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 9th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Word has it the Republicans finally agreed to drop all the "de-fund Planned Parenthood" and such policy riders, but really all they've done so far is extend the debate by a week. On the plus side, the extension is actually devoid of those policy riders so there's hope yet.
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