"The only way we can avoid a shutdown is for Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants because the Tea Party wants to stick to HR1 with its draconian extreme - I always use the word extreme, that's what the causcus instructed me to do the other week - extreme cuts and all these riders."
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)March 29, 2011
"Today I think we did find out that Chuck Schumer is intent on playing political games. You know when he decides to tell his caucus to depict Republicans in the House as not serious, and that some how to depict every spending cut as being non-sensible, that is the thing that's not serious"
Rep. Eric Cantor (House Majority Leader, R-VA)
Lets hope the public is smart enough to blame both sides for whatever outcome there is.
There are reports that Howard Dean hoped for a shutdown -- you remember him? He was the person they had up for President not that long ago ... his chances went south when he did that scream thing at a rally because he didn't know what else to do? he ran out of political retoric in the middle of his speech time ... at least thats the way it seemed to me.
- Federal Government operating under 6 coninuing resolutions
- $1.3Trillion Deficit in each of last 3 fiscal years (Federal Government operations)
- 10% of GDP = Federal Gov't budget deficit
- current budget proposal, adds more than $30Billion to deficit for 2011 alone
There is still too much time between now and the elections - so expect there to be a 'band-aid' solution to keep the government open for another year.
They will allow it to shut down for a breif period next year once the candidates are set for the 2012 Presidential race ...
Just like they did the bank meltdown and the stock market crash ...
and just like that political trick --
this will all go horribly wrong!
They, the political parties, are so busy playing their political games that they are ignoring the real world around them.
I think they should all have to give up their DC homes/apartments for a month and have to live in one of their middle-class neighborhoods in their districts ... let them see what is really going on with the 'average' American.They have 9 days to get their acts together here ....So what were some of the reactions to this statement?