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April 7th, 2011
01:30 AM ET
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Robert Sauerman

    One of my friends wrote "The federal budget for 2007 (passed before the Democrats took over Congress) was $2.8T. The federal budget for 2011 (although never passed by Congress) is $3.8T, 36% higher over 4 years. There is now a chance that the government could be shut down (not necessarily a bad thing) over a disagreement as to whether that budget should be cut by either $30B or $60B.

    In terms closer to home, that is like a household whose monthly budget has increased from $2,800/month to $3,800/month over four years. One spouse lost his job, and now husband and wife are considering a divorce over whether their monthly budget should be cut by $30 or $60. In the meantime, they are increasing their $14,000 credit card debt by $1,600 each month.

    This is completely insane." Congress has forgotten they were elected by the American people and they work for us. It is incumbent for them to do what is right and makes sense for this country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  2. Jackie Anetekhai

    The republican are crazy selfish not for them poor only for the rich. The democrat needs to take a stand that the only way to beat the crazy tea party.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  3. Rick S.

    Here are some budget cut ideas for both Dems and Reps from AMERICANS:
    1. Cut funding for Homeland Security by repealing the U.S. Patriot Act and all subsequent amendments.
    2. Cut F.E.M.A. let the National gaurd handle domestic environmental disasters let state troopers and U.S. Marshals handle domestic crime.
    3. Cut Government Grants to all Justice department Funded Fusion centers;72 state-wide.
    4. Increase Taxes on Income for all Major American Bank Financiers and American CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies.
    5. PULL OUR TROOPS COMPLETELY OUT OF ALL MIDDLE-EASTERN MATTERS. DECLARE AMERICA NUETRAL!

    That should free up some revenue! Get to work LEGISLATERS! Or stop taxing our incomes and taking social security from us.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Casimir Rincon

    I don't get it!
    The government is threatening a shutdown but the only ones affected are the people?
    The soldiers who are defending the country and the taxpayers?
    So there really isn't a shutdown this is propaganda and an excuse to once again screw the taxpayers out of their money to save the country with the taxpayers hard earned money instead of the politicians money that they are wasting on limos and bodyguards. lets start with that.

    This is a Joke and an insult to the American People.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  5. Jon (Colorado)

    The federal government continues to fail it's people, year, after year. Inexcusable! Disturbing Congress can vote for a one week vacation from DC, but can't pass a budget!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  6. Jon (Colorado)

    Government shutdown...are we surprised? Congress putting their best foot forward in the eleventh hour. More self interest, inefficiency, and bi-partisan blame games on the menu. "Broke" government on two levels...no money & inability to govern. No wonder the Fed Government can't balance it's checkbook! Enjoy your weekend visit to the Nationl park! 🙂

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Larry Crespin

    If the Government can't figure out how to spend the peoples money,give the money back to the people.So that thay my servive this soon to be CRISIS.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  8. GrandaV

    Both sides "working to avoid a shut down"..thats the kiss of death...I have heard it said that people tend to get the government they deserve.We deserve this??? The Speaker has been in Congress..what 15 years..where were you Sir when Congress doubled our national debt in 8 years? Where were you Sir when those budgets were voted on. Oh and of course...the #1 way to balance the budget AND pay off the debt is "CUT TAXES". All of us on both sides know we have to reduce spending by a lot..and fix Soical Sevurity and Health Care. But what to our "leaders" do nothing..point fingers and lay blame..BOTH parties..thats OK there will be other elections and the American people will remember...WE PROMISE

    April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  9. tom olmstead

    I understand that if the government wants to cut spending, Well how bout starting with there salaries and there pensions instead of medicare and social security cut them back to ten or fifteen dollars per hour like most of the USA workers do they should not keep there paychecks if there's a shutdown.there is no human in the world that is worth that kind of salary or pension

    April 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. Joe from florida

    The govt will leave military vets out in the cold with combat wounds by not funding Veterans administration disability payments to vet.

    SHAMEFUL,

    April 7, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  11. teresa, ohio

    I dont care if they shut down or not... BUT I do care that the military gets their pay and on time. Anyone else, most of us dont care. Pay the military and pay them on time– they have enough worries.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  12. Jennifer McDaniel

    I am wondering when the Congress and Senate are going to take pay cuts? My husband and thousands of other service members risk their lives every day and they are taking an upcoming pay freeze and looking at a federal shutdown with no paycheck? It amazes me that these greedy people are making decisions at the top and manage to create an exemption clause for themselves every time. What do we need to do to make our voices heard? We absolutely need to cut spending, but that means spending across the board. Greed and poor judgment is what has gotten us here today and for people to blame the Democrats or Obama is ridiculous. It took years for us to get here and if we want to do finger pointing we need to look at the Bush administration. Obama is just the poor guy who got the clean up job after the mess George W. Bush made. Get real people!!!! We didn't get here overnight and we aren't going to correct it overnight and to assume that possibility is sheer ignorance. Wake up AMERICA!!! My husband and thousands of others defend this country and the rights of every citizen here include the rights of congress to freeze their pay!!! They should be ashamed of themselves!!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  13. Chuck Dillingham

    It angers me to think that if this government shutdown goes through, Congress will continue to get a paycheck. Their inability to do the job they were hired to do results in them still getting paid. Meanwhile, young men and women on the frontlines risking their lives will still be expected to do their job, but wait until Congress sorts out the budget before they get a paycheck. I personally nominate all of Congress for your RidicuList... please try and keep them honest!

    April 7, 2011 at 8:55 am |