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Ending The Shutdown Was The Easy Vote

October 22, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, admits Republicans’ strategy of shutting down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act was unwise....

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Oct-29-13 8:50 AM

seadog and fedup continues to spew forth the nonsense that comes out of the Corporate news Giant FOX jazeera. Every country in the world said the same thing "if America defaults it will cause a disaster" but because Hannity says "no way" we shouldn't worry.

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Oct-27-13 3:01 PM

I have to laugh at the continuing pathetic attempts to blame the President and the Democratic party for the thankfully past government shutdown and debt default threat. It's like the blackmailer who blames their victims, "If you would have paid me/done what I wanted then I wouldn't have been forced to harm you!" Ridiculous!

The additional claim that the government has enough income to service the debt and therefore would not have defaulted ignores reality some more. That money has to come from somewhere, people! Do you think they government has 25 billion just lying around every month? The Republicans think that crushing SNAP, education, national park administration, veteran's benefits, safe food and water and the like in order to service the debt would be a good thing! I cannot agree.

Besides that, there's the precedent that would be set by the default which would harm our country in even more pernicious and wide ranging ways. Mt Reed's vote was dead wrong.

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Oct-27-13 12:35 AM

Your man in the White House was going to give America the respect it once had before the torture question and two wars. Now most of the world including our allies want us handled by the UN for spying on them. Things are going to get worse. Bush didn't need this guy apologizing for him.

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Oct-26-13 4:50 PM

I'm not sure why the t-baggers hate America, and why they don't like the constitution. That is bothersome, but despite their whining, America is making a comeback after the tragedy of gwbush.

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Oct-26-13 4:48 PM

Signing up for Obamacare is easy. Do you idiots know that you don't have to do it over the internet? You can do it the old fashion way. The website is having problems, but that doesn't make ACA a bad thing.

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Oct-24-13 12:46 PM

Stop reading.

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Oct-24-13 12:34 PM

Not angry at all Seadog - just plain tired of all the hate.

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Oct-23-13 2:45 PM

As for you Sammie, I will never tire of some kind of retort to your nasty habit of talking down to people.

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Oct-23-13 10:08 AM

Seadog you really are a nasty human being. You, like 50's never seem to tire of it. (Now I'll wait while you send lots of hate my way or will you challenge me to prove it? Maybe you'll cut a paste something for me.)

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Oct-22-13 11:03 PM

pystew,emelye,donkeyboy and all the rest of the ignorant people - listen up. Our debt service which maintains the full faith and credit of the US is approx. $25 Billion @ month. The government has tax revenues well in excess of $200 Billion @ month. Default will only happen if the President makes an intentional and totally unnecessary decision to not pay the interest on our Treasury notes. The monthly tax revenue also is large enough to pay every Social Security check and pay all of our military on schedule. So when you hear President Barack Obama says or implies, as he did on several occasions, that seniors won't get their checks and the military won't get paid, he's lying or being misleading.

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Oct-22-13 10:46 PM

No Seadog, I disagree that the "people" who voted for Mr Reed wanted to have the government shut down and debt default threatened. Some radical extremists might have thought it was a good idea but those kinds of people are just closet anarchists, in my opinion. I don;t think the majority of our district, no matter how gerrymandered, thought it was a good idea to vote against a bill that averted what most economists predicted would be an economic disaster.

And, again, Seadog, stop being so nosey.

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Oct-22-13 6:15 PM

Easy or hard, the vote was WRONG.

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Oct-22-13 6:13 PM

The spin that the PJ is putting on Mr Reed's egregious vote to continue the shutdown and send the US into debt default - harming millions of families, and not just those in the USofA - is almost hilarious in its transparency. Face it, Mr Reed, your vote has tainted you forever as a political hack in the service of the Tea Party and its main funders, the corporate plutocracy. That vote might as well have painted a great big T on your forehead. Your true colors have been exposed and your friends at the Post Journal are unable to re-pull that wool over everyone's eyes.

If the Republican/TEA party were truly interested in doing the people's work, this stupid shutdown and threatened debt default would never have happened. Instead of caring about the people they are supposed to serve - us, their constituency - they keep choosing party politics in the service of the 1%, consequences (apparently) be****ned.

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Oct-22-13 1:38 PM

Can't wait to do this all over again at the end of the year. Over and over and Obama and over again.

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Oct-22-13 1:26 PM

Reed voted against a plan that would stop the shutdown of the government. When he did that he voted to keep the national parks and monuments closed, to stop funding cancer treatments, pay for our military and veterans, and more harm to us. With that vote he also said that we should not pay our bills.Someone used the FOX talking points that we have enough money coming in--I don't know what twilight zone he is from. If his vote passed I would not get my EARNED social secuirty tomorrow. In my mind he has earned the name Tea Party Tom. I really thought he would vote for the bill. I guess the fear of having a primary, and the $$$$ he would receive from the donors cought his eyes. He can not erase his vote. He owns it. We know it. We are going to make sure people remember it. He is not the moderate he wants us to think he is. Talk is cheap, check his votes. They really shows what kind of person he is. November '14 can't come fast enough. Can't wait for his Town Hall Meetings.

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Oct-22-13 12:37 PM

The House is the voice of the people. That's why they hold purse strings and can be changed every two years. The senate is a lot like the Romans and Greeks had. A group seeking to have power and privilege like the Executive branch enjoys, posturing and primping at election time and being monarchs in the years between.

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Oct-22-13 12:15 PM

Every time we have a threatened or actual government shutdown, about 3- 4% of the population gets educated to the facts quoted by Seadog. Maybe if we have about 10 more shutdowns even Howard might become educated on the facts. Of course, if Harry Reid had not gone four years without passing a budget as required by law, our country wouldn't be in this mess. Historically, when our country functioned well, budgets were passed each year and the normal legislative process would have prevented these crises.

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Oct-22-13 11:06 AM

The'Easy Vote' should be apparent in November.

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Oct-22-13 8:36 AM

This editorial uses the word "unwise" as though you were adding an extra sugar to your coffee. Everything NPGREEN said would have happened and more. We also would have taken the rest of the world with us.

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Oct-22-13 8:27 AM

That's logical thinking fedup. But we're dealing with a republican house.

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Oct-22-13 8:23 AM

If Tom Reed had succeeded, the U.S. Government would have defaulted on its financial obligations, interest rates would have gone up for everyone, billions more would've been added to the cost of the shut down, stock prices would have plumentrd and the economic recovery would have been set back or worse...a new econmic recession. was a tough the economic consequences were undisputed and painful for all.

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Oct-22-13 7:14 AM

That's logical thinking fedup. But we're dealing with Democrats.

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Oct-22-13 5:35 AM

Voting to end the shutdown was the only intelligent vote at that particular time BUT it should be a wake-me-up moment for everyone on Congress to buckle down and start writing and passing bills that benefit the citizens of this nation by putting politics aside and stop catering to Special Interests & the Lobbyists.

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