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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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imfedup

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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50s4ever

Oct-22-13 7:14 AM

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

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NPGREEN

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. Yes...it was a tough vote...as the economic consequences were undisputed and painful for all.

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Howard

Oct-22-13 8:27 AM

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

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Seadog

Oct-22-13 8:34 AM

"If Tom Reed had succeeded, the U.S. Government would have defaulted on its financial obligations"

Great Democratic talking points Norm. Unfortunately, your "facts" are wrong. The Government brings in enough money every month to cover the cost of S.S. and the interest on our enormous debt - which is the only way to default - not paying the interest on the debt. Quit listening to Harry, Barry, Chuckie, Dickie, and Nancy and do a little research.

Remember - these are the geniuses that wrote Obamacare and approved the October 1st launch - which is a complete FAILURE.

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Howard

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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Seadog

Oct-22-13 9:34 AM

Isn't it amazing how those brain washed by their "leaders" can predict the future like Dr. Howie PHD in fortune telling.

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Seadog

Oct-22-13 10:12 AM

By David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. CaseyDavid B. Rivkin Jr. Wall Stree Journal Updated Jan. 14, 2013 2:51 p.m. ET "Three false arguments, pushed hard by the Obama administration and accepted on faith by the media and much of the political establishment, must be laid to rest if the American people are to understand the issues at stake in the federal "debt ceiling" debate. The first is that Congress's failure to raise the debt ceiling—the amount of money the federal government is authorized to borrow at any given time—will cause a default on the national debt. The second is that federal entitlement programs are constitutionally protected from spending cuts. The third is that the president can raise the debt ceiling on his own authority".

To educate yourself Howie - you might want to check out the rest of the article.

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Oelwyn

Oct-22-13 11:06 AM

The'Easy Vote' should be apparent in November.

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FedUpL8ly

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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50s4ever

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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pystew

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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Monkeyboy

Oct-22-13 1:29 PM

We see here that Tom Reed has already started damage control to try to save his dying career.

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MyRushie

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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Emelye

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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Emelye

Oct-22-13 6:15 PM

Easy or hard, the vote was WRONG.

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Seadog

Oct-22-13 6:59 PM

Yes emely, because he voted the way those that voted him into office wanted him to, he was wrong. Or, in other words, he voted wrong because he didn't follow the sleeple known as Democrats.

How's that Obamacare working for ya? Been able to sing up yet or are you waiting for the "glitches" to be worked out?

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Seadog

Oct-22-13 7:00 PM

Pystew - "If his vote passed I would not get my EARNED social secuirty tomorrow". That is an out and out LIE and I dare you to back that assinine statement up with a fact.

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Emelye

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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FedUpL8ly

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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Seadog

Oct-23-13 8:05 AM

Fedup - quit wasting your breath. If Barry says something, those like emelye, pirate, and the rest of the dimwits will follow him and believe him no matter how many facts you give them.

And emelye - Rep. Reed did not shut down the government. Your president and Harry Reid did that. And, the government shut down - so what?? Did you suffer any ill effects from it? Was your SNAP late?

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Sammie

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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Seadog

Oct-23-13 12:23 PM

Why so angry Sammie, EBT late due to the shutdown?

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Monkeyboy

Oct-23-13 12:48 PM

There's your answer Sammie. He can't. He can't post without calling people nasty names or making nasty comments. That's his idea of "debating".

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Seadog

Oct-23-13 1:30 PM

Monkeyboy, are my comments any different than the ones you make, CONSTANTLY,by calling people who disagree with Barry racists? Talk about "the pot calling the kettle black". I hope you don't take that saying as being racist.

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