Whos’s to blame if government shuts down?

Now it’s your turn to speak.

If the federal government shuts down this weekend, who do you think is to blame? Why?

Is it President Obama and the Democratic leaders in Congress?

The Republican leaders? The tea party? Both?

All of the above.

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30 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

April 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Both parties. Pointing fingers at each other does nothing. One side says the other is not playing fair and providing compromises the other party can’t/won’t support. If one compromises, then the other needs to lower their expectations to meet them half way; its a give and take. But both sides appear only to take.

Lets go back to the tax rates when Reagan left office; surely the conservatives will put their money where their mouth is to honor their highest saint!

It also appears the tax burden is being moved from the rich to the poor, or at least the middle class, while middle class programs are on the cutting block. Where are the jobs Boehmer? Trickle down is not working! Unless you are trying to screw the middle and lower class.

Chris

April 7th, 2011
9:30 am

The Democrats are wholly to blame! They refused to do their constitutionally mandated duty and create and pass a budget when they were supposed, even though they controlled he House,Senate and WH.

Mike

April 7th, 2011
10:02 am

The Democrats could care less about cutting spending. Just keep on spending. More government. More money printing. Usher in a debt crisis and use it to grow the government even more.

Democrats make excuses

April 7th, 2011
10:04 am

The 2011 budget should have been passed in mid 2010. Who was in control then?

S

April 7th, 2011
10:05 am

The proposed cuts don’t address America’s real spending and revenue issues and are an extremely small % of America’s overall spending. Until a party steps- up and addresses revenue, that right taxes, and the real spending issues, defense and entitlements, the budget cuts and shutdown are just a political game aimed at the uneducated America’s who write on message boards like the one here.

moe

April 7th, 2011
10:13 am

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moe

April 7th, 2011
10:18 am

If the government shuts down,it is due to both parties not compromising to balance the budget.There is no way the Republicans can slash and cut and there is no way Democrats can continue spending to the hilt. We do not have statesmen anymore, we have greedy people who want their way. Let the congress not get paid and see how quick they will fix the matter.

Dan

April 7th, 2011
10:35 am

Clearly its a political ploy by the dems, they controled both the executive and legislative branch all through budgeting season, but they were afraid to agitate their base with big cuts and they were afraid to agitate the middle with more spending and/or raising taxes. This was an attempt to blame the gop. @S even so the current GOP proposal at least has the right amount (or moving towards) the right amount of zeros after it. The dems simply proposed to grow spending at a slower rate. and btw spending is the entire problem, taxing the top 1% at 100% wouldn’t put a dent in the budget, even taxing the top 5% at 100% would not help.

Transparency

April 7th, 2011
10:38 am

The 2011 budget SHOULD have been passed and set in 2010. The Democrats showed no leadership or responsibility then or now. It’s all a game to them – one that is going to impact my children and grandchildren.

Now, it’s a political game for them to make the Republicans appear to be the bad guys – cutting all those programs and hurting the poor. It’s a shame but the real shame is most folks that don’t keep up with what is really going on fall for the mainstream media’s bias.

Truth

April 7th, 2011
10:46 am

Considering the Democrats still have the majority & the White House then it would logically have to be the Democrats.

Truth

April 7th, 2011
10:48 am

The real question should be why the Federal Government doesn’t have a “Balanced Budget” amendment with one exception, funding for national defense in times of war.

Fletch

April 7th, 2011
11:23 am

I don’t think cutting 1.6% of the budget is too much to ask personally. In times like these not everyone can get all the $ they want or need. I personally just want the gov to act as fiscally responsible as they expect me to.

Get Real

April 7th, 2011
11:39 am

Both parties are to blame but Democrats have a higher percentage of the blame as they did not pass a budget before the start of the fiscal year

S

April 7th, 2011
11:47 am

The responses in this blog are so myopic and are straight down party lines. Anyone who does not think, that both revenue and spending need to be considered at the same time in the budget are just kidding themselves. Besides overhauling the individual tax system, revenue can be generated from fairer corporate taxes. As for spending, take a look at where America has the majority of spend, Defense and Entitlements. The proposed budget does nothing to address the biggest money spends, and until either political party wants to address the real issue, both are just politicking.

Bo Doodley

April 7th, 2011
11:50 am

Both parties are more interested in finding reasons as to why it’s the other party’s fault rather than finding an actual solution. Face it people, our government no longer represents anyone but themselves and their “contributors”.

Chris

April 7th, 2011
11:52 am

The inflexible Tea Party fanatics

the truth hurts

April 7th, 2011
11:58 am

It is amazing how many people post here without any factual basis.

truth – there are 27 amendments to the US constitution and zero that have anything to do with war funding. The federal government can spend whatever amount they budget.

Dan – The top 1% of wage earners in this country control approximately $15 trillion of the money made in America, which is three times hgher that the highest budget in history (which was the last budget passed). I would say that $15 trillion will do more than put a dent in the budget, it could fund all levels of government for a couple of years.

To many of the posters – since it requires both houses of congress and the president to agree to a budget, the blame should go to any one that is a current member of congress. Even if the budget should have already been passed at this point, it shouldn’t matter. If you are in congress or the white house, then you are responsible.

z

April 7th, 2011
12:21 pm

Is there any question who is responsible for the Government shut down. The Republicans, the absolutely clueless wonders of this Century. Shutting down the Government over what, planned parent hood, NPR and other foolish ideology…you ignorant fools! These republicans care NOTHING about this Country or it’s people..They are NOT Americans, they are self serving, selfish, the most egotistical lunatics that have ever controlled a Washington congress. What a bunch of TEA PARTY FOOLS..ignoramouses..there are not enough negatives to describe these lunatic fools. Who in there right mind would ever vote for a Republican again. They do not care about the people of this country they are Un American. ICK!

Peadawg

April 7th, 2011
12:26 pm

The Democrats are to blame for not making a 2011 fiscal year budget LAST YEAR. We wouldn’t even be in this mess if they had done this LAST YEAR when they were supposed to.

BMDPD

April 7th, 2011
12:51 pm

Well said, Dan! The Dems did not want to do the hard work when they controlled all three. Instead, they were waiting to blame the GOP (who only controls the house). If the GOP is the party of No, then the Dems are the party of Blame!

ATLER

April 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

All the idiots involved who thinks that playing kiddie games are politics. All parties are crazy, but I think the Tea Baggers and Conservatives have lost their minds!!!!

ATLER

April 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

Are the Tea Baggers and Conservatives still angry over us having a black President????!!!!!!!! I think he’s doing an Awesome job deal with what he was dealt and the way Republicans/ Flip-Floppers are acting!!!!!!!!!

Joe Schmoe

April 7th, 2011
1:04 pm

Looks like the DNC has deployed its marching orders to all the Obamanazibots, as witnessed by the previous post. It must to be a sheeple stuck on the DNC plantation of nothingness.

Joe Schmoe

April 7th, 2011
1:05 pm

It must suck to be a sheeple stuck on the DNC plantation of nothingness.*

Corrected, : )

paid off

April 7th, 2011
1:13 pm

atler= moron

1911A1

April 7th, 2011
2:44 pm

EuroCentric

April 7th, 2011
9:58 pm

can I blame palin’s “rhetoric” somehow or maybe bush/cheney?

Seasoned Reason

April 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

At 83 (almost 84) years old, I’ve been around alot longer than most of the posters on this blog. I’ve seen gov’t officials good and bad, come and go. This is the same political posturing all parties concerned play every political season. Everybody has to look good for their constituents without seeming like they are giving up the farm. In the end they are all to blame. You could blame the Democrats because they were in power last year when the 2011 should have been passed. But remember, it was an election year so they were not going to do anything to alienate their base during an election year. You could blame the Republicans because they have automatically put up opposition to ANYTHING that the President and Democrats have tried to do even if realistically the program(s) were beneficial. (On a side note, I think it was awfully funny watching Gingrich squirm and flip flop with his opposition to the President’s handling of Libya.) You also could blame the Tea Partiers with their blinding and unflexible, tunnel vision against anything not part of their platform which has caused the other two parties to react in ways historically against their root ideals in the name of self preservation. All parties meanwhile trying to make the news cycles to make themselves look good. What stumps me is how many people watch and listen to these corporate news organizations of FOX News and CNBC and take their words as gospel. These stations and their talking heads like Oberman, Hannity, etc., have one goal in mind: Ratings. Plain and simple, ratings = advertising dollars = better paychecks for themselves. These new age Used Car Salesmen-like idiots could care less what we really think about them as long as we will watch their show. People will drink the Kool-Aide as they listen to every word these people talk against things like 1) raising (more like to trying to equal) the taxes on the rich, who over the last 2 decades have seen their tax liabilities go way down while the middle and lower classes’ tax burden have skyrocketed. 2)Ending corporate welfare in the form of tax breaks and subsidies. I can’t for the life of me understand giving tax breaks and subsidies to companies that offshore American jobs. Or companies like Exxon and Goldman & Sachs that receive subsidies from the US taxpayer meanwhile for the last decade have enjoyed GROSSLY huge record breaking profits. 3)Or what real gets my goad, these companies were given bailouts and the SAME year gave their top mgrs. multi-million dollar bonuses instead of paying Joe Taxpayer back. And like lemmings, people will still watch, not understanding how they are being manipulated for corporate benefit. Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave because these so called news organizations (more like news tabloids) went from unbiasedly PRESENTING the news to slantingly MAKING the news. Similar like Vince McMahon of WWE fame once said, “Our wrestling (organization) is not a sport, it’s Sports Entertainment.” This isn’t news, it’s News Entertainment.

Get It Right

April 8th, 2011
8:38 am

Seasoned Reason…GREAT POST..I totally agree…Until WE as voters stop aligning ourselves with party affilition and following the media, we will never have fair representation in Washington…People please start educationing yourselves on the issues and vote responsibly. The primary blame needs to be placed on BOTH parties. The secondary blame is WE the voters.

Truth

April 9th, 2011
1:03 pm

Truth Hurts:
What are your thoughts on a balanced budget amendment since you are a legend in your own mind.