Shutdown’s cost may include woman’s sanity

"God will not be mocked," said the House stenographer, seen here between "Yea" and "Nay", as Congressmen mocked U.S. taxpayers. (AP Photo)

God "will not be mocked," said the House stenographer, seen here between "Yea" and "Nay", as Congressmen mocked U.S. taxpayers. (AP Photo)

As you’ve probably heard, the federal shutdown is over.

What did the political impasse cost? According to Standard & Poor’s, the company being sued by the U.S. for lying repeatedly during the financial crisis, $24 billion was sucked out of the economy.

There were other costs. Vacations were ruined, businesses suffered and government workers endured a lot of stress.

Some of the stress was from not working or knowing when the next paycheck would arrive. For one woman, the stress may have been from overwork.

As the vote was being taken to end the shutdown, a stenographer working in the House of Representatives began shouting about God, Founding Fathers and the Constitution. [Listen to the audio]

Initially, many House members thought she had gotten ahold of a campaign speech.

It’s a shame they dragged the stenographer away. She may have been the sanest person in the room.

The House vote to end the shutdown passed by a 285-144 vote. All Georgia Democrats voted “Yea,” all Republicans voted “Nay.”

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The hidden agenda

October 17th, 2013
9:28 am

Why does someone who is sick and tired of watching the scum of the earth destroy this nation and speaks out when she knows she has the media’s attention automatically assumed to be mentally ill? We have the vast majority of the clowns in Congress believing that they can spend more money than the government steals from everyone and that is the foundation of a sound economic policy. We have people on both sides of the aisle who would sell out the future of America for a billion dollar pork payoff for their campaign donors back home. We have people on both sides of the aisle who think its ok to waste a couple of trillion dollars destroying countries, killing innocent men, woman, and children, occupying nations and costing the lives and futures of US soldiers all to secure pipeline rights and oil for the major US oil companies. We have folks on both sides of the aisle who actually think that a private banking cartel headed by the Federal Reserve that has the power to create money out of thin air who lends trillions of dollars to foreign banks, American companies, and directly bails out the companies their leadership used to work for should remain in charge of the American money supply. I could go on and on.

Let’s hope she is not the last person we hear from expressing their disgust with the two-party failure that has destroyed this nation.

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Pitbull

October 17th, 2013
9:39 am

Poor babies. Some government employees suffered some inconveniences because the Congress had to hammer out a deal based on a disagreement about what is best for our country. I hope those babies can survive the blip in their lives. Ask not what your country can do for you…. ask what (oh never mind. forget it – they wouldn’t understand).

Great White

October 17th, 2013
9:54 am

Actually, Pitbull, it was more than an inconvenience. Many federal workers who have mortgages, bills, family obligations, car notes, school debts that accrued during the time when the government officials were sitting around on their a**es trying to make a political statement. As a government worker, I didn’t ask for Congress for any special handouts or any special treatment. All I ask is that Congress do its job! It’s a sorry state of affairs when the leaders of this country can’t accept the result of elections!

jarvis

October 17th, 2013
10:29 am

@Great White, Are you back at work today browsing the Internet after not being in the office for a few weeks?

Bernie31

October 17th, 2013
10:32 am

Thank-You Ted Cruz and TEE-TARDS for making The House Blue in 2014!

The so called DUMMY President has BEAT YOU at your own Game…AGAIN!

If you have just been BEAT by a DUMMY, what exactly does that make YOU? :)

lol!

joe

October 17th, 2013
10:34 am

All this does is kick the can down the road until January, when this will all come up again. All the Dems want to do is spend us into oblivion as a nation, much like Greece did. Obama has spent more than all other presidents combined. Let that sink in. 1 more than previous 43.

Now they wanna throw in obozocare? God help us.

For the GOP, only 18 of them are worth anything. The other RINOs need to be voted out next election so we can get some representatives in there who have balls. The only way to right our sinking ship is to boot the dems out of the white house and congress and get true conservatives in there…republicans will soon go the way of the whigs.

Bendaho

October 17th, 2013
10:38 am

It’s a sorry state of affairs when the leaders of this country can’t accept the result of elections!

Moronic statement. Obama won the election, everybody capitulate and give curious george everything that he wants or he’s going throw a tantrum. Now that this is over, he wants to address amnesty. Bend over working folks and watch millions of new workers competing for the same jobs that should be exclusive to Americans!

DeezNuts

October 17th, 2013
10:38 am

Pitbull sounds like the baby. Nothing says mature like belittling peoples difficulties. I bet he’d also suggest that poor folks just get a better paying job. Duh. What a dumb*uck.

MoFaux

October 17th, 2013
10:39 am

Hidden Agenda: First of all, I’m typing this from the continental US, and as of right now, we have not yet “been destroyed”. Would you prefer a singular party rule with no other choices? Third parties never do well, so I’m not sure how you expect this to change any time soon. Second, I don’t recall anytime recent where a Democratic POTUS spent trillions destroying other countries. Obama is trying to wind down our wars. I’m certinaly not saying blame falls squarely on Republicans for everything, but for war-mongering…um, heck yes.

MoFaux

October 17th, 2013
10:42 am

@ jarvis: “@Great White, Are you back at work today browsing the Internet after not being in the office for a few weeks?”

They get breaks just like you do. Or are you retired or unemployed? Think before posting.

Don't Tread

October 17th, 2013
10:43 am

“For the GOP, only 18 of them are worth anything”

And the other 136 in the House, including all of our Republican House members.

But otherwise you’re right…the sellouts need to go. If you don’t stand up for something, you will fall for anything…which is exactly what happened here.

DeezNuts

October 17th, 2013
10:43 am

I’ve got news for your Bendaho, no jobs are exclusive to Americans. You landline phone is obsolete. Communication and travel improvements have made it a world economy. You exclusive American jobs are manual labor and we don’t want those. Thanks, but you can keep your American jobs, I’ll take one of the high paying Global positions.

Bernie31

October 17th, 2013
10:52 am

The Stenographer was Just another TEE-TARD Nut, who was off her Meds……

The hidden agenda

October 17th, 2013
10:55 am

I guess I must have missed where some party other than the democrats and the republicans was responsible for imposing upon this country the criminal Federal Reserve, the Income Tax, Social Security, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Lybia, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Lebanon, $17 Trillion in debt, over $1 Trillion in projected annual deficits for the next 10 years at least, $250+ Trillion in unfunded liabilities for SS, Medicare and Part D alone, Obamacare, HMOs, the failed War on Drugs, the highest prison population on the planet, electronic eavesdropping on virtually every electronic communication on the planet, a CIA that runs drugs, created the crack epidemic of the 90s, assassinates world leaders and overthrows governments (Iran 1953, Diem in Vietnam as just two examples), a government that pays farmers not to grow crops, a regulatory apparatus that destroys jobs and forces companies off-shore just to compete, a government that throws people in jail for wanting to drink raw milk, a government that is conspiring to protect Monsanto while it systematically takes control of the global food supply while destroying the remaining food items and possibly the bee populations with its untested GMO crops, and I could go on and on.

Your attitude of resignation is disgusting. The two major parties are virtually the same on every critical issue and yet Americans continue to support them both, showing absolutely no courage in supporting any of the hundreds of principled alternative parties or even working for better candidates within these two failures.

We are absolutely getting the government we deserve – from both sides of the aisle.

RexDogma

October 17th, 2013
10:58 am

All the tea party is just wacko!

DeezNuts

October 17th, 2013
11:08 am

@ The Hidden Agenda, I gotta say, you do have a long list of failures our government is responsible for directly or indirectly. Unfortunately, our government design requires compromise just to get out of bed in the morning and to solve a lot of these issues would require a lot of time and compromise and that’s in short supply these days. You’re right though, it is the government of the people.

mr sanity

October 17th, 2013
11:32 am

Well, when you have a bunch od tea partiers who think the rapture is around the corner, why would you expect them to care about the future of the country?

The hidden agenda

October 17th, 2013
11:33 am

Actually the constitution as written does not require compromise at all. It is very clear on the limits of government power and the proper method of altering those limits (amendments).

The only thing the two major parties that “run” our government ever compromise are the principles of freedom and liberty (and the supposed constitutional limits on government power).

If the people we elect would NOT compromise these things, we never would have ended up where we are.

DeezNuts

October 17th, 2013
12:21 pm

Actually I think you’re wrong, compromise is the backbone of our government, this government was formed when a majority put aside distinct differences in opinion and personal priniciples to work together to found the new government. I would argue that the limits of government are to foster compromise rather than allowing one vision be the rule. I would also argue that maybe your version of freedom and liberty differs from mine. I think you saw what happens when elected officials do NOT compromise, federal government does NOT function. It has to function in order to change, even to compact itself into a leaner government. Even governments with multiple parties routinely see those parties form coalitions to pass laws that compromise some of their principles.

Bernie31

October 17th, 2013
12:29 pm

ALL of “The If we Only had Not Compromise Crowd” failed to realize and understand OBAMACARE is Law of the Land. Your side Lost! Accept it and move on. For the rest of us already have. You are being viewed as STUPID and out of Touch with REALITY. Come back to Jamaica and join US the rest of the American Public. You think we for a moment were happy with George W.Bush? We were NOT! and still not where his leadership has found US ALL. In a Big HOLE!

So get a grip and grow UP!

Bernie31

October 17th, 2013
12:37 pm

This woman’s sanity will be tested again in January 2014 when OBAMA SHUTS DOWN the governement AGAIN! YES you heard me – ALL this is OBAMA’s FAULT but the Republicans and small Tea Party get ALL the BLAME. OBAMA is the BLACK GOD is leader of this country and the MEDIA is helping him blame everbody BUT OBAMA. This is also BUSH’s FAULT.

Hahahahahahahaha HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

PMC

October 17th, 2013
12:48 pm

Is it too much to ask for an actual budget?

Not even a balanced budget, just a freaking budget.

Truth B Told

October 17th, 2013
12:53 pm

The rest of the world is watching Obama and the American media tell the dumbmasses of this country what to think. I am on international confernece calls on a daily basis, and people from all over the globe are right to say that Obama, the Dems and our media are destroying this country. It is sad when people in other countries all over the world understand how our government is suppose to work, moreso than the majority of the American people do.

How much longer will you people believe that the Republicans a dead party one minute, then turn around the next second and give them all this power to stop the government? It is scary the way Obama has brainwashed you into zombies. No wonder the Walking Dead is such a hit of a TV show, it is reflective of the way you people think.

Anyone that continues to support what Obama is doing to this country should be ashamed at the irreversible damage you are allowing him to do to US.

@ PMC

October 17th, 2013
12:59 pm

“Is it too much to ask for an actual budget? Not even a balanced budget, just a freaking budget.”

Obama doesn’t want a budget, he likes the Continuing Resolution approach where he is given a blank check every three months to spend us into oblvian. He will do this again in 3 months and blame the Republicans and Tea Party for not allowing him to spend, spend, spend.

By the time Obama leaves office the damage will be done.

MoFaux

October 17th, 2013
2:30 pm

Hidden Agenda: I don’t think anyone thinks our gov’t is perfect, but you are living in a fantasy land if you think we can, as an entire country, elect people who all think the same on every issue. By the same, I mean as YOU do. But no, the Dems and Rep’s certainl are not lock-step on every issue…or weren’t you paying attention lately? But yeah, the war on drugs is absurd. Any 6th grader with access to the internet can figure out that marijuana is nigh harmless when compared to alcohol. Sounds to me like you want complete anarchy. So you don’t think medicare and social security are good ideas? What, another “Socialism” is evil “argument”? The richest country in the world that professes to be Christian can’t take care of its old/homeless/poor? You sound like a complete ranter with no solutions to offer, but lots of grievances. Go run for office if you don’t like how things are going. Notice I didn’t say anything about moving out of the country.

DeezNuts

October 17th, 2013
4:04 pm

@ BenDaho, If you read Kyle Wingfield’s column, then you’d realize even he knows that you and your kind are going to alienate everyone in the middle with you’re less than persuasive, “you all are sheep”-style rants. When Obamacare fails the prez will get all the blame if you clowns get out of the way and just let it happen. Otherwise he’ll blame it on your obstructionist tactics and some in the middle will buy that arguement. The conservatives won’t reap as much from the failure of Obamacare as long as y’all keep railing against it. You end up looking like your tilting against Windmills. Do you guys even realize you’re starting to sound like the professional victims that y’all are constantantly claiming are sucking up all our tax dollars from entitlements.