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Hot Topic: Who Will Blink First in Budget Showdown?

The immovable force has met the irresistible object — or, whatever.

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September 30, 2013 - 11:30 am

The prospect of a partial government shutdown is not bringing out the best in our politicians. Independent Senator Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, said “right wing extremists” are “guilty of murder” for trying to get rid of Obamacare. No Republican went quite that far in their invective, but Harry Reid came in for some namecalling at a Capitol Hill press conference by Republicans yesterday.

The reason, of course, is the scrum over the continuing resolution to fund the government through December. It appears that the immovable force has met the irresistible object — or however the saying goes. Conservatives in the House refuse to deliver a “clean” bill without either defunding or delaying Obamacare. Democrats in the Senate refuse to accept any changes to the health insurance reform law. And the president has made it equally clear that he won’t sign a bill that would mean the death warrant for Obamacare.

Eventually — days, weeks, or even months from now — the federal government is going to be funded. In the end, one side or the other is going to have to cave in completely to the other side. There is no compromise that either side would accept, no deal possible as long as both sides insist on getting their way.

The Hot Topic question for today is: Which side will blink first in the budget showdown?

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I have hopes the spine transplant the Republicans recently received will not be rejected. Another shot of Cruzacilin please!
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The republicans are gonna get hammered by the media no matter what they do. They've come too far to save face by caving, so they ought to stand their ground.
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If the world doesn't implode without big government and the Obamacare rollout continues to be so disastrous, even the dumbest voters might start to put two and two together and realize that it's the Democrats who refuse to let the government proceed because they're trying to SAVE Obamacare.
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This is just like the flap over the sequester a year ago lots of gloom and doom but no real effect. The fear of both parties leadership is the American people discovering how little they need the so called government services!
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The GOP is brilliant. Here's why, right now they are trying to make adjustments in the house which is sent to the senate and the DEMs keep striking it down. So after awhile the DEM's will win and the GOP will be blamed. So then Obamacare takes affect, the budget has no limits, and the American people will feel the pain in their pocket books and their health ( remember train wreck comment ). So 2014 elections come around millions of people are pissed at who? The DEM's, guess who wins then? Brilliant strategy I Say!
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One more thing I didn't add to my previous post:

It drives me up a wall how the American people will likely get angry at the GOP for this budget impasse. I could beat my head against a wall in frustration, but I think I've figured it out.

It's like a baby screaming in the middle of the night. Maybe it was just fed and doesn't need more, but your spouse wants some sleep. They don't get angry at the baby, he or she gets mad at YOU. "Just give the baby the damn bottle!"

In this case, the media, the Democrats, and Obama are the screaming baby, and the American people just want their sleep so they can get up in the morning and go about their lives with a minimum of disruption.

Unfortunately, in this case, giving baby its bottle will be a lot more disruptive to our lives and well-being than a few sob stories about campers being tossed out of Yellowstone National Park or tourists locked out of the Washington Monument. In this case, baby wants to destroy our livelihoods and degrade our health care system.

It's time to let baby cry.
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If a baby is crying for more food you give the baby more food.

The American people are angry at the Republicans because the republicans are spineless idiots.

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No, they are not. Most people don't pay enough attention to be angry at the GOP for being spineless idiots. That's just the base.
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And there will not be a presidential candidate rising up through the clutter of corruption in Washington to save us because to BE THERE is to become like all the rest of them. Even as pure a spirit as Sara Palin was sucked into the slime soon after she became the VP nominee because the combination of glitter and power is too much for most people to withstand. Worthy people, people of substance and authenticity, stay as far away from the political cesspool as possible, because to get too close is to lose your soul.
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I try not to be a cynic but it's necessary these days. My opinion on this latest crisis is that it's not really a crisis, it's a "crisis" manufactured by the two political parties in collusion with The White House and the media to capture public interest. It keeps the money flowing to the politicians and the media outlets and it also distracts us, the public, from examining too closely the truth that there really is no political division at work, but just a gigantic bloated entity called The Government. The Government exists primarily to create and subsidize an elite class who think we're fools, if they think of us at all.
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It's always the spineless GOP.
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Yep. We certainly know we can't assume the Supreme Court will actually do its job. After all, that is why we have Ocare.
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There are a lot of cowards (oops, I mean "moderates") in the GOP caucus, so they will probably cave...and Obama and Reid end up getting rewarded for behaving like recalcitrant children.

And, oh yeah...the American people lose. Again.
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