*'Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talk grows' - By Charles Babington - AP
- Published by DSNews - 02/20/11WASHINGTON Few memories haunt
Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal
government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and
recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. *'Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal' - By
MATTHEW JAFFE and DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 09/21/10 Thats right. Republicans voted against the ENTIRE defense budget...
rather than allow openly gay service members in the military. And
you think they care about you? Best of luck.
Harry and Barry will not fund the troops but they will fund the killing of
...and John will continue to spend $370 million per DAY in endless, needless
wars with no end in sight sending hundreds of thousands of young men and women
into harm's way toppling sovereign nations and chasing rouge terrorists throught
Hatch is lying. Funding for Planned Parenthood *is* legal. The Family Planning
Services and Population Act signed by (gasp!) Nixon in 1971 amended the Public
Health Service Act to fund Planned Parenthood under Title X.
Congress can't keep shutting the government down to solve every budget dispute.
That will just add to the deficit and wreak havoc on the economy. It's a little like doctors in the emergency room fighting over which procedure
is best, while the patient expires.Yes, the deficit and its rate of
growth are extremely dangerous to our future prosperity and our national
security. But the facts are the facts and neither side is pure in tackling the
tough issues.The fact is you can't curb this deficit and the growth
in deficit spending by cutting funding for discretionary spending. Some programs
are essential, and some programs may have debatable value. But is this the
battle to die for?Having said that, until Congressman Ryan's plan
came out, no one was willing to tackle the elephant in the room, entitlements.
Now many find this GOP plan reckless. Fine, what is your alternative? Some
combination of benefit cuts, raising or retirement age, reducing of health care
cost must occur if the budget is to brought under control.Congress'
attack on discretionary spending reminds me of Don Quixote's attack on the
windmills. Pick battles that matter!
CHS85 -- oh, are you talking about the Obama Wars? You're trying to blame
Boehner for the cost of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghamistan... But what
about Libya too? Didn't Barry, oh, I'm sorry -- Barack... our Commander In
Chief....(not one day of military experience on his resume) campaign on the idea
of all U.S. troops being out of Iraq and Afghamistan by, oh, wasn't it last
year? And what about the terrorists at GITMO? Being tried in US Civilian
Courts per the ACLU? What happened to those plans, when Barry Administration
announced quietly last week that they'd begin military tribunals at GITMO after
all? Oh, wait, maybe that mean, old, terrible George W. Bush, was right about
something AFTER ALL??????? Lefties and Leftist media will never admit it
Representative Bishop: establish your leadership in deficit reduction and call
for the closure of Hill AFB. Its time to get serious about cutting
spending, and closing Hill would save far, far more money than cutting off
Planned Parenthood. It's clear that our nation cannot maintain our current
levels of defense spending. We're borrowing hundreds of $Billions from the
Chinese and then we spend 7 times as much as they do on defense? This is
patently insane. We're set to spend more on the F-35 fighter than
the GNP of Australia? Push your speaker to cut defense by 20% or more. Then
you'll have moral authority to speak on deficits.
It sounds like Rep. Chaffetz is the one least likely to compromise. His
supporters must love him for the way he sticks to his principles. That's why he is so ineffective. Blame the stalemate on him and his fellow
class of tea-party-supported fanatics. They are more interested in their
message than their responsibility.