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White House: Republicans Will 'Do the Right Thing'

Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
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With the U.S. budget crisis in its ninth day, the White House says it believes Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will "do the right thing" and pass legislation to lift the debt limit and reopen the parts of the government that are closed.

White House spokesman Jay Carney also said Wednesday President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Department and budget office to find an immediate legal fix for paying benefits to military families, which have been cut off during the government shutdown.

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October 09, 2013 5:33 AM
Rival political parties in Washington are continuing their rhetoric about government funding, raising worldwide concerns that the impasse may lead the United States to default on its debt for the first time in history. For the past week, U.S. President Barack Obama has been urging Republicans to stop jeopardizing the U.S. and global economy. Speaker of the House John Boehner has remained adamant that Democrats must modify the government spending plan to include more Republican preferences.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner had criticized the administration for withholding the payments. He said Congress gave the Pentagon authority to continue payments in a law signed before the October 1 shutdown.

The partial government shutdown is a result of Congress's failure to pass a temporary spending bill.  Congress is also at an impasse over extending the government's borrowing authority after October 17, when the United States will not be able to pay all its bills.

Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and overhauling the 2010 health care law before boosting the borrowing authority and returning the furloughed civil servants to work. Democrats want Congress to first end the shutdown and extend the debt limit.

Meanwhile, a new public opinion poll indicates only 5 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.  

The Associated Press/GfK poll also found 62 percent of the 1,200 surveyed blame Republicans for the partial U.S. government shutdown.

But President Obama does not fare well either, with only 37 percent approve of the job he is doing.

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by: Markt
October 10, 2013 8:57 AM
It is all a process of desensitization that has been ongoing for several decades now, in everything; the government, the entertainment industry. There was a time when a nude scene in a movie would ignite controversy and media attention for days, weeks afterward. Today, nudity in movies is commonplace, even expected by the public. Same is true with violence and language in movies and television shows. It used to disturb viewers decades ago, now we just shrug it off and keep watching.
There used to be a time when the government, in a similar crisis that we are having today, would stay in session long into the night to resolve it. Now, Congress goes home and points fingers at each other, blaming the other side for failing to negotiate. Presidents used to lead the way, now we have.... well, I need not go further in that train of thought, do I.
The government took the wrong tactic to resolve this problem. They furloughed hard working and deserving Americans, withholding paychecks that the government claimed it could not support. Instead, they should have stopped paying members of Congress their bloated salaries. Threaten politicians with withholding THEIR paychecks, and see how fast they run to the bargaining table to resolve this.
Instead of doing their jobs and protecting the American people, instead they play Russian roulette with our lives, while they sit fat, dumb and happy and play the blame game. They are worried how it might tarnish our image on the world stage, and let other nations see how weak we are...guess what? We are already tarnished and viewed as weak. Our enemies mock us, and even those who are supposedly our allies mock us.
What took our predecessors nearly 200 years to build up, our government leaders have destroyed in less than 50 years. And they achieved that through the gradual process of desensitization, dulling our senses slowly over time until what they practice now (which would ordinarily be shocking) is nearly passed off as typical and commonplace.

by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
October 10, 2013 8:55 AM
Republicans will "do the right thing"? We know that the democrats will not. Stop spending more than we bring in!

by: larry martin from: boston
October 10, 2013 8:08 AM
"do the right thing"

and the right thing is "hold the line"

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

by: john smith from: Washington
October 10, 2013 6:35 AM
no problem does not live with Republicans the problem lies with the device of Obama. Obama will manipulate any possible situation to try and force his shortcomings and failures on the Republicans. he has broken so many laws and has been so distrustful to the American public it's time we get them out of office.

by: notadumbliberal from: Liberal nation (Balt. MD)
October 10, 2013 12:14 AM
It's commonsense that the extremist right would want to stop commonsense legislation on high powered assault rifle AR-15 shotguns that shoot lots of super fast bullets from their high capacity commonsense extremist magazines. Obama Care is commonsense and raising the debt ceiling is commonsense. Commonsense.

by: Govt SCUM from: White House
October 09, 2013 11:19 PM
Reports that Taliban troops in Afghanistan are mocking the U.S. over the ongoing government shutdown indicate the terrorist group is as despicable as ever. The sad part is that their taunts are filled with true observations. It’s a very messed up state of affairs in Washington, D.C. when our greatest enemies have to exercise almost no imagination to mine our elected leaders’ behavior for propagandist fodder.

The Al Arabiya English-language news website reported Wednesday on a Taliban statement that made its way into foreign media outlets, featuring comments from an unspecified source within the Afghani militants who derided American politicians for “sucking the blood of their own people.”

The statement also contained the following remarks:

The American people should realize that their politicians play with their destinies as well as the destinies of other oppressed nations for the sake of their personal vested interests.

The insurgents blamed “selfish and empty-minded American leaders” and claimed they were guilty of taking U.S. citizens’ money “earned with great difficulty” and then “lavishly spending the same money in shedding the blood of the innocent and oppressed people.”

“Instead of sucking the blood of their own people… this money should be utilized for the sake of peace,” the statement adds.

If someone attributed those words to an American newspaper columnist criticizing the policies of any of our last four Presidents, no one would blink. And let’s be clear on this point: the Taliban deserves no sympathy for being right about anything. As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Statements like these are tailor-made to foster dissent back in the land of the Great Satan, and so they necessarily ratchet the terror rhetoric to a pitch that Western ears can discern. The “peace” remark is particularly risible.

But it’s an outright shame that Congress and the President, by their behavior, play into the hands of those who would cheer America’s utter undoing.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 10, 2013 6:25 AM
Maybe you're showing a sense of why you repose so much interest in the taliban and perhaps on terrorist networks out there too. You must love their activities so much so that you even refer to your own country as 'the land of the Great Satan' in agreement with the goals of those children of wickedness. Good for you. But what is happening in USA right now is nothing but practical democracy at work. Even the decisive journalism that is going on wherein media houses are stratified in favor of the president and his party. But the Republicans holding their ground is a proof that democracy is not a one-party system affair, no matter how much you try to force it into the system. Ride on America, democracy means disagreeing to agree, or agreeing to disagree.

by: SarahO from: Cleveland oh
October 09, 2013 10:06 PM
It is shocking to me that America has gotten to the point where the people have such little faith and expect so little from our government, that we are accepting this shutdown tactic with such ease. It seems treasonous and is the exact opposite of what I always believed the American government was based on. Yes, it is completely fair to debate the debt ceiling and affordable care act, just as it is completely fair to debate every issue because that is what our bicameral system is based on. But that is not what is happening. What is happening is a small faction of the government is somehow able to bend and twist the rules and facts to suit their purposes. Which sounds almost like a coo to me. I am proud of the democrats and president Obama for hold their ground and standing up for what is right. And if so many innocent people weren't suffering needlessly I'd be happy to watch this farce because all the tea bag party is doing is digging its own grave when it comes to election time because even the people I know who don't agree with obamacare, disagree with the shutdown. The smart republicans are starting to realize this and separate themselves from these fanatics.

October 09, 2013 10:57 AM
"We can't raise the debt ceiling without doing something about what is driving us to borrow more money and to live beyond our means.", “the debt limit has always been fair game for bargaining” – that’s putting it strongly and justly. But then, Mr Boehner, can’t you see, the US economy is doing well beyond expectations under Barack Obama. Let him do the job for this country to gain the strength enough to be able to pay the debts. People must believe the leader, and he needs this health care law. What he does has proved right so far.
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by: acbytesla from: Seattle
October 10, 2013 2:57 AM
We have always lived beyond our means but in terms of the National GDP our debt really is not that high. And the debt limit has NEVER really been fair game for bargaining. They have rolled it upwards like clockwork for 50 years, Democrat, Republican, makes no difference. The idea that we would not continue to do so is insane.
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by: Terry from: D.C.
October 09, 2013 5:16 PM
Just how delusional are you? There are a RECORD number of people on food stamps, Unemployment is at ALL TIME high, and we are 16.4 TRILLION in debt, you delusional, government induced trance, conditioned, zombie!!! How is all that "hope and change" working for you now??

by: Diane from: D.C.
October 09, 2013 10:07 AM
California spent seven years and $200 million on an abandoned DMV program:

Not long ago, in fact, California blew $200+ million on a DMV overhaul program that was such a complete screw-up, the whole thing ultimately had to be scrapped. The project took seven years to reach its point of implosion, wasting over $200 million in the process and leaving the California DMV in a state of legacy chaos.

Obamacare seems a lot more complex than a driver’s license system, and it has to talk to hundreds of insurance companies, financial institutions and many other databases stored in remote locations. The complexity of this program is quite literally beyond the comprehension of any one engineer. Socialist government people, in particular, can’t make this work precisely becausethey tend to be delusional thinkers about reality. They literally believe they can wave a magic wand and decree something into existence. So they pronounce their plans with great fanfare — “Every person will have affordable insurance!” — but they have no idea that such promises actually require dedicated, intelligent work to transform into reality.

The Obama administration doesn’t have a reputation for attracting dedicated, intelligent people. It’s better known as a gang of professional liars, shortcut takers and con men whose real skills lie in making promises, not keeping them. It’s far easier to make a bunch of lofty-sounding promises than it is to deliver on them, and right now, Obamacare isn’t anywhere close to actually delivering.

Perhaps I’m wrong on all this and there actually is a magic wand that can transform the broken Obamacare exchange system into a functioning, streamlined web application. If such a magic wand were truly possible to develop, I’m pretty sure Microsoft, Apple or Google would have come up with one by now. Compared to Obama engineers, Google engineers are like superhuman geniuses. And even they accidentally break their own code from time to time. To expect a bunch of government contractor grunts to actually build a system that meets a hard deadline is a lot like visiting a pig farm and expecting to see those pigs sprout wings and take flight.

by: Sally Creamburp from: USA
October 09, 2013 10:05 AM
Here are just SOME of the R&D problems likely being experienced behind the scenes right now:

• Incompatible field structures across multiple remote health insurance databases

• Incompatible data types across multiple remote databases, causing errors when, for example, alpha data tries to get slammed into numeric fields (complete with all the fun of divergent field constraints)

• Data synchronization glitches, meaning database timeouts and “transaction locks” that cause data records to be locked out of write access

• System clock conflicts that cause data handshaking to fail due to mismatched time codes across systems in different time zones

• Data field overruns due to short-sighted data structure design in legacy databases (i.e. long strings that don’t fit into short data fields)

• Security problems such as SQL injection attacks or targeted buffer overruns that compromise data integrity (and can even have the entire database stolen by hackers)

• Permissions errors where web applications do not have the proper security permissions to access the data required to populate web form fields (this is why drop-down boxes are failing)

On top of all this, there’s the even bigger problem that these contract programmers simply don’t give a s%*#! It’s a government project, after all, and the longer they can drag out the bug fixes, the longer they keep getting paid. There is literally no incentive to make the website actually work. In fact, there is a financial reward for keeping it screwed up.
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