News / USA

US Shutdown Enters Week 2

Obama Says He Won't Negotiate Under Threati
X
October 08, 2013 8:43 AM
President Barack Obama says he is not going to negotiate ending the U.S. government shutdown or raising the debt ceiling while under threat from congressional Republicans.
Obama Says He Won't Negotiate Under Threat
VOA News
A partial U.S. government shutdown began its second week Tuesday with a vow from President Barack Obama that he will not negotiate on the shutdown or the country's debt ceiling while under threat from Republicans.
 
The president spoke Monday in Washington to workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the government agency that handles disaster response and one of the numerous government offices forced to temporarily furlough employees.
 
Obama urged Republicans to drop what he calls their "ideological demands" and move beyond the "manufactured crisis" caused by the shutdown. He said Congress must pass a clean spending bill to reopen the government -- one with no issues attached -- before he will hold talks with Republicans on fiscal and budget issues.
 
Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said it is the president, not Republicans, who is risking economic catastrophe by refusing to talk.
 
Hundreds of thousands of government workers are still furloughed and many services are unavailable. The shutdown began when congressional Democrats refused to go along with Republican demands to defund the president's health care program.
 
Meanwhile, the United States is facing an October 17 deadline to increase its borrowing limit so that it does not default on its financial obligations. The country is running out of money to pay its bills, including interest on bonds held by China, Japan and other overseas investors.
 
China is warning that the "clock is ticking." Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said it is important for the United States to act quickly to protect more than $1 trillion in Chinese investments in the U.S., and the global economic recovery.
 
The White House has said it wants an increase in the debt ceiling big enough that it would not have to be raised again until late next year. However, spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that the White House is not ruling anything in or out when Congress considers how long to raise the debt limit.

You May Like

Video Video Claims to Show Shi'ite Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

While not yet independently confirmed, brutal killing already has gotten attention of Islamic State followers on social media More

After Six Years, Little Change for Niger Delta's Former Militants

Nigerians who laid down arms in exchange for government amnesty subsidies fear program may end with upcoming presidential elections More

Vietnam Pushes for More Educated Drivers to Curb Road Deaths

Transportation officials hope that making a greater effort to get drivers to learn the rules of the road will reduce fatal crashes More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mr. Drake from: USA
October 08, 2013 10:37 AM
But the TSA is still sticking their hands down our pants, now at the mall too, the NSA is still spying on US, yes YOU!!!! and our country is STILL run by offshore banks, masquerading as a criminal mafia. The USA is screwed, as the thugs arrest Vets for visiting memorials. FIGHT BACK AGAINST TYRANNY AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUTDOWN TYRANNY!!!

by: Fascist States from: Fascist States
October 08, 2013 9:37 AM
USA? NO! FSA, (Fascist States of America) FACT!

It is now clear to me that as this government goes into its slow-motion collapse, it’s going to wreak total economic havoc on the entire nation and destroy as much as possible as it falls. I am making a public prediction right here — with 100% confidence — that this government will, without any hesitation, seize private bank accounts and pension funds in order to avoid going into default itself. This will of course be described by the thieving government as a way to “protect” your private funds and back them up with the “full faith and credit of the United States government.”

But what faith and credit are they talking about? Faith has been destroyed. “Credit” has already gone far beyond the point of no return. This government is never paying back its creditors. The plan at this point is to simply ride out the explosion of the money supply for as long as possible, and then declare Martial Law when the whole thing collapses and the masses lose everything.

Obamacare itself is not even the real problem in all this. Obamacare is merely the symptom of a disease called “government greed and corruption.”

Like anybody else, people in government desire unlimited power, and they are willing to do absolutely anything to get it, including holding a gun to the head of the American people and making ransom demands that must be met if we all want government services turned back “on.”

It’s all just “shutdown theater.” It’s the Cirque du Soleil of Big Government, except that in this circus, all the acrobats are over-medicated diabetics, and therefore the entire show is pulled off with high wires, smoke and mirrors instead of actual acrobatic talent.

That’s the Obama way. Pure theater. 100% illusion and rhetoric. And you have a front row seat to watch all the B.S. unfold right before your very eyes… how fortunate!

by: Unbelieveable from: USA
October 08, 2013 9:35 AM
The end of government credibility...

What you are really watching here, folks, is much more than merely the last act of government theater: You are watching the end of government credibility in the minds of the American people.

The idea that government functions as an institution “for the People, by the People and of the People” is now a cruel joke. Obama has turned government into a weapon to be used against the People in order to force their compliance with a blatantly unconstitutional, unethical, unworkable law that is the cornerstone of Obama’s disastrous legacy.

Your government is now your mafia. Your doctor is your dealer. Your health plan is a shakedown. The playbook of Obama lackeys is a tome of dirty tricks. Remember, this is the administration that literally smuggled illegal guns into Mexico in order to cause an explosion of gun violence that could be blamed on gun owners. This is an administration that now shoots dead a young black mental patient who makes a wrong turn at Capitol Hill with her car.

This is an administration that believes it has the legal right to force you to buy anything it wants you to buy, including rip-off health insurance policies, because it now claims ALL authority over ALL commerce, including what you decide to do with your own discretionary income (if you have any left after paying taxes, anyway).

This is an administration that selectively targeted “patriot” non-profit groups for harsh IRS audits. This is an administration that promised to label GMOs then betrayed the American people by secretly negotiating an international treaty that would outlaw GMO labeling globally. This is no longer a representative government at all: it is a tyranny of force and firepower. Obama is not the President; he is the head of an occupying criminal mafia.

100% chance the government will confiscate your private wealth as it collapses!

by: Tyranny is here from: USA
October 08, 2013 9:34 AM
Americans are fed up!!!!

In many ways, you are now watching the final act of government theater. It’s not over ’til the “fat lady sings,” as they say, but she’s most definitely warming up and preparing to belt out her final operatic performance.

Millions of Americans are completely fed up with the shenanigans of bad government. They’ve had it. Coming up in a few days, thousands of truckers are about to converge on the highways in D.C. and shut the roadways down. They’re even threatening to arrest traitorous members of Congress who have violated their oaths of office.

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin is now warning that Obama is running what is essentially a “coup” to overthrow the Constitution and remove Congress from all future spending decisions. This effectively turns the office of the President into a dictatorship. Congress will become nothing more than a useless vestige of the old republic.

Even other nations are starting to worry about the impending collapse of the U.S. government and its debt. China issued a stern warning today, urging America to “ensure the safety of the Chinese investments” by making sure the U.S. doesn’t go into default. China, you see, holds hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. debt. And it doesn’t want America to go belly up anytime soon (although China surely knows it’s headed that way sooner or later).

Obama’s position is that the U.S. should be indebted even more to China, Japan and the rest of the world. That’s why he’s demanding the debt ceiling be raised. The problem with socialism, of course, is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. But there’s a lot of damage that can be done until that day of reckoning arrives, so Obama and his cohorts are going to suck the finances out of the entire global economy to fund their socialist programs such as Obamacare, Obama phones, the fast-expanding government food stamp program, and any other popular giveaways they can dream up.

Remember: This is all being done to enforce a rip-off, monopolistic health care nightmare — the Affordable Care Act — that’s so unpopular, Obama has to hold the entire nation ransom in order to try to shove this monster down people’s throats.

by: Me Shell Obama from: Lost
October 08, 2013 9:33 AM
In this theater of the absurd, you are now watching the final act play out......

This staged government shutdown isn’t the only theater taking place in Washington today. I’m hearing more and more rumblings about the looming global financial implosion, and the Fed is furiously trying to print money as fast as it can in order to create the theatrical illusion that the economy is fundamentally sound.

The Obamacare delusion is pure theater as well. Virtually the entire national IT infrastructure for the system is non-functional. Online exchange signups are hitting a 99% failure rate. The person that Obama rolled out as a “successful” enrollee turned out to be a total fraud.

No one in the media can seem to locate any large number of people who have actually signed up. The White House is now refusing to answer questions asking how many people have actually enrolled (probably because they can’t find anyone who actually has). The entire system is a hoax. Underneath the Obama mesmerism and cult followers, there’s almost no one who is actually enrolled in Obamacare after millions of people already tried!

It’s also an IT nightmare. Now in its second week, the Obamacare online exchange system and Healthcare.gov is admittedly suffering from “design flaws” and critical errors. These are far more than mere glitches; this is a wholesale faulty design from the start. This ship ain’t gonna sail, folks, and the whole project is going to have to go back to the drawing board to be re-designed from scratch.

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

Information technology experts who examined the healthcare.gov website at the request of The Wall Street Journal said the site appeared to be built on a sloppy software foundation. Such a hastily constructed website may not have been able to withstand the online demand last week, they said.

by: Shameful USA from: USA
October 08, 2013 9:27 AM
The government “shutdown” is a hoax. It is pure theater designed to make life as miserable as possible for Americans while the government keeps collecting taxes, racking up debt expenditures, running foreign wars and doing all the unconstitutional things government does these days. It is now becoming obvious to nearly all Americans that the Obama administration is running a pernicious, punitive, selective “shutdown” that’s designed to hold the American people hostage until Obama gets his way. His “ransom demand” is total capitulation to his demands for endless spending, the total takeover of medicine by Obamacare, and the centralization of power in the hands of the few.



The Obama administration ran a similar gambit a few months back when it started releasing thousands of felony criminals from U.S. prisons, claiming it was forced to do so because of sequestration budget cuts.

Today, the Obama administration has barricaded World War II memorials, shut down access to private businesses, closed parts of the OCEAN, closed tourist viewing areas of famous landmarks and gone out of its way to attempt to inflict suffering and inconvenience upon the People of America. It has punitively blocked access to a private hotel and even kicked people off private lands as part of the government’s shutdown theater.

Preventing tourists from enjoying national monuments:

American Thinker magazine reports that, “Feds [are] placing cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the monument – and then lying about the reason. That’s right. The National Park Service is trying to prevent people from even seeing Mount Rushmore.”

by: Eddie from: Chicago, Il
October 08, 2013 8:09 AM
Did anyone watch this video before posting it?
This could use some editing.
In Response

by: Aghast from: Arizona
October 09, 2013 11:03 AM
Anyone reading these posts wondering if there is an alternative to this crazy ranting? I am looking for like minded extreme rationalists. The alternative to the extreme right and extreme left. The new silent majority? I think it was time we were heard before these guys tear the country apart.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planeti
X
George Putic
March 04, 2015 8:51 PM
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Muslims Radicalized Online

Young Muslims are being radicalized ‘in their bedrooms’ through direct contact with Islamic State or ISIL fighters via the Internet, according to terror experts. There are growing concerns that authorities and Internet providers are not doing enough to counter online extremism - which analysts say is spread by a prolific network of online supporters around the world. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video African Americans Recall 1960's Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960’s.
Video

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.
Video

Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
Video

Video In Russia, Many Doubt Opposition Leader's Killer Will Be Found

The funeral has been held in Moscow for Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday just meters from the Kremlin. Nemtsov joins a growing list of outspoken critics of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin who are believed to have been murdered for their work. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.
Video

Video Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists

The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. The Mosul Museum is the latest target of the group’s campaign of terror and destruction, and is of grave concern to archaeologists around the world. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More