Government shutdown of 2013
October 2nd, 2013
07:34 AM ET
1 year ago

Democrats, Republicans and this insane leap into the abyss

Washington (CNN) - When Genevieve Jeuck and Michael Sallemi came up with their romantic little idea, it seemed perfect.

They would get married in early October on the rim of the Grand Canyon, just as the cooling winds of autumn were starting to blow. With family and friends standing by, they would pledge their love to each other. Cue the rainbow, and the cry of the circling eagle.

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  1. tom l

    1dem·a·gogue
    noun \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\

    : a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason

    "strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda."

    I can't believe we have a president that would actually say something like this. Yeah, that's it. The centerpiece of the repubs is make sure that people remain uninsured. That is the definition of a demagogue.

    October 2, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Fire all GOP idiots in 2014. This is only the way-out.

    October 2, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I think that the Tea Party demands that the Democrats "must compromise" on the ACA is what's insane. Democrats have already compromised as far as they are willing to go. Democrats accepted the Tea Party spending levels, without modifications. Democrats did not bring a bucket list of policy issues to the table, which the Tea Party has done.

    As the American people are watching this play out, this is costing the government $300 million per day. That's an expense that you would think that the supposedly cost concious Tea Party should be concerned about. They're not. As this plays out, the economy will begin to suffer. That's a risk that you would think that the supposedly economic aware Tea Party should be concerned about. They're not.

    The Tea Party's only concerns seem to be two-fold. One, shut down the government, which so many of them have celebrated with big smiles and pumped fists. Two, to destroy the presidency of Barack Obama. From Sen. McConnell ordering the troops to make Pres. Obama a one term president, to unabashed remarks by Tea Party members at town hall meetings of their desires to impeach the president, the Tea Party has not come to DC to govern, but to destroy.

    And, when the economy weakens in coming months, the Tea Party will attempt to lay blame on Democrats and Pres. Obama, just as they have with their shutdown of the federal government. Next in their sights, defaulting on the national debt and then blaming that on the Democrats and Pres. Obama. America will not be fooled, though. The Tea Party will take full blame for all of our economic woes for the next year.....right through November 2014.

    October 2, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. smith

    uh, cry me a river. The only people who have leaped into the abyss are the media and people who are trying to score political points. It`s a partial shutdown of non-essential personnel.

    October 2, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Data Driven

    Won't bother to read this, because the headline is wrong.

    The only party leaping into the abyss is the GOP. They're the ones who shut down the government. Not the Democrats, not the President, not Bernie Sanders, not Colonel Sanders.

    The media is failing us. Everyone is misinformed because of a media complex that treats politics like a football game.

    October 2, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It's not democrats who are feeling the heat. It's republicans like my own Rep. Scott Rigell(R) who represents a very PURPLE district. He's hearing it and we are cracking the whip on him. He represents MANY of government employees who are being furloughed and low income families whose WIC benefits are on hold. That's why he was on Rachel & Fox last night pleading for Congress to pass a clean C.R.

    October 2, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. What's in that tea anyway?

    Come CNN...quit working so hard to Faux Lite News II ! What's with this false equivalency? The GOP/Tea Baggers are 100% responsible for this. You can asking any of the Tea Trolls here or any of the maniacs in congress.....these morons are still cheering. The rest of us will be cheering after 2014.

    October 2, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Our wonderful President is off playing golf instead of being the Commander in Chief. He should have both leaders of senate/house sitting at the table and working this out. WE HAVE NO LEADERSHIP IN OUR COUNTRY from MR. OBAMA-- This isn't fun and games this is our country. Learn to lead, learn from others who have been in your position and get the job done.
    If we have to have the wonderful OBAMA CARE.... everyone from the top to the bottom should have to endure it's horrible outcome.

    October 2, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. Catmandew

    Blame Obama and his cronies. They would rather shut down the government than fix their messed up law.

    October 2, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. rs

    Republicans have been talking shutdown since 2010- some even ran on it in the run-up to that election. Should we be surprised they did it?

    Look, these people have no interest in being a responsible part of government- they just want chaos, not leadership. They own this shutdown. Until this ship of fools wakes up and realizes: 1. the ACA is a real-live law, 2. That yesterday, while they unleashed their anti-government fantasy, the ACA registered millions of Americans in low-cost health insurance programs, that their little hissy fit has no meaning or value- just like the GOP itself!

    October 2, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. tom l

    1dem·a·gogue
    noun \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\

    : a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason

    "strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda."

    I can't believe we have a president that would actually say something like this. Yeah, that's it. The centerpiece of the repubs is make sure that people remain uninsured. That is the definition of a demagogue.

    October 2, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |