Government Shutdown Averted... What's Next?

Monday, April 11, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media after an evening meeting with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) April 7, 2011. (Alex Wong/Getty)

A government shutdown was averted in the 11th hour last Friday, as Congress and the White House came to a temporary resolution on the budget crisis. President Barack Obama will give a speech on Wednesday night detailing how he hopes to reduce the deficit. But the budget debate is not over, and is actually just beginning, according to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Republicans want spending drastically reduced, and Democrats want taxes increased — this will make for an even more dramatic confrontation between party lines as the issue of the debt arrives.


Todd Zwillich

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Comments [6]

Lee K. from California

they key issue here is the government spending is out of control, its not apportion or other social issues. the most money spent is on military activities out side the us, protecting other countries and restoring their governments such as Kuwait, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in south Africa. Isn't enough political red tape bull.
shouldn't we just start to pay attention to the inside
and save our country instead of saving the rest of the world before its too late to save us or the rest of the world!!

Apr. 11 2011 01:10 PM
John Silver from Florida

Maybe we would have had 50 million more criminals, since un-wanted children face an up hill battle in life.
The abortion issue is a religious one, pure and simple. Yes, no one really wants abortions, but since human nature seems to imply weakness in judgement, if we need them, they should be legal and medically performed. Funny how the largest increase in un-married pregnancies comes from the evangelical kids.
Back to the budget- raise taxes on the richest 1%, get rid of the corporate loopholes, cut the defense budget, get out of the wars we are in, re-design the medical delivery system to actually work, and restore Medicare and Social Security to their intended goals, to act as safety nets for those who need it.
Voila, balanced budget and a surplus.

Apr. 11 2011 09:03 AM

The question must be asked, who brought us to the point of a shutdown and why are we reaching a debt ceiling?
It was the feckless Democrat Congress with the support of the President. The media wants us to forget all about that while they focus on "conservative, right-wing voices" trying to cobble a budget together based in reality and not "progressive" fantasy.
Funny how we don't hear the word "inherited" much anymore.

Apr. 11 2011 08:44 AM

Well, Ed does have a correct understanding how pyramid schemes work. You really do need to keep having lots more people in each following generation to keep it going.

Of course, it is quite possible that the 50 million abortions, had they actually been born, might have led to those same parents not having 50 million or more kids they ended up having, so his argument is bunk from that aspect.

Apr. 11 2011 07:31 AM
Aaron Woolums

How are you so sure that all 50 million of those "lost" young people would of grown up got a job and payed taxes???

Apr. 11 2011 06:55 AM
Ed from Larchmont

These budget disasters were predictable. Since 1973 we've lost over 50 million young people in abortion. As a result, there aren't enough young people to pay into social security, medical care, etc. Completely predictable. And since the problem is demographic (see demographic winter video), the arguments between the parties can't solve it.

Apr. 11 2011 06:25 AM

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