The Shutdown: How Does This Drama End?

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

It's day eight of the government shutdown, and there’s still no solution in sight.

But who doesn't love a good ending? We asked you—our listeners—to settle on some last words for this theatrical political production that is the government shutdown, and the responses came pouring in.

Joining us to weigh in on your dramatic takes is the writer Danny Rubin, the man who wrote the screen play for Groundhog Day.


Danny Rubin


T.J. Raphael

Comments [16]

Wendel from Friday Harbor, WA

So if the government isn't open, not providing me with services, access etc. then why should I pay my October student loan bill? What if the government can't raise the debt ceiling and can't pay its loans, why should I pay mine?

Oct. 09 2013 12:23 PM
Carolyn from Louisville

There's a very easy way to resolve the deadlock in Congress. Lock the doors to the Capitol Building with all of the Congressmen inside and tell them the doors won't be opened until they have resolved the issue. You can be sure that once the toilet paper is all gone they will be able to work something out.

And while this is going on, the American people need to be asking some important questions: if American business and its shareholders require management to make sound decisions or face removal, why do we allow our Congressmen (whose salaries are paid by our tax dollars) to serve without term limits? The system of checks and balances is clearly not working here. The American people deserve better.

Oct. 09 2013 12:48 AM

Earlier in the movie, Obama's younger daughter wants to help her dad. We see her putting an envelope in the mail. Later on, at the height of the crisis, while everyone is at the capitol building in the house of rep's. Even the senators and Pres. Obama are there to hear the historic defeat of the last bill to save the country. As the silence after the bad news comes over everyone, trhere is a ring of a doorbell, or whatever might be used there. In comes Publisher's Clearing House, complete with balloons and the large cardboard check. Amazingly it's exactly enough to pay off the National Debt and the coming year's budget!

The T.P's and Republicans are outraged, but Obama saves the day!

Oct. 08 2013 11:58 PM
Dave from Berkeley

While it's not my 'preferred' ending, I DO think the Tea Party is rabid enough, Speaker Boehner is weak enough, and the whole country is sufficiently unaware of the seriousness of the debt ceiling crisis that the ending could very likely resemble the ending of Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet." "All are punished! All are punished!"

Oct. 08 2013 03:59 PM
Ed Hillard

After thinking about it with 9 days left to the debt ceiling moment-of-truth Senator Ted Cruz decides he's got time afterall to accept that invitation to go duck hunting with former Vice-president Cheney.

Oct. 08 2013 03:40 PM
Mike from Cincinnati

Kim Jong Un lets us borrow his guru, Mr. Dennis Rodman negotiates everlasting harmony.

Oct. 08 2013 03:39 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

What came last the cracked egg or the fried chicken?

Oct. 08 2013 01:36 PM
Matty Mannino from Robbinsville

So the President and a newly constituted Republican majority enter into a shaky partnership to reopen the government and dissipate the tempest in a tea pot.

Oct. 08 2013 01:09 PM
eileen from Portland

President Obama's hair had gone completely white, but, still stunned over the battle that raged with both parties for months over doing their jobs vs. padding their pockets and responding to the Koch Bros. tugs on their strings, he signed new laws that extended U.S. credit and assured America's poor and working poor that the government could continue services. He wondered what he had really witnessed during his administration . . . what powers had led to this moment, when at the same time lifesaving legislation was finally achieved, warrants for the arrest of every Representative and Senator had just been issued . . . the charge? Stealing from the American people for decades and decades.

Oct. 08 2013 01:05 PM

The greatly-feared zombie apocalypse occurred. The founding fathers arose from their graves, returned to Washington D.C., and wiped out those currently occupying the House, Senate, and White House. Unfortunately, not a single brain was found to feast on and the founding fathers returned to their graves.

Oct. 08 2013 01:05 PM

Between the essence and the descent falls the shadow
This is the way the shutdown ends
This is the way the shutdown ends
This is the way the shutdown ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

Oct. 08 2013 01:00 PM
Ken Chapman

The Republicans won the battle over themselves; they loved Big Government.

Oct. 08 2013 12:43 PM
Andrew from Dallas

After a while, Speaker Boehner left the Capitol and walked back to the hotel in the rain.

Oct. 08 2013 12:42 PM
Nic from Dubuque

"Up out of the lampshade, startled by the overhead light, flew a large nocturnal butterfly that began circling the room. The strains of the piano and violin rose up weakly from below [where our representatives had all fallen on their swords]."

Oct. 08 2013 09:56 AM
carl from queens

''They fiddle while Rome burns''

Oct. 08 2013 09:51 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I'll be seeing you ... in all the old familiar places ...

Oct. 08 2013 08:59 AM

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