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Oct 3, 2013

Shutdown standoff, ‘exasperated’ President v obstinate GOP

The stalemate in Washington continues, as President Barack Obama tries to wrangle obstinate Republicans. But the signs of government shutdown are few.

Andrew Murfett — Freelance journalist in Florida

Andrew Murfett

Freelance journalist in Florida

The sky hasn’t fallen in. This was the mantra being espoused by Tea Party-affiliated Republican politicians and far-right pundits as the United States federal government shutdown ominously rolled on towards its third day.

And, on the surface, life as most Americans know it has not immediately changed. The mail was delivered Tuesday and Wednesday; airports remained open. But there is little doubt angst and animosity is percolating around the country.

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11 thoughts on “Shutdown standoff, ‘exasperated’ President v obstinate GOP

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Crikey should eschew sexist terms such as ‘manning’: the IRS has stopped *staffing* its call centres . . . .

  2. JohnB

    The antics of our most recent federal opposition so closely followed the path which the Republicans are following that we can now read Australia’s future by looking at America’s past.

  3. klewso

    Those “Tea Party-affiliated Republican politicians and far-right pundits” are still getting paid too – their sky hasn’t fallen at all.

  4. klewso

    Again, imagine of the hoi polloi got ObamaCare and liked it? What that would do to the Tea Party constituency?
    They might see their heroes for the low-life, self-serving, simplistic political opportunists they are?

  5. Gavin Moodie

    @ klewso. I think that’s the Democrats’ plan, and it’s neat that ObamaCare started the day the Tea Party closed down the federal government. However, the Tea Party will always be a fringe faction and presumably doesn’t want to appeal to ObamaCare beneficiaries.

  6. klewso

    A fringe that nods the head.

  7. mikeb

    Nothing short of economic sabotage. They are so self-deluded you have to wonder what happened to them in their formative years.

  8. Andrea

    What do you mean “Although it is tax season here”? The US tax year runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.

  9. Malcolm Street

    What on earth is Obama supposed to compromise on?

    Anyway, even if this crisis is averted the debt ceiling comes up on 17th October.

  10. Gavin Moodie

    I’m not sure that the Tea Party is interested in compromise. But if it were, perhaps the Tea Party imagines that Obama may offer to scale back ObamaCare.

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