Comments on: Government shutdown threat means it’s high noon for Obama http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:47:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Decatur http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1375 Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:16:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1375 The sequester hit the military, science, medicine and education. It made the national park system release seasonal rangers who led volunteers. It cut missions at NASA, research everywhere, and education outreach at NASA and at NPS. It’s pretty easy to find evidence of where the sequester hit if you actually look.

In an ever more competitive world, the sequester was running the USA at a little lower RPM, letting the world catch up as we let off the gas. The shutdown and debt ceiling drama are running us off the track.

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1330 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:43:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1330 Those obstructionist, far left wing radicals in the democratic senate are willing to take America hostage and shut the government down just for the sake of “signature legislation” rammed down our throats just before the democrats lost the house in the 2010 election. They should go ahead and accept the defunding of obamacare which the majority of the American people oppose and try to take a rational approach to healthcare reform. It is the democrats who are ruining our country and I hope that they are dealt a major blow in the next election cycle and loose the senate and the presidency as well.

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By: MoBioph http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1329 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:05:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1329 Unfortunately, the gap between the White House and the House of Representatives over the budget and debt ceiling may be wider than that between the United States of America and Russia over Syria. The latter appears to be bridgeable, for which many are relieved, perhaps including some who consider taking the opportunity to relieve Syria of its chemical weapons as blinking rather than punishing Syria, but not including those who would, for the sake of projecting a stubbornly resolute image, prefer waging war, no matter how counterproductive it might be, to pursuing diplomatic means to an end. The former may be harder to bridge because it’s harder to find a solution that lets everyone declare some measure of victory. Maybe an obsession with blinking is part of the problem. And maybe shilly-shallying is the best move when treading on shifting sands. Who was it who said, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Lord (Keynes) knows…

Casting the worst possible klieg light back at those who command the key grips and gaffers, it might be inferred that the conventional media are upset that they can no longer direct the US and its allies into wars that ensure those media of the high traffic that justifies high ad revenues, not just during the all too short rally-the-troops and wave-the-flag phase, but over the all important, long, drawn out, thousand-mile-stare and flag-burning-riots-in-the-streets phase during which the media castigate the US and its allies for waging immoral and counterproductive warfare. After the war ends, its history is exploited for a flood of major motion pictures that inundate the silver-screen theater of war, generating profits for the generations of mostly non-combatants who bravely serve the armies of the conventional media. But wait – There’s more! Pontificating and politicising abound forever after, as either the sanity or the patriotism of everyone concerned is impugned. And, of course, there’s the never-ending hand-wringing over the blowback that inevitably leads to the next war, which provides yet another business cycle. Not that there’s anything wrong with intervention, mind you. Perhaps America’s finest instance of post-WWII intervention was when it allied with the USSR against Britain, France and Israel, when the latter three were trying to wrest the Suez Canal from Egypt in 1956-1957. (Say what you will, but I like Ike. Yes, we’ll long continue to suffer the consequences of Eisenhower’s ill fated post WWII alliance with Churchill that, in 1953, culminated in the Anglo-American orchestrated coup in Iran. And, no, the Guatemalan coup in 1954 didn’t work out so well in the long run, either. But he was still a good President, as Presidents go.)

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1328 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:50:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1328 remember the disastrous sequester? Nothing happened to anyone. Is there anyone out there in reader land that can actually give an instance where they were hurt by it? Maybe we should consider shutting the government down on alternate months and save us all a lot of money!

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By: PhilliesIn2013 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1327 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:33:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1327 I cannot wait for the GOP to show us again what morons they are.

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By: senn590 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1322 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:32:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1322 Obama did not “back down” on Syria. What a bizarre and spurious equivalency. Much more germane is that he didn’t back down when Obamacare got passed. He sacrificed a public option and made pragmatic compromises, but he got it passed and it is now the law. Why would anyone think he would “back down” in the face of a cockamamie and internecine gambit to defund it?

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By: jtfromla http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1321 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:40:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1321 Of course the situation in Syria does not compare to the budget showdown. However President Obama has indeed shown some hesitation when he “blinked” (an that’s what he did at least in appearance) on Syria, the Bush tax, and other issues. And yes this has probably emboldened extremist both in the US and abroad to push just a little further that they would otherwise. This is itself is probably the greatest danger that this nation is facing both internally and externally. I certainly would not promote the idea of a Bush era approach to handling Syria. However the president is THE leader of this country, and not a politician playing games with Congress (especially when Congress is openly hostile). After the red line had clearly been crossed (multiple times apparently), either punish the Syrian or go to Congress but do not take the approach of punishing but “by the way let Congress take the responsibility.” And please do not pretend that this is a red line set by the world. As the British have clearly indicated, no-one cares (and just in case it was not clear, the UN affirmed it by its complete inaction and lack of the decency of condemning the Syrian government directly). It is a sad statement but this is a fact and President Obama cannot simply hide behind it.

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By: Des3Maisons http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1320 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:48:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1320 The situation in Syria cannot even begin to be compared to the budget issue. This is one irresponsible piece of writing. How on earth did it get published? This is not what I would expect from Reuters.

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By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1319 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:10:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1319 Republicans vote to save their paychecks instead of paying for sick poor children

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By: ptiffany http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2013/09/20/government-shutdown-threat-means-its-high-noon-for-obama/#comment-1316 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:15:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=781#comment-1316 Bluff?

Hasn’t the media learned yet? Blah, blah, blah, … Does making outrageous, hopefully controversial statements attract viewers? Apparently, many who manage the media think so. Can they even imagine that most modestly intelligent people see them sinking into the muck raised by tabloids, a source of wicked entertainment?

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