Over. For Now….

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Phew.

The partial government shutdown is over and the US is no longer on the brink of default. Once again we have not fallen over a fiscal cliff. This story is becoming a bit redundant… Every September and October, millions of Americans collectively “facepalm” as Congress creates a mockery of an institution. An institution that (in recent years) just can’t manage to accomplish anything.

While the country struggles to recover from a recession, unemployment rates continue to remain high, families are being ripped apart by a broken immigration system, and millions of Americans are straddled with overwhelming debt; Congress continues to be held hostage by a small group hellbent on completely dismantling public programs.

I know many people are happy today. The shutdown is over. Federal employees are back to work. There are no longer barricades at the national monuments. Yellowstone and Glacier are open! Yet I have a pit in my stomach. Because we will be back in this same place come January, when this “resolution agreement” expires. And it will be back to square one and yet another continuing resolution, the stop gap measure that we have been relying on for over three years. Without a budget, we will be having regular financial fights as each continuing resolution expires.

The 2014 elections are starting to heat up. Montana will have an open Senate and (probably) open House seat. My hope is that Montana voters remember the anger and frustration they felt during the past few weeks, and recall those feelings when casting their ballots a year from now. My hope is that voters will do research and support candidates that will put Montana interests first, candidates that will work to pass a budget for our country to operate, so our low income families, people with disabilities, our seniors, our Native Americans, and our children are supported.

The nightmare of continuing resolutions, fiscal cliffs, sequestration, and default will continue as long as the US continues to operate without a budget. We need a budget to invest in infrastructure and our communities. We need a budget to get Americans back to work and to strengthen our economy. We need a budget to realistically deal with the national deficit.

And most importantly we need a budget so that America can stop being a global laughing stock.

 

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Sheena Rice

A professional rabble rouser, Sheena is a Butte girl now calling Billings home. She loves Montana, music, politics, cheap beer and dinosaurs. She hates the big banks and pants. All of her posts are done on her own time and of her own accord and are not associated with the organization that she works for.

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People need to be reminded that this 16-day Republican temper-tantrum cost (according to Standard & Poor’s) $26 billion. That’s a major hit to the national economy. And it doesn’t reflect the human costs of the shut-down. Not everyone is going back to work.

Steve Daines owes us for this. We owe him nothing except our contempt.

Norma Duffy
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I am pretty happy myself this crap is over until after Christmas, but I do have the dates marked on the calender. Ive got a terrible feeling we haven’t seen the last of this clown car of errors…. not to mention we have a whole herd of cats coming our way this election cycle.

What kind of crap are they gonna lie about in the future considering they are already in denial they did anything wrong now.

Tokarski
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Tokarski

I am not a Republican by any stretch, but I look at them and realize that they would never let a “crisis” like this happen if it were to be staged by Democrats. They are smart and cagey, even if we do not like their morals or goals. They would threaten, intimidate, pull surprise moves, perhaps even do serious bargaining. However, Democratic leadership is also smart and cagey and possessing the presidency and the Senate, can only allow this to happen due to unwillingness to force their hand. I therefore conclude that they are willing participants in a charade. To… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

There’s actually a few relatively simply explanations that you are ignoring. 1. You argued that Obama could have re-opened the government and dodged the debt ceiling with sheer executive force, by declaring an emergency or some such. Carter, Reagan, and Clinton all went through gov’t shutdowns, and not one did anything of the sort. Doing so would have been an enormous expansion of executive power and almost certainly unconstitutional. I may be overly concerned, but I honestly think it would have led to small-scale bloodshed because people are that paranoid, and rightly so, about ’emergency powers’. 2. You need to… Read more »

Tokarski
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Tokarski

We DO NOT know what happened! what agreements went forward, or the true reasons for this charade. However, I am glad you stopped by. It was otherwise pretty boring here, people unable to pierce the veil of party politics. At least you’ve got some chops in that area. “Let’s not forget that $450 billion was cut in the 2010 continuing resolution. Remember the first debt ceiling fight – $200 billion. $960 billion [was taken] out of the budget control .. like that was the debt ceiling. [?] The fiscal cliff deal … $860 billion. $3.6 trillion dollars have been cut,… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

If you want to discuss foreign policy, do it on a foreign policy thread. Lets look at domestic policy here. The cuts that you are addressing happened after Americans voted for Republicans. Not enough to give them the Senate, not in a year when the president was up for election. But Americans voted for Republicans, and Republicans made it clear they wanted to cut government spending. While Americans and Republicans were both atrociously misinformed and made an economically disastrous decision, the fact remains that what happened in DC in 2011 was broadly in line with what American voters indicated they… Read more »

Tokarski
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Tokarski

As I tell my readers at my blog, I don’t care what you comment on, even if they change the subject. Sometimes what I write is boring. I hate it when the teacher/curriculum/we study this now not that/ mentality creeps in. Social security is always under attack. it exists because of its popularity. Politicians do mot make that happen. It’s popularity forces them into misdirection, as Obama’s 2% payroll tax cut, clearly a move to defund. It failed in that he could not dislodge a general fund payback, and so gave that up. He’s doing chained CPI now, completely unnecessary.… Read more »

Tokarski
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Tokarski

A truly unfortunate typo: “now aware” s/b “not aware.”

The Polish Wolf
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I can tell when you know you’ve lost the argument, Mark, because you slip back into generalities. You saw that you were losing earlier, and tried to steer the conversation to Syria or something. Now you’re changing the overall point of the discussion again. Lets stick to the topic at hand: One government near-shut down led to tens of billions in spending cuts in a depressed economy. Another, last week, did not. The money didn’t change. The poor, middle class, and unemployed will benefit immensely from that fact. So, it’s worth finding out – why did this shutdown end so… Read more »

James Conner
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” It’s quite simple – Republicans have gerrymandered themselves into a permanent majority in the House.”

Permanent? I disagree. Difficult to dislodge? Yes. But not impossible to dislodge. One throw the bums out election is all it takes to overcome the gerrymandering.

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

Fair point. But even single digit congressional approval doesn’t guarantee that they’ll be thrown out. It may not be a permanent majority, but it’ll be very hard to dislodge during a mid-term election. Given a highly charismatic presidential candidate, we may get the House back in 2016; if not, redistricting cuts both ways (I’m sure the Democratic Party has realized this by now, and will be investing quite a bit into a few state legislatures as we approach 2020).

Tokarski
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Tokarski

My generality: The differences between the parties are mostly in the eye of the beholder. It is painfully obvious to anyone looking at matters objectively that government policies do not change when one party takes over in majority in congress or the White House. Only the way we view them does. Debt, once a democratic issue became a republican one in 2008. Bush agreed to a SOFA that Obama reluctantly carried out in Iraq. You now say he got us out of Iraq. We’re still there. See how it works? just broaden it to everything and you’ll have a better… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

” It is painfully obvious ” Then you shouldn’t have to flee from specifics. “Obama reluctantly” For someone who questions everything, you’re really taking this one at face value. Why would Obama have wanted to stay in Iraq? He opposed the war, ran on his opposition to the war, and then mere weeks after his election he gets an easy out! Sure he has to act reluctant to make it seem like Maliki is in charge, but you of all people should realize that until the actual withdrawal of troops the Iraqi government was only able to achieve through negotiation… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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Her we go with Marks false equivalency again. How BoringZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tokarski
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Tokarski

The alternative then, a real alternative hypothesis, is that your party leaders are not strong, crafty, or intelligent. Since this is politics, Norma, you might want to consider, if only for a second, that they are corrupt, smart, strong, and that you are the ones being played. It happens you know, politicians do take advantage of people.

Norma Duffy
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz False equivalency + Mark Conspiracies ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

Tokarski
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Tokarski

Incurious, credulous, low perceptual intake, Democrat.

But she votes, dammit. She votes.

Norma Duffy
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Since your comment is based on your very low standards of reality, and I don’t take ridiculous assumptions into account on any given day…. Especially by a guy who doesn’t use his right to vote….. you shouldn’t get so worked up that I ignore you Mark, and protect the right you won’t to vote.

Its just that simple man

Tokarski
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Tokarski

If only you would ignore me! You’ve got nothing to add!

The problem with low curiosity, credulity and perceptual intake is that people who are incurious, credulous and non-perceptive are the last to know it.

Now please – ignore me!!!

Norma Duffy
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I can’t ignore countless stupidity Mark.

I am the person who when hauling to the dump stops to pick up the fallen trash of those who go before me, without a care to tie down their loads of trash…. Never realizing, they strew their crap all over the countryside ….. clueless to the destruction they induce into the environment.

And when I find those guys, like any good citizen, I report them to authorities because they are serial trash dumpers just like you.

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson

Nice to know there is life after a trillion.

It’s called quadrillion.

I agree with your last few sentences tho. Now who has failed to produce budgets in the last years?

Norma Duffy
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The Democratic Lead senate did pass a budget in March Ingy, then asked over 20 times for conference that the house rejected. the republican lead house hasn’t touched the march bill, just the one again drawn up by the senate that continues the government until january.

Again your being fooled by rhetoric

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/senate-passes-budget-89244.html

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson

First one in a long time. But hell, who needs them. Two top Democrats in Congress say the legislature doesn’t really need to pass a budget. Excuse us, but passing a budget isn’t optional; it’s required by law. Is this the future of rule under the Democrats? House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is tired of passing budgets as the law demands. He thinks Congress can just keep spending money without any sort of budget. “The fact is, you don’t need a budget,” he said last Tuesday. “We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We… Read more »

Tokarski
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Tokarski

Swede, you just can’t help yourself. You’re always about the parties. It’s reflexive.

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson

Broken record speak again Mark.

Attack the messenger, ignore the message.

Tokarski
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Tokarski

The message is that the parties are one. As Lenin said, the best way to control the opposition is to be their leaders. Democrats do not hold their leaders accountable, so that Republicans easily slip into leadership roles. Think Baucus x 200 in the Congress,and Obama in the White House. There are a few progressives on the margins of that party, but there are also gatekeepers everywhere, such as this blog. Debt was not a problem when your glorious leader was the perceived executive. When Obama took that chair, there was an immediate perception maneuver. Debt instantly became the dominating… Read more »

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson

That explains what happened in Detroit.

Tokarski
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Tokarski

I wish someone would explain that. Dislodgment and and arrest of public officials by fiat is very … Nazi. I imagine that the charges are trumped up, and if not you should realize that everyone can be scandalized at the will of those who have the power of fiat appointments. I would suspect that a Joe Nacchio-style example is being made of him for the benefit of any others who dislike the way that state is being run.

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson

The problem with you Mark is that you’re just to damn impatient. The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled “The Weight of the Poor,” they outlined their strategy, proposing to… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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He cant help himself Ingemar, the light of wisdom doth not shine in any of his fantasy laden adventures for truth… but I have to agree we are antiquated about the Countries budget. The only reason I believe we have one anymore is for political posturing, above American interests. Seems pretty arcane to me!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/07/only-one-democratic-country-besides-america-has-a-debt-ceiling/

Ingemar Johannson
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Ingemar Johannson
Norma Duffy
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Those in gerrymandered districts will be as stupid as usual, and Ted Cruz? that Bozo thinks he is winning?

Break out the tiger milk!

But really think of this, the whole new world order they believe in is without education, this is why corporate sponsors have to hire Educated people from other countries and bring them in on Visas…. the GOP is dumbing themselves and their children right out of a job !

lizard19
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lizard19

the world isn’t laughing, they are looking for alternatives to US hegemony.

Tokarski
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Tokarski

Self-linking is generally frowned on and draws a snarl, but that’s a good piece and worth a read. Steve Kelly is pretty good about eyeing the big picture while I get drawn into discussions such as this. The BRICs are beginning to take a larger role in affairs, it appears. The Syria showdown was immensely important. I see the seeds of our current state planted long before, under Truman with dropping of the bombs and passage of NSA. OSS became CIA and is now self-funded and unaccountable and has planted operatives throughout media and supposed opposition groups. They are our… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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Mark reminds me of the idiot sword carrying American buffoon in the movie; The Russians are Coming, The Russians are coming. I highly recommend this film, as it kinda explains the Tea party of today and those jerks like Mark who enable it and Hate.

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