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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:06 PM

Blackburn promises to ‘be very thoughtful’ while shutting down government

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday said that she would be willing force a “thoughtful” shutdown of parts of the United States government if President Barack Obama did not agree to deep spending cuts.

“What we want to make certain is that this president, this administration, this bureaucracy realizes that kicking the can must stop,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. “It is spending cuts and it is imperative that we reduce the size of the federal government, that we get in on a mega-diet, that we end this out-of-control spending.”

“There is the option of government shutdown,” the Tennessee Republican continued. “There is an option of raising the debt ceiling in short-term increments… There’s also the plan of three dollars in cuts for every one dollar of debt limit increase. So, the healthy thing is this, we are having a good discussion on it.”

Jansing pointed to a study by the Bipartisan Policy Center which found that the government could continue to fund interest on the debt, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps during a shutdown — but it would mean that almost every other federal program would grind to a halt.

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Playinghardball Jan 2013 OP
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #1
Ganja Ninja Jan 2013 #2
Kip Humphrey Jan 2013 #3
rbixby Jan 2013 #4

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:12 PM

1. Wow ...

a Truth Moment:

“What we want to make certain is that THIS president, this administration, this bureaucracy realizes that kicking the can must stop,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:13 PM

2. They really need to make the GOP choke on this tactic.

Let them shut it down and then refuse to agree to restart it without massive tax increases for the rich and big cuts to the military and increased spending for education and jobs. They want to play chicken then meet them head on and make them sorry they ever pulled this crap.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:27 PM

3. The Federal government should stop spending any and all monies in districts whose representative

votes against the debt ceiling increase. This is a representative form of governing sure to enthrall Tea Partiers everywhere (not to mention it bringing back a Democratic Congress in quick order!)

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:18 PM

4. That would be an interesting bill

I wonder if you could tie a 'yes' vote to federal funding for every congressional district, vote no, no funding, vote yes, federal funding. Lets see how quick they change their tune if that's the case.

Not sure that you could reasonably do something like that, much less actually get it to a vote though.

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