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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:33 PM
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Let's get real here... the GOP wants a shutdown for one reason only

... to damage the economy.

- The unemployment rate has gone down over a point in the past few months.

- Weekly jobless claims are well under 400,000 now, with 450,000 being the "break even" number. The jobless rate is going to continue going down.

- The economy is growing at a steady 2-3% rate at the moment.


All of these things are on a trajectory that points to the re-election of Barack Obama.


But a government shutdown, especially if it is prolonged, puts nearly 800,000 people out of work directly... and another several millions out of work indirectly when those 800,000 stop spending.


This action by the GOP.... this fighting over 0.3% of the federal budget (yes, there is agreement on 99.7% of the budget) is all about putting government workers out of work to slam the fragile, but steady, economic recovery we're experiencing.



They are making the gamble that in the short term, people will blame the GOP for the shutdown... but in the longer term, they'll blame Obama when the economy takes a major hit because of the shutdown.


The shutdown is the opposite of a stimulus. And it has the opposite effect.


Boehner and the 'baggers are counting on it.
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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:34 PM
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1. They love Obama.
He's done nothing to get in their way.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:35 PM
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4. true but
they still want him out in 2012
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:34 PM
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2. I would agree with your assessment
certainly repukes have never given any indication they do anything for the good of America
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:35 PM
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3. The economy is already pretty "damaged" for millions of people
If things are improving for Wall Street bankers, no one really gives a shit
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:37 PM
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6. It is starting to improve for everyone now...

...and the GOP knows it.

We've had several months in a row of good employment numbers.... people ARE getting jobs again... and spending money again.



The GOP wants to snuff the recovery out in the crib.


That's what the shutdown is about.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:04 PM
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13. +100000 They know Obama is on track for a landslide if things keep on track
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:57 PM
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18. It is "improving" to the same ongoing disaster that our 2 previous
--jobless recoveries got us. Why is it that comfortable people persist in thinking that a business cycle upturm will get us out of this? It won't.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:35 PM
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5. I think the reason is to blame it on the Dems, although they seem to be a little
unsure now that would be the result.
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:37 PM
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7. Even more to the point, they simply hate government.
Their entire M.O. has evolved into throwing monkey wrenches into government programs, and then turning around and saying "look! govt doesn't work!"

I'm sure a govt shutdown is like a wet dream for them. "Look! Govt doesn't work! It's shut down!"
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:39 PM
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8. You are right on!
Any success by the Obama administration is to be denied at all costs. Their leader, Rush, laid it all out: "I hope Obama fails".
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:44 PM
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9. Bingo!
The Guardian had an article to that same effect a few days ago I believe...

They are doing this to hurt Obama in 2012, plain and simple..
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:47 PM
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10. That's the biggest factor, but there's many more, too. nt
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Redford Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:58 PM
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11. The Tea Party has them all by the short hair
Time to fight back
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:02 PM
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12. Mr Boner, where my jobs at?
They want to run gov't so they can break it. eom
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:25 PM
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17. Boner doesn't care at all. He also wants to do the shutdown. None of them care about implications
They all get paid anyway.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:20 PM
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19. They must get OT and bonuses for snuffing America
The asshats are using the troops again, and implying Dems are un-American ---all over again.
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Life Long Liberal Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:05 PM
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14. You are 100% correct! No doubt about it. n/t
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:08 PM
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15. I suggest that after the GOP shutdown Dems, very vocally, vote for bills to repair any problems
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 03:08 PM by w4rma
caused by the shutdown. Focus lots on the GOP's lemming-like suicide pact for America.
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:18 PM
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16. the real reason
These people are a bunch of racist SOBs IMO. It really is that simple. They are too stupid to have another "real" agenda. :puke:

:dem:

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