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Quotes of the Day on the Government Shutdown

Ezra Klein, “Don't Forget What the Shutdown is Really About,” The Washington Post:

1) This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That's it. That's why the Republican Party might shut down the government and default on the debt.

Andrew Sullivan, “'What Kind of World Do These People Live In?'”  The Dish

Are you, Republicans, prepared to say that the countless working Americans who cannot now afford any of this should carry on without it indefinitely? People only have one life, you know. It can erode pretty quickly. On what moral grounds do you consign people to this fate when it is currently unnecessary? ... What hallucinating, self-serving monsters have you become?

Jonathan Chait, “How to Depose John Boehner,” New York Magazine:

Shutting down the federal government is not, by a far sight, the most dangerous, cruel, or ideologically blinkered thing the House Republicans have done. But it is surely the most baffling. They have taken an issue, broad disapproval of Obamacare, where they enjoy a modest but persistent advantage and turned it into an issue — shut down the government over Obamacare — where they stand at an overwhelming, three-to-one disadvantage. They stepped on the message of what’s sure to be Obamacare’s glitchiest day. They’ve followed a course of action their leaders know full well stands no chance of success yet carries massive downside risks. For an act of comparable cost-benefit political stupidity, you have to look to politicians who screw interns or hookers, and even that has a biologically explicable motivation.

The New York Times Editorial Board, “John Boehner's Shutdown”:

At any point, Mr. Boehner could have stopped it. Had he put on the floor a simple temporary spending resolution to keep the government open, without the outrageous demands to delay or defund the health reform law, it could easily have passed the House with a strong majority — including with sizable support from Republican members, many of whom are aware of how badly this collapse will damage their party. ... But Mr. Boehner refused.

Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”:

This is not a game of chicken [as described in the mainstream media]. This is when someone is driving to work, and there's a car coming directly at them in their lane. That's not a game of chicken. That's an asshole causing a head-on collision.

Black Canseco, Twitter:

The New York Daily News:

House of Turds

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Posted at 02:06 PM on Tue. Oct 01, 2013 in category Quote of the Day  


Erik wrote:

Via the Wall Street Journal:

At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.

Comment posted on Tue. Oct 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Erika K wrote:

Jon Stewart:
Wouldn't it be nice if Congress aspired to the maturity and problem solving capacity of football players.

Comment posted on Tue. Oct 01, 2013 at 02:39 PM

Tim wrote:

“We are deep into year three of them running the House now and we've got zip from them in terms of law and policy. And we're at seven and counting when it comes to can't keep the lights on failures of basic governance.


“There is a kind of palpable glee on the Republican side about this accomplishment that they are bringing about tonight. They are *psyched.* There is no mirror image between the two major parties. There is only one major party of the two that strives for control in government specifically because that is the place from which you can hurt government the worst... This is what Republicans want to do. This is what they promised to do. This tactic, ‘let’s roll’, this tactic, is an end in and of itself, and that is why there is no talking them out of it. Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down, and they will laugh while they do it and have a great time.”

—Rachel Maddow

Comment posted on Tue. Oct 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM

Erik wrote:

“I regard this development as one of the more insidious and anti-constitutional acts of racist vandalism against the American republic in my adult lifetime. Those who keep talking as if there are two sides to this, when there are not, are as much a part of the vandalism as Ted Cruz. Obama has played punctiliously by the constitutional rules – two elections, one court case – while the GOP has decided that the rules are for dummies and suckers, and throws over the board game as soon as it looks as if it is going to lose by the rules as they have always applied.”

-- Andrew Sullivan, the Nullification Party

Comment posted on Tue. Oct 01, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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