14 FACTS About US Government Shutdowns! [Pic+]

Submitted by: 5cats 4 years ago in

Because some IAB members think they"ve never happened before? Carter had 6! Bush had... zero.
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Male 40,751
@HolyGod: I do see what you`re saying, but I think you`ve "overgeneralized" a tad too much.

The 18 Year old who collects his auto insurance MUST NOW love ALL FORMS of insurance and insurance companies?
He cannot complain about health insurance, because his car insurance was so good to him?

Just because someone benefits from ONE aspect of the Feds, doesn`t mean they give away their right to complain about OTHER aspects, correct?

It`s not like the Gov`t is one solid, indivisible unit! There`s 100s of parts to it! @CrakrJak likes some of them, doesn`t like others, just like everyone else, including YOU! :-) And me.

Correct?
(I try to not say "right" anymore since some folks use that word as an insult... :-P)
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Male 9,762
5Cats

"That`s wrongful?"

When did I say it is wrongful? I have no problem with crakr being on welfare. The "wrongful" part to me is his constant insistent that we don`t need the federal government in our lives when he in fact lives off a federal government program.

So it would be like your 18 year old crashing his car, his insurance paying for it completely, my insurance going up, and him bitching constantly about how bad insurance companies suck and we don`t need them. THAT is wrongful in my opinion.
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Male 9,762
5Cats

"That business you think you made? you didn`t build that!"

I didn`t build it by myself. Absolutely.

"So if I crash my car, and collect the insurance, I can only collect as much as I`ve paid over the years? Is that how it goes?"

Not sure what point you think you are making. I know how insurance works.

I said social security is a form of welfare.

Here is how wikipedia defines welfare:

"Welfare is the provision of a minimal level of well-being and social support for all citizens, sometimes referred to as public aid."

You don`t think social security qualifies?
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Male 40,751
@HolyGod: That business you think you made? you didn`t build that! Someone else did...

So if I crash my car, and collect the insurance, I can only collect as much as I`ve paid over the years? Is that how it goes?

So an 18 year old who wrecks his $30K car? He only get to collect $2K because that`s all he`s paid into it? Otherwise he`s taking money from someone else, and that`s wrongful?

Your logic escapes me dude...
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Male 9,762
Crakr

"But you have to keep trying to insult me and say I`m on welfare."

It isn`t an insult. Welfare isn`t a dirty word to me the way it is to you.

The government forces people to pay ss traxes. They put the money into the system and redistribute it to people on social security. You aren`t living off the money you put in. My guess is that ran out a long time ago. You are living off of other people`s tax money.

Social Security is a form of welfare. Spin it however you want you live off the government teat. Get a job or live off the government teat. I don`t care which. However every time you bitch about the government I`m going to remind you who takes care of you.
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Female 4,039
And if you don`t pay/can`t pay your premium or your medical bills before meeting the deductible, being that this is a federally run program, I would assume you will automatically have a lien put on your tax return/paycheck/bank account/house? No?
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Female 4,039
I don`t see how anyone who can`t afford to buy health insurance right now could possibly afford to carry a $5,000 to $10,000 a year deductible on top of a premium under this plan. Am I reading the figures wrong? It makes no sense to me at all and doesn`t strike me as particularly affordable. Also smokers will pay 50% more. What about donut eaters and drinkers, non-exercisers and those who don`t like vegetables?
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Male 3,908
"The American public signed onto the SS system long before my parents were even born, it`s ingrained into our lives."

Exactly, and a generation or two from now people will be saying the exact same thing about the ACA.

If you a$$holes were among the 800,000+ sent home from work and losing money you`d be singing a different tune right now.
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Male 17,511
HG: Geesh you really are thick. Social Security is not like welfare, never was. Payments into the SS system are not a tax. Many people get tax refunds every year, you do NOT get SS payments back until you retire or become disabled. You have to work over 20 years to qualify for SS. You don`t have to work to get welfare.

"...without uncle sam the american public wouldn`t give it to you."

The American public signed onto the SS system long before my parents were even born, it`s ingrained into our lives. The American public is giving payments daily, even when the government is shutdown, right now. It goes in automatically and goes out automatically. The only thing the Feds do with it is basically process the paperwork.

But you have to keep trying to insult me and say I`m on welfare.

Liberal douchebaggery 101: When you`re loosing the argument use insults and condescension.
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Male 40,751
[quote]It is MEDIA hype, not liberal hype.[/quote]
It`s the SAME THING! You cannot separate the two!

Meanwhile? OBAMA has ORDERED the WW2 Memorial CLOSED!
Because some veterans are planning a rally. The order came right from the White House.
How LIBERAL is that?

Joe Scarborough = RHINO... lolz! I have no idea! I do know their "news lineup" top 10 readers is all white... at least it was a few months ago when they criticized Fox for "not enough coloured folks"... oh the irony!

@HolyGod: The few times I`ve watched "discussion panels" on Fox? They had equal numbers of "right and left" panelists. Example: 1 liberal, 2 "neutrals" and 1 conservative.
On CNN and the rest of the MSM? 3 leftists and 1 centre-right MAYBE! I`ve seen 4 leftists and the host discussing politics. GUESS which side they chose?

@HolyGod: Once again: He collects INSURANCE HE PAID FOR. Get it? Sheesh.
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Male 9,762
Crakr

"You seem to think it`s some magical benevolent gift from Uncle Sam, it`s not. I know where my checks come from, the government is only a intermediary, the American public."

No I don`t. I know where it comes from. Taxes. I pay taxes. However, without uncle sam the american public wouldn`t give it to you.

You have tax money re-distributed to you just like people on welfare. It isn`t really any different, just a different system. I have no problem with it. I think the government should help people who need it. I just am always amazed how you take every opportunity to say we don`t "need" the government when you need it for your basic survival.

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Male 9,762
Crakr

"It`s obvious you haven`t watched Fox News for any length of time. They have many liberal contributors"

I`m not talking about contributors or guests. I`m talking people with their own shows.

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Male 17,511
HG: It`s obvious you haven`t watched Fox News for any length of time. They have many liberal contributors, hell they even signed Dennis Kucinich recently. They really do try to get more liberals on their shows, but more often than not they decline or don`t show up. I`ve also seen quite a few independents and libertarian contributors there as well.
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Male 17,511
HG: I live off of funds paid into the Social Security system, from FICA payments, from employee paychecks. Funds that I paid in and qualify to receive.

You seem to think it`s some magical benevolent gift from Uncle Sam, it`s not. I know where my checks come from, the government is only a intermediary, the American public.

In fact, it`s such an integrated and automated process now, that stopping it, for any length of time, would be a monumental task of it`s own.
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Male 14,331
[quote]I didn`t say it was profitable. It isn`t a for profit business. It is a public servivce.[/quote]

Hmm so you think it`s ok for them to leech off taxpayers and get in over 45 billion dollars of debt.... Hey here`s an idea! If it`s a public server even though it`s supposed to be a private entity run it so it breaks even not rack up colossal debt at our expense!
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Male 9,762
5Cats

"Even Fox has it`s share of liberals & leftists.
BUT MSNBC has NO "righties" at all! Go figure!"

Who are FOX`s lefties? Shepherd Smith? Who else? Beckel?

Joe Scarborough, a republican, is a higher profile personality on MSNBC than ANY liberal on FOX.

So your comment that MSNBC "has NO "righties" at all!" is false agreed? Or is Scarborough not a "righty" even though he was a Republican congressman for 6 years?

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Male 9,762
Crakr

"Like I said, people will soon realize the scaremongering was all hype."

Yes. OF COURSE IT IS. It is MEDIA hype, not liberal hype.

"They`ll realize the Feds aren`t crucial to everyday life."

Yes they are. The federal government is absolutely crucial to everyday life.

The "shutdown" doesn`t reflect that because the shutdown didn`t shutdown anything vital.

How can you say the federal government isn`t vital to your everyday life when you live solely off of funds from the federal government? I don`t get that.
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Male 17,511
HG: "...flip over to FOX News for 10 minutes. They make it seem like the apocalypse."

I`ve yet to hear any scaremongering on Fox about the shutdown. In fact they informed people about previous shutdowns and their minor inconveniences to peoples lives.

Like I said, people will soon realize the scaremongering was all hype. They`ll realize the Feds aren`t crucial to everyday life. The thought will start to creep in, "What do we need those jerks for anyways?". That`s when these politicians will realize, once again, that they need us, otherwise they`d be jobless.
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Male 40,751
@HolyGod: Um, the USA is "mostly white too" ok?
The MSM is 80-90% liberal/left. J-School indoctrinates them, the system refuses to hire "right thinkers"...

Even Fox has it`s share of liberals & leftists.

BUT MSNBC has NO "righties" at all! Go figure!

[quote]I wasn`t implying those thinsg were going to happen or have ever happened[/quote]
Sure looked like it to ME... looks exactly like it...

Ah well, apology accepted :-)
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Male 9,762
5Cats & Crakr

"That`s the kind of scaremongering crap we get from liberals everyday."

IT IS NOT LIBERALS. It is the MEDIA. It is good for them for us to be worried and scared. That way we tune in for more info / updates / outcomes.

Are most of the media liberals? Yes. Absolutely. However, they are mostly white too. Does that mean we get "scaremongering crap" from whites everyday?

If you think ONLY liberals in the media made a big deal about the government shutdown then flip over to FOX News for 10 minutes. They make it seem like the apocalypse.
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Male 9,762
MeGrendel

"I would argue that one."

Look, it isn`t run perfectly. However I think the IRS works. It is kinda staggering the amount of work they are able to do in the time between April 15th and the end of May.

I am ALL for fixing things about the government. ABSOLUTELY. Let`s get rid of people that suck at their jobs. Let`s automate as much as possible. Let`s do things smarter and better.

The difference between us is you think the federal government f.ucks things up so we should get rid of it as much as possible. I think the federal government f.ucks things up and we should try to fix it.
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Male 9,762
5Cats & Crakr

HOLY S.HIT.

I wasn`t implying those thinsg were going to happen or have ever happened. OF COURSE NOT.

I was simply refuting the comment "the public will realize they don`t need the Feds in their daily lives".

If you wanted to say "the public will realize they don`t need the very small insignificant parts of the Fed that is currently shut down in their daily lives" it would be absolutely true and I wouldn`t have said anything.

Saying "we don`t need the feds" because we don`t need the few things that are currently closed is retarded.
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Male 8,540
HolyGod-"So does the IRS."

I would argue that one.

HolyGod-"So does the military."

They have a well-defined, measurable mission. As does the USPS and very few other federally run institutions. The difference is that neither of those are goverment SOCIAL programs. And while missmanagement and corruption are present, it`s not as inbred into the system as social welfare programs.

HolyGod-"So why are you so convinced this won`t / can`t be?"

Head Start, Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement and Survivors Benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI),
Medicaid. Medicare, Welfare, Food Stamps, Gov`t Subsidized Housing, etc.

What do these have in common? They are governmnt run social programs that are, at best, missmanaged and, at worst, totally corrupt.
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Male 17,511
"My guess is if ... your social security checks stop coming you`ll realize how f.ucking badly you DO need the Feds in your daily life."

The longest shutdown we`ve ever had was 22 days, no shutdown has ever resulted in SS checks being stopped, the military being closed, the mail stopped, or air traffic ended.

That`s the kind of scaremongering crap we get from liberals everyday. They want us to feel dependent on the government. But when it comes right down to it we aren`t dependent on the Feds, the Feds are dependent on us.

We are their bosses, they are NOT our bosses.
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Male 2,424
Senate better be careful, when average Joe America comes to realize just how little a gubmit shutdown effects him despite the "sky is falling" BS from the MSM, it`s going to be curtains. Then again, many are turning away from MSM all together.

Senate elections aren`t too far away... Im betting another shellacking!
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Male 40,751
@holygod: Did ANY OF THOSE THINGS HAPPEN the other 18+ times the Gov`t shut down???

No???
Then STFU! Liberalistic Fearmongering...
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Male 9,762
Megrendel

"Not really, I think the USPS actually WORKS."

It does. So does the IRS. So does the military. So do lots of federally run institutions.

So why are you so convinced this won`t / can`t be?
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Male 9,762
McGovern1981

"Uhhhh... that`s about to go under cause it`s in ove 45 billion dollars in debt........"

I didn`t say it was profitable. It isn`t a for profit business. It is a public servivce.

Do you really think it is possible to make a letter leave my front porch and arrive in a mailbox across the country in 3 days for 40 cents and be profitable?

The point is I have been sending and receiving mail for 20 years with the post office without ANYTHING being lost or delayed. That is AMAZING.

I can`t say the same for Fedex and UPS.
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Male 9,762
Crakr

"This shutdown won`t last long. After awhile the public will realize they don`t need the Feds in their daily lives."

Because nothing important has really shutdown.

My guess is if the post office stops the mail, the military shuts down, air traffic controllers dissapear, and your social security checks stop coming you`ll realize how f.ucking badly you DO need the Feds in your daily life.
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Male 17,511
This shutdown won`t last long. After awhile the public will realize they don`t need the Feds in their daily lives. The congressmen will then realize that they`ll need to protect their phony boloney jobs and get back to work.
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Male 8,540

HolyGod-"aren`t DMVs run by the states?"

The states, as with federal government, has a problem with inept workers who can`t get fired no matter how hard they screw-up, goof off or just don`t give a sh*t.

HolyGod-"Wouldn`t this be more like healthcare as run by the USPS?"

Not really, I think the USPS actually WORKS. (not very cost efficient, but it works)
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Male 14,331
[quote]
Wouldn`t this be more like healthcare as run by the USPS? BTW, I happen to think the USPS is a f.ucking marvel of efficiency.[/quote]

Uhhhh... that`s about to go under cause it`s in ove 45 billion dollars in debt........
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Male 9,762
MeGrendel

"It`s healthcare as run by the DMV."

Correct me if I`m wrong, but aren`t DMVs run by the states? Don`t you guys want a miniscule federal government with everything run by the states?

Wouldn`t this be more like healthcare as run by the USPS? BTW, I happen to think the USPS is a f.ucking marvel of efficiency.
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Male 3,908
"Except, of course for the two-thirds of that states where they seem to be having a problem getting the Obamacare system to work."

Wow, a brand new website that`s experiencing a very high volume of traffic is having technical issues? No way, say it ain`t so!!!
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Male 8,540



MSNBC host Mara Schiavocampo try to demonstrate how `easy` it was to sign up live on TV.

She ended up looking like a fool.

She finally just gave up.

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Male 8,540
QueenZira-"don`t forget to sign up for the exchanges starting today!"

Except, of course for the two-thirds of that states where they seem to be having a problem getting the Obamacare system to work.

Now, who woulda thunk it?

It`s healthcare as run by the DMV.
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Male 5,811
[quote]I don`t find it to be rhetoric to question why these people can tell me I have to use something that they voted themselves to be exempt from.[/quote]
Like I hinted at, I don`t know all the ins and outs of the ACA. Perhaps there is a good reason they voted for exemption, perhaps not. But to compare people that do have healthcare to those that don`t isn`t necessarily a fair comparison. Would they be expected to decrease their level of healthcare to match what a person who can only afford the bare minimum has?
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Male 9,762
richanddead

"53% disapprove" is NOT THE SAME as "want it repealed". A lot of Democrats disapprove of it as well because they wanted more.
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Male 9,762
5Cats

"Notes how @HolyGod totally ignored @CrakrJak`s CNN poll data...
I guess CNN is "a vast right wing conspiracy" place, and doesn`t count, eh?"

If you don`t know what we are discussing maybe you shouldn`t jump in huh?

1. "Dissaprove" is not the same as "want it to fail".

2. Polls are of "average americans". Average americans have NO IDEA what obamacare even is or what it does.
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Female 4,039
It has not affected my life at all. When it does, I`ll form an opinion on it and post a comment.
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Male 40,751
Notes how @HolyGod totally ignored @CrakrJak`s CNN poll data...
I guess CNN is "a vast right wing conspiracy" place, and doesn`t count, eh?

So @HolyGod: By your "logic"? NO ONE should question ANYTHING Bush did in his second term? After all: America Approved!! And re-elected him!

Obama does not get "carte blanch" to do as he pleases just because he got re-elected...

Your claim of "Republican gerrymandering" was just trolling then? Since you KNOW both sides do it?

@QueenZira: Obamacare Explained In ONE Easy Chart!

For Everyone:
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Male 663
>>>In General there`s WAY TOO MUCH Money in Politics. You want to see laws for the common man you have to start electing "common" people.<<<

Yep because there is way too much power in Washington.
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Male 4,099
...Or as you Democrats like to say "it`s not math, it just arithmetic."
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Male 4,099
@HolyGod:

"Odd to me that when I ask you for a link to back up your claim that "most want it repealed" you send me a link to a poll that says 23% want it to fail. Odd. Perhaps you may want to read more carefully?"


Wow, you asked me "link?" for my statistic of 42% approving and most wanting to it repealed. I gave you one of the most respected polls that concluded that only 42% approve and that 53% disapprove, only 27% want to try to make it work as good as possible and 23% want to make it fail.

And all you saw was "23% want to make it fail."

No sir, perhaps you are the one that may want to read more carefully.

Even supporters want to try to make the bill work as good as possible. And people who disagree don`t all want it to fail, most of them want it repealed before it does fail. The 27% and 23% don`t add up 53% if you noticed. Or as you Democrats like to say "it`s not math, it just arith
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Male 7,926
I read some comments here about why doesn`t Congress use what everyone else has to and completely miss the point. I`m pretty sure most people in Politics are fairly well off Finacially. Why could congress "insider trade" legally and the rest of us couldn`t? I mean there`s a lot of things rich people can do that us Middle income folks can`t do. That`s the problem with the system. White collar crime = hardly any punishment. Do drugs though you go straight to jail!

In General there`s WAY TOO MUCH Money in Politics. You want to see laws for the common man you have to start electing "common" people.
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Male 9,762
Crakr

"If the government can hand themselves and their employees 75% healthcare subsidy, then why not do that for everyone else as well?"

Is that a joke?

Democrats, I believe, would like to give everyone a 100% subsidy, i.e. nationwide single payer.

You think THIS law is what democrats want? This is just as much as they could do with republican opposition. This is the first step.

It is being opposed JUST like social security was. JUST like medicare was. In 20 years we`ll have single payer insurance and we`ll be happier with it JUST like every other country that has it.
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Male 9,762
RichandDead

"link"

Odd to me that when I ask you for a link to back up your claim that "most want it repealed" you send me a link to a poll that says 23% want it to fail.

Odd. Perhaps you may want to read more carefully?
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Male 4,099
Whether you want to call it a "subsidy," or a "break," or a "continuation of the premium contribution." It is our taxes going to pay for hundreds of millionaires health care coverage when these people not only can well afford their own but have long since spent our money not to mention the money we`ll make ten years from now. And any time someone tries to tell them that they viciously go after that person with legislation.

link

Meanwhile they tell thousands of employers that make less than them, that are struggling just to meet overhead, that now can`t hire as many people and may even need to downsize or tell their employees their switching to part time, that they have enough money to cover the health care costs.

...Yea because this was all about fairness.
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Male 2,357
Where is the fire and brimstone? I was promised an apocalypse.
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Male 17,511
QueenZira: Congress members and their staff are indeed getting a 75% subsidy from the government to pay for their healthcare. That does indeed exempt them from having to get their health insurance on the exchanges like everyone else.

If the government can hand themselves and their employees 75% healthcare subsidy, then why not do that for everyone else as well?
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Female 2,228
Honestly all this stuff can be found under "responses to attacks", I don`t have to spoonfeed you.

Once again Happy Health Care Day! :-D
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Male 4,099
I think its because senators Max Baucus and Harry Reid both said it would be a "trainwreck." I think its because Harry Reid stated that Obamacare was just a step towards single-payer health care, which has even less support. I think its because the obamacare subsidy cliffs create an incentive to under report your income. I think its because it has resulted in tens of thousand of more pages of regulations. I think its because NO ONE READ THE BILL BEFORE PASSING IT.





...but again, that just my opinion on why people may not approve of it.
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Male 17,511
HG:
CNN/ORC opinion poll, 9/27 - 9/29 38% For - 57% against Obamacare.
CNN/ORC opinion poll, 9/27 - 9/29 44% positive - 54% negative, Obama`s job approval rating.
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Female 2,228
Male 883
Obamacare explained

See? links can be found to support both sides
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Male 4,099
"People are basing their opinions almost exclusively on the opinions of which pundits they watch."

I disagree, I think it is because multiple large industries are switching from 40 hrs to part time work. I think it is because Union bosses are warning that it will hurt the work force and was not what was promised. I think it is because the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the CBO admitted to double-counting in the Obamacare budget. I think it is because the Government is afraid to go onto Obamacare. I think it is because Obama used powers he didn`t even have to postpone the employers mandate of the bill. I think it is because people can`t keep their providers like they were promised. I think it is because people premiums went up when they were promised they wouldn`t. I think its because the "navigators" that Obamacare will use and will have all your information but may have no criminal background check.
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Male 4,099
@HolyGod

"Link? "

link

"They have every right to do it."

No, not if they are doing it to cause useless votes. But it is nearly impossible not to do unless you are going to do a 1 party unified government approach. (which has its own set of equally bad consequences)
Even using computers like they do today one can do small changes to the lines and set up drastically different outcomes and still follow all the rules set down.

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Male 17,511
"I don`t find it to be rhetoric to question why these people can tell me I have to use something that they voted themselves to be exempt from."

Touche! Well said.
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Male 883
In fact, critical thinking involves asking questions instead of sitting back and taking the president`s word that something is good for me and my family.
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Male 883
[quote] perhaps it`s better to think critically about these things before jumping to rhetoric[/quote]


I don`t find it to be rhetoric to question why these people can tell me I have to use something that they voted themselves to be exempt from.
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Female 2,228
All your Affordable Health Care Act questions answered. AKA "Obamacare". Happy Health Care Day Y`all, don`t forget to sign up for the exchanges starting today! (Suck it Teapubs).
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Male 4,099
@patchgrabber:

"Perhaps they have an existing contract with a health care provider already?"

No they get a 11 thousand dollar subsidy to buy one themselves. The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 actually forces Congress to the same civil-rights employment and labor laws that lawmakers require everyday citizens to abide by.

Yet Obama asked the Office of Personnel Management to allow congress to continue with the subsidy in August 2009. The OPM initially rejected him, then changed it`s mind.

At that point Senator Vitter wrote a bill that required the white house and staff to abide under Obamacare. Harry Reid and Senate democrats drafted legislation that would deny federal health subsidies to anyone who votes for the Vitter plan, even if Vitter`s plan doesn`t become law.
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Male 9,762
djmajda

"If Obamacare is such a grand thing why is Congress not being made to use it instead of asking to be made exempt? I`d think if it was so wonderful guys like Harry Reid would be all over it right?"

It ISN`T a "grand thing" for multi-millionaires. It is a grand thing for the rest of us. The rich people that run the government already have fantastic health insurance.
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Male 9,762
5Cats

"Are you JOKING? Did America have "three weeks to read the bill" like Obama PROMISED? Did ANYONE read it? No. How you can claim America "supported" a blank piece of paper is... liberal of you!"

Are you READING?

I said they supported it by voting democrat in 2012. It was a MAJOR issue and people chose the party promising to make it happen, NOT the party promising to repeal it.

It was passed March 23, 2010. I`m pretty sure November 6, 2012 is more than 3 weeks after that. Correct me if I`m wrong.


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Male 9,762
richanddead

"Actually only 42% of people approve of it, most want it repealed."

Link?

1. Forbes` newest study finds only 33% of people want it repealed.

2. Most people don`t know what it is or what it does.

3. I happen to believe that in 10 years almost everyone will approve of it, once they see it isn`t sarah palin death pannels and hannity economic arsenic. People are basing their opinions almost exclusively on the opinions of which pundits they watch.
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Male 14,331
The country is still goin just fine no raining frogs and rivers of blood.... this should tell us they`re pretty much completely useless and should all be fired for not showing up to work which is what would happen to all of us if we pulled this crap!
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Male 9,762
richanddead

"Actually both sides Gerrymander quite freely"

ABSOLUTELY.

I am not saying it is cheating either. It is the way the rules are set up. They have every right to do it.
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Male 4,099
"Democrats are inefficiently concentrated in large cities and smaller industrial agglomerations such that they can expect to win fewer than 50% of the seats when they win 50% of the votes."

Many political scientists have noted that since Clinton the democratic coalition has become geographically narrow, heavily concentrated among urban liberals and minorities who live in densely populated cities or are placed into minority districts.

Here`s a couple of links for you:
link

link


"the country voted to support "obamacare"."

Actually only 42% of people approve of it, most want it repealed.
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Male 4,099
@HolyGod:
"I`m aware the house is majority republican because of gerrymandering."

Actually both sides Gerrymander quite freely and at times even admittedly. Take Texas`s 22nd Congressional District or Pennsylvania`s 12th Congressional District which ensures a Republican victory.

Democrats also drew gerrymandered lines in states where they controlled the process, but had less of an impact over all because they had control in fewer states. Take the 17th Congressional District of Illinois and Maryland`s 3rd Congressional District which ensures a Democratic victory.

In fact there is hardly a state, republican or democrat, that isn`t in one form or another Gerrymandered.
Yet, political scientists from the Quarterly Journal of Political Science have used computer algorithms to draw totally random districts have generally found that they still result in Republican advantages. They accredit it to, as they put it...
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[quote]Therefore the country voted to support "obamacare".[/quote]
@HolyGod: Are you JOKING? Did America have "three weeks to read the bill" like Obama PROMISED? Did ANYONE read it?
No.
How you can claim America "supported" a blank piece of paper is... liberal of you!

"We have to pass the bill to see what it says"
- Nancy Pelosi, Democrat House Leader

[quote]Perhaps they have an existing contract with a health care provider already?[/quote]
Nice try @patchy! But the fact is that these "waivers" and special LAWS giving exemption are needed because otherwise ObamaCare WOULD apply! And they DO NOT WANT it! Unions, gov`t agencies, all those people who SUPPORTED IT are now demanding it NOT APPLY to them!

(sorry for all the caps, need... more coffee!)
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@Runemang: Two reasons:
#1 Blame Bush! A favorite pastime of the IAB Liberal Brigade? Does NOT apply here!
#2 The MSM and the White House are trying to portray this as an "ALL Republican" issue. Carter had a Democrat House!!! Which you`d know if you glanced at the article...

@patchy: #1: 6 in 4 years > 8 in 8 years
#2 Carter had a Democrat House! Reagan had both Repub & Dem houses to deal with.

@WhoDat: Some IAB members have stated this has NEVER happened before! That it MUST BE RACISM!!!
FFS, you opposed to learning something?
Honestly? I had no idea it had happened so often. I do remember Carter & Reagan`s Budget Battles...

@HolyGod: For 3 years the Democrats did NOT PASS a budget! (2010, 2011, 2012) THAT is the only reason this "crisis" is happening, ok?
Facts: deal with them!
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[quote] I`d think if it was so wonderful guys like Harry Reid would be all over it right?[/quote]
Perhaps they have an existing contract with a health care provider already? The private company that provides me with my federal government health care plan has one such contract. I`m not sure if the US has such a relationship, but perhaps it`s better to think critically about these things before jumping to rhetoric.
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Male 883
And again I will ask...

If Obamacare is such a grand thing why is Congress not being made to use it instead of asking to be made exempt? I`d think if it was so wonderful guys like Harry Reid would be all over it right?
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HolyGod-"The country voted for the democrat for president. The country voted for a democratic senate. The country voted for a democratic house. "

One of those statements is false. (you`re later explanation aside, our goverment is not elected by popular vote)

HolyGod-"Therefore the country voted to support "obamacare". "

Hell, even the House didn`t vote for `obamacare`. It was `deemed` passed.

It`s funny that, after Obama illegally delaying parts of Obamacare and giving 1,231 waivers, all of a sudden they want to enforce the law (but only certain parts of it).
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HolyGod: Yeah, the US elector system confuses me to no end, there doesn`t seem to be any clear rules about it. The "Winner-takes-all" tradition seems fundamentally flawed to me, and also that an individual elector isn`t bound by the actual outcome of the vote either, that also seems off to me.

Why can`t you just have one vote per citizen and after counting them whatever candidate or party has collected the most votes wins?
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Male 15,262
We have a functioning government nya nya nya!
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Male 9,762
The country voted for the democrat for president.
The country voted for a democratic senate.
The country voted for a democratic house.

Therefore the country voted to support "obamacare". Accept defeat and move on. In 20 years this will be viewed the same way that social security or medicare is now. Get on the right side of history.

By "The country voted for a democratic house" I mean more votes were cast for democrats in house races than republicans. I`m aware the house is majority republican because of gerrymandering.
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Male 3,908
Once again, 5Cats immediately ruins an otherwise unbiased and somewhat informative post with a dumba$$ link description. Way to go buddy, I`m proud of you!


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Male 955
Posts a relatively unbiased posts, makes sure to make it repubutard captioned
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Male 5,811
And Reagan had 8.
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Male 2,675
Why the "Carter had 6! Bush had... zero." part? Was it necessary? The link, at a glance, seems to say both parties have had `em, no one`s more/less f`d up than the other.
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Male 3,060
Let`s iron this out guys. Don`t you know national parks will be forced to close!? Heaven help us!
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Male 987
Jimmy Carter, a capable man in an impossible position. He knew, and accepted as his role, that we needed a period of rest after more than a decade rough presidencies and politics.
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Male 883
When the president, every member of congress, their aids and secretaries and anyone that works for these morons lose their pay then I`ll consider a shutdown something serious.
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Poor Jimmy. He get`s such a bad rap.
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Link: 14 FACTS About US Government Shutdowns! [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Because some IAB members think they`ve never happened before? Carter had 6! Bush had... zero.
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