Minnesota lawmakers in reaction mode on shutdown votes

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The Jefferson Memorial is seen on Tuesday with its entry closed off due the government shutdown.
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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/01/2013 - 10:06 am.


    Maybe this was the Norquistians’ secret plan all along. Republicans already seem to be treating the sequestration cuts as if they’re locked in and not affecting anyone adversely, and now they’re going to “prove” to us how well we can get along even during a government shutdown.

    Who cares if we trigger another recession! We’re gonna shrink government until we can drown it in a bathtub even if it means taking the entire country down the drain with it!

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/01/2013 - 11:20 am.

    We’ll see

    Over 800,000 government bureaucrats will be off the job. As much as the press has tried to tell us how terrible that is, we’ll see if anyone actually notices.

  3. Submitted by Charlie Curry on 10/01/2013 - 02:17 pm.

    Kline’s response to shutdown

    The statement Rep. Kline made after the House failed to act appropriately tells it all: preventing health care for actual people currently not insured is more important than 800,000 folks now furloughed.

    How can a law that is just being implemented (in spite of a constant barrage of efforts to trash it) be “fatally flawed?” It’s not yet under sail! Compromise is not necessary – if Rep. Kline thinks it is, let him bring up “compromising” when his property taxes are due.

    It is also telling that with all his blather about the fatal flaws, not one of them has been truthfully identified, and absolutely no viable alternative has been suggested.

    As to Mr. Tester’s pejorative reference to 800,000 PEOPLE out of work being BUREAUCRATS (I assume he pronounces it like the old Southern obstructionists of several decades ago – BE-YU-O-CRATS), I suppose the effect of them not being there would depend on who you are and what you want.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/01/2013 - 04:30 pm.

      Kline’s response

      You don’t suppose he actually put any thought into what he said, do you? That would be as if Rep. Kline thought for himself, and didn’t just parrot what the leadership tells him to say.

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