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Topic of the day: Government reaches deal to end shutdown

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 12:22 a.m. MDT

National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Barriers went down at National Park Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work throughout the country Thursday after 16 days off the job because of the partial government shutdown.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh, ASSOCIATED PRESS) National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Barriers went down at National Park Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work throughout the country Thursday after 16 days off the job because of the partial government shutdown.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Last night, Senate and House members voted on a bill to end the two-week-long government shutdown and raise the nations debt ceiling. Though the measures will only fund the government until Jan. 15 of 2014, it is expected that the next negotiations will go smoother.

So, after two weeks of near constant crisis, what are the reactions to the shutdown finally being over?

“Raw, naked power politics. Ugly and brutal while pretending to be noble and principled. That’s what the past two weeks have exposed in Washington,” said Ernest Istook on the Washington Times, comparing President Barrack Obama’s tactics to Rocky IV — with Obama being the Soviet boxer Drago and the tea party republicans being Rocky — and a violation of the Hague Convention if it had been a war. “Today, just because Obama has won a political fight in a very ugly way doesn’t mean there won’t be re-matches. Re-matches are why there were so many Rocky movies. And it’s how he won his title.”

FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe on Fox News has harsh words for the “establishment GOP” and their role during the shutdown and their eventual vote to re-open the government with the Affordable Care Act not being delayed. “Once again the Republicans have given up, kowtowing to Democrat fear-mongering and ignoring their grassroots constituents who actually want to fix our nation’s problems. President Obama, the Democrats and establishment Republican leadership are hailing this as a grand ‘compromise.’ In reality, it’s a full surrender of the GOP and then some.”

Jonathan Cohn at the New Republic is willing to call the deal a victory for the Democratic Party leadership. “In a narrower political sense, this was one of those (relatively) rare Washington battles in which one side clearly prevailed. It was the Democrats.” The Democratic Party was able to present a unified front from the White House to Congress, and avoid breaching their signature piece of legislation in the Affordable Care Act.

“Wow. Congress has decided it won’t trigger a global financial crisis out of pure pique. Can’t get any better than that,” Gail Collins said at the New York Times, in an op-ed dripping with sarcastic gratitude for Congress passing the deal. “Plus, the government is going to be funded until after the holidays. Halloween is going to be so terrific.”

The Christian Science Monitor’s editorial board is at least optimistic that the deal will set the groundwork for more civil negotiations come January, while also stressing that Congress cannot take America this far again. “As Washington steps back from the brink, it must calmly address the underlying worries about a government living beyond its means. Calm has prevailed in the Senate. If the House and President Obama join the search for a fiscal agreement, and actually find one, Americans may finally get the budget sustainability they want.”

What are your thoughts on the deal?

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and a writer for the Deseretnews.com Opinion section and Brandview. Email Freeman at fstevenson@deseretdigital.com

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