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Published: Friday, April 8 2011 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Kearns, UT

All this and a shutdown of government could all be avoided if Obama and the democrats would admit that its time to cut spending and stop this madness of spendthrift government. It has to be done or this country will never become a world power again. Obama thinks our treasury is his private banking system with no bottom line of funds.

Stop spending Obama. End this arrogant attitude of hate you have for america. Be accountable and be a responsible president to the country you have sworn to serve.

Why must Obama refuse to promote a responsible government with responsible spending restraints? Why does Obama refuse to save trillions of dollars from our national debt? Why is Obama determined to bankrupt every american in to socialism? It is not the American dream to have an arrogant self centered president who doesn't know what a balance sheet is.

Once a professional welfare dependent (Obama), always a professional welfare dependent who has no concept of what a budget is. Can we get Obama enrolled in the Zion's bank program of a balanced budget and how to work with it?

Kearns, UT

Interesting title for this article, is the Democratic party not involved? Perhaps after not passing a budget in the first place democratic party members feel no responsibility now.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Time's up: Obama and GOP scramble to halt shutdown' - Title

Obama's scrambling?

I disagree.

*'GOP seeks 1-week extension as gov't shutdown looms' - By Andrew Taylor - AP - 04/07/10

Where before....

'When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 to a record 139 in 2007-2008.'
*'The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

The GOP 1st filibusters 139 times in '07-08.

Now, they try to get the goverment running, week by week.

More examples Republicans are the party of 'No.'

* 'Senate Republicans again kill bill for jobless aid' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/30/10

*Shocker: Fox host calls out Republicans who blocked 9/11 responders bill By David Edwards The Raw Story 12/21/2010

*'Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal' - By MATTHEW JAFFE and DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 09/21/10

Thats right.

Republicans voted against the ENTIRE defense budget...

than allow openly gay service in the military.

Somewhere in Utah, UT

Republicans want to play politics (and make war on women in the process), to the detriment of the country and its people. Business as usual.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Furry1993: Make war on women?! Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Good grief, what a sorry statement.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Make war on women?!' - Informed Voter | 10:04 a.m.


*'GOP trying to use tax law to limit abortions' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 03/31/11

'Opponents say the bill would make it difficult, if not impossible, for many women to obtain medical insurance that covers abortions even if they pay for it themselves.'

Somewhere in Utah, UT

To Informed Voter | 10:04 a.m. April 8, 2011
South Jordan, UT
Furry1993: Make war on women?! Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Good grief, what a sorry statement.


They want to defund an organization that provides cancer screening and contraception. In other words, they want to put women's health at risk just so they can play politics. What would YOU call that?

Ontario, OR

I passionately dislike Planned Parenthood, and I am without reservation in my opposition to abortion. However, it is disingenuous for Republicans to say this fight today is about cutting expenditures. The right wing of the party is trying to force social change by holding government hostage. What if Senator Reid, et al, were refusing to sign off on anything that didn't provide amnesty for some undocumented immigrants? Veins would be popping all over Utah, Arizona, and several other states. (I am liberal on immigration, but I would be equally unhappy if that had happened.) Millions of people depend on income from public and military service. It is wrong to throw everything into a mess on principle. I have written to my senators and congressman and urged them to compromise and get this budget passed today! A huge democracy like ours requires compromise. Oh...and federal funding for women's health care could be disbursed through state Medicaid programs, for example; my sister has no health care coverage, and she needs cancer screening, but she would never to to Planned Parenthood to get it. It's only one source of such services. Just sayin.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Thank goodness the Democrats all dress in white and represent good. Obviously the Republicans all wear black and want to destroy everything good.

Seems logical - I think I've got the concept now.

We the People
Sandy, UT

So, not subsidizing abortions is a war on women? Please, someone show me the connection. I did not know that trying to save the country from bankruptcy is really an attack on women. Women, to my knowledge, can still obtain an abortion even if the country does not pay for it.

South Jordan, UT

NEWS FLASH::: Harry Reid and the senate democrats just said that a deal was reached this morning to the tune of 78 billion, with some of the cuts even coming from the military.Not just the poor and middle class. But alas John Boehner cannot talk his rightwingnut caucus into the Budget deal without the Ryders cutting womens health, that they falsley claim funds abortions. (It is against federal law for government money to be used to fund elective abortions.) Any one telling you different, Is just plain Lying. This Budget battle has turned from How to fund the government for the next 6 months, to how can the republicans sneak in some of their idealogical agenda into a process that has nothing to do with the EPA, or womens healthcare. The republicans offered another stop gap measure, like they have been doing for the last 6 weeks, and included millitary families, so they could claim the democrats, unless they pass their version, would starve millitary families. That is another bald faced lie. The fact is, The democrats have negotiated in good faith, and compromised, and the republicans refuse to do so. A Lie said over and over isa LIE

Provo, UT

If the government shuts down, it is squarely on the heads of the GOP. They've moved the goal posts over and over and over again during these negotiations. They are using the budget crisis as an opportunity to avoid have an honest discussion about ideological issues.

The GOP refuses to consider cuts from non-discretionary parts of the budget--which are 88% of the budget! The democrats met them halfway on budget cuts, the GOP refused. They met them 3/4 of the way, the GOP refused. They met them ALL the way, agreeing to the SAME AMOUNT of cuts as what the GOP originally asked for, and instead of accepting it the GOP decided to avail themselves of the opportunity to play politics. They threw in Planned Parenthood--an organization whose main goal is to provide reproductive counseling and birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions in the first place! Shutting down Planned Parenthood would allow the GOP to self-righteously pat themselves on the back, but would inevitably result in MORE abortions (and unsafe ones).

Tea parties are chanting "SHUT'ER DOWN." The shut down is REPUBLICAN shut down.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

So its not about reducing deficits but rather about something else.

Colorado Springs, CO

As I said in a post yesterday, just look at these posts and it's either the dems fault or the reps fault, no middle ground. That's exactly how our elected officials are behaving also, like a bunch of children.

@We the People: If the funding issue for Planned Parenthood is only about abortion, fine. If it's defunding them for everything else they do, not okay!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The truth is this "shutdown" has nothing to do with Democrats not wanting to cut spending. There is already substantial agreement on both sides on the aisle on cuts.

The truth is this is that Republican insistence that all funding be cut to Planned Parenthood is the major barrier, just like the abortion funding clause was for healthcare reform.

The truth is that the Republican allegation is that this is necessary to stop Federal funding of abortions is not true.

The truth is at NO Federal monies go to Planned Parenthood to fund abortions, now nor would they without the provision.

The truth is this a budget bill and as such both houses of Congress should be focused on the budgetary process not political posturing on women's health issues.

The truth is that the final act of this farce taking place in Washington it is all about political posturing by Republicans at the expense of government workers, the general public and the economy.

The truth is Republicans have shown they know nothing of compromise and have repeatedly placed scoring political points ahead of statesmanship and the National well being.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is a perfect example of what's wrong in Washington. Both sides want essentially the same thing but then a polarizing topic like abortion rears its ugly head and halts everything.

The problem with American politics is that politics are more important than the issues, laws, or anything else.

Those of you who always blame the other party while not holding your own accountable are the reason nothing can ever get accomplished in this country.

Ontario, OR

Abortions (sadly) are legal. Planned Parenthood receives no federal funding for abortions, Congress has agreed. However, Planned Parenthood provides critical services such as cancer screening, so taking away its funding is seen by many as hurting women. I am arguing that those critical services could be (and are) provided by other than Planned Parenthood, so it isn't an either-or situation. However, shutting down the government over so fine a point is a war on all of us.

Just a Mom
Vernal, UT

Oh my gosh, get something passed already!! I would love to be a fly on the wall and listen in to all the posturing and arguing over picky things. It would indeed be entertaining.. What is NOT entertaining at all is the prospect of our already under-paid military not being paid at all. If you are an E-2, like my son is, your income is way below poverty level for a family of 5 anyway, and to not be able to receive the $600 or $700 he gets twice a month would be disastrous for them, and for anyone else in the same situation.

This is not a war on women. They are not being banned from obtaining abortions (to which I am definitely opposed) or from obtaining cancer screening, which can be expensive, especially if you don't have insurance. But neither situation should be the basis for not coming up with SOME kind of compromise to keep the government functioning. There is WAY too much spending for foolish studies...I think we've all heard about the thousands of dollars spent on frivolous things...and not enough for what's important.

Herriman, UT

Can someone please explain to me why Planned Parenthood is singled out for special funding for women's health? What prevents a woman from just going to a doctor like everyone else and using her insurance or medicaid to pay for it if she can't afford care?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

How is it war on women, when you are cutting funding that supports the murder of innocent unborn children?

Why are the left wingers holding up on the budget, to save funding that is used to slaughter unborn children?

No matter what your stance or position is on that topic, does it make sense to not pass the bill over it?

Reasons they should pass the bill: We can't afford to spend anymore money (doesn't matter where you stand on the issue) we flat out can't afford it.

End of debate. If you can't afford it, and it's not necessary then cut it. That's how you balance the budget and cut debt.

Something the left has never thought about before. You can't spend your way out of debt. You can't tax the people enough to spend your way out either.

It's time to cut. Are you listening nancy, barack, reid?

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