Shutdown could hit close to home for Obama
April 6th, 2011
11:09 PM ET

Shutdown could hit close to home for Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN)—Leaders of Congress are busy meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday night over the budget deal. But if they are unsuccessful, the impact could hit close to home for the president.

The Executive Office of the President encompasses almost 50 different departments at the White House, ranging from the Executive Residence to the social secretary’s office to the White House press secretary to the White House Counsel. In addition, there are other departments such as the United States Secret Service and the landscapers which fall under other departments.

But who would be deemed essential to keep the White House running? While senior administration officials expect that there will “be significant lower staffing levels at the White House”, no one is quite sure who will be affected.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, the law exempts some employees from a furlough if their work is deemed essential during a shutdown. The OMB describes “excepted employees” as those who are necessary for “safety of human life and protection of property.” But there’s also a clause of which exempts employees that “perform certain other types of excepted work.” The meaning of that remains undefined.  

While no one is talking about how it could personally affect them, some categories of essential workers are clearly identified. Excepted employees include members of the military and law enforcement. The United States Secret Service will still protect the Obamas and the Bidens. There will still be Secret Service officers at various locations around the White House campus.

The White House doctors will still be available to the president 24 hours a day. The doctors are military personnel along with the staffs of Camp David, Marine One, Air Force One, and the workers in the “White House Mess” which is where staffers eat at the West Wing.

Since the White House is technically a national park, the grounds are tended to by the National Park Service, however it remains unclear if they will be exempted employees. But the White House Visitor Center, across the street from the White House, is operated by park rangers and therefore White House tours could be suspended during a possible government shutdown.

But other offices face more uncertainty if the government shuts down. Will the president travel less because the White House Travel Office is deemed non-essential? How will the Office of the Press Secretary be affected? Those and many more questions are left unanswered as the budget negotiations continue.


soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. nic

    Wow. Maybe it's just because I read the NYT's surprisingly insightful coverage of how this crisis will shape both Obama and Boehner's political futures, but my god...what an awful article this is. And you wonder why you're dead last, CNN. It's almost like your ed board makes a conscious effort to pick the most irrelevant, mindless angle to cover.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  2. Mike

    I am a military member. If they decide to not pay me then I sure hope there is a plan in place to feed my family, put gas in my car to go to work, and to pay my bills...
    Nonetheless, I will do WHATEVER it takes to make sure my family is fed and staying healthy; in doing so I welcome whatever comes my way in the process.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • uncle sam

      How there you to complain soldier....your job is to follow orders and protect and serve...this is what happens when you don't go to college ansted you join the arm forces to get a pay check...now you have been collecting and we been giveing..now do your job. And protect mr osama obama...

      April 7, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Christine

        How dare you talk to someone who goes out on a limb for you! Somebody decides instead of not furthering their education they want to serve and protect this country? The crap that these armed forces of ours has to take under ridiculous administration? Lives that are being lost for unnecessary reasons? What a pompous fool you are Uncle EDUCATED Sam

        April 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • Nobody

        How dare you talk to a military member like that!. if you dont like our military then they need to quite proctecting you a** and ship you out of this country that they serve.

        April 12, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  3. Fed Mom

    I am a wife, mommy to three beautiful girls under 4 and a Federal employee who is quite sadden by the prospect of a SHUTDOWN of my livelihood. They may call it a furlough, but I deem it unemployed. Will this be included in THE calculation. This is not a Federal Government shutdown...this is my life line.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • ketrout

      I am all for the shut down! If you are unable to provide for your family, then you are living beyond your means. You are not looking at the larger picture here.

      Obama and his administration have spent our way into a much deeper hole that anyone has ever seen. IT MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  4. Grunged

    This is complete b.s. There are no words to describe the corruption on going behind the closed doors of our government. They are just trying to scare us with the words "government shutdown". Who do they think they are kidding. Do you think for a second there paychecks will be affected? Hell No. What a joke.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  5. MrMailman

    How about we decommission many nuclear bombs before we become too poor to maintain them and have them blow up in our face?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  6. RI schmuck

    White house with unattended lawns welcome to the rest of the country lol

    April 7, 2011 at 3:22 am |
  7. Max

    We need to try to the best of our abilities to provide an option that helps avert a Government shutdown. Republicans, a group I count myself a member of, must compromise a little in order to prevent a shutdown. The tea party, although it provided assistance in the 2010 election period, is a strategic liability. Its members are way too extreme to win the support of moderates within the party and independents in general. Although large cuts are necessary, they cannot pass in this political climate. If they can't pass, isn't it better to lower the overall number than push for the impossible? Moderate cuts are better than no cuts. What the tea party folk don't seem to understand is that the choice is not between 60 billion in cuts and 30 billion in cuts; rather, its between 30 billion in cuts and a Government shutdown. 60 billion is not, nor will it ever be (in this budget cycle at least), an option. Therefore, rather than hold out for the improbable, if not impossible, let's get done what we can, and move on to more important business. This extra 30 billion, although, in a singular sense, is a lot of money, is inconsequential to the federal deficit. 30 billion is so insignificant that more money can be saved switching to one-ply toilet paper in federal buildings from 3-ply (obviously this is sarcasm; however the point that 30 billion is incredibly minor is real). Risking an economic stall, even if the risk is extremely minor, is drastically worse than the 30 billion you'd save. Even if the risk is 1 percent, its not worth it, particularly after we spent nearly 2 trillion attempting to boost the economy. If the 1 percent chance develops into reality, it would be a true shame. Not only would the economy continue to degenerate, we'd in effect blow 2 trillion to save 30 billion. Obviously the chances of this happening is slim, but why take it over such a miniscule figure. Especially when it won't even pass. So, although the chance of this stalling the recovery is now nill (as it won't pass), we will still face some damage if the Government shutsdown. Let's just pass the agreed-upon cuts, even if they are less than the tea party envisioned, and move on to the 2012 budget, where the real cuts can occur. If we can pass this budget, we risk destroying the momentum to cut substantially in the 2012 budget. Overall, its not worth it.

    I hope the Republican Leadership understands that the tea party constitutes one very minor part of the overall population. Just because this part is the most vocal presently does not mean they weild the most power. Usually those with less power are more vocal. When has the majority ever complained; it is usually the minority staging public outcrys. Consequently, please do not push away moderate Republicans, who constitute as big, if not bigger, a group as the tea party folk do. Just because we are not out there protesting and saying that we will attempt to remove the Speaker of the House does not mean we are impotent. We are just not as blind to the realities of politics. But, its not just us you are risking losing by following the whims of a minority. You can also lose independents, those who are not aligned with either party. They are necessary to win any election, as they hold the largest obtainable populace. In conclusion, by attempting to sway the tea party, you will lose moderate Republicans like myself, who are essential for any victory, and you will lose independents, who are equally, if not more, essential. Yes, you might (I emphasize might, as the tea party is unpredictable- a usual staple of radicals) win the tea party vote, but that will only get you 20 percent max (and that is a high estimate) of the public. The other 31 you need come from moderate Republicans (or RINOS, as tea party folk unfairly catagorize us- maybe they're the RINOS, as being Republican doesn't require you to be a liberitarian; that's a separate party) and independents. However, if you go moderate, you'd win our at least 31 percent (but probably closer to 40 percent of the total American populace), which, in itself, is better than 20 percent, even if its not victory. But, I'm sure you'd also win the tea party members, because, as much as they'd hate you for going moderate, they'd rather side with a moderate Republican than a democrat. The same is not true the other way around. Independents would rather side with a moderate democrat than a radical republican. So, by going moderate (emphasize moderate republican, not moderate overall-big difference) you wouldn't lose any group, but, by going radical tea party, you'd lose at least one (independents), if not two (moderate Republicans). Also, the tea party wouldn't be able to knock you out alone in primaries; they'd need moderate Republican support. In 2010

    April 7, 2011 at 3:29 am |
    • Oldster1026

      Hey Max,
      Spoken like a true RINO. $30 billion just a drop in the bucket, but it's better than nothing?

      "Although large cuts are necessary, they cannot pass in this political climate." If not in this political climate then when? Oh yeah, let's wait until it cost $30 billion to buy a pair of shoes like it did in the Weimar Republic eighty years ago...

      April 7, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • ketrout

      I disagree with you totally! If I have to live within my means and at the very least live within a balanced budget, then I expect our federal government to do the same.

      The spending has to stop, and allow the American people to see how corrupt our governments really is!

      I AM ALL FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  8. concerned

    i dont care if the government shuts down. i dont care if everyone at the whitehouse packs up and leaves. hell, leave it with only the president inside to think about the state of the country. but dont make it easily available to everyone on the internet that its going to happen. thats like telling the person who wants to kill you when the rest of your family will be out of the house....

    April 7, 2011 at 3:31 am |
  9. TommyGunn

    How will the government shut down effect me?
    Well as a military member living overseas living pay check to paycheck I can say it will hit me in a huge way. I have a child that has to eat where do I get the money to pay his school lunch. I have to drive to work where do I get the money to fill up my car? I have to pay bills who’s going to tell the creditors not to hit my credit report if I cannot pay them? I have to pay my rent on the UK economy who is going to help me from getting evicted from the home when I can’t pay the rent? I think this is getting out of hand and I feel that I could get by with a few missed meals but my growing child should not be affected by this politicking on Capitol Hill. I guess if I was not a single parent I might have a small chance to make it over a long gap in pay. I might also be able to make it if I had a local store that was cheap and not have to pay UK pounds. Oh the best part is I can’t even get a second job to support my child as I have to show up and work for free until they decide to pass a bill. I’m sure the rick folk on Capitol Hill have never had to live pay check to pay check and then not get a check. Someone needs to step in and make this insanity stop before they lose a large group of the military due to foreclosure.
    A concerned Military member

    April 7, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • ketrout

      Have you ever thought that you might be living beyond your means? You won't lose any money, you may only have to wait a little longer. There are a lot of us that will for sure lose money because we won't get any back pay.

      Just maybe you need to live within your means and realize that our government has spent way too much money.

      IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACT, TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND LEARN TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Nanaof6

        People in the military live within their means...a pay delay does affect them just like the rest of us. It is the congress and senate that need to delay their checks. It is time for the government to live within their means...not spend more than they have. If we did that we would go to jail. It is high time for them to quit robbing the american people and do their jobs. I want a job like that...gets paid no matter what and spend other peoples money like it was going out of style.
        This all should have beed taken care of in a timley manner and not wait till the last minute.

        April 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • citizen

      I agree with you! This is stupid whats happening. They reached an agreement then decided to not go through with it. All this crap is over womens preventative health care (aka. abortion) So our servicemembers have to defend a country who is too busy defending other countries and other peoples person problems. We are cutting spending yet sending money to japan for disaster releif. when are we going to fight our own problems on the home front. instead we spend our own people's money on making amends to countries who will stab us in the back in the long run anyways. And this talk about living within means. Id like to see how "living within means" goes when thousands of people dont have a job to go to on monday morning. It's easy to say live within your means until you actually have to. The salary of those who defend our freedom and ensure that the lawmakers and government officials keep their paycheck is way below anyones means.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • citizen

        And was it "living within means" or better yet even right to watch as a certain official spent millions of this countries dollars to fund a new jet because her jet wasnt good enough. the poverty rate and unemployment rate in this counmtry is crazy. Too many people are without jobs and now more jobs are at stake because this countries "officials" can't stop acting like bickering children and suck it up. The country spends too much because we rob peter to pay paul in order to make sure we have friends around the world. The people in THIS country are suffering, we need to focus on us for a change. Stop spending: sure, the government should stop spending OUR dollars to fill their deep pockets. It's an outrage the suffering this country has to go through because congress is acting like children.

        April 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  10. tammy

    maybe the president should be on a limited budget..no travel..wasting our money, so they can be on vacation while the rest of us, barely pay rent, enough money for food andgas..whos got money for fun stuff, when goes to taxes and bills why crazy prices..yah govt shutdown, no need for obama and his family to waste so much money on themselves!! Black or not.. He needs a reality kick in the pants!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:53 am |
  11. mike

    Ohh so obama will have to start doing house chores? Like making the bed and taking out the trash. Lets all hope and pray he dosent ever lock him self out because the isnt enough money in the national budget to call a locksmith. I can see it all now. Call the white house and you get obama. White house this is barack speaking where can i direct your call?

    April 7, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  12. Laffin at jittabag

    Make the tea baggers like Ryan and Boner show they're true colors!!! They say a shutdown would save the gov't money. It will generate losses, the general public will feel it, and they're selfish, corporate kickback taxcut favors at the cost of vulnerable medicare/social security recipients will bite them in the asd! Hey boenhead! your corporate buddies won't pass you no icy beverage in hell!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • Laffin at Laffin at jittabag

      You're right, lets just keep on spending $$ we dont have. Who cares? You wont have to pay for it, my kids will. The choice is we cut back on entitlement today or our kids live in a bankrupt shell of a country when they are middle aged. Put your head back in the sand and pretend that we are the US and we have unlimited wealth.

      Anyway... no matter what, this is going to hurt. Question is do we take the pain today or tomorrow?

      April 7, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • john

      Stupid statement. The President actually decides who keeps working when a shutdown occurs. Maybe if a budget was passed when it was supposed to all of this crap could have been avoided. Gotta love the "progressives" who see this as a repub created problem. The dems avoid their job and now it is the repubs fault? Typical liberal stance.
      It seems most of the clowns in Washington already forgot the last elections. 2012 is coming, they will be reminded again.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:11 am |
      • Oldster1026

        Don't worry, the MSM will spin it so only the Conservative Republicans/Tea Party will be to blame for any "shutdown". Remember what they did to Newt so Slick Willie came out smelling like a rose?

        Ain't it just amazing what our "unbiased" press can do when their darling liberal-progressive agenda is in jeopardy... SAD...

        April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am |
      • Kathy60

        Typical Republican BS! The Tea Party wants a shutdown and so do the Republicans, who backtracked on an agreement already. But hey, these peopel don't seem to take a lesson from history when they furlough more than 800,0000 fed. employees, which they did in 95-96 in the exact same situation, a Dem. President and a Republican Congress, who, btw, were voted out of office. You think the Tea Party is good for the Republican party? Watch.

        Yes, yes I know we have a huge deficit, but the cut the Tea Party/Republicans want are more on the lines of idiology, not what is good for the people. It's a lose-lose situration when one attempts to blackmail the President.

        April 7, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Roger Trozelle

      Hey Bonehead yourself.... The article should be titled " Democrats use extortion to influence americans" This scare tactic is B.S. I say shut it down but start with congress and legislature declining salary until the mess is straightened out, and why not the president and V.P. too. You don't see any of these numbskulls sacrificing anything, and these are the folks who allow corporate interests to have their kickbacks and taxcut favors. by the way . Great english , what are you , a rapper?. You won't get your seven virgins in heaven either.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  13. Manuel Hernandez

    Lets be honest about this whole scare tactic of the government shutdown. It is not going to happen. The President, Democrats, and Republicans will not sacrifice Political Capital to get their way with the budget. There will be an 11th hour compromise and then everyone will be tooting their horns to their constituents that they saved the country. There is no way in hell that the powers that be, the Bilderbergs will allow the country to shutdown during an upcoming election. Too much to lose and after all you must remember the Golden Rule, those who have the Gold make the Rules. This was a predestined fight and a predestined decision was made long ago by the Bilderbergs so get real and stop worrying about a shutdown, IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!! That was decided long ago.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:33 am |
  14. DK

    Gov shutdown should mean non of these guys get paid, and then we wouldnt have this problem. There getting paid, they dont care, just like wit the unemployment extension. They take there 2-3 weeks off every 2-3 months (more than most see in 5 years). Someone needs to stand up and start stop paying these idiots that are making this country worse, not better

    April 7, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  15. get 2 it

    The Tea Party doesn't speak 4 me & is misleading The Republican Party.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  16. WooptyWoop

    Suuuure.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 am |
  17. ssgjrob

    Shut up.. I'm tired of all the complaining..if u don't like the way the U.S. Is ran then get out

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 am |
  18. BD70

    Since the Tea Party has come right out and said let the government shutdown I see this as being nothing but a blow to the republicans re-election. After all...they said it will save the US money. Well...if the government does shutdown wait until they see the price tag of starting back up again.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  19. ignorelaffin

    What do u expect jitterbug? Obama created a debt that surpassed bush and he hasn't even served a second term yet. We are in tragic times. How can we live when all everyone is worried about is being neck deep in this bullshit? And you know what? Our kids are gonna suffer the most. They will work like slaves till 80 then be able to retire. Obama would rather control with foreign policy than help the united states of america get back on track. Its too late for this administration.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  20. MichaelInDC

    Can our elected officials get any more childish than this? Shutting down the gov't over budget cuts that will have an extremely limited impact on the debt is ridiculous.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 am |
  21. Really

    Such hypocrites how can the republicans talk about spending cuts and cut Medicare but yet they're still putting medications on the market which the average person cannot afford on the own. But yet they do what they do I truly believe they want to see the American people suffer after all we are cattle on a farm according to them they feed off us at their leisure anyway. Those people are truly sick individuals. If the shut down happens it will cost tax payers double. They are running a big scam such selfish bastards.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 am |
  22. John Barry

    The press wants us to believe it certain people's fault, when it reality it's all of them. Politics have become so dirty these days that nothing will surprise me come Friday. Screw em all.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  23. nightlite

    This is a nightmare. I feed the squirrels peanuts every day on the lawn of my local federal building. If the government shuts down they are likely to starve. Shame on the Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 am |
  24. rose

    Blame the government shutdown on the irresponsibility of the Republicans and their Tea Baggers.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  25. RedWhiteBlue

    Lets start cutting the guaranteed pension and health care for all past legislators. Elected politicians should have to go back to real jobs when their terms expire, live in the real world again.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  26. Megawatt

    If a government shutdown in the forest, and no one cared, would the government really matter?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  27. Ron

    The federal government will not shut down. If it did, people would find ways to survive without it – Americans always work past obstacles. Then America would realize they really don't need the federal government. This would spell doom to all the Washington insiders – they would be out of jobs. Congress won't let it happen that it is exposed as a useless and unnecessary group.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • MichaelInDC

      Ron, I get the impression that you don't know what federal employees actually do. I live in DC. As an example, it is federal employees that bring clean drinking water to DC as well as parts of Maryland and Virginia. I'm not sure that I could live without clean drinking water.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • UNCAUNL

      Your right that if there is a shutdown, it probably will not affect the majority of citizens that much. I do not think people like you realize what they are saying when they say, "Then America would realize they really don't need the federal government." There is a huge difference between a shutdown and have no federal government. As a meteorologist I could say you would not be getting any more warning or watches for tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunami's, or floods. Satellites operatred by the government helps give your TV meteorologist their forecast. I'm guessing your one who does not believe that our climate is warming, but without government funding for research projects, we would not have as strong as a grasp of how our earth is changing and how it may change. People like you don't realize how much the Federal government actually affects you. These changes are just a few changes you would see if there was no federal government.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:49 am |
    • john

      Oh no – what would people do if NPR didn't get funding. Maybe the president could identify them as "essential".
      I agree with your comments. We can't keep spending like this. The CBO came out yesterday and said if things keep on this track, by 2036 America would cease to exist as we know it. It seems a little weird we didn't hear this on CBS/NBC and the like.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  28. *eyeroll

    Nice jobs bill! Why aren't the Dems countering with, "Now is not the time to cut jobs, the economy is too fragile!" Oh I see, the GOP only uses that card when they want tax breaks for the already rich, who don't need it......

    April 7, 2011 at 6:09 am |
  29. John

    Let the government shutdown. I will agree that there are some essential services provided by the federal government, mostly because we have allowed them provide these services. You really need to reexamine your life if you can't live without the federal government for a few days or weeks. This is especially true when you consider the damage being done to this nation and future generations by out of control spending by both parties

    April 7, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  30. jim

    Sorry to have to say this, but you both sound like uninformed, uneducated losers. Not a single valid or well thought out idea between the two of you. A wonderful example of the sad state of American education and the true problem we are facing...people who don't understand the political process, participating reclessly in it or (even worse) not participating at all and then complaining about the outcomes! Try to envision life without a feederal government...

    April 7, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  31. mike

    Old America would survive. New America, not so much.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  32. somethings gottagive

    If the egos on capitol hill can't get past their differences and suck it up, then maybe they should experience furloughs like the rest of the
    country. They all want to be shielded from what we all experience.

    Nice

    April 7, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  33. Stephanie

    God is looking at the Rep Party with the evil they are doing with a sad heart. How u hod your right to life banner high while you cut off programs to feed hungry children. Stop healthcare for the poor. God is not mocked. You will reap what u sow!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  34. sam

    The bigger concern should be what if the government DOESN'T shut down! What if we keep going like we are with TRILLION dollar deficits and a growing national debt? The consequences of that are much worse. Sure some people will have trouble getting their tax return (why did they over pay the government in the first place??) What if corn, wheat, cotton, and coffee all go up another 100%? How are we supposed to feed our families?

    So the real concern is what if nothing changes??

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  35. Ed

    What we really need is a nationwide recall election for all of congress and the president. Oh, and present office holders are not allowed to run in it. There is such a huge amount of blame for this mess on both sides that every one of these people deserve to be fired – now. Actually, we probably should not allow ANY members of either the Democratic or Republican parties to run. We need a couple of new parties anyway. Raise your voices for the Total Recall!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  36. Name (required)

    If a federal worker's job is not "essential" why is it there in the first place?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  37. Bella

    I work for the Federal Government (not on Capitol Hill) and it cracks me up when people slam us as if we dont do anything. Because of federal workers, immigrants come to this country legally, Vets recevie thier pension checks, our Borders are SAFE, emergency care is readily avcailable in a disaster and social security checks are still generated. Addititonalyl, there is no chaos or unrest like you see in Libya or Egypt-but, if you think its better that way, please feel free to move....and leave your FREEDOM at the door...im sure I can find you a Marine to show you out. Now, Im sure some of these haters work at Walmart greeting peopel all day, but thats not my probelm. If we shut down, many many good families will this countrys best interest at heart will suffer. And YES, it could absolutely happen as it has before.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  38. Dennis

    Why would congress care they still get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  39. Freethepeople

    Legalize Weed and solve the budget crisis..

    April 7, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  40. Freethepeople

    The Government want shut down, too many people depend on food stamps..
    Our government would not starve their own people would they???? That would be too Middle Eastern..

    April 7, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  41. Freethepeople

    Governments are like Diet pills..
    They all sound good,
    but none of them work...

    April 7, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  42. reaganator

    The president should have every resource at his disposal regardless. Let's tell the whole world our government is shutting down so we might be more vulnerable. I mean jeesh. Seriously? Here's an idea shut down the IRS and make everyone happy.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  43. Winston mctague jr

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING THIS STUNT TO SABOTAGE THE ECONOMY AND THAT IS WHAT THE 61 BILL IN CUTS TO EVERYTHING NOT RICH IS TO CRASH THE ECONOMY LIKE THE LAST ONE WAS REPUBLICAN CAUSED AND THEY WON AND THEY THINK THATS GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN!-----------

    Here we are only four months into Republican control of the house of Representatives and the government is shutting down! When you give power to people who hate the government, what do you think they're going to do? Since the election the Republicans have been itching to gut or shut the government. It has been a drumbeat that they either get everything they want or shut it down. And getting everything they want guts the government. Either way our economy takes a big, big hit.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  44. Winston mctague jr

    And the Republicans are gutting senior,disabled,poor,shelter,food bank,aid for needy families,affordable health care for all and senior and disabled alone to,home less,education,schools,children,women beat and abused,every program and funding of all to do with not rich!!! And give everything to the corporations,rich,super rich,and all like g e who this year made 13.5 billion and paid $0.00 in federal taxes! they want to give them more! Why is this not pointed out??????????????

    April 7, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  45. Carla Hurst-Chandler

    @ Ron...

    The Federal Government has shut down on several occasions. Once for over 20 days.

    Enjoy roads and highways?

    DNR and Park Services.

    Sidewalks.

    Libraries.

    Police and Fire Fighters.

    Federal Banking Services.

    Despite your rhetoric...yes...if the Federal Government actually ceased to exist...you would miss them...along with all the people who work in the above mentioned jobs and others.

    Anarchy is a noble concept but in reality 6 people cannot manage themselves without conflict and strife...and the populus of the United States working together to keep the highways built/repaired...libraries open...Federal lands maintained...without $$$ or a government. I don't see it happening.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  46. cheese

    Becareful what u say on here. Cnn is as liberal as u can get. Republicans ftw!

    April 7, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  47. Me

    Although I would love to go back to the horse and carriage days, we cant. It is 2011 and technology is roaring. Tea baggers need to face reality. It seems like Reps in office are really trying to make it tough for Obama, there has to be a compromise. Spending should be cut in government assistance, so many people in the US getting it but not needing it. Heck, wheres Mr. Trump when you need him?

    April 7, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  48. adam

    Why does the government shutdown not effect the Congress paycheck when they do work. If they shutdown the government they should not be paid because they are not doing there job. I they are representing us then I bet that most people would agree with me if they can't do their job they should not get paid for shutdown their job. I know if I had my job shutdown I would not be paid so what makes the better then us. I think that they should only have 2 terms in office that is it so their is not career politics. What I am getting at it if they shut down the government they should not get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  49. Readitandweep

    For all you ignorant Dumbocrats, we can't keep spending the way you bozos did when you had both the House and Senate. Sorry, doesn't work that way. THANK GOD the people spoke last November and said "No Mas!" (The Espanol for Ain't Gonna Happen No Mo). NPR, Planned Parenthood (aka Abortin Mill Central), etc - you will all deal with low or no funding. Get use to it. To the Unions: Sorry kids, but the jig is up. There's a new sherriff in town. Your far-Left, Liberal President can now show us those great skeelz he bragged about during his campaign about how he'll "bring everyone together in Washington". Easy to do when you own both the House and Senate. Now let's see how you do when YOU are in the back seat! LOL!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  50. Ashley

    Ron, you do realize a shutdown has happened before?

    April 7, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  51. Bob

    too funny laffin. You are just a bit misinformed, social security and medicare will not stop if there is a government shutdown, they will continue to operate as they always do, and the "general public" will feel very little effect from it, if anything at all. You do realize that the whole reason for the budget issue is because the dems refused to pass the budget at this time last year, so you really need to talk to your lib buddies about why they refused to do their job.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  52. Shawn

    Dont yall get too confortable, The republican are coming after your job next. Then they are going to take health care away from grandma and grandpa

    April 7, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  53. Jerry

    We as Americans need to think long and hard about who we are electing into all levels of political office. These "clowns", both repub and dem, are not always doing what the American majority wants. The comment about the year 2036, America ceasing to exist is correct. We'll be "North Mexico"!

    April 7, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  54. Dionna Griffith

    I dont feel like u should cut the food stamp program..For the fact that alot of people can not really afford there groceries

    April 7, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  55. pac

    Ill tell you why the government is broke because we don't have any revenue going out for americans to make money build a job force so the labors and cooperation could pay taxis I hate paying taxis but that's what keeps us running

    April 7, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  56. StephRose2Challenge

    Isnt it interesting how we have the money to send troops to Lybia AFTER we hung our alibi Hosni Mubarak out to dry? He is what held the Middle Eastern Radicals from taking over. What's this? A STUNT to merely APPEAR as though we are financial MARTYRS at our own country headquarters??? We'll see if it's just words, words and more words as usual! They're counting on our en masse ability to shrug our shoulders with a huff & get back to our screen addicted lives! Which by the way are very costly!

    April 7, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  57. uncle sam

    First... obama did not create a debt.....bush did....bush bush bush bush bush bush did... I'm sick and tired of all these obama haters saying and blameing the president for the hole we are in...you know who did it you just won't aseppted cause you want to blame the black mann...now por obama got his plate way to full when he steped in to office..it is not his fault...I really think the biggets let him win the election so they would have someone to blame for all the crappppp the republicans did to our country..dose pcss of crappp in conggress get richer and richer while makeing us porer....wtf has gone wrong with our country..shmmmmmmm....canada is starting to sound better and better avery day for retaierment.....

    April 7, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Little Miss

      Uncle Sam. You Sir/Ma'am,are a completely uneducated idiot. People like you keep the world from moving forward. Not everything is about race... Duh!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  58. uncle sam

    Vote for obama 2012...cause he cares

    April 7, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  59. uncle sam

    vote for obama 2012....cause he cares

    April 7, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  60. Name*samantha

    If the U.S was ran by a honest & good hearted individual, maybe there wouldnt be all this complaing. I honestly believe, WE THE PEOPLE, need to get our balls back & get these selfish bastards out of the office. And dont blame obama, he is simply just a puppet in all this, being controlled by a higher power. This whole government thing has been corrupted the moment it began! Yes all the way back to the 1700s. Anywho, to the people who think this is "our" fault, you know us U.S citizens. Your wrong. All the money that is being use for things WE do not NEED, all the electricity & all the gas that goes into these ridiculous restruants & stores, could be used for something better. Also we shouldnt be at war! We have oil here! Quit being soo damn selfish & make peace with everyone.. Thats all we really need.

    ❤ Samantha

    April 7, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • uncle sam

      I agree samantha......you hit the nail in the head...I think I love you...mwa

      April 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  61. uncle sam

    Obama wanted free healthcare for everyone they did not let him..so he came up with this health care we have now wich sucks but that's because they won't let him...he wanted to sart taxn the hell out. Of the traitors american company's that keep stabbing us in the back so they can get ritcher. These company's need to stay home so we have enough jobs for our own people...he also wanted to give this company's insentives so they would stay but again they did not let him....all obama can do is try to pass the laws but at the end of the day our crucked goverment is the one that desides.....all these 80 plus year old bstrds are raceist as hell and some have been in congress more than gadafhi is been in power of libyia...isn that crazy

    April 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Free health care? Who would pay for it? Companies go over seas because it cost so much to pay workers. Not just the hourly amount but all the other gov. requirements, such as health care, and social security.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  62. reaganator

    We all voted for these idiots who can't make a freakin decision. Fat slobs want to take it out on troops. That's real smart genious.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  63. Liz Carter in Georgia

    So how in the world can anyone continue to blame the government and OBAMA, even personally for the unemployment situation? The private industry and companies have been merging to downsize, moving overseas for paying employees cheaper salaries, not having to pay those healthcare insurances, no unemployment, and to be able to pay cheaper taxes here. This has been going on since forever, and has recently in the last few years, come to a head; so to speak. It has been brewing for years! Not just since OBAMA.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  64. Nancy

    If they have a shutdown start at the very top, and the x presidents, they all have the best ins. and retirement !!
    Mrs Clinton, can take their place . LEAVE our soldiers out of this shutdown they are already in 3 country's ,
    we don't need to take care of the world..take care of the U.S.A. after all we are broke,

    April 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  65. Tom

    seems that politicians should not be getting paid until the actually do the peoples work..

    April 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  66. Howard

    Hairy Reid is a liar. He is using women's health rights as a diversion, when the real issue is Obama and his corrupt cronies waited till the last minute to push through a ridiculous budget, sacraficing crumbs, while irresponsibly squandering Trillions. Save America and Dump the traitors, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi !!!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  67. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Little Miss, you're right. Everything is certainly NOT about race. However, I'll tell you this, whether or not you are 'educated' enough to accept it's existance is on you. It's still an AMERICAN cancer! It's come out of remission, ever since this president was installed in 2009! It's running rampant in the hearts of many of our policymakers in DC; it's causing much of the halts, delays, antagonism, beligerency, non-actions, non-resolutions, non-negotiations, and non-compromising controversy in WASHINGTON!

    April 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm |