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April 7th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Potential Government Shutdown

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  1. Stephanie Cubbon

    If the government shuts down, I will continue to be separated from my husband. He is from England, and we have been applying for his US visa for over a year. The final step, the interview, is scheduled to happen this month. If the government shuts down, this will not happen, and thus our family will continue to be split apart (he has to stay in England until the process is finished). Needless to say, this is causing me a lot of pain and heartache right now.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  2. Troy

    I think that the potential impact would be significant. I am a democrat and even though I love the programs that we currently offer, we need to make changes right now to keep our country strong. If we don't do something to change the way we spend in America, the world known Greenback wont be the standard around the world.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  3. Val

    My husband is currently deployed. He won't be paid if this shut-down occurs. How can the President and Congress deem military as non-essential employees?! If you ask me, Congress and the President need to also skip a payment. Because unlike they military, they are not doing their job.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Mary Hannah

    I want to know who will help me make my payments? Will the Republicans make the banks, credit unions utility companies etc give us more time for paying our debts. No of course not, neither will they help us pay the extra charges that these entities will bill us for being late. The only people being hurt by the Congresses stupidity is us, the American "middle class"

    April 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    Our government is acting in a hugely irresponsible matter. Six months later and they still cannot agree on a budget? The government is playing with people's jobs at stake like a 5 year old girl and a barbie doll. Yes, we do need to cut spending to make up for the national deficit, but the more you cut at one time the more difficult it becomes. Slow and steady wins the race. With the budget cuts that the GOP are proposing, valuable programs such as job corp and peace corp will not make it.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Dorothy Brooks

    I work in Washington DC as a Photographer, we use the Zoo, the Parks and the front of the Museums for many of our Fashion and caltalogue Shots, this would be very upsetting, is this for real...

    April 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  7. John Crist

    A government shutdown would be an absolute disaster; but the Republicans are proposing cuts in all the wrong places!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  8. jaci cliburn

    Okay about the government shutdown; i think if they shut the government down they should at least make sure the military gets paid. My husband is a marine and i would not agree to him protecting this country if he is not even getting paid to. And we have a 7 month old son that he has to support from the money he gets from protecting our country. If the military dont get paid then i think they should not have to work. If i was in the military and did not get paid i would quit, or at least not work the time im not getting paid, i would use it as free leave and go see my family.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Gaurav B

    No USCIS .No Visa Processing.

    I am a H1B Work Visa holder and after 5 years of pleasing and working hard,finally convinced my employer to file for my Green Card.However,with the Govt Shutdown the DOL is not processing any GC's since hte last 1 month and i dont know what will happen in the coming days.

    This is a pretty pretty bad situation for people like me who are having a time critical wait for Green Card

    April 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  10. robert szukhent

    Cut spending,at least $70,000,000,000.00 period! that amount will not affect any americans in any way,shape, or manner!!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  11. David

    I've been in the United States Air Force for 16 years and served my country without question. I find it nearly impssible to believe our elected officials will ask us to stand in harms way without a paycheck to pay our mortgage payments, feed our children, and pay $3.60 for a gallon of gas to drive to work. Can we please put partisan politics aside and act quickly in this dire time?

    April 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  12. sylvia grant

    I don't hear any mention that the subsidies for rich farmers might be cut or the subsidies for the oil companies, or the subsidy for NASCAR. NASCAR???? They are great but don't need a subsidy. The things the politicians want to cut is NPR (?) or Head Start (?). Where are their sensible politics?

    April 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  13. Bob Turrner

    All along, I thought this was the goal ... shut down the troth that is the federal government. They do every job except the ones that they were elected to do ... fix the potholes and pay the troops.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  14. Quentin bryan

    So what! The bureaucracy stops for a few days. What would the Federal government accomplish in that time anyway. I hope Im not so dependent on such a broke system.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  15. Chris

    I have been planning and paying for a 2 week trip to Disney World for over a year. I was counting on my tax return to pay for the Parks and food. If the government shuts down and I don't get my tax return, I will have to cancel the trip my 2 daughters were waiting for. Thanks Congress! I will remember this on election day. You all need to go, let's get some adults in there.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Chuck Long

    If the republicans, and the rest of congress is serious about cutting the budget
    1. make them pay for their own health care as they all are making more than the average wage.
    2. Adjust their wages to a reasonable level as since 90% are making million dollar benifit and wages from saleries and lobbyist.
    3. Tax them like average citizens where travel/ meals ect. are taxed.
    4. then start cutting jobs like tea tasters and other jobs created by special interests. To be appointed by who ever is elected rather than have jobs being filled by voters.
    Despite what is believed to be 1 party or another some of these jobs were created even 200 years ago. If they quit giving themselves raises, and instead use corporate policies for wage adjustments.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  17. Andrea

    I am a military spouse with four young children. My husband has currently been deployed to Afghanistan to fight the "war on terrorism". This is his 2nd tour. As of today, we are unsure if we will be getting a paycheck, due to the Government freeze. Not only do the soldiers have to concentrate on the safety of themselves while at war, but they also now have to worry about the welfare of there families at home. Wonder if there families are going to have enough to get by. It makes us as "military families" sit back and wonder why! Our troops should not have to worry about issues like this.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  18. Brian

    The Continuing Resolution has already cost myself and many others our jobs. As a government contractor for a large defense contractor, money to continue our contract was not release due to the CR. Even though the government has not "shut down" yet, its effects are already being felt. I've heard of other contractors who are also running low on funds, and if a budget can't be passed, they too will probably lose their jobs if our elected officials don't resolve this soon.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  19. Brian M

    This Government shutdown will have a horrid effect on far more people than is being reported in mainstream media. Congress passed a resolution stating that in the event that this shutdown takes place the U.S Military will be forced to go without pay till funding is passed whenever that may be. For the Majority of us we live pay check to pay check as we are not paid well at all in the first place. How will I feed my two children? How will I pay my bills? Congress approved pay raises for themselves, Yet denied and lowered COLA increases for most DOD employees? What is going on in this country? The rich, Powerful elected officials are not affected by this. They will still vacation in Marthas vineyard this summer and stuff themselves with lobster, The Obamas will still go golfing and spend millions on vacations. Meanwhile millions of Military families will starve and watch there credit decline. What are we supposed to do? How will we live? We are still forced to work, But instead of being paid we are considered indentured servants or slaves of the 20th century. We are forced to report to work instead of seeking paying jobs. The leadership of this country has lost touch with those it is elected to represent. The president ran under the slogan "Change you can believe in", Guess we should have asked what he meant by change!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  20. monica

    this is about the blonde anchor. have her take of that choker necklace. looks like her new has been cut and she either has a bad scar or is bleeding.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  21. daren

    how about this, have the president grow some balls and ask the people of the united states to give 1$ to a fund to pay off the deficit. this does not go into some politicians pocket , also consider the billions out there that non profit orgs. make they could give substantially more and not even blink an eye. think about it i dont have a job,dont use any assistance programs, absolutely no income but i can and will collect cans and bottles to out in my dollar,lets get our country back you know the one that our family and friends have died for.dont forget GE,nascar,nfl.,you get the hint lets give it a try, or at least run the #s.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  22. Sharon

    A government shutdown would mean total financial ruin for my family if my husband is laid off from his government job. We were already a single income family as I lost my job 1.5 years ago due to the economy. We have already gone through our savings to try and keep our heads above water. And now, with no money coming in we will cancel our cable TV and our telephone. We will put the car in the garage and get out our bikes. We will not go out to eat or buy our coffee at Starbucks and will try to live off of 50$ a week on groceries. And these cuts to our family budget will just be to enable us to keep a roof over our heads. If the government shuts down for more than a month, we will be forced to borrow money from our retired 80 year old parents. I will leave it to you Ali to multiply what the carry on impact will be to the economy.
    My husband works 12 hour days, is a veteran and has served his country all of his adult life. We are both MBA’s and neither of us is on unemployment. I felt that was important to say before some radical started to accuse us of living off of others.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  23. jill harmer

    public radio and tv are necessary to keep. We use it s educational programs in public schools and people of all incomes can use it in their homes. Most of the media is on the right end of the political spectrum and public media presents both sides. Sufficient media coverage is necessary for a democracy.

    We also need more green transportation system – which trains have shown to be. Amtrak needs to keep funding too.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  24. Michele Monnier

    Hi, I would like to have an idea of what happens if the government shuts down, if I don't get my social security check, I can't pay my mortgage. How long could it last, and delay medicare payments and social security checks. I'm on a shoestring. The republicans are slaves to the rich and are hurting the rest of this country drastically. How about revenue instead of cutting up the middle class and the poor, Tax the rich! Thanx, Michele

    April 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Ron

    A government shutdown does not hurt me at all. It all just reminds me of two neighborhood teens that are fighting over the same girl. They beat the heck out of one another and when the fight is over, they look at one another and find out that this girl is now walking down the street with another boyfriend.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  26. Penny

    if there is a shutdown – congress should also be included in the "non essential personel" that is sent home. After all there the ones that aren't able to do there job and agree on anything why should they still get paid when the troops risk life and limb and may not be paid.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  27. Tracey Allyn Greene

    Affects my life directly....my husband works for Marshall Space Flight Center and would definitely get furloughed, as would many in this community of Huntsville Alabama where so many work for the federal government. One of the most important jobs we hire those in Congress to do is pass a budget, and those on both sides have failed miserably in that regard. All I can say is, grow up, sit down at the table, and hammer this out before you cause hardship for thousands of families. That IS what you are voted, hired, and PAID to do. Oh yeah...I forgot, you all in Congress are ESSENTIAL federal workers. My advice?? Act like it!!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  28. Frank

    To worry about the government shutdown, you'd have to assume there ever was a running government. That might be a real stretch

    April 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  29. Neville

    The republicans are determined to destroy this Country at
    any cost.Just say No to every thing ! They fail to realize
    that Americans are looking at their Leadership!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  30. VeteranStudent

    If the Government shuts down, and Government (i.e; VA) employees are not "at work", then, what happens to the thousands of Veteran Students nationwide, that, if "paperwork" isn't filed timely, will lose out on enrollment and payments due?
    Do we "sit it out"?... forfeit Graduation?... What?

    April 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  31. Jim

    If there is a shutdown do I mail in my taxes on the 15th or not? Will there be mail delivery?
    Seems foolish to send money to an organization in bankruptcy.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  32. Maureen

    I have 4 adopted children. Three being special needs children adopted as older kids from foster care that get an adoption subsidy. Do to the dynamics of the our home and our children's past I can not work. My husband works, but we rely heavily on the children's subsidy to help provide for the kids school expenses, medical expenses, therapy, and having the children being involved in school activities. I am afraid that the subsidy payments will shut down and with only my husband's income we could pay all our bills, but not have anything left over for food, clothing, activities, or gas money to fill up the car to get my kids to school and therapies.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  33. Dawn Freese

    There are alternative ways of making money to keep the government and other priority government departments running. The problem is the government doesn't want to approach this options. Look what lifting the prohibition of alcohol did.
    I know people that are trying to get into the army and can't because they have an overload of GED applicate's, yet some of those guys are on there 6th and 7th tours.
    CNN said it right when they called the "war" the NEW WORLD ORDER remind you of a few conspiracy theories?

    April 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  34. Barbara Barton

    As usual, Congress had it backward. Instead of their being exempt from the shutdown, their salaries should be stopped unless and until they complete their first order of business: THE BUDGET!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  35. Karol L. Harris

    Since you are asking for questions to be anwered by us, would you please answer the following for the American public?
    1. How can Social Security be considered an "entitlement" when it has been paid for in the past by working people and will be in paid for in future.
    2. Why isn't the tax cut for the wealthy considered an "entitlement" when it has no way of being paid for and increases the debt?
    3. Why is Medicare an "entitlement" when working people pay for it, I pay $97 a month from my Social Security, plus carry a supplement, and pay a co-payment of $20?
    4.Why has CNN become biased against the Democrat party when journalist are supposed to be neutral and report the new?

    April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  36. Henry

    A government shutdown will definitely affect my life as I am a federal worker with the Department of Treasury. I have been working for 2 years and have a great deal of respect for my job and country. Being only 29 years old, recently married, and trying to buy our first home, we federal workers ARE America and I find it a slap in the face that our "Leaders" are cutting our workforce, pay, and benefits while requesting a tax decrease for the wealthy. I urge congress to quickly pass a reasonable budget and not jeopardize the well being of our citizens.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  37. Kay Balbi

    I think it is time to shut down the U.S. Government. Our model isn't sustainable any more.

    Thank goodness we keep getting into wars. Can you image how the US unemployment numbers would look if all Government workers were also laid off? I am including the house, the senate, and the President's cabinet in this suggestion. Get them out of their comfy seats and have no market for the Political Action Campaigns and it will all dissolve.

    Nobody wants to cut anything, so let's cut it all. Then we can start rebuilding based upon needs rather than wants.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  38. Suzanne

    This shutdown is stupid because it will effect so many families especially military families. My husband is over in Afghanistan right now and he is part of the No Slack battalion that is currently is a very dangerous fire fight that has been on going for a week now. His check is our families only source of income because I have not been able to find work in our area so if the government shuts down then that means that I can pay my water bill or my electric bill or even buy food for my kids or even diapers for them. Yet the congress will still get paid. What is that saying about our government? They keep saying that military families are important yet here they are willing to put so many families in a bind where several of them are living payday to payday because the military already doesn't get paid enough. Yes officers and other branches get paid very nicely but enlisted soldiers in the Army are paid the least. I really hope that non of them plan on being re-elected in coming years because this shutdown will put so many people out. Now with this shutdown is the government going to pay to get utilities reconnected if they get disconnected are they going to pay for the fees associated with bounced checks are they going to pay for the late fees, or is this all going to have to fall back onto the families because the Congress couldn't grow up and agree on something. Now also with having issues with the budget why don't they take the millions of dollars that they plan on putting towards running for election towards this budget. Or maybe they should have a stop in their pay because then maybe they will try to come to a compromise a little faster for at that point they will be in the same boat as millions of families in the country but of course this will not happen because they are more worried about their money than the money of others.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  39. Cindy

    I'm disgusted by how little coverage the effect on federal employees is getting. I'm a federal employee & my husband has been unemployed for nearly a year. His state unemployment has run out & contrary to poplar belief I am not high paid. We live on less than $40k in one of the most expensive aeas of the country (Seattle) and have already tapped our savings. How will the shutdown affect me? If I don't get paid next week I will have to choose between food & the power bill. I have a stressful job, low pay and health benefits that a private sector worker would laugh at and could lose my apartment if this continues. I clearly should stop suckling from America's teat.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  40. LT V.

    Am I understanding this correctly. President Obama is an essential employee, so he will receive his paycheck, but the troops, which clearly work harder and sacrifice far more than any politician, may not get paid? Is this not newsworthy? The boss gets paid, but the employees work for free? As an officer in the Navy and a 12 year veteran, this saddens me greatly.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  41. winston mctague jr

    I believe the republican plan to cut 66 bill is draconian and not what I call smart at all while we are trying to get out of this crash that started while Bush and his teem was in power and I have voted for republicans all presidential candidates ,not even Obama! But I have been sickened by what I have saw of all the things Republicans have been doing, And I like Obama's health,wall street,environmental,energy reforms and all the things republicans have said,done,and threatened have made me so mad I have switched to a Democrat and I am with the Democrats and Obama's budget and totally against this Republican one! If it shuts down the government its gonna hit me hard,I am broke and penny less now and on disability and the republican stop of a cost of living raise has killed me this heating season and made me run from the all for the rich and crush the others party-republicans have lost me and if they shut down government my disability will not come and I will have no food,heat,gas,for doctor and meeds I have to have and I will be thrown to work hard for Democrats till I die from now on ! Republicans have lost me and others I know! They are to much for the rich,polluters,big business,anti worker and workers rights,and affordable health care,and they just want to step all over us,the poor,seniors,disabled,poor,home less,food banks,shelters,aid for needy families,women,children,schools and give all the savings to big business and the rich! I hate them now! And I was a staunch Republican and have all ways voted for republicans until now. Never again.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  42. Rusty

    How about this Ali, How about we HALT ALL the Congressional salaries and perks beginning TODAY. How quick do ya think we'd have an agreement? My guess is in less than half a day. I heard that their jobs would not be affected because they would be "considered" essentail employees. Essential to WHO, they work FOR US! FORGET Dems, RPs, TP'ers, FIRE THEM ALL today! 98% bought their way ino the positions that they have anyway.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  43. Kathleen R

    Already has affected me as I teach at two state universities and my job has been cut by 2/3. Seems the Republicans want us back into the 50's, keep woman barefoot and pregnant whether they want to or not, increase the already #1 teen pregnancy stats and the growing number of STD's/STI's, don't let any minorities get ahead (keep them in the ghettos as nutrition is related to intelligence), bring back the class system-rich get richer, poor get poorer and make us middle class go poof! Oh and let's get rid of anything to protect the environment so we can kill off future generations , space travel and anything that will have a chance of America growing- job corp??? peace corp?? What is up with that-let's keep the money and power in a few wealthy families and to hell with the rest of you is the message I am getting. Grow up and smell what you are shoveling as you are all one term people-you may have fooled some people enough to get voted in, but not for long! TIme for this country to follow the lead of the middle east countries???? Only we want the two party system abolished as it obviously has not worked for years!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  44. Cheryl

    They need to balance the budget and get us out the mess that they created. If the democrats wanted to save all their programs they should have passed a budget before Oct when they were in control of the House, Senate and President. No reason it was not done on time except they wanted all their pork but knew they would not get reelected if they showed their hand.
    Hard decisions need to be made NPR, Planned Parenthood are both considered charities so they need to do more fund-raising just like every other charity has too. Obama Care needs to be defunded because we are still finding special pet projects that are funded that have nothing to do with healthcare. I can not believe that a room full of lawyers signed something they never read. They always tell us to hire them to read documents before we sign them I guess when you get to DC you become psychic and know everything that is written on paper without reading them.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  45. JJ

    If we do have a shutdown or not, it shows that we are in bigger trouble than the government says. A shutdown will not affect me except if they will increase taxes for us middle class to make up for the money mongering politicians in the government. Our government looks pretty dumb when they cannot settle on budgets for millions of people, because they are worried about there own pockets.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  46. Pat

    As a retired Federal Employee, please know that the continuing resolution is nothing new. The government has operated this way for many years. It is not only disruptive to daily operation but is simply no way to run a business! What happens in this current situation is that when the budget is finally passed there is then a mad rush to spend the monies by the end of the fiscal year – check and you will see how much travel and training occurs in the last two to three months of the fiscal year.Perhaps it is time to amend the constitution to include the wording that the budget must be passed by the end of each fiscal year.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  47. CAROLINE MEEKER

    Insead of shuting down government each member should be fined $500 a day by each member until they come up with a budget.

    They should cut all elected officials salaries by 30% all money saved would go towards the deficeit If they can cut teachers ,firefighter,and policeman salaries.Lets start with congress and the house.They need to start walking in some of their public employs shoes so they can be more realistic about the budget.

    They should tax all money raised by each candidates running for the elections at about 30% also to go towards the deficeit

    April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  48. Howard Leatherwood

    Congress should not be a competitive one-upsmanship contest.
    The Republicans, especially the Teaparty advocates, should not attempt to repeal the Health Care law; and place in effect budget cuts which are aimed to affirm their political agenda , i.e. cut and change Social Security and Medicare.

    Members of Congress should eliminate pork barrel programs; look at restoring taxes on the extremely wealthy (perhaps those earning 1 million or more peer year); eliminating subsidies to those firms and people who really don't need them, i.e wealthy farmers, oil companies; pharmaceutical companies, etc.; and stopping military programs which Defense Secretary Gates says are unneeded. In the longer term, our nation must end its participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    This step along would save hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions of dollars over an extended period.

    The public is sick and tired of the game of two week extensions of the deadline to reach a decision!

    Let's have a rollcall vote on a proposed budget and highlight those who are unwilling to support the recommended budget.

    How can anyone who calls himself/herself a Christian support cutting Medicaid while supporting tax breaks for the wealthy???

    April 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  49. Anonymous

    I'm a graduate student in biology with a scholarship and a grant funded reseach assistantship which pays me a small stipend in return for my work in the lab while I work on my own research. I've recently been diagnosed with Lou Gerhig's disease and for the past few weeks have been trying to apply with the social security office and medicaid for assistance to help cover the cost of my prescriptions and medical bills since my current health insurance plan is mediocre at best and will end once I graduate this year as it's provide through a school associated health insurance plan. I've already been denied social security benifits since my stipend, which is intended to help me pay for food and housing while I attend college, counts as income and puts me $60 a month over the maximum income allowed to qualify. I'm guessing that I'm going to have similiar issues with medicaid but even if medicaid approves my application for assistance the process can takes months and this shutdown will only slow that process even more. If they government wants to cut billions of dollars out of federal spending, perhaps they should start with thier own salaries. I don't see much difference between what they're doing and the banks that failed giving out millions in bonuses to their top executives.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  50. Nancy

    I am more concerned about the failure of both parties to face the facts as Congress woman Kaplan today stated, "we are trying to balance the entire Federal budget" [by squeezing the balancing act onto] "12% of the entire budget!" Get Real!
    The other side is represented broadly by Congressman Ryan. He is big on abstract intellect, but has failed to include actual realignment of expenditures, (fairness in who gets which price tag), focusing entirely on rethinking budget philosophy. Ryan's superficially aggressive stance has huge elements of Republican social engineering a la dead end of "social Darwinism..." In today's terms this signals to "Joe/Josephine Middleclass, build yourself up with your scant resources (stamina & cash) left over...and maybe WE'LL let you into the boardroom as one of the few surviving, "Fittest"-an 'entrepreneur.'"
    Sounds like the era of Trusts and "Robber Barons." Get Real! VERY DISAPPOINTED in MI

    As Bernie Sanders deserves recognition for his detailed recall of how we got to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression...If we do not know history we are at risk of repeating IT !

    April 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  51. Travis

    There needs to be a length of service just like the president has for ALL politicians. Some are so old and senile that they probably can't even think clearly on their own personal daily activities let alone decisions for the American people and the country. I wish I could get paid around $200,000-$250,000 like most of the politicians do to make poor decisions. If I were to make a poor decision, I would probably end up in jail, pay a fine, or my credit would go down the drain. When politicians make poor decisions, they give raises to themselves, go on with their lives because it doesn't affect them directly, and live the so called "American Dream" that no one but politicians or multi millionaires can live because there is no "American Dream" for the average middle class American. It is called slavery and the last time I checked, I thought slavery was illegal? Get some new young fresh creative minds in there because apparently you can't teach OLD DOGS new tricks!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Federal Employee

    Since most of my office will not be allowed to work during a government shut down, it would create a real back log. Deadlines will have to be extended. It will take about ~3-4 weeks to catch up on work from every 1 week we spend on furlough.

    If we are not paid retrospectively when the furlough ends, then many of the employees in my office will have difficulty paying their rent next month.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  53. Pat

    A point to check out. In the past when the government was shut down and non essential workers were sent home the workers were still paid for the days during the shutdown. Is this not another waste of funds to send people home but still pay them?

    April 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  54. anthony

    Will the government shutdown affect the VA benefits such as schooling, disability, and health care?

    April 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  55. Kristen

    If the government shuts down, my boyfriend will most likely be laid off or fired from his job at the Fermi Lab in Batavia, IL. I don't want this to happen and I think Congress should stop playing with people's livelihoods like this. Pass the budget already!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  56. Bob in Texas

    The "government shutdown" is a result of the polarization of our congress and our country. This is about nothing more then placing extremist political ideology ahead of the welfare of the country and its citizens. The tea-party goofball on the right and loony lefties have got to go! From now on I'll vote for any independent candidate that's on the ballot. It's time to set political ideology aside get things done.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  57. Larry Mogolov

    How can the Congress be considered a vital necessity?
    They don't do anything but cause more problems. If they must continue to "work" it should be without pay.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  58. Erika

    My husband and I are military and depend on that paycheck. I do not understand how they consider military personal non-essential. The government will continue to get paid while those who fight for their rights to argue with one another and so on get pushed to the way side??? How are we expected to pay our bills or buy our food and water? All i have to say is that the US Government is going to have a very large and angry mutiny.....

    April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  59. Lauri

    I think it is a sad day when the House and Senate are considered more essential then members of the military. If the military doesn't get paid then the politicians shouldn't either! Such a slap in the face for the men and women and their families that make sacrifices everyday for this country.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  60. Ken

    Well, the last time the Government shut down, it cost taxpayers about 1 1/2 billion dollars to clean up the mess. And that was just the damage that could be identified. No one seems to be concerned about having to pay for such foolishness.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  61. John

    How about social security???Will everyone still get their social security???I think it's time these politicians get caps put on their slaries and not 6 figure incomes. I think the bottle clerk at my local store could do a better job

    April 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  62. Michelle

    I myself am a military spouse and this will affect us in the worst possible way. We currently live paycheck to paycheck, the military isn't paid lots of money, they have actually lowered our COLA, BAH and other things.Our raises are barley there and some want to freeze our pay.
    My husband is supposed to put his life on the line everyday and not get paid?! This is outrageous that the government can't take care of it's own, the military should be paid no matter what!
    Who is going to take care of my rent,groceries,car payments and utilities?
    How do they expect the military members to defend this country in the way they should if they are worried about their families at home?
    If your not paying them -BRING THEM HOME!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  63. Michael

    They need to quit bickering like children and work together to come up with a solution instead of saying its my way or I am taking my ball and going home.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  64. norman

    The republicans seem to forget about those who served and died in WW2, Korea, Viet Nam by cutting our social security, Medicare and Medicaid. They taut about being supportive of the military then want to shut down the government (while they still get their big salaries and benefits) and the oldest Americans and those in the military have their benefits cut. The "T" in tea party seems to stand for "traitor" to those who served and suffered to keep them free. All they want is to blackmail the country to force their bigoted social issues down the country's throat and destroy the middle class Americans who love our country but don't make over $1,000,000 and need their big tax cuts. Shame on them.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  65. D.D

    Our military men and women might not get paid? Thats down right unthinkable. They are fighting for this country to keep everyone safe, includeing these people in congress that are saying, oh you might not get paid. So bring our military home and let congress go fight, and see if they can keep us safe. I'm a PROUD PARENT of a MARINE

    April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  66. Marilyn

    I really not sure how it is going to effect me because they haven't set the rules for goverment employee's being paid or not that are not essential. One income, no pay, how would you feel? Been through this before, knew more about the shutdown then now. I think this should include all of government, congress, president, etc, they make big bucks but no penalties, no worries for them. It's time the parties make an agreement.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Henry Beasley

    If the government shutdown is going to happen, it should be without pay. All branches of the government should remember that they are employees of the public and not autonomous as they are acting. Since they are employees of the public they have a responsibility to do the will of the public and not go with the party lines. As a casual watcher of the new, I've seen the government act as children, without regard to the public, although if you ask them they will tell you that they are. As a citizen of this country, I would propose that the government reduce their pay and pay into their insurance as most Americans have to struggle with, start with that, and maybe, just maybe the American public will be on their side.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  68. BJ Gallagher

    Bring it on. Close it down. The Federal gov't shouldn't do much more than protect the borders. Leave the rest for the individual states. If you want ot live in a heavily taxed state with welfare programs you should be able to move there. If you want to live in a right to work state with low taxes and little or no social programs you should be able to move there as well. Free choice is best. There is no "opt out" of most of what the federal government does. Fix the fiscal mess and close it down until it is corrected. That is the best thing "for the children"

    April 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  69. Mike Henrichs

    The shut down of the government seems incredible – it is time and long over due that each of the members of congress stop playing games – quite running for the next election and be the patriots they need to be and step up the plate and do what is right for the people not their personal agendas. And the fact that our service men and women who are putting their lives on line may not get paid is incredible. That is an insult to these dedicated men and women and their families sacrifice in so many ways. Lets; start with congress first and stop their pay checks and lets cut their salaries to the percentage most americans have to live on then I think we would see a change of heart very quick but it is easy to spout off all that we hear from congress when they are not going to loose their pay checks. Well enough said – Congress do your jobs, but human beings, let civality be part of what you do and be willing to discuss and listen. If you shut up long enough sometimes you actually can hear someone elses opinion and learn something from it..

    April 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  70. Jeff

    I think it will be great to have the federal government shut down for a week or tow. The key is to make sure Congress doesn't pay all those workers for the time off. I have friends that get furloughed one or two weeks a year to help their companies remain competitive and avoid layoffs. Maybe we need a few days of shared sacrifice from government employees to get everyone on the same page. I have no idea how much we would save eah day but surely the smart folks at CNN can provide a number.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Lee

    i am an elderly citizen, on social security, husband passed away 11 years ago and i am very low income. I suggest that these ridiculous people in government should have to live on my income, which they would never be able too, since they are so used to the rich life. If they love these United States of America so much, would you not think that they should not be paid their enormous income from wherever department they get paid from. i am very disgusted with all of them because they do NOT know how most of the American people live. I suggest we kick them all out of office. They certainly are acting like children, then let us treat them like children. How about time out and get out.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  72. Judy Pelton in Michigan

    If Republicans were truly interested in NOT having a government shutdown they wouldn't be trying to railroad thru their unpopular, extremely conservative desires like defunding the arts, NPR, Planned Parenthood etc etc – those programs are a teeny, tiny part of the budget & they KNOW that – I don't know who they think they're fooling by asking to cut those items yet not cutting all the breaks for big biz & the wealthy – it's ludicrous!! & as for the shutdown specifically: assuming this event still takes place as it did when I was in HS (a very long time ago), if the Cherry Blossom Festival is cancelled it will effect 100's (1000's?) of HS bandmembers who come from all over the country for the annual festival/competition – I'm sure many bands have fundraisers & save up for this special event for a whole year! Just one sad thing that would affect our kids if there's a shutdown.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  73. Lynne

    Shut it down. I as a DEM am sick to death with hearing that the answer is to raise taxes. QUIT SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  74. Ken

    This is a somewhat unfair question, because no one knows for sure. Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees will be prohibited from working (yes, prohibited) in EVERY agency, since it is illegal for them to work if they are not assured of getting paid. Of course some agencies have more non-essential workers than others, but I think they will all be affected to some extent. Tell me, what is the effect of a suspicion about a terrorist plot sitting on a non-essential employee's empty desk, unseen for several weeks?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  75. Mary Hall

    I will not be able to afford to see a doctor and pay for medicine if Medicaid is slashed any farther. I'm disabled and have many health problems that I feel will not be addressed properly due to cost because Medicaid doesn't pay enough right now. I need food stamps to eat and I only get 185 dollars right now and can't afford fresh fruit or vegetables and I need a special diet because I'm diabetic and have 2 heart defects as well. I'm afraid I want be able to pay my rent if there is a government shutdown because the social security checks may not be sent out and all programs for the poor in this country will be deleted or severely reduced if republicans have their way.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  76. Tia

    I am freakin out about this potential Govt shutdown, My husband is currently deployed ...which he took for the extra money to help us out. we live in Wyoming, but own a house in AR which we were unable to sell due to the housing market being sooo horrible. If we dont get paid, how will i pay my mortgage on a house Im not living in, how are my renters (also military) supposed to pay the rent on MY house? I have credit cards I am trying to pay off ... due to the fact that we are active duty military and dont get paid nearly enough to live on as it is that we ran up our credit cards just makin it pay check to pay check. my head is spinning from all the what if's. Wish they would come to a conclusion already so i can figure out my next step. This govt shutdown will drop us that one extra rung down the ladder.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  77. Nina

    Let the government shut down including all funding for the 700+ bases around the world. I propose all of Congress receive penalty fines for NOT doing their job! Each day they cannot agree on the budget, would be a deduction to their pay.

    If we shut down the 700+ bases around the world which does not even include Afghanistan or Iraq, we would save hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Why continue to cut programs that would benefit Americans?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  78. Infantry141

    My household counts on checks from the Government to be able to make it month to month. Because both my brother and I are Veterans living under the same roof, Our Honorable service in the Military "guarantees" that since I'm furthering my education so we cannot work full time that they will send a check to help us pay the mortgage. They are already 2 months behind on those checks. Since Congress and the Senate will still be getting paid, will they be the ones to save me from foreclosure?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  79. Lynne

    Please remember that Obama will pick what he sees as not needed. And it is his choices. You can bet it won't be the people he has placed.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  80. SSG Baird

    I was wounded in action on 18 June, 2008 while conducting a mission on the Afghan-Pakistan border. Now, almost three years later, I am still going through medical treatment as an active reservist. Will my health care have to be sacrificed as well? Is TRICARE still going to insure that I am given the best medical treatment possible? I don't even know if I will have the money to get to my many doctor appointments. It costs me daily as I suffer with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, hearing loss, etc. "An Army of One" will have to be changed to "Will Fight for Food"!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  81. Doug Melton

    This budget fiasco is squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. They quickly pass tax cuts for the rich, let corporations, like GE, get away with paying practically no taxes, and provide the rich with every tax loophole imagineable, to where they pay a tax rate less than that of a hard working citizen making just $50,000 a year, and they threaten to shut down the government? Funny how Republicans, especially Tea Partiers, wish to shut down entitlement and educational programs, yet the very ones wanting to do this collect millions in farm subsidies from our government, get every perk imaginable, including free health care, pension, staff, travel expenses, etc, all courtesy of the tax payers they screw. We citizens need to demand they lose all their perks and come swim in the very cesspool they created for everyone else. Until that happens, nothing will ever get resolved regarding spending, healthcare, social security, or anything else. What is going on is pure politics.
    I'm 62 years old, have been on unemployment since January, 2010. If the government closes down, that stops my unemployment pay. Try getting a job at age 62; trust me, it is not something anyone should experience.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  82. Dick

    I am all for cutting the budget... but maybe we need to cut in the correct places... Like the size of the Federal Government. I know that it isn't easy to reduce the budget without some pain, but the place to start is the size of our government which has grown so much. The next place to cut in my opinion is all the money we are sending to countries that really could care less about the United States. Why are we supporting other countries and letting ours go to hell?

    Once again:
    1. Size of Federal Government
    2. Money going to other Countries while our country flounders.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  83. Miriam Ober

    Could you please explain why the Congress is exempt from having their paychecks on hold if the government cannot pass a budget. They have "no skin in the game" so they personally feel no urgency. How can "we the people" change this travesty?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  84. Jacqueline G

    I think that the legislators should go without their salaries and budgets before the American people go without. If they are so stubborn as to harm the work force in America, I think that they should work without pay. All legislators should be required to post their salaries and working budgets. How is it that they are so "vital" if they are shutting down what they serve? It isn't business as usual, so it shouldn't be for them either. They need to learn to find the middle that is in the best interest of the public-who elected them. Perhaps we need to look at recall if they are not willing to do without while they are asking us to and bringing us to the brink of collapse. They need to find some compassion for those with less and get more from those who can afford it.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  85. PFC Standish

    I cant believe this is actually happening, like seriously this is straight up ridiculous, you have recruiting shutting down, and soldiers over seas possibly not getting a pay check to support ones back home, yet alone all the people who were wounded in action. How are they supposed to pay their medical bills?? If we end up paying our medical bills ourselves we better get reimbursed.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  86. Southgate Jo

    Once again our legislators use our misery to humor themselves. They taunt us with their inability to do their job and then, when the public has felt the fear of shutdown, they will honor us with their reasons why. Let me guess ...It's the republicans or the democrats stonewalling...What this all comes down to has little to do with government,, or money, or even winning. This is all about gaining votes. How in God's good name could failing the public so many times possible gain them advantage? When are we going to learn that we need to hold them accountable. If they fail to do their job, the public is entitled to a recall of their election. I think it's only fair

    April 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  87. Jenny

    I am a USAF wife with 3 amazing kids...how do you think we are to live? To pay bills on time? To even have the money to pay for gas to go to work (that my husband) would be doing for free? He loves working for his country, but really congress would you do what they do for free? Would we be payed dobble on the 1st? Can you sit down and think about how many families that will be hurt by this? Are you going to come by everyones house and give money for food until the next payday? Can you would you do it out of your own packets? Because I am sure your pay check wont be touched... Really!!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  88. Collette/Oregon

    I have one thing to say to the Speaker of the House and the rest of Washington; You work for us, you don't control us! We vote for our government, GET YOUR BUTTS BACK TO WORK BEFORE YOU HAVE AN UPRISING ON YOUR HANDS LIKE THE MIDDLE EAST!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  89. SUBCPO retired

    I am a retired Navy Chief who works as a federal employee. I work hard on ensuring the submarines of the Pacific Fleet are ready to deploy in defense of this country. We were just informed that if a budget dosen't get passed we will be told to stay home. We wont be working so we wont get paid. Why can't congress do their job.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  90. Nina

    Cut 700+ base around the world and 90% of our defense contractors and we would no longer be running in the red! Very simple. Why is the GOP unwilling to cut hundreds of billions of dollars a year??? All the GOP is focused on is cutting more agencies made available for Americans.

    Remember what Eisenhower said: Be careful of the Military Industrial complex. We have already arrived.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  91. Dave R.

    If the Democrats had been responsible and passed a budget when they controlled Congress, the prospect of a government shut down would not have occurred. President Obama now says politics should be put aside over this issue, but seems to conveniently leave out the fact that the Democrats refused to pass a budget to avoid having to answer to their constituents prior to the last Congressional elections.
    Oops, that didn't work very well!

    April 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  92. Ken

    I am a Federal employee and I rate it as the one of the worst things that could happen to a government employee. It is something that definitely affects how I vote in the next election.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  93. Josephine Osso

    It appears to me that acutuaries are needed. I think that if you use some calculations and dates we could get some where also. If you have a consumed budget and the start date of the budget for this year and a new starting budget and date for next year, you would be able to allow for some additional expenses for the current year.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  94. autum

    There must be other alternatives. This shutting down might be very disruptive. You can't just abrupt an operation. It's like driving on the highway when all of a sudden your car shuts down. You don't need a scientist to see the ill effect if the government were to go forward with this.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  95. ashleigh

    I think there needs to be a major change in our spending model. First and foremost, payment for military equipment, like nuclear bombs and weapons we don't even USE, need to be on the chopping block. We also need to wheedle down our military; stop hiring so many people to go shoot other people, and instead put them to work doing something more productive: green energy, education, healthcare; invest in the next generation instead. The "pro-business" tax cuts also need to go. We live in the 21st century where capital is MOBILE; we do NOT live in a closed economy. Providing tax cuts for the rich only enables them to buy mansions in the Caribbean; they are under no obligation to spend it here. I also agree that Congress needs to forgo their salaries since it is now April and they still have not passed the budget. What a bunch of children. It's simple. Increase revenue by taxing people that make too much money anyway, and cut frivolous spending.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  96. ashleigh

    Sorry, I should clarify that I am not saying lay off half our servicemen and women now, but stop hiring so many so our military will get smaller.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  97. Nastalvia

    It will effect everyone!!!! Civilians working on military bases Schools, stores doctor office everyone on post and OUR SOLDIERS. The ones deployed!!!! Risking there life over seas and the Government just takes there pay. It is like taking our food off the table. This is a BIG mistake.

    GOD BLESS US ALL

    April 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  98. Old Vet

    I spent 24 years in uniform defending this country, including the sorry sillyvillians who make up the bulk of our Legislature.

    I have 3 fused vertebrae in my neck and half a pound of steel holding one foot together as recompense for my service.

    Many are much worse off than I.

    Now, it appears that the disability benefits I earned by virtue of spilling my blood on battlefields far from home will take a back seat to posturing politicians grovelling at the feet of special interest groups like the (probably non-veteran) "America loving Tea Party" mouth breathers.

    Injured veterans returning from two wars that the Tea Party cheers will not be able to even have paperwork processed.

    Those who serve currently risk a locked door at DFAS and children who will go hungry while mommy or daddy serve a Republic that cannot bother to pay them for their service.

    If this is the way my Republic treats those who protected (and currently protect) her with their blood and their very lives for two and a half centuries, then all of us who have served her in uniform have made our solemn and perilous investments unwisely.

    Political agendas, it seems, are more important than the Republic herself.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  99. Cindy

    What will be the result for the economy when all the federal employees stop spending? Most of us have started pulling back already because we don't know what is going to happen week to week. We face fines and jail time if we try to go to work. I pay nearly half my monthy pay into my health insurance each month, have a high deductible and co-pay. The people of the country need to realize that federal employee pay is a miniscule part of the budget and stop falling for the Republicans attempt to make us a scapegoat for the budget problems so they can continue to make the rich richers while no one is paying attention.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  100. Jimmy Brown

    Regarding pepper spray incident:

    I think it was a choice of the lesser of two evils. The police officer chose to use pepper spray instead of having to use physical force against the child to get the bat. If he would have had to tackle the child or yank the bat away from him there is a greater chance of the child being hurt much worse. I have read pepper spray doesn't cause permanent damage . My opinon is that the child put the officer in this position. If the child can't control himself then he needs to be home schooled. It's not the teacher's job to fight with violent student's. Why should the cop have to risk being injured to get the wooden weapon away from the child as well? The ultimate goal is to control the situation in the most nonviolent manner. Pepper spray was the right choice.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  101. Jimmie Johnson

    WOMEN SHOULD BE ANGERED BY Sen. Steve Pence. Pence is such a liar ! He says he will shut the Gov. down over Planned Parenthood's use of FED. money for abortions. Planned Parenthood does not use ANY FED MONEY For Abortions. An agency "cannot" use FED money for Abortion. He is a liar when he claims he will vote against the Budget because of their use of money for Abortion. There is no use of FED Budget money for abortions. Ending the money for mammograms and birth control funding programs for poorer people will only increase the number of abortions needed.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  102. thomas

    Let's face it, we have one of the most inefficient governments in the world. I think we should shut down for a month every year to start paying down on our debt to the Chinese.

    April 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  103. jaci cliburn

    also with this shutdown do they not understand the effects it will have on military families who live pay check to pay check, how are they going to support there families and provide food for them. What about gas and everything. and the military families living off base have rent to pay that they need their checks for, what about that how are they going to psy for that. bc of this shutdown, military families will be in alot of stress, cant pay for food for families or gas. And the ones that have to pay rent will not have the money to pay their rent. Also the military members still have bills to pay, how are they not going to pay them for the services they do and still expect them to work for free when they trying to provide for their families. This crap is BullS***! MIlitary is going to get screwed with the shutdown, but yet the president and congress still get paid thats bullsh** too, if they can pay them then they should pay the military members!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  104. Rebel Sanders

    My husband is Federal Law Enforcement. So that means he would need to continue working, but our paychecks will be delayed until they have plan. Will we get back pay? Eventually. But who will pay the bills while the government works it out? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad someone is standing ground, and slashing budgets, but its going to be a long hard row. Good thing I got out of debt, and have an emergency fund and long term food storage right?

    April 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  105. Jane Schlitz

    Shutting down the government costs taxpayers more money! I thought the goal was to decrease government expenses. And what is with these small minded people.....if they don't personally need a government service, it's not necessary.....(until they need it and then suddenly, it's very necessary) I am completely disgusted with both the democrats and republicans....what ever happened to the art of compromise?

    April 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  106. jan jones

    Why don't our congressional representatives who are supposed to be serving our country and protecting our interests take pay cuts or be put on furlough. We just might be able to get out of debt since they are being paid ridiculous sums anyway. Why do our hard working middle class workers have to bear the brunt of the mess that our congress has made of our finances. It's a shame that our forefathers served the people so well and took no payment yet so many politicians today don't want to do without their high pay and their perks. How about if we just pay our representatives with minimum wage and donut holes that we have to put up with?

    April 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  107. Paul O'Connell

    I do hope the government does shut down. The bickering and silly politicking that has been going on since Gingrich and others in the '90's continues to this day because our senators and congress have forgotten that they were elected to govern and not blame others for their inadequacies as legislators and leaders. After it shuts down let's get real and return to working on the nation's needs and not their burning need to be elected and keep their jobs. They have abandoned responsibility and are running the government like a high school without any true understanding of consequence.

    April 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  108. Tristian

    Seriously. It is beyond unfair to keep paychecks from ANYONE let alone a Soldier and their family.

    My husband is Active Duty Army and we have two small kids. I go to school full time and we still have bills to pay. Who is going to feed our kids? Pay for utilities/rent? I am pretty sure that the majority of us military families out there live paycheck to paycheck. For those of you who do not know-Soldier's do not get paid as much as you would assume. Sure... Our healthcare and whatnot is a package deal... But has anyone considered what it is like to make the sacrifices we make from day to day just to earn that?

    Soldier's everywhere put their lives on the line, work 12 hour days, leave their families for over a year at a time. Military wives become single mothers and all we can do is keep our heads up. It really is pathetic to think that families like mine are going to potentially suffer while the politicians who hold our fate have no problem with their pay.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  109. Robby L. Warren

    I support President Obama and his members who work closely with him. When representatives have agendas that disenfranchise groups of people, it is UNAMERICAN. What some are wanting is to ignore those less fortunate and return to status quo. It's not going to happen!!

    April 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  110. Kathy

    We think we know how other countries should operate, but we can't keep our own government running. This FY2011 budget should have been approved before October 2010! The earlier House and Senate and the President had nine months to work this out before the first day of the fiscal year. If they had done their jobs back then, they could be hammering out the new budget for FY2012 which begins this October. Will we, as Americans, be the brunt of jokes again next year too?

    Non-essential employees (which would include non-government contract and support personnel) are threatened to be without jobs and pay, because "essential" employees like our congressmen and president are not doing what they are paid to do!

    April 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  111. DinMissouri

    Our government legislators are elected to oversee the business of our nation and we the people are the stakeholders, or more accurately – the shareholders. Do we require mediators in our legislature? This is not about parties, but rather the efficient and effective running of our nation, for all of us. I am not professing that their decisions are easy ones – they are not – nor are the cuts and budget decisions we make in our personal lives or those made by successful businesses every day. Allowing a shutdown is grounds for termination of all legislators for failure to live up to their responsibilities!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  112. Dual Mil

    My husband and i are both active duty Navy, five children, 2 mortgages and pending a move back to the states from overseas. How won't this shutdown affect us? We think Congress should have to give up their paychecks to ensure those deployed get paid and their families don't have to go without their needed paychecks while they play political games. We signed up to willingly sacrifice ourselves for our country; we did not sign up to have our families sacrifice the roof over their heads or the food on their table so Congress could play chicken. Let it go, pass the budge and try again in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:16 am |
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    April 7, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  114. Devona Wyant

    I might take the Republican's ideological determination to shut down the Government for the purpose of reducing spending if Congressional pay also stopped during a shut down.
    But they'll still be paid even though, at this point, they aren't integral to National Security.

    April 7, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  115. Krista in PA

    This amazes me how the government can be this way...I have a son in the army...He is 19 and proud to serve. He will be deploying over seas in the next month. This paycheck is what determines whether we get to see our son before he goes...The Congress needs to go with out their paycheck, family and lives to possibly understand what they are doing to the troops. Our troops stand up for our rights and lives everyday. This is their job. You will never see our Armed forces give up on us. Congress cant give up on our Armed Forces. They need to get some common sense of what REAL problems are...

    April 7, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  116. Mary

    I am amazed at the total lack of ignorance displayed by some posters. I am a federal employee, with 20 years of service I have a Master's Degree, and could have probably made a better decision to go elsewhere to work than the Federal Government. Nonetheless I chose this job, and for 20 years I have worked hard, and EARNED my paycheck. Not all Federal employees can say that. During most of my years of service, I have not been paid equitable with private sector employess. We do trade that for supposed security. Now, when the economy is down we are targeted, ands no one wants to remember all the years we worked for a less than equitable wage. Like any other bloated organization, the Federal Government is rife with waste. I am amazed that it has survived this long. That said, we are still, for the most part, hard working citizens who do feel that we are serving our country, and no I am not military. Why should my family being able to survive be any less important than a military family's? This is not a Republican issue. Please stop spouting that. The end of our fiscal year was September 30, 2010. If I recall correctly, the Democrats were in "power" then. It was their job to pass the 2011 budget. They failed. And for the record, I am all for cutting lots of Federal Programs, starting with food stamps, If you are going to receive them you should be doing something for them. Bring all those able bodied folks in and let them clean federal buildings or stuff envelopes. If you are getting paid(via check, EBT, etc) and you are not TRULY disabled, you should be giving something back.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  117. Dan

    I don't agree with the government shutdown, as it will affect millions (except the inept politicians in DC who can't agree to disagree); however, one area I am glad the Republicans want to cut is funding for Planned Parenthood. No longer will our tax dollars go to support murder. Thank you Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  118. Van Locklear

    I find it very hard to believe that the elected officials of this country can't do the job they were elected to do. Why can't they forget that they are Democrats and Republican and try 5to do what is best for this country. I'm a retired military man and proud of this great country that I put my life on the line to defend. If conrress and senate would put their differences side it would be very to see what is needed. They are going to make sure that their pay will not stop. I urge Congresws and Senate to stop fighting and do their job.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  119. Gregg Teslovich

    During your newscast you failed to add, while talking about bills that would prevent elected legislative members from receiving a salary during the shutdown, that the majority of the elected members are millionaires for whom a loss of salary during the shut down would hardly be a burden.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  120. Ken G.

    I Think the people who live in Wash. DC, will find chaos in the streets, if the Fed police are not at work.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  121. Katie

    Would you continue work a job that did not pay you? No, you would find a new job. Now imagine you can't quit a job you're not getting paid for. So if you receive no pay and you cannot quit– would that not make you a slave? So if the goverment would cease pay the the military they would essentially be enslaving them. Slavery is illegal and not paying the military would be unconstitutional.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  122. Lauren

    Not paying our troops would be outrageously despicable! How about the politicians don't get paid until they fix this mess that THEY created!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  123. Dan

    I am neither Democrat nor Republican; however, for all of you above who want to blame the Republicans for this stalemate. Let's look at the facts.
    The federal budget runs from 1 Oct – 30 Sep, which means, if congress were doing their job instead of taking so many recesses, the budget would have been finished mid Sep. And, if my memory serves me correctly, at that time Democrats had control of ALL 3 branches of Government. So, in this case, the Democrafs failed the American people. Of course, I know people will disagree and still blame Bush, even though he has been out of office 2 years.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  124. thomas

    The Republicans would completely destroy our government, rather than even consider making the filthy-rich pay taxes like the rest of us!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  125. SPC of Ft. Hood

    Im in the army and we were told that we will be getting paid, but ive been watching as much as i can following this topic. how are they not gonna pay the troops in wich are defending this great nation i have brothers in arms that just left last week, what about there loved ones back in the states that live pay check to paycheck and i my self do so as well what are we to do when we can not pay our bills or have food to feed our childrean! Why should we show up to do our jobs if they can not do there jobs and end this already. War takes money i know guys that have to have there families send them stuff cause they dont have the funds or access to supplies, if they wanna help on cutting back on spending how about bringing our troops home 10 years thats along time for what we have been doing more than enough time! But no matter what we have no choice but to show up to work! it takes the military spouses and families to stand up and speek out for us due to limited media commets!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  126. skylar

    If you think about the pending government shutdown, while it seems scary the truth is that we'd probably get more done with the politicians and other bureaucratic players stuck at home.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  127. SPC of Ft. Hood

    So here is my question for CNN maybe yall can find out but if the shut down does happen and we dont get a full paycheck would there be a back pay what would they do for the troops who pay rent? Would the Gov. just let us be evicted from there homes? What happens when we dont have money for gas to drive on post for work? theses are questions of alot of Military Famlies!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  128. Em

    My husband is AF active duty, we already get paid so little and now we don't get paid at all. I really hope that our bank will work with us to let us be late on our mortgage and car payment. We have already planned out not to use our vehicles at all excepted for him to go to work. And the half paycheck we are getting in a week will be to pay for minimal food for the kids and the alway increasing gas price so that my husband doesn't get reported AWOL for not showing up to work because he doesn't have any means to get there. The worst part is he won't even be able to get another temporary job because he has to show up for duty everyday and not get paid for it. I am considering looking for a job but then how are we going to afford childcare for our children while I am out working and my husband is working without wages? One positive way this whole situation has impacted us is to strengthen our determination to get out of debt to stick to Dave Ramsey's Snowball debt payment and to build an emergency fund. My husband and I were bitterly laughing yesterday. One of the big recruiting phrase going around lately is how secured a job in the military would be, not to have to worry about having money coming in every month. Well we didn't take into consideration the fact that our government would let us down and not deem important to pay us... {sigh} I really hope the rumors I heard that the shutdown could last well into the summer, in that case we are loosing pretty much everything... thank you gov.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  129. Em

    I meant the rumors are wrong... obviously

    April 7, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  130. Dan

    Em, I am praying for you, as well as the rest of our service members. I am retired military, so I know the difficulties the military career has. Please tell your husband, thank you for his service, as well as the rest of our troops, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your daily sacrifices.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  131. SPC of Ft. Hood

    This is to those who want Gov. shutdown why dont yall get out there and defend the nation which gives you the rights to Freedom of Speech. Even though we fight for it we really dont get to have it in the military Gov. shutdown will cost more than it will save. If it were up to the troops and there is a shutdown we would not show up for work but since we dont have that choice and we do make sacrafices each and every day for the United States of America we have no choice but to show up!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  132. SPC of Ft. Hood

    To Dan its people like you that makes my job worth doing cause i know that u apreciate it and u are welcome as well as i know my brothers in arms would agree and we thank you for the daily sacrifices you made in your days!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  133. Dan

    @SPC of Ft. Hood: Well said, and thank you for your service. As I mentioned above, I retired from the military, so I know the hardships. I KNOW people who have never served don't understand the concept "freedom isn't free". Thank you for your sacrifice.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  134. Mary P

    Sounds like our elected officials are playing games...stop the bull-- and pay the essential people, armed forces come to mind, and don't pay the ones who are NOT doing their jobs, Congress and the President come to mind. We voted those people into those jobs to represent us, the American taxpayers, and what are they doing? Anything that benefits THEM and not us. Let's take care of America first! Isn't it about time to change things for the better? I am only one person and one vote but I am fed up with Washington as a whole and will cast my vote for anyone who is not an incumbent in the next election until we get people in there that will represent us as Americans. It is time to tell the world that America is just what she has always been, strong, proud and self-supporting.
    God Bless the U.S.A.!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  135. Michael

    Although I may think the government being shutdown might be a good idea under other circumstances, I think this is a bunch of B.S.. The only ones that will be punished for this federal debacle are the people that have entrusted them with their respective positions (the same people who are the only ones who will benefit during the shutdown). I find it odd that while the majority of workers will be laid off without pay, our troops will continue to sacrifice their live while their pay is on hold and countless others will suffer, the Congress and Senate will continue to be paid. What a crock. So much for "of the people, by the people and for the people:.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  136. Lynn

    I feel as badly about the government shutdown as government workers feel about the furloughs that my high-tech company has forced on my coworkers and me these past years, one after another. Plus the pay cuts. Plus having to save for my own retirement. Like those in the private sector, people should build an emergency fund for such troubles as these.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  137. Mellie

    They all need to get over themselves and do the peoples work AND they need to stop worrying about the next election and worry about TODAY! The GOP is sooo afraid of the Tea Party they they are paralyzed by their fear. New flash- no one will vote for you if you don't do something now and you lose respect by being afraid other them and not doing what you feel is necessary for now, not the election.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  138. Mom Edelman

    This is an action being pushed by the fringe elements largely financed by outside money interests and playing on racial hatreds.Also, the new members in the House consist largely of millionaires and what do they care about the ordinary people! They have no feelings for the masses. People need to wake up and get the truths behind all the lies and claims by the GOP. The Ryan budget would be great for the 1800's. We can not and do not want to turn this country into another Haiti.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  139. Barbara

    I say let them stay home. Shut the incompetent government down. The longer the better. Send them home with NO pay...they don't derserve to get paid for doing nothing. Infact, the money we would save by not having them "think" ,could be enormous. Our soldiers will get paid (we all know that). They too volunteer for this duty...unfortunately are government takes advantage of these soldiers in every sacrifice their asked to make. MY suggestion....Invoke a draft. Level the playing field for everyone. Have everyone's sons and daughters potentionally DRAFTED. Three wars..all undeclared....where are the protests in ARE streets? Where? Right now our volunteer system in the military is nothing more them a poor mans unemployement agency. We need to get these people up off their butts and into the streets.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  140. Maybe we should not pay our taxes!!!

    What in the hell is going on? Is this what our political partys getting to be? Caring only for their party's way and not for the better of our Country?

    Maybe I won't pay my taxes on April 15 until we do have a working government.

    Migel in Moore, Oklahoma

    April 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  141. Mom Edelman

    Additionally – add to previous comments – I was born in the "golden era" after the Hoover administration and I don't think people want to go back to those times – at least main street citizens. What is wrong with learning from past history?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  142. amac

    If Congress is still going to be getting paid they should atleast cut their pay in half or cut it down next to nothing while we are shut down. Atleast maybe then they might step up to the plate and get something done.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  143. barbara

    It is bad enough the football season is still unsettled they are talking of replacement players, I think that is an excellent solution, if your representative is involved in making this happen, get out and vote and get your state a republican.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  144. Barbara Rhoton

    My husband receives a pension from 22 years of military service, the amount is small and just enough to cover a mortgage payment and a utility or two, without it we could hang on for two weeks with the money I make from a part-time job. After that, it's hoping the banks won't foreclose. However, I believe if we give in to the GOP's blackmail, we will wind up in the Middle Ages with all the progress lost to an ideology that insists on rewarding the rich for being rich and punishing the poor for being poor. All social advances of the past 100 years have been eroded in an effort by Republicans to protect what's theirs and to further enrich themselves on the back of the average American worker.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  145. lacrosse

    I hear that Obama supports big government and all the services currently provided.
    I, also, hear that Obama has the authority to decide which employees are essential.

    So, how about Obama declares that all government employees are essential ?

    Yet, if Obama admits that not all employees are essential, then he has less argument if those parts of the budget should be cut

    April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  146. Gerald Wise

    It is disgraceful for members of Congress to be paid while our soldiers fighting overseas without pay. The members are no better than the worse scum of the earth to let this happen. The problem is the Republican members protecting the wealthy (those over $250k annual earnings) from being taxed to the detriment of the middle class.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  147. Dale

    If all the congressman/congresswomen worked in a corporate environment they'd be FIRED! It is unbelievable that they cannot follow their boss's (president's) orders and complete a job in a timely manner. GET REAL!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  148. kim

    I think that the government needs to put all political differences aside and think of what a shut down will do to the economy which is starting in my opinion to come back slowly. all hell is gonna break out to tell you the truth. my husband is in the u.s army serving in afghanistan im a stay at home mom of 3 if he recieves no pay or even half pay we wont be able to survive. i say grow up and come together for the greater good of the people.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  149. Marie

    Who will pay my morgage, heat, phone? My husband is in the USAFR and in his civiilian job works for the government .....Do I forward my bills to the white house? Why was this not done a year ago.......when both houses were run by the same party.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  150. amac

    Vote Trump! We need a guy that knows how to get the deals done up and moving. Or be fired! Hopefully he runs...

    April 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  151. Eddie

    The shutdown is much ado about nothing. We've had them before and everyone survived. Pulling the emotional heartstrings about wounded soldiers not getting paid masks the real story–the outright dereliction of duty that both houses of Congress perpetuated by not passing a budget SIX MONTHS AGO! So my tax refund is delayed a couple of days? Who cares? The last election should have sent a message to Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi couldn't get it done by October . It's time to stop whining, stop trying to scare the public about budget cuts and pass a budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  152. Jim

    They should cut all the spending toward the war on drugs, it's a complete failure.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  153. Karylyn Shea

    Will the IRS be able to receive and process tax payments due on
    April 15th?

    If federal employees are laid off for more than 5 days can they
    collect unemployment benefits? Does it depend on the state you live in?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  154. quiltartist

    Our mid twenties daughter has just become financially independent from us thanks to a new federal job. The government shuts down, she becomes dependent on us again. We're long retired, have been hit hard by the economic downturn and money we pay out is unrecoverable while Ttaken care to provide for our elder years (I'm 68, my husband 74), but it's getting dicey and this won't help.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  155. Steve

    The breathless drama that your commentors are utilizing makes for great tv but is actually kind of humorous. Government will not shut down!!! Government will continue with the same ol same ol by the same ol same ol career politicians. At the final hour, the talking puffed up heads with announce "a deal has been made, we did it!" they will present themselves on tv with their shirt sleeves rolled up, all sleepy eyed and gravel voiced and congratulate themselves forever...doing what they are getting paid to do, but delivering late. The job i have, if i dont deliver on time, i am without a job..hmmmm what a concept! one question: How are the senators and congressmen paid? Would they miss a pay check? Are they considered "essential personnel"?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  156. Sam Conant

    I'm a 72 YO military retiree and widower who has returned to the work force as a clinical social worker because my retirement plans tanked. Most of my income today derives from military retirement and social security,
    A shut down means my two retirement checks may not bedelayed and/or issued, and this will certainly have negative results for me.

    I am fed up with the Congress which refuses to deal with social issues from a position of social responsibility. If anyone there had an ounce of character, s/he would stand and announce he was returning home to ask consituents what we really want from our government,

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  157. Terrance Bonham

    I think that the need to bring home our troops and that would cut our defense spending in some way. Also they need to cut the pay for our Senators. They cant even make grown up decisions so why do we need them? If I couldn't do a job that I was hired for then I would be fired. Terminate their employement and hire someone else.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  158. Dave W

    Our political leaders (red & blue) are incapable of compromise. They are too indebted to their constituencies and special interest lobbies. Sad to say, but our political system is broken!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  159. Carol V

    I think all of the politicians should lose their salaries if they dont work this out. They cause the mess, they pay for it !

    April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  160. bill

    If the congress wants to get real about cuts why don't they cut their own budget that was doubled under nancy pelosi and get back to previous monies.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  161. Richard

    the way to solve this is to raise taxes, particularly on the rich. It was crazy to spend like crazy from 2001 to now with TAX CUTS!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  162. Douglas Amelianovich

    I think our government should stop all foreign aid immediatly,

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  163. Candace

    My husband is "essential" as well as so many others. He is Homeland Security, so we are affected also. However, regardless of who is essential and who is not, if you are a Government employee you are affected!

    What this says, as time and time again these situations arise, is that our government is NOT WORKING! Everyone will suffer not just Federal Employees. At its most basic, we have politians and legislators that are not doing their job and once again, we pay the price! These people are paid Federal Employees BUT apparently are aloud to sleep on the job! Anywhere else they would be FIRED!

    This is another disgrace to all that serve our country in ANY fashion!

    484-525-6137

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  164. TJ

    I have a spose in Afgahanastan and 5 kids at home. We WILL be affected. The GOP wanted $33b and when the Dems said OK now they want 66. You tell me who is playing games. Also why is no one talking about the big corporations paying no taxes.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  165. Clyde Woodfin

    Maybe if they closed the myriad tax loopholes that corporations and the wealthy use to avoid paying taxes we wouldnt have to cut so many essential services that make a society great. It doesnt matter what the tax rate is if companies like GE can avoid paying any taxes due to our poorly written tax laws. If we want to get serious about solving our budget woes then we need to get serious about ensuring that those resposible for taxes actually pay them!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  166. Gloria

    Those who are "trying" to agree on a budget need to stop fighting like children and realize their adult responsibilites to govern our wonderful country responsibly. That is why they were voted into the office they hold, which provides them some very cushy beefits which will not stop if government stops. How sad it is to see the deterioration of common sense among those who hold such power!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  167. Gloria Gehret

    If they want people/servicemen/families to go without pay, I think it should start in Congress and Senate. No pay for the Senators and/or Congressmen until the Budget is met. They have a job to do, DO IT. I'm tired of excuses, they don't give us allowance for excuses. GET TO WORK. It doesn't matter if they are Dems or Rebs.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  168. Art

    those idiots in washington don't have a clue. If they want to cut the budget they need to start with the foreign aid. If they cut off all foreign aid that would save billions

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  169. justin burris

    this could affect our house hold alot i already dont have a job. and my mom is a government emplyee as well. i fell that if the government shuts down, that it would impact us greatly. i also fell that if the only people being paid is in the white house, that they shold take their paycheck and go over seas and fight our wars. that would give them some perspective.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  170. Archie

    As a member of the military I will always do what needs to be done for my country, but can someone tell me how we allowed members of Congress go to work for a year and not even do the job we paid them to do for a whole year. I don’t think any American can skate by without doing their job while still getting paid, so what’s makes them any different or special. We need to focus on being Americans instead dividing ourselves by party lines.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  171. Mike Reed

    Solve the problem forever by simplifying taxes with a flat tax or a value-added income tax. Get the loopholes out when you do this. Then make Social Security and Medicare payments slide on a scale determined by the income shown on you income tax forms. Very rich people would get no social security or medicare. Those with low incomes would get the full amount.

    Very simple – even a person in Congress can understand it.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  172. WD Jones

    CUT IT ALL! Stop the spending! Let the liberals pay extra money for Cowboy Poetry and other total moronic items. Stop all the payment to airline companies that are supposed to lower air travel costs; they don't work! Stop the ethenol program! Stop people like Jimmy Carter from any and all farm assistance; he does not need it and we can't afford it! Secure the borders! Make GE and other PAY their share; fix the tax code........ i could keep this up for days..... i am one step away from becoming a burden and you can support me too!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  173. John H

    I fear that education will take yet another cut. I really do hope that in particular the 3rd grade is not affected. It seems that most of our congressmen are stuck at this level and as much money as possible should go into their education so that maybe our leaders can move on into the 4th grade.

    I do apologize to all of you wonderful 3rd graders out there. I know you as well don't want to be associated in any way with these children.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  174. Military spouse with 2 kids

    We can start by cutting their 6 figure paychecks. Lets fire all of the whiney babies in congress. We are military and we live paycheck to paycheck and if they decide not pay us we would not have any money to pay our bills. We have to kids that eat everyday not retroactively, what am I supposed to do? OHH! I know I'm going to knock on their door and raid their expensive fridges and take their food for my kids. Just come to a agreement for the budget so we can pay for our bills.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  175. Heather, Fort Hood

    What do you think about the potential government shutdown? How will it affect your life?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  176. Dan

    Barbara wrote "Right now our volunteer system in the military is nothing more them a poor mans unemployement agency." Hey all you active duty military (I myself am retired military), it sounds like Barbara is putting you below the bus.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  177. Norris

    We gotta raise revenu not just cut. We are in a economic slump, but we as a country are not broke. When Daddy's hours are cut at the factory, he doesn't just come home and start throwing out the TV, frying pans and such, he gets another job to supplement his factory job until times are better. The USA is a great country, it can afford to ask for more revenue.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  178. Mike McGinnis

    Short term budget solution is to cut foreign aid by 50% .
    Long term solution is to have a flat tax with no exemption to any.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  179. Ruth Milcarek

    One of the speakers got up and said more or less that if Obama doesn't agree to their terms that we will shut down. He also said in a round about way that the money that talks in the government would not put money into our country. Not in those words but inbetween the lines of his speach. I told Bush when he was in office that I quit voting because the money that puts one in office is what runs the president. The major money companies run the whole system. And I do not feel that this is democracy. I did vote for Obama mainly cause I didn't want Bush's party to do any more damage to the United States. Do the people think that Obama can wiggle his nose and clean up the mess that Bush made. He isn't a genie. Wake up America and smell the coffee. The greedy of our country run it at our expense.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  180. chris christopherson

    It would be worth a gov. shut down if it ment not paying any sentors or rep. also put them on the same health care as the rest of us. they may as well stay home for the rest of there term for all they do in washington!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  181. Randy

    Both parties are still only trying to further their interests despite this issue. The only way that I can see for both parties to consider it fair is to make a 10% cut across the board. This way neither party can say the other got more than the other!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  182. Yak C. Daddy

    Why are we discussing cuts while in a recession. Cutting government spending will cost more jobs and more money in the end. This is not about money, this is right -wing, radical tea partiers trying to get rid of LEGAL access to abortion, women everywhere should be insulted by the assault on womens rights. Cutting social programs like head start and planned parenthood will only make the country worse.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  183. Kayla Starr

    Clearly, the military budget should be cut in half, with enough left to maintain the few facilities needed to defend our country, complete withdrawal of troops involved in military operations in the middle east.

    Close to 60% of u.s. government spending is for the military, with $2 Trillion spent on the pointless occupation of Afghanistan so far, with over 1000 military bases around the world.

    The money saved would reduce the budget deficit significantly, and provide basic domestic services.

    If we stopped subsidizing major industries like oil and coal, that money would be enough to cover health care for all the poor people in this country

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  184. Steve

    They all need to be locked in a room where NOBODY gets out until a budget has been reached. THe whole fiasco is a political move to make the other side look like a fool. Well, it's working....both sides look like fools now.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  185. Jim Moser

    A true government shut down should include shutting down pay for Congress, until they fix it.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  186. Jerry in Alaska

    What part of this Government must fall don't we understand?
    The promise of the OBAMANATION OF DESOLATION was to bring about Fundamental Change to Believe in, which if one understands the word Change is to go in a TOTALLY DIFFERANT DIRECTION, as in downward for his One World Order making all of us Citizines of the World like he is.

    This is just the beginning & America as all the World will crash for that OWO.

    I can see the END from my house in Alaska & everyone needs to be preparing for its arrival & the Single Union of Revelation 13;.

    Jerry in Alaska

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  187. bob

    we wouldn't be in this shape if we closed all the tax loop holes so G.E.and bon jovi payed there share of taxes . then why are the fools on the hill getting payed if there is a shut down but are poor men and women in the arm services won't . what wrong with that picture . we should lock all the senators in a room like jury duty and not let them out till they reach a verdict and no pay for them ,then watch how fast this budget gets done

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  188. Glenna

    I find it interesting and absurd that the people responsible for the potential government shutdown will still be receiving their paychecks, while the troops they sent into harm's way will have to do without. What is happening to our country? We're being "led" by children. I despair!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  189. Jack Ratajczak

    Very easy solution to resolving the budget issues. If the country shuts down, don't pay any congress person, congressional aids or relatives hired by congress persons. Do this one simple thing and you will see the budget issues disappear.
    One other thing; all military personnel should be paid during a shut down, but no congress person. It's ludicrous to pay congress and not military personnel risking their lives for our country.
    Jack Ratajczak

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  190. patti d

    they should stop giving illegal aliens benefits and cut their own pay. I don't think cutting our defense our soldiers pay or the elderly benefits is a good idea. They waste so much with their crooked politics and it's the little people who have to suffer why not put themselves in the same boat as what they vote for us such as do away with their private health care and retirement and make them depend on medicare and social security see how fast they cut it then. Tired of all the crap they deal us while they sit high on the hog with lifetime benefits

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  191. Bidarshi Barua

    GOP is not coming with a deal, because they don't have to think about their food, they don't have to think to pay bill. they don't have to think to buy gas.
    But every single defence personal, every single person of IRS and others have to think to buy food, to pay bill, to buy gas at every single moment. A good number of family members are waiting behind them.GOP should be optimistic and they must think about them who giving their lives in the different war and they are doing for who ? Are we all blind ? Every single family waiting their small refund money from IRS. Are theyconcerned about that ?
    They don't need to. Because almost of them are richest group of USA.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  192. Ralph Daily

    Vote all US Congressmen and House of Rep's out of office. Can't do their job and normal folks would be fired for the same. Politics as usual. We need a complete change. Need normal folks in Washington instead of Lawers. They blame everyone else for their failures.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  193. KATHY

    I think President Obama should stop taking so much vacations. i think he is te problem with causing the country to be in so much trouble. He takes his family almost all the time with him plus his mother in law on these trips. Why can't he take a public airlines. what a waste he should of been her to get this budget togather. I also think they should pull the troops out of Afganistan and Iraq that will save money there. I also think the congress should be able to work there other jobs and only get paid for the days they are working. I know you just ask for one. We need a new administration. Thanks Kathy

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  194. Susan

    Congress is already 6 months late with the 2011 budget. I think they should: 1) fund 2011 at 2010 levels to focus on real change needed; 2) look at a combination of increased revenue by rescinding the temporary tax breaks for those earning over $200,000, greatly simplifying the tax code, closing loopholes to ensure we all (poor, rich, corporate, individual) are paying a fair proportion AND reducing expenditure through elimination of duplication in government (the salmon example in the state of the union) – making social securing sustainable (perhaps raise retirement date over the next 10 years by 5-10 years - ouch!), consolidating military bases, and looking closely at the costs of military contracts and overruns. Just a start, but where I would start!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  195. Steve

    Where were those congressmen and women when George W got us in a war in Iraq we didn't need. Visit a VA Medical Center before you go to war. How to save money? 12 billion a month for war – excess of 1 trillion so far. 1 trillion would go a long way to solving our budget problems. Seems to me breaking our own economy only makes America weak, and vulerable, not stronger.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  196. Tom

    Hey Ali, If our politicians would tighten their belts and give up just One of our current wars, we could easily balance the budget and who knows, we might just start a new fad. I'm 60 years old, and this country has been fighting wars and sponsoring wars since the day I was born.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  197. Kevin Wallace

    How about starting with a review of Congresses pay and benefits, such as there medical, retirement, and perks. Cut from the top. And if the American Soldier doesn't get paid during a shutdown then Congress shouldn't either!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  198. Io

    I am both military and recipient of Social Security. If the Republicans can't even get the status of Planned Parenthood right, how can they possibly define the budget?

    I say the Democrats should stick it out and don't give in on the policy points. Over the long run, the wealthiest should be taxed more. Their income grew faster than that of the other 99.9% of the population over the past 40 years, so they should pay more.

    Mr. Boehner and the Tea Party smell of classicism, racism and male chauvinism. The sit-ins of the 1960's were very effective. I wonder what would happen if the troops decided to leave Afghanistan and fly around Capitol Hill during the shutdown?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  199. Marco R.

    I was just wondering, and maybe someone could help me understand, why the federal government can contemplate cutting jobs. cutting funding for planned parent hood, cutting social security benefits, cutting medicaid, cutting services to the mentally ill, cutting services for seniors, cutting funds for home healthcare, cutting funds to the poor, cutting funds from parks and recreation, etc etc etc. But not one has mentioned cutting services to illegal immigrants first, how about mandating e-verify and putting 5+ million Americans back to work for those tax dollars, you couldn't create a better stimulus for the economy.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  200. Candace

    My husband is "essential" as well as so many others. He is Homeland Security, so we are affected also. However, regardless of who is essential and who is not, if you are a Government employee you are affected!

    What this says, as time and time again these situations arise, is that our government is NOT WORKING! Everyone will suffer not just Federal Employees. At its most basic, we have politians and legislators that are not doing their job and once again, we pay the price! These people are paid Federal Employees BUT apparently are aloud to sleep on the job! Anywhere else they would be FIRED!

    This is another disgrace to all that serve our country in ANY fashion

    April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  201. Luis Bartolomei

    This is a disgusting game of politics, and the people always seem to be caught in the middle of it. Boehner and Ryan do not deserve to be representing Rosie O'donald and Donald Trump... much less the people of the United States

    April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  202. John Burns

    The CNN folks are missing or disregarding ONE major
    point in the budget crisis. This budget was presented for debate
    OVER A YEAR AGO. Where were the leaders needed to pass the budget hiding during this 12 month period. News reporters have chosen to focus only on short term problems. VERY SAD FOR
    AMERICA

    April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  203. Dave

    I would stop giving away money to other counties for humanitarian reasons...I think the US will need that soon and I really don't think anyone is going to give us any. Also lets just pull out of Afghanistan. They don't want us there and we sure could use the troops at home to help defend the border and stop the drug trade. Drugs are the real terrorists in the states....everything cost more because of them.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  204. Lee

    I have previously sent a comment. I am unemployed, on social security which is very low, so i would be in bad way if social security shuts down.now, i would not pay those senetors or congressmen who do make a lot of money and still would be paid. it is not fair. now, no one talks about when this whole stupid thing happened. yes, it started at least 6 to 8 years ago. get real you people. I believe that the tea party has a lot to do with this whole affair, and the Republicans are afraid of them.How about all of those extremely rich people paying more taxes. I never, nor my family has ever been rich. If i would be, i would not shirk my duty and would pay more taxes. They are so greedy, and I believe that the day will come when they realize that their money will do them no good. I am now trying to figure out how i am going to pay my school taxes. I am unemployed and no job seems available. Also, none of them think of our service men and woman who protects this country.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  205. Sandi Lewis

    I have tried to post my comments several times now and you will not accept it!! Could it be because my speaking is not politically correct, or because I disagree with you????

    I blame the Democrats as much if not more than the Republicans for this mess. They could have passed a budget at the end of last year, BUT did not do so because of fear of the elections.

    I would like to see our government STOP WELFARE BENEFITS, EXCEPT FOR mentally and physically impaired people. We need to get rid of the second and third generation welfare recipients. The government did not take an interest in me because I was a single mother trying to raise a job. I was expected to do this for myself and feel everyone else should be expected to do the same.

    Most of Americans are tired of welfare, medicaid and educational benefits being given FREE to ILLEGAL ALIENS!! We foot the bill for these and people who are not even citizens of our country are reaping the benefits of OUR LABOR!!! I AM SICK OF GIVING ALL OF THESE PEOPLE A FREE RIDE!!

    I have worked hard for anything and everything that I have in my life and I believe these people should do the same!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  206. Calvinator

    With spending up 40% since the Obama Administ5ation has taken the helm it's disingenuous to blame Republicans for an ounce of this impasse. It's obvious the Dems simply passed altogether when it was their job to pass a budget. It was a wise move as the American Voter would have tossed out even more of their ranks. When it came to the health-care issue, the policy was to shut out what Mr. Obama called "The Enemy". Mr.. Reid just might lose his Cowboy Poetry hoedown and Planned Parenthood just might lose citizen funding but that's life. As Mr. Obama put it to Senator McCain, 'the election's over.' The trouble is that we never wound up with a leader.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  207. Rhonda Thibodeau

    My husband is a military member and we have 4 children, two who are adults and who also have children. We are affected by the recession, and also have a daughter who is graduating and a son who is in elementary and my husband is taking care of 9 people with his paycheck. All though the 3 older children have jobs we try to help them get ahead through this hard time. Graduation is in 2 months, neither children get free lunch not to mention extra-curricular activites after school; band,jrotc,and sports. Who's going to pay our late fees when we can't pay our bills, and where is the money going to come from for school lunchs, and at home meals as well. Not to mention gas to get to work and school. Our government should be fined for their negligence because all nine of us are will have to pay for our negligence for not being responsible to take care of our daily routines!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  208. Chris

    This is the wrong time for the Republicans to be pushing their pro-corporation and anti-middle/low class agenda. While they wheel and deal with their corporate lobbyists we are threatened to lose healthcare, paychecks, education, clean air and water! Like Deepthroat said "follow the money.". The 1% is making out like bandits as usual and the rest of us are subject to draconian laws that endanger us? Let's save $ by getting rid of Congress!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  209. Linda Elliott

    I propose that the members of the House, the Senate, their staff and the President do not get paid, or reimbursed for any expenses related to their position, until a budget is approved.

    Of course the President has a house to live in, currently, regardless, and most of Congress probably doesn't live paycheck-to-paycheck unlike much of our military and those of us awaiting our much needed IRS refund checks. But maybe their staff will put a bug in their ears if they have to go unpaid.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  210. Ann

    Taxpayers that believe the deficeit can be eliminated with spending cuts only are living in a dream world. It will take revenue increases also. A short shutdown will accomplish nothing except as political games and I believe the voting public will again blame the GOP. GO TEA PARTY!!! You will guarantee Obama's reelection.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  211. Shea

    This is ridiculous! Congress should settle this with a decision that is beneficial to everyone involved, including all of us who live in the United States.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  212. ma160

    Pass a budget that is focused on developing an all encompassing plan that resurrects the american dream and develop stop gaps necessary to undermine the politics which cripple our country and the world...work on this until it gets done!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  213. Sheri Johnston

    How will a shut down affect my life? It will enrage me so much,
    I feel I will have a stroke, or other life threatening event.

    To think that the Congress will still receive their pay, but not the military does not even merit a comment. Let us vote all of them out. This is all about politics. Boo Hiss to Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  214. Belinda

    With all the cutting going on and all the taken being done why has none of them offered to take a cut in their pay checks because they are not doing their jobs, they had the nerve to say that during the shut down they will continue to get paid wheither it be for 6 hours or 6 months they will continue to get paid, while the American people continue to loose, the richer get richer, and poorer get poorer, but yet to them its okay for our elderly to loose their social security which they worked their life for, and the military is gonna loose their pay while they fight and die for us which include the goverment's freedom. the goverment work for us...The American People

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  215. Sue W

    I infuriates me that they would hold back pay for our military people. Those people and their families are struggling anyway, and to hold out their pay would make a difficult situation unbearable.

    If the Fat Cats want to cut pay, why don't they hold back their own pay or cut it back permanently? They can certainly afford it better than the military.

    They can just go to McDonalds instead of to some fancy restraunt or cut out their limos and cars with drivers. Let them take the bus or a cab. They need to know what the rest of the country is going through. I think they should, every one of them, have a turn like Undercover Boss. Most of them have never really worked a day in the last 20 years. They need to sample REAL LIFE for a while.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  216. gregoryp

    Just watched the reprehensible man on the streets segment. Must cut the big ticket items aka Social Security and Medicare that are actually paid for with an independent tax on citizens and businesses and aren't really part of the deficit. Why is every news person so disingenuous concerning this? These aren't entitlements. These are insurance programs that are paid for by the citizens of the U.S.A. and none are in the red.

    Basically, if they cut those services but still continue to collect the tax for them then all that has happened is that the tax cuts for the rich have been replaced by a tax hike on the poor. This is nasty and barbaric. I don't know what is wrong with so many of my fellow citizens but your thinking is awry. Hey, lets cut important services that save lives while maintaining the great war machine and the inane billions in subsidies and pork doled out to big business and continue to watch as those businesses continue to outsource our jobs overseas.

    I don't know if Americans are ever going to wake up from their stupor and become engaged into what is going on in this country and with our government. I guess we are largely a collection of fools and nitwits as we stood back and allowed everything good about this country to be stripped away from our freedom to our security both financial and personal.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  217. William L. James

    Dear Ali:
    Considering the endless cycle of govt short falls, the answer
    lies in increased taxation for the top 1% and a decrease in military spending for projects such as the Raptor plane which has yet to be used in any conflict. Another imperative is that members of congress must have their salaries and benefits suspended until an agreement is reached. Do you really think their would still be a collective dragging of feet?
    When congress is made to share in the nation's suffering, then progress will be made- and quickly.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  218. Ben Fisher

    Yes, there will be a shutdown. The politicians are interested in just one thing, GETTING RE-ELECTED. They have shown over and over that they could care less about the people of this country.
    They speak of budgets, but only wish to protect the wealthy, can't tax them, after all they give them the cash to run for office. Cut social security, cut medicare, let the seniors pay for their excesses. Let the middle class pay the taxes while they figure out has to waste the taxes.
    If they really want to cut wasteful spending, get out of the 3 wars now. We are not the policemen for the world. The arab entities do not want democracy, rather merely to get rid of the despots who they have allowed to despoil them.
    Let the senators and congressmen pay for their own medical care. Let them have to live on social security, not government pensions paid for by our taxes which they waste.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  219. bob

    tell our president to stop spending the all goverment 's money to cover up where he was born at : and just show the proof

    April 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  220. ann frankum

    Let me take the leaders on a field trip one day and make one stop to stand in line behind illegal's as they use food stamps and get their housing paid, and pay for their children to be born, our government puts new windows in their houses, pays down payments for new houses, and after all this , they buy $100.00 worth of beer and cigarettes and dog food. Let's start there. And we want to start with the soldiers pay... SCREWED UP

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  221. joyce luckey

    I wish that Donald Trump was in the White House running things today.
    He is smart, not afraid to speak up and does not make excuses.
    He has my vote. Wonder why he did not run years ago, we would probably not be in this embarrassing mess. Our current politicians really do not care they are not affected at all.All of our money has been sent to other countries and now no one is here for us.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  222. Sandra G. Hanna Burnham

    Employee's of Congress and the House who are necessary will continue to work and get paid. The ones not necessary will not work and will not get paid. Our Service Men and Women , all necessary, will continue to work without pay.Oh, wait, Our Service Men and Women may receive half to none of their pay with a promise of back pay later. What's wrong with letting it be the other way around and see how long it takes to find the money to keep us up and going.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  223. Carol McFarlane

    I will quote Mr. Krugman recently: Cut defense and tax the rich.

    This is a no-brainer – why are we talking about it so much?

    This is making America look stupid and become stupid. If we are the best country, we should know better, and our leaders are making fools of us and lining their pockets, doing what lobbyists are encouraging them to. It's disgusting. After 25 years in this country we are no further ahead – we've lost the last decade, but problems clearly were in vogue from just before we arrived in 1987.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  224. irene brickman

    Well, first and most important, my husband will be out of a job. As will many others. The banks don't want to hear that you will be late or worse can't make that payment. The banks aren't as willing to bail out indivdiuals as easy as they were bailed out. Further more, how about these tea party people that are hell bent on shutting down the government take a pay cut or better yet NO pay like what's happening to our troops that are protecting us overseas in the s-holes of the world. Am I angry? You bet I am! as are many others!

    Thanks for letting me express how I fell.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  225. John

    Why are they beating up on the little people! If they shut the government down, do they stop paying congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  226. Christina

    If only the government listened to what the people had to say.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  227. bob

    hey cnn if we're so far in debt why does congress keep giving there pay raises and get a life penison for only serving 2 terms , what a sweet job

    April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  228. Dave

    Boehner and friends are holding the rest of us hostage to their radical right social agenda. I notice that no republican majority in the past has ever been this extreme. The wackos are willing to burn down the house if they don't get what they want. My mother always said, "don't argue with crazy people." Ma, what if the crazy's are in control of congress?!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  229. Karyl Hendrick

    It seems to me that the Constitution gave the job of preparing this budget to the House, stipulating that the budget had then to go on to the Senate to be approved. If this is correct, then it is the job of the House to prepare a budget that will be approved by the Senate. If they know it will not be approved as they have written it, they should rewrite it. As the Senate gives its feedback on each version, the House should be able to move more in the direction of ultimate approval. Compromise is always involved. But the House must, ultimately, deliver a version that will be approved by the Senate. And it should be delivered in time for the Senate to approve or reject it. I think that if the House cannot do this, it should be held responsible (yet again) if the government shuts down.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  230. Robert Smith

    If you want to cut federal spending waste, throw out the Congressional bums who quite honestly are acting worse than pre-schoolers at the moment. A side question here, why is it that the elected members of Congress once they start their jobs, are entitled to their salary for the rest of their lives regardless of how long, or how well, they served the public?!! It's a joke, and a HUGE waste of our tax dollars!! your hired to do a job, do it!! If it was the average Joe or Jane they would be out on their rears!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  231. Remmah

    My husband is active duty in the Navy. If we receive only 1/2 a paycheck on the 8th, that will barley cover our mortgage payment, let alone utilities, food and our credit card payment. I am appalled and ashamed that both sides of the aisle, are using the military pay as pawn for their agenda.

    Our Congress members need to GROW UP and do their jobs!! You get paid regardless (unlike the military) and your lack of cooperation on this urgent matter is causing a GREAT deal of unnecessary stress.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  232. LouCica

    How long will the American People put up with their Governments anttics? I would think that our Senators and Congresspersons would try not to pull the wool over our eyes again as in 1995. Today, with 128 Bit incription, we may not need a represenative government as we may all be able to vote on the policies of our country ourselves. Truely, government by the people for the people, directly, is now a possibility with computers in each and every home. Now, that would help with problems in Washington DC as we would not be paying their salaries.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  233. charles franklin

    I am furious with the republicans and their insistence on cutting programs affecting the poor and working poor. and giving the rich a free ride. Howcan they claim concern for our children and grandchildren's burden regarding the deficit when many of the propsed cuts involve their education? That is hypocrisy to me

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  234. Dolores D.

    If the Republicans were serious about reducing the deficit, they wouuld cancel the billions in tax cuts they gave to the super rich billionairs and millionairs. This would solve the problem without any further cuts!

    How terrible to make our service men and women go without pay just so the super rich can have more money. And, they want to shut down the Enviorimental Protection Agency – So What if we all die of Cancer, they don't care – they will still get their payofffs. The Republicans need a wake-up call, so let them know they are not going to get away with shutting down the government just so the super rich and corporations can keep feeding off the rest of us. Call their offices Now! We will remember in November 2012!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  235. kim

    If our congressmen work for the government, why would they still be getting paid? They are not out in the field risking their own life to fight for this country, they all sit at desks. I dont understand why they would get paid but the active military member wouldnt.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  236. Ron Hall

    No wonder we are going broke. We continue to involve ourselves in foreign countries, without learning the lessons of Vietnam. We need to protect our country here at home; not squander our resources in overseas conflicts. Our tax system is a political joke. We encourage investment overseas, and give tax breaks to the very rich. I hope we will remember the party politics and lack of original thought in Congresswhen we go to the ballot box. People are tired of smoking mirrors and half truths about funds programs abd expenditures. We need leadership at the executive level, not gamesmanship to progress his agenda.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  237. Debbie Wagner

    Well, It seems like to me our government wants to make cuts, but only to the poor people. Let's look at the oil companies, banks, the congressmans wages. It is way out of hand with what these pro athelets get paid, the coaches, actors and actresses, nascar drivers. Just leave the average everyday person alone. Don't keep taking things away from us, it ends up costing more for the budget in the long run. Our government isn't in office anymore to help the little person. It's there to help them! Politicians don't rub noses with the little person so they don't care.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  238. debra engel

    re the gov't shutdown. bush had a plan for the wealthy, great tax benefits, that he thot would help create jobs, the old "trickling down effect" (haha), so why is unemployment so great? reports show less "jobless claims" but that doesn't mean people are working.. it means they ran out of benefits... bush had an EXPIRATION DATE for those tax benefits. prez obama was not increasing taxes, he was allowing bush's policy to unfold. if that expiration date had not been put on the chopping block by the republican party, and they were paying their FAIR share of taxes, would the government be this close to shutting down? how come a single person making 75K, is in the same tax bracket as a millionaire how come General Electric did not pay taxes last year? because the tax laws allow that for a corporations like that . if tax dollars were coming from the corporations, as it should be,according to the constitution, if the republican party even cared about america, they would not begrudge the expiration date bush put in place.. they took advantage of it. they pocketed their gains. if obama could find a way to make the wealthy begin to pay their fair share of taxes, wouldnt that save the country something like 700 billion? would school bus services, parks, govntment jobs be on the chopping block today?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  239. Margaret

    Most US citizens I have talked to do not like the amount of money sent out of this country. Take the foreign aid out of the budget and take care of Americans before we try to take care of the world. Most of the foreign aid I know about goes to countries on the continent of Africa. The figures I was given are s follows: Ivory Coast $138 M; Democratic Republic of the Congo $213M; Ehiopia $584M; Ghana $175M; Kenya $714M; Liberia $219M; Malawi $179M; Mali $169M; Mozambique $415M; Nambia $648M; Rwanda $291M; Senegal $137M; South Africa $586M; Sudan $440M; Tanzania $550M; Uganda $480M; Zambia $409m; Indonesia $228M; Phillipines $133M; Vietnam $123M; Ukraine $124M. You add it up. Why do politicians talk about cutting Social Security.....when seniors for the most part have contributed to it for 40 or 50 years before they collect? Seniors worked and paid these taxes and should benefit form SS and Medicare before we send billions of dollars across the ocean. Get rid of foreign aid except in catastrophe.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  240. SPC of Ft. Hood

    I happy that that Military spouses and active have spoken out on this discussion, ive read just about all of the comments on here and i see the thing thats most important is whose gonna pay our bills when the military dont get paidwhat are we to do? I have two kids , two cars rent water, electric, cable, cell phone bill (since it has become a important thing to have back here in garrison) so i guess cell phone, cable, electric water and all that will be turned off and then what get evictedfrom our home cars getting reposessed by the banks? Its sad to say but our Gov. is slowly falling apart and is going to send us back to a deeper deppresion myfriends! so does this mean the contract security at the front gates of our bases going to shut down to? This will affect everyone in one way or another! As far as the tea party they need to get real!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  241. Stephanie

    How can they not pay the militay? Do people not know how many people are in the military and how they depend on their paychecks to feed their family. My husband is the breadwinner for myself and our three children, and I'm a full time student working part time due to being unable to find sufficient full time employment where some of these bases are. Please!!! Not pay us!!! Who will pay our bills?? Our rent, our late fees, then increased interest, who will feed our kids and put gas in our cars becase we still are required to go to work? We are the middle class and do what the president asks us to do, why should we suffer because we stepped up to the plate of what many won't do–serve our country, and we'll be retiring too, obviously not soon enough. We've done our part, now congress must do theirs!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  242. Jon Lynch

    My parents including myself all work for defense dept. If the gov't shuts down we all lose our jobs; we may lose our home & who knows what else cuz we won't have no money for our will to survive! So does the mean all the bill collectors and banks give us chance or we just screwed! I think if we all are going to lose our jobs without any money coming in then they should cut each one of the politicians jobs. Let them see how it feels not to have job or they should stick them on the front lines of the wars being battled in other countries and take our troops out of harms away since they are affected too and won't receive any money during this time. All politicans especially the republicans that are cold-hearted and worthless to have in office; We vote them to make a voice for us and instead they screw us. We were screwed when the republicans especially "Bush" was in office and put us into a recession & once again republicans are screwing us out of money & the democratic end should of took care of this issue last year then sending our troops to another war when they were power. I think congress and the senate should shut down with everyone else and let the people decide jus like when we vote in someone for office or we should all get ready for another great depression!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  243. Bidarshi Barua

    In terms of Government shutdown, GOP should stop playing politics. Please I urge them to think about 800K Fed. employees.
    This shutdown is nothing but politics with egoness. President Obama should be strong about this type of politics. Mr. Reid should be more stronger with this.
    Looks , some kind of game. Please stop game.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  244. patti d

    irs holding peoples tax returns what a ripoff are they going to not take payments from the one's who owe probably not. Is the banks and credit card companies going to give us a break on our payments think not. they should put aside their differences and come to a workable answer. Grow up now is not the time to fight but work together. Here is an idea suspend their own pay till it's resolved bet it gets done faster

    April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  245. Judy B

    I am concerned about the very real possibility of a shutdown. We have one son that is deployed in the military and another that works for Homeland Security.....have already talked about furloughs.
    My suggestion for the first cut – all Congressmen are not paid and they are allowed one paid staffer and their office space. For everything else – all other staffers / office supplies, phone, etc., they must pay out of their own pocket. If these people can spend millions of dollars to get elected, they can pay for their own copy paper and computers.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  246. Io

    Actually, Boehner and the Tea Party activists are trying to send a message to the country: This is what you get when you elect a Black president.

    This is the 800 pound elephant in the room. Well meaning whites know that working with Obama will make our country better. Right now, unemployment is going down steadily, something that the Repuplicans were not able to accomplish.

    Threatening to not pay our military, focusing on NPR, Planned Parenthood, and defunding health care sends a message to the rest of the world that good public policy is being attacked and they are trying to do a power play. It also shows the Republicans are inept and unable to govern. The Democrats gave in long ago.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  247. c rosales

    All this is, is taxation without representation. American should not stand for it. we put them in office, we can kick them out. And put regular men and women in office that will be greatful to help other Americans.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  248. SPC of Ft. Hood

    I agree with most of what Sandi Lewis had to say!

    I blame the Democrats as much if not more than the Republicans for this mess. They could have passed a budget at the end of last year, BUT did not do so because of fear of the elections.

    I would like to see our government STOP WELFARE BENEFITS, EXCEPT FOR mentally and physically impaired people. We need to get rid of the second and third generation welfare recipients. The government did not take an interest in me because I was a single mother trying to raise a job. I was expected to do this for myself and feel everyone else should be expected to do the same.

    Most of Americans are tired of welfare, medicaid and educational benefits being given FREE to ILLEGAL ALIENS!! We foot the bill for these and people who are not even citizens of our country are reaping the benefits of OUR LABOR!!! I AM SICK OF GIVING ALL OF THESE PEOPLE A FREE RIDE!!

    I have worked hard for anything and everything that I have in my life and I believe these people should do the same!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  249. Lee

    I would like to add a "rider". If the Government shuts down, I suggest another election-now. The incumbents did not get the message. I want the leaders to lead and the Government to function.
    Yes the deficit is a serious current & long term concern but at this point ..5 months to go in the budget cycle..either number $ 33 Billion or $ 66 Billion is symbolic. Pick one and get on with it. It sends a message but will not solve the problem. It will take a generation of effort with shared vision/action to dig out. As a Dept of Defense employee, I worked through a similar experience during the Reagan-Clinton era. The amount of effort to implement a shutdown is dysfunctional and wasteful–ironically not a concern for the "'policy folks". A functioning government across all fronts is more important to me and as such serves a higher purpose or common good...more so than being held hostage by the right to choose or planned parenthood or the viability of the EPA as policy matters.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  250. Ruth Milcarek

    The govenment is supposed to be run for the people. But the government has forgotten this and is run by the money hungry wealthy at the expense of the hard working american people. Seems more like a dictatorship of the rich against the people. All government people we elect should be taxed just like we are and when out of office lose the pay that was given to them while they are not in office.
    I hate the video that the Chinese put on laughing at us and making a mockery of the United States. But that is what our government has done to us. Sold us out to other countries. Bring our men back and take care of our Country until it is back on its feet. I am not Republican or Democrat. But I do know that Bush put us in this position, and his father did when he had the executive order signed to make it available for anything to be privatized. He sold us out.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  251. Amber Preston

    This affects me and my family in so many ways. I'm sure there are plenty out there that are affected the same way. My husband is in the military. Not only is he military, he deployed to Afghanistan just over a week ago. My Grandfather is a vet. My Grandmother is disabled. In other words NO money will be coming in for any of us. I am baffled that this is considered. My husband is fighting for his life as well as the lives of the people he is fighting for in another country while ours is falling apart and they are expecting him to do this for FREE? This is appalling! My Grandfather dedicated his time for this country, fighting in Vietnam and he is going to get no pay for his previous services. My Grandmother worked hard in her life, which is exactly what got her disabled to begin with and she is gonna go with no income.
    As I understand it, there is now a law against the union, yes? Well, I do believe they are going on strike til a compromise is put in place. They are doing exactly what they set a law against. Obviously this doesn't make any sense.
    This going to cause so much chaos. Look at what it's done thus far and we still have time. They need to focus on that. How about politicians take a pay cut. If you cut a certain amount of each of their pay I am willing to bet that will save a good chunk of money. All the governmental assistance out there, people are taking advantage of this. Their consultant or whatever you'd call them need to do their job and check into all of the records to ensure no one is taking advantage of these benefits that a lot of people could use while others could do without. Furthermore, in order for this country to help other countries we need to save ourselves. We need to pull back a little or a lot and do something for ourselves. There are many places to make cuts but our device members are 100% not one of them and to do so is UNACCEPTABLE!
    What I do know is we are not gonna make it financially in this family. Back pay does not bring comfort at this point. It will help eventually, yes but will not solve the problem at hand that could in fact cause more problems. I am very concerned not only for finances but for my husbands health and safety during his deployment.
    SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  252. Geraldine Danion

    CNN
    Attention Ali

    It is very important to me to emphasize the importance of making sure our service men & women are not penalized for the budget crisis (not being paid) while CONGRESS gets their paycheck. Cut spending, let congress lead by example, by cutting their salary, their perks, they won’t miss it anyway because they are paid by the lobbyist.

    Cordially

    Geraldine Danion

    April 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  253. Sherry

    If the 1st checks to stop were those to the Congressmen/Senators, we might not be seeing this action. How did we allow politicians to protect their own arses and not those of their countrymen?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  254. Kevin Eustace

    Ali It's a 2 part problem. Many gov employees are making much higher salaries than competitive non gov employees. I know a woman making $22/hr. cna (working for a mentally handy-caped home gov. funded) with full benefits, best possible medical, retirement, paid vacations, 401k... I also know many people working as a cna similar to her making minimum wages with no medical, paid vacations, retirement 401ks. It is all but impossible to get one of these government jobs unless you know someone in the group or are related. I know many people working in gov. related jobs and these people are set for life. meanwhile non gov. jobs are getting scarcer and scarcer as non gov. facilities close down due to poor economy. Instead of cutting out gov. jobs they simply need to cut down the pay rate. Cut their salaries in half or at-least their benefits. It is a free country right? If they don't like it (and they won't) they are free to try to find another job. Good luck! There aren't any like what they have been use to.

    They second part of the solution is to do the exact opposite of tax breaks to the rich. The trickle down principle that has been in place for many years does not work. The rich simply are getting board of trying to find ways of spending their money. Just watch Cribs or lifestyles of the rich and famous. Why does the tax curve stop at 33%? Why should someone making $100,000 a year pay the same percent as someone making 100,000,000 a year?!!! The percentage should go up as your earnings go up. This may never change because the rich make the laws.

    Think about it. If I make 100,000 a year and pay out a third to tax then I have to get buy on $1,288 a week. It's very possible and I can handle that. Then if I make 100,000,000 a year I have to get buy on 12,884,461 a week. Now my biggest problem is trying to figure how to spend 13 million a week! Basically all my grandchildren's grandchildren will all be tax free billionaires since I have already paid the piddly 33% tax.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  255. Trougar

    How will a shutdown affect me?
    I'll be angry enough to do anything legal to oust any and all Republicans and I'm almost there already.

    How to start to fix the budget:
    1. Repeal the Bush tax cuts to the rich.
    2. Stop giving profitable corporations our tax dollars, especially corporations like GE which paid no tax and was given 3.2 BILLION of our taxpayer dollars.
    3. Stop paying businesses (with tax breaks or our tax dollars) to ship production outside the United States, that's our government paying companies to increase our unemployment.
    4. Immediately get out completely out of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
    5. Immediately shut down 75 percent of our overseas military bases.
    6. If necessary, make across the board 5 percent cuts to all programs not listed above.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  256. Clifford

    I feel the members of our government should never be allowed to handle the American money again to be so financially ill-responsible that they have crashed the American government and should be held responsible I mean I feel like we should be able to sue them and they never be allowed back in to office to handle any money anymore for this country lets get some new people in office that CAN BE RESPONSIBLE. As far as taxes hikes go that's not the answer the American people want to hear. I also feel like for the people that leaned on the government for support need to get off the governments Breast if you will and learn to handle there own finances.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  257. Jessica Struble

    I am a military wife, my husband is a Marine, he has been told that because of the government shut down, the military might not be getting paid anymore. I dont see how the military of all people could not get paid. We have a 9 month old daughter and dont know how we would support our family if we dont recieve anymore paychecks. How is it that the military would not be paid? Or is this even true? I am so worried, Can you please anwer my question, and at least tell me if this is true that the military will not be paid anymore. My daughter means the world to me, and i need to prepare for another way to support her. I would greatly appreciate a response.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  258. Carol

    If government employees, don't get paid, neither should those idiots running the show,. And one way to cut a bit off the budget is to cut all those lovely perks the congresspeople get! Let them pay for everything just like the rest of us – no spa, no free postage, no excellent medical benefits. Why should they have what no one else has?

    They are OUR employees not the other way around. No work. No pay. If they were my employees, they'd all be fired on the spot!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  259. Margaret

    What the heck is moderation.....to see if CNN likes it. I was wondering why so many of these comments blame the Republicans for the stalemate.....we cannot spend what we do not have.....and frankly, I have no more to give the government. If taxes are raised, postal fees are raised, the price of fuels keep climbing, the cost of groceries continue to rise, the price of clothing continues to rise, medical care continues to rise, even the cost of water and sewer and electricity goes up, etc. and the wages decrease (new jobs are less lucrative with fewer benefits), how will people live ( middle class people). We won't....the middle class will be poor and on government assistance. Is this the goal????

    April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  260. Kevin Eustace

    Keep America working, eliminate minimum wage. Then you will automatically decrease welfare and unemployment. Also products can once again be made in USA.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  261. C. A. Stokes

    You asked what we think should be cut? First, lets start with every elected offical and cut their pay down to equal with the average pay of a school teacher, police officer and fire fighter. Lets cut out the "Let's vote ourselves a raise" crap and let the folks who voted them be in charge of that, see if they earn it first.
    Second, lets flip the coin from military to education. We have the best, most powerful armed forces in the world but, the worst education system of any of the major nations in the world.
    Third, taxes – a flat rate for everybody, no loop holes, every person and every company pays their fair share but the same percentage. We could also try this, if your company has all of its workers and plants here in the U.S. you company gets a tax cut, but if your company has it workers and plants in another country they have to pay a higher percentage. They might help bring some of "OUR" jobs back home.
    That's it plain and simple, short and sweet. The government of this country seems to be the problem not the people of this country. Instead of the government saying we want to do this, ask us the people of this country what we want and then DO IT!
    Thank you.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  262. Jay

    1. I want my military PAID. Start talking about getting JOBS back in America....NOT CHINA.

    2. I want ALL of the people in office right now to pack their bags and get out of office. They are to leave with NO PAY,
    NO HEALTH INS and will not be paid once they are out of service by tax payer money period. Just get out. You have proved over and over you can not do your jobs and don't deserve one penny.

    3. All incoming people will work for 50 % less pay like the rest of us have been forced to do. Pay will be based on performance from here on. Once your service is up you will walk away with nothing like the rest of us do period.

    4. This has gone on way to long...My government is a disgrace and an embarrassment..our boarder agents are being shot at from the other side...WAKE UP....change your diapers and do your jobs so All Americans will can get through this mess we're in without someone taking everything we own.

    5. Maybe they need to stop trying to reform programs until they reform the Government. That is what needs to be changed since my government can no longer function.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  263. Lana

    The woman who Suzanne Malveaux' interviewed today reagrding the possible shutdown said it all when referring to our troops" If they are fighting for our freedom, we can at least pay the man"

    April 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  264. Io

    If the Republcans are trying to recall Health Care after the fact, is it possible for the Senate to recall defunding of Health Care after the fact?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  265. nick

    what about va hospitals will they be closed i'm a vet. but i have nothing credical wrong but you said if emergentcy med. i'm not sick but i do have an appointment does that mean i don't go? and what about other vet. that are sick but not real bad or they need a artifial part adjusted or need test done they are part of the goverment does that mean the usa does'nt cre about the vets

    April 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  266. Dan

    I am a Federal employee. Our current pay period ends tomorrow, with scheduled paycheck next week. Does anyone know, if there is a shutdown, will we receive this paycheck on time, or will it be delayed until the bozos in DC can agree on a budget? Thanks.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  267. Sue

    I think all of our elected officials forgot who they are working for. If if were up to the people of the United States, especially the working class, we would fire each and every one of them. If they had to live by the same rules and laws that we have to, they might think differently about the decisions they make.

    Why do they have their on retirement program instead of Social Security like the rest of us. They work for us, therefore they should not be getting better benefits than we do. If all of our elected officials paid into the social security program as all other Americans do we would have a surplus in SS.

    This includes Health Insurance as well. The elected officials already have a great health insurance and yet they don't think we deserve the same. Again, they work for us.

    And as far as President Obama ic concerned...................... What is wrong with the American people? Your elected officials, republican and democrats tie his hands in everything he tries to do. He's the only one in our present government that actually is trying to do what is best for the working class. I am so sick and tired of the of both parties working for their party rather than the people they are supposed to represent. The GOP forced him to give the rich back their little tax increase so they would sign the bill to extend unemployment. That's just one incident that I can remember. How many more bills and legislation has the President tried to get through and was held hostage to our elected officials so they could benefit first. Again, they work for the American people, yah right!
    Why do you think that health bill took so long and ended up costing so much? Your elected officials had to get their cut first and yet they have a great health care package, probably the best in the country. Again, they work for us, yet we always get the short end of the stick.

    I could go on and on. The bottom line is, it's about time the government officials WE ELECTED, start working for US, the AMERICAN PEOPLE. If we have a government shutdown, those elected officials should not get their paychecks, because they work for us and they are not doing their jobs. A shutdown won't have any effect on them, only the people who are actually working and doing their job in spite of the greedy government officials that work for them.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  268. Kathleen Perkins

    They have had six months to get this past, Put the politics aside and get it done. And oh by the way, why do elected officails get paid when our soldiers do not?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  269. Clay Rosson

    The US government should shut down until defense spending is seriously pulled back. The democrats and republicans rarely discuss this item which dominates half the US budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  270. Cory Fish

    I think this is good. They said the military will be paid just late. It will save money and help get our country out of debt.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  271. jay

    dont soldiers have families and bills to pay how will we survivewe pay taxes AS WELL im sure our landlordswont have pity when we dontpay and our vehicles financee also will prob reposess this is b.s

    April 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  272. Elaine Chenault

    If there is a shut down, why on God's green earth will our congress continue to be paid??? They are the ones who will cause the shutdown.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  273. C. A. Stokes

    Wait, congress still gets paid, but everybody else does not. No wonder they don't care about passing anything it does not effect them. No, sorry that's not going to work!
    My daughter works for the government, she and her husband would suffer with the loss of one check, they have to pay daycare weekly.
    My brother-in-law and his wife are both government workers what about them. It's the average person who needs to keep geting paid, congress does not! They sure don't seem to be earning it.
    Thank you.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  274. bob sramek

    Will members of Congress still get paychecks if there is a government shutdown...???

    April 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  275. kris

    leglise mary jane and we will eventually be out of debt

    April 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  276. Teresa Powell

    Here's what is WRONG in a nutshell-the pay for our military men and women will stop; congress pay will continue. OUTRAGEOUS!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  277. Alma Stephens

    I say: Pay the Military but Don't pay the congressmen!
    The Military is Working, the congressmen are Not!
    Why can't We the People make these decisions???

    April 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  278. Brenda

    I say if the government cant do their job...step down and let someone else. If the congress gets paid and our troops dont I think we are on our way to being a 3rd world country. Pay the people who cant do their job and fail to pay the people who fight for our freedom. This is so wrong.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  279. Nina

    Why doesn't Congress take their paychecks and send it to men & women in uniform who are fighting for our freedom, instead you guys are sitting in a comfortable room squabbaling over what to cut.....Grow up and do what it right.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  280. Karen K Giovetti

    My most immediate concern is for my son who is deployed in Afghanistan. He is scheduled for his R&R sometime in May & I'm afraid this may effect that. He is in a very dangerous situation there & he NEEDS that R&R with his family to keep his head straight. If he can't come home & if he take a bullet I will blame the Republicans for being so stupid!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  281. Rebecca in NJ

    I'm 63 and have been around long enough to remember when this country of ours was something we all were proud of. Now, I hardly recognize it. I'm no rocket scientist but how about ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They don't want us there, so let's get out and save billions at the same time!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  282. Troy

    Nice...I don't want paid this month..I nrecently just got promoted and now they are tell me that I'm not going to get my pay increase...is there back pay? Wait if they aren't goin g to pay me for one month how are they going to pay me for two...god bless america...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  283. Lynn

    Wrong tack, CNN. I was a military wife, and even families of privates can save a bit here and there in order to have something to tide them over. Additionally, there are a lot of volunteer resources that help miliary families in stress, or under a temporary shutdown.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  284. Louise

    Why are members of Congress getting paid? They aren't even doing their job! There should be no pay for them until they solve this problem.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  285. Nancy Megerson

    I find it inexcusable that congressmen would continue to receive paychecks as essential employees and military would not if there is a government shut down. And Obama's threat to veto an extension is an obvious threat to force budget approval. Honestly. Don't they think the American people see actions for what they are.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  286. Linda Rawlins

    What kind of misdirected values does this express when congressmen get paid during gov shut down, while military families do not? Wow!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  287. Joe Elliott

    Why wasn't this taken care of last year, when the democracts had control? . Why does Pres Obama run to campaign in both Pa. and New York when this country is in crises? Being retired it is not a great effect on me however being a Veteran I see our money wasted in Afganistan, Iraq and now Lybia. WHY?
    One more note: Are the congressional and presidental staff cutting staff and budgets like they expect others to do? Where are the downsizing coming from, Thank you, Joe Elliott

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  288. Laura Meyer

    Those who do not receive a paycheck should show up, hungry kids in tow, at the offices of their Members of Congress demanding their children be fed. "Essential" politicians need to see the reality of their actions.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  289. Glenn

    I think that if the Government shuts down the House ,Congress and the President should not accept their pay. They are suppose to be working for the Taxpayers, and that is what we sent them to Washington.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  290. Gabrielle

    It's upsetting that this game of politics is getting in the way of people's lives. I understand that political party preservation is on the line, but there comes a time when we need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Please leave the 2012 election out of this.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  291. dee romano

    Did I just hear that congress gets paid and people in the service being shot at get delayed salaries!

    Come on guys, stop paying congress for doing nothing. They probably don't need the money anyway!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  292. Jennifer

    No one is denying that there needs to be a huge change in the budget. The concern I have is why is the presidnet and congress not leading by example? My husband and brother can go to Afganistan getting hit by IED and living in horrible conditions at times and still not get paid even as they put their lives on the line everyday. How does that make any sense? Congress and the President are goverment too...if no one else is getting paid on time neither should they!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  293. Nan Talbert

    This is crazy. I think its time to get serious and lets start with all Congressional members taking a pay cut (that should help us a great deal to start), since by their behavior I don't see them as essential govt worker. And even though my heart goes out to those people in Japan, we have to help ourselves before we spend billion/millions on helping them. Seriously, lets look at the whole budget. Lets start cutting Congressional health care. The American public can't afford it, why should they get it?No more non essential spending, that means sorry, Congress, we are taking away your expense accounts. Better start paying your own way, and NO, you MAY NOT take financial GIFTS from your LOBBYIST FRIENDS!!!! Your not doing your job, therefore, I think its time to change the "guard" so to speak. How much more crud is the American People supposed to take before we throw our hands up in the air and fix this problem ourselves? I don't advocate the over throwing of the govt, I advocate a changing to the guard. Lets get some new blood in there that wasn't born with a silver spoon in their mouth and some people in there that want to get our budget and our American people back to the Super Power we once were.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  294. Alice Morgan

    I worked for the government during the last government shutdown. It becomes financially difficult and also you don't get all your money because the taxes that come out of the backpay com out of the total amount so you lose 1/3 of your pay.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  295. Susan

    It makes me absolutely sick to think that Congressmen and women will get paid during this shut down, but that our military will not. Absolutely sick!

    Maybe if Congress didn't get paid they would come to an agreement. One can only hope.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  296. Jo

    How sad to hear that Congress wiill get paid and young military families will have to do without. These young people live from paycheck to paycheck and they work hard!

    If it has taken them this long for Congress to try to come to an agreement, then they have not been doing their job-therefore no paycheck for them as well!!

    Enough is enough!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  297. Steve

    If the lawmakers let the government shut down, they should loose 1 weeks pay for each day, this includes the president. They should also become automatically ineligible for re-election.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  298. Austin

    I am 21 years old currently serving in the Army on active duty. My wife is pregnant with our first child and is due at any time in the next few weeks. How does Congress expect me to pay for my rent, food, car payments, and every other essential item that my family needs. Some how even if the Government shuts down Congress will not be affected by the shutdown in any way. Even if they do not get payed, rest assured that a member of Congress will get more help than I do if they come up short on their bills.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  299. Willie

    If the government shut down, all elected officials should leave office, to include the President. They were elcted to work for the people, everywhere else in the world if you don't do your job you loose it.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  300. john

    Fix the national debt and the budget by ending "Corporate Welfare", stop allowing corporations to run America and make all corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Also, demand a maximum wage law that ties CEOs salaries to 25 times the amount of the lowest paid worker. If the fat cat CEOs yell about how they can't live at that salary, how can they expect the average person to live on the scraps that they allow to "trickle down".

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  301. Rick Miller

    Forget NOT shutting down the essentials! Let's start by shutting down the essentials FIRST ! Just GROUND ALL AIR TRAFFIC AND SEE HOW FAST A BUDGET DEAL CAN BE REACHED!

    SHUT DOWN ALL MEDICAL SERVICES AT MILITARY HOSPITALS AND SEE HOW FAST THE BUDGET GETS RESOVLVED

    CLOSE DOWN THE ENTIRE CAPITAL... NO FEDERAL DRIVERS, NO TRAFFIC CONTORL, TURN THE LIGHTS OFF ... SEE HOW FAST A BUDGET GETS APPROVED.

    Forget putting the budget on the back of the seniors, the military, the unessential! Let's start putting the burden on the essentials ! Then things will happen!

    Rick

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  302. J. Brandt

    It's notable that the only voices shouting "Shut It Down" are coming from the Tea Party wing of the GOP and it seems those voices are holding Boehner and the GOP hostage. The thought of our soldiers and their families not getting a paycheck is unbearable...is this really what we voted for?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  303. Linnea

    The gov. shutdown will affect US Armed Forces as they will NOT be receiving a paycheck. BUT, your beloved congress men and women will still receive pay, so DON’T WORRY AMERICA! Congress is getting paid, but the ones who put their lives on the line for your freedom... no they don't get paid... Here are some FACTS for your enjoyment: "The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year." , "The salary range for members of the Armed Forces is set by Congress" , My deployed husband makes roughly $33,700 a year… and we live solely off his income to pay our bills, mortgage, car payments, and raise a 1 year old son. Tell me, who is going to pay our late fees, and now we have to live with ruined credit? I am losing all faith in the U.S. Government.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  304. Gunter Radinger

    Why don't we have the members of congress also not get paid until this is resolved? I have a hunch that things would speed up very quickly! This is beginning to sound very Machiavellican. Everywhere else in the world it's called corruption!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  305. Joanna Jimenez

    I think it's ridiculous what the government wants to do with the Army. This is what i have to say to the government...

    Dear U.S. Government, I hear you would like to freeze pay rates for soldiers starting next year.Would you also consider cutting your own pay to save more money for our country? While you're at it,lets cut down all congressman's pay too. If the people who risk their lives don't get an increase in pay, why should we continue raising pay for those who take no risks and reap the benefits?

    Especially since i myself am a army wife and my husband just deployed today, we have 2 children a 7 year old and a 2 year old. We depend on this money to get by, how come my husband is good enough to risk his life to save OUR COUNTRY but isn't good enough to get paid to do it... Why doesn't Congress or the President go out there and fight the war's that they in fact started them selves and see if it's easy for the soldiers or the families back at home waiting for them. Do you think it's easy explaining to my 2 year old why daddy can't come home at night, or that it's easy seeing my son forget who his dad is because he is never around long enough to get emotionally attached. This is hard on all of us, and if you want to this country OUR COUNTRY to be free then stop cutting our pay. We are the HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE....

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  306. Margo Mann

    Every Rupblican should be kicked out of office, along with all the Tea Party people. Playing politics with the lives of thousands of people in the country is absolutely despicable and immoral. Who are they kidding? It isn't the President doing this. It is the Republicans through and through. Disgusting!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  307. Levi Mallory

    How can we call paying congress members who can't evidently do there job "essential". In the real world, the one we live in everyday you would get fired, not paid. I say start firing at the top and start hiring. I guarantee you will have plenty of resumes to look at.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  308. Sharri

    Maybe Congress would come to a fast agreement, If they were the one's going to loose their paychecks, It is ridiculous to take the paychecks away from the people who are risking their lifes for this country. Congress needs to grow up and act like Adults.
    If all of these cuts are for the good of the country, Then let them start with t.hem selfs. Cut or loose your pay. Congress needs to feel the crunch the rest of the country is feeling.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  309. Jerry Reed

    I'm in the active duty Marine Corps, and the government shutdown situation scares me. At my low paygrade, I'm sort of living paycheck to paycheck. I guess it's a serious reality check to start saving a lot more money. Because of the shutdown, I might not even be able to go home on leave and watch my little brother graduate from high school.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  310. Kayla Moon

    How will this effect me w/ a student loan? I'm in the progress of applying to colleges and figuring out my financial plan and i know i will have to be taking out a loan, and using FAFSA. What's going to happen with that?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  311. Bob Chalmers

    There is a lot for our legislators to be ashamed about , Both sides seem to be more concerned about who is going to be blamed than who is going to be harmed. President Obama is the only one in these discussions that has mentioned the effect on the citizens of this country. The worst I have heard was the fact that the "tea party" folks cheered when they were told that a shut down was almost certain. Who are these people?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  312. Roxanne Richoux

    My comment is regarding 800,000 government workers not getting their pay. It is appaling to me that we hear nothing about the fat cats in congress still receiving their pay. Let's start making some cuts at the top.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  313. Rosanne

    Dear Ali,

    If the government does shut down, Members of Congress should be added to the list of those who do not get paid. Maybe then they will take it more to heart to "fix it" so that our servicemen, women and their families don't suffer the consequences.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  314. Jacob

    I'm only 14 and even i know that the goverment shutting down isnt good so how come the people that we elected to run america cant figure out how to print a bunch of paper and distribute it to americans...............if you ask me its pathetic.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  315. Jimmy

    It seems funny the ones negotiating the budget will not have their pay affected if the government shuts down. I think it would make more sense if our politicians also had a "personal" stake in a government shutdown. Maybe they would think harder about how it will effect our troops

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  316. Barbara Wegener

    I feel it is time to shut the government down and start anew. The 2 parties spend more time on TV explaining what they are doing instead of doing what needs to be done. Maybe we need to hire an all new government so that we can elect people who really will work for the county so Republicans and Democrats can get a divorce as this marriage is not working.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  317. Ken Michaels

    I feel that if our elected officials (Democrats, Republicans or Tea Partiers) can't seem to work with each other and come up with a budget; after numerous extensions, then they should also not get paid. They relinquish their pay, maybe apply it to the budget they are having a hard time balancing. If they are not doing the job we need them to do, then they shouldn't be getting paid for poor performance. Maybe then there may be some sort of incentive.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  318. Rosemary Kruckemeyer

    Congress not paying the military but taking pay for themselves equates to taking food from the children of the military while they continue to eat. I say this puts them near the ruthlessness of the middle eastern dictators. SHAME ON THEM.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  319. Mark H

    How will the RETIRED MILITARY Pay be effected?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  320. james r. conner

    I bet that congress as fixed a way so that their checks don't stop. They sure take good care of their selves often at the expense of the very people they repsent.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  321. Tim Taylor

    I think it is unconscionable that Congress should be paid when 800,000 people go without because of Congress' inability to do its job. Maybe if the representatives and senators shared the pain, they would stop their silly games and do what they were elected to do. Next time I'm voting Whig.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  322. Jon E. Miller

    One thing you haven't even mentioned is how does the lack of a budget affect retired or disabled federal employees???

    I'm a Retired Disabled Military Service Member currently receiving a military retirement check from the Department of Homeland Security as well as a disability compensation check from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the first of every month.

    Will I continue to receive these checks if a budget isn't passed???

    You've stated Active Duty Military Personnel will not receive a paycheck, what about people like me. There are many more retired and/or disabled service members than there are active duty service members but you haven't even addressed this issue.

    Why???

    Respectfully,
    Jon E. Miller
    USCG, CWO3/ENG, Retired, Disabled Veteran

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  323. Londa Martin

    A government shut would be devastating to our country but more so to the men and women in uniform. I am a working military spouse (thankfully), but there are thousands of households where spouses aren't working and therefore there is only one income. More families than less live check to check. How do you justify a child of a father or mother fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan suffering from starvation because the government does not see it as essential to pay the MILITARY out of all people. However we are so quick to send aid to other countries such as Japan when a disaster strike but we neglect to take care of our own. The U.S priorities are messed up and we need to get it together. Your military is fighting for your country EVERYDAY. You fail them they fail you. How dare you not pay the military?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  324. adam

    So the congress who is partly to blame for this mess is still going to get paid but our service men & women who r putting their lives on the line wnt that's just WRONG ON ALL LEVELS I bet if congress were the ones to not get paid they would've found a solution by now. Why do we even need congress & senate with technology "we the ppl" can run our government. There r fingerprint scanners that can b hooked up to a computer give every registered voter one & get rid of congress & senate let us decide what we want. But since that wnt happen let's vote out all of this congress & senate REPLACE THEM ALL.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  325. Susan Newman

    My husband served 20 years in the Navy and has worked as a civilian for 20 + years in support of the Navy.He has been told to show up for work on Monday regardless of whether or not the govt shutsdown. But if the shutdown occurs he will not get paid and may or may not get retroactive pay,no guarantees. Not only will he not receive a paycheck but it will cost him the $80 plus a week to get to work.Luckily for us we have saved money to get us through.Others are not so lucky. My concern is that if he should die during the shutdown he will not be able to be buried in a National Cemetary. I think that it is truly a sin to give 40 years to this country and not receive a final resting place.I wonder if a Congressman died would he get the same treatment. The VA is expecting over 220,000 burials this year.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  326. Ken Fitts

    You have been using the number of 800K as the number of people that are affected, but in reality, it is a much higher number. As a contractor to the government, many people will be sent home and be forced to take leave or leave without pay which will never be recovered retroactively or otherwise. I would venture to guess that since the 1980s the contractors out number the Feds by 4 or 5 to 1.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  327. Joe

    Hello World, Let's get right to the point. GE needs to pay taxes along with the many other companies who didn't pay any. It is sad the a family who makes the lowest wage in America pays more than them. As a reservist, I do understand that things cost more today. With that said, that means we have to pay higher taxes for everyone. Just the guys on top need to pay something instead of nothing. How much could the federal government save if they stopped using tax payers money on illegals here in America. Sorry I know one who collects checks at 2 different house for her and her kids. she does this cause she gets more. Stop free trade. The federal government shouldn't be allowed to buy products from other countries only American made. Keep Americans working and you will get American tax dollars. That means more money for the budget.

    Do you get it yet?

    Joe

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  328. becca

    With out my husband's pay check im not sure how we will get by. We are both military, he is active and i am reserve. We just bought a house and are expecting a child here in a few months. Not only can the military move us when they want but now the government seems to think that they dont need to pay us. It just doesnt seem to be an important thing to the men and women in congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  329. Paul Southerton

    The Shutdown is a ruse designed to disguise the inability of the government to pay for essential services. The solution is Revenue.
    Why does the GOP proposal demand the permanent extention of the/Bush tax cuts along with a reduction in taxes for the wealthy by reducing the rate from 35% to 25% and similar reductions for Corporations. If revenue is required delete the cap in social security paycheck deductions, cancel the Bush Tax cuts, and maintain the 35% rate for the wealthy and Corporations. To hold the nation captive by taking from the elderly and the poor to cater to the GOP's wealthy political donors is un-American.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  330. Daniel

    We the people not politicians! How do they continue to receive their paychecks and the ones that defend this country and the wars the politicians put them in go without. unbelievable I will remember when its time to vote!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  331. Jarvis Dijon

    the gov't shuts down, and everyone suffers but the people who we've entrusted to run it. just another macro/microcosmic example of how our society is continuing to deteriorate. it astonishes me how the american people continue to elect public officials who are selfish, greedy individuals and then honestly expect their "public servicemen" to to look our for everyone's best interests. the reason any of this Washington-political circus continues to run a muck on the citizens of this country is because the constituency, through alienation and apathy, has given away its balancing power to our leaders. they don't care what we think. somehow, they distract us just enough during campaign and election seasons that we forgot just how god awful they are and are re-elected. this cycle has GOT to stop. we are an insane society at best...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  332. William Prince

    I hope that everyone who voted for republicans, especially the tea party clowns see how unamerican and uninformed they are. I'm convinced that the tea party makes up the 38% of the Americans who couldn't pass the citizenship exam. I know who these people are, I taught civics in high school.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  333. Tony Dulley

    Time off with reimbursed pay? What a deal. And some of them have the audacity to complain? Why do these federal employees get reimbursed? Why don't they have to go down to the unemployment office for an unemployment check like the rest of us when furloughed?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  334. Dan from Chicago, IL

    I'll bet if they put into law that the three branches of government would not get paid also that they would quickly fix this budget problem.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  335. Jane Sweeny

    I think that everyone responsible for this political mess (the full congress and the president) should also have to go without a paycheck until they stop playing games and get to work and solve this problem. And because they are responsible, they should not be reimbursed retroactively .

    If they were working for an employer other than "we the people" they would all be fired.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  336. David Briscoe

    Tell Ali I miss him and need him to return to his old time slot. I get home at 11PM and can seldom see his early show. By the way, he IS the best. About the government shut down: He who relies on politicians is a fool. Working in the private sector is the only way to go.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  337. GruntzWife09

    Ok, so the government wants to shut down and freeze pay to military members? Fine, then so be it. If this is what you want, then each of you in congress, including the President (whom has NEVER served) can pay my bills, and all those bills of the other families this will affect within each branch of the service. If you feel it is ok to cut our pay, then you should be the ones to pay for us since you are NOT going to cut your pay. And if you don't, how do you propose that we, as the families that are left behind because our loved ones are overseas serving their 3rd, 4th, and even 5th tour of duty (with little dwell time in between) continue to support our families? There is a vast majority of us who are stay at home mothers/fathers, etc. and depend on our spouses paycheck to come in on a timely manner and be of the correct amount. Yes, some of us could probably work, but with the economy the way that it is, how can we do that? Especially if what we were to get paid will barely cover gas and child care. I personally believe that if the troops are not going to be getting paid and still have to subject themselves to harm, then they should NOT have to go into work. If I were working, and was told that I was not going to be getting paid, I would not show up for work. With that being said, I believe that the troops should be able to actually have a day (or however many it takes to create an EFFECIENTand FAIR budget, toINCLUDE BETTER PAY) to sleep in and spend some much needed time with their families since gracious knows, as soon as this is figured out, they will be taken from us again, probably for longer periods of time, to make up for what will go wrong overseas because of this asanine b.s. that is going on.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  338. David Stoker

    Amazing the Congressman and Senators made sure their paid. Maybe if they didn't get paid they would be motivated to do something other than fight

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  339. Kay Little

    I am 74 & have never seen a more destructive Republican Congress. It is obvious that political ideology is ruling their inability to actually help govern this country. And I stress Help govern. The Republicans appear to have become opinionated bullies. How I long for the Republicans of the past. I do actually fear for what this country is becoming. A land of the corporate not of the people. A land of " I am right so you must be wrong".
    And yes, where were the Democrats last year. While the Republicans have become opinionated bullies the Democrats have become shy violets.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  340. jay

    I find the possibility of a shut down very frustrating. I think that the democrats have nobody to blame but themselves, since they could have brought forward and passed a budget anytime during 2010. However, the democrats wanted no part of voting and being on record for a bloated disaster of a budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  341. Richard Ellis

    This is yet another example of just how inept these politicians are. The citizens of the United States welfare really isn't a concern for them. It has everything to do with megalomania marching to their respective party's "talking Points" of the day.If they didn't need our taxes or our vote, they'd probably nuke all of us little people. They are inshameable

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  342. LoJean

    well, well – it seems some serious mistakes were made in the last elections. 6 months and they can't come to any type of agreement regarding the budget? i wonder how many of them came from successful businesses? congress needs to grow up! i've worked for the gov't for over 20yrs now, and am always proud of the work i do & support we provide our military. i can't tell you how happy i was that we've been written off by the president for the next several years regarding a paltry raise, yet nothing has been done to stem the rise in the cost of living? no restrictions there by george. nope, everything is rising in price. now, about our military – these are folks, both those active duty & their families who, daily lay everything on the line for us, with little thanks and sometimes, little respect. something is seriously wrong when those who stand on the front lines are threatened with the possibility of NO PAY!!! i can only imagine how the country i love is being disrespected around the world. it seems we have nothing but a bunch of self-important, puffed-up, power hunger beings on the hill. i hope everyone remembers this during the next round of elections – vote all incumbents out – "they need more time" is no longer valid – they seem to be hell bent on pushing their own agendas ... time to change the drivers ...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  343. J. Brandt

    What will it say to my children if the Statue of Liberty is closed next week when we go to visit? How will I explain to them that some of our representatives refused to compromise and are holding Lady Liberty hostage to their political ambitions. I know one thing...kids don't forget things like this and there will be two more Democratic votes come 2018 and 2020!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  344. Debra DeWalt

    First of all, shame on our legislators for dishonoring our military! I have a son and nephew both in active duty who have bills like everyone else and it also puts the burdon on their families and friends, most of us who can't make it as well. I will, on my limited social security income, as a parent, have to help my son because his government wont. We should be ashamed as a world leader for others to see our "dirty laundry" and put our most valued asset, our military families in the middle of a political game. I'd like to see PROOF that congress will not get a penny after midnight tomorrow. Not! Our museums and National Parks are also being disrespected and all the many people supporting them as well. What kind of a message is the world getting from being an American?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  345. Joe

    Buy American Federal Government. Stop paying illegals Federal Government. Stop importing goods Federal Government. If a company head quarters is in America but all products are made overseas and assembled in America it is still a foriegn company. No tax break for companies who don't have 80% of all their products made in America. More Americans working means more Federal Tax Dollars!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  346. A concern American

    I believe that both parties are to blame and that this is outrageous..why did they wait until the last moment to deal with an issue that will greatly affect the American ppl..You got troops and their families, federal civilian employees on fixed income becauseof the current state of the income who just might not get paid..Maybe we should fire everyone in the house and senate because they just cant seem to get it right..STOP playin POLITICS and playin party favorites and make the American ppl a favorite on ur decsion makin...PLS get it together

    April 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  347. Donna

    I believe they should layoff all those people who can't agree how to do what they are getting paid for, and take and bring in some small business owners, that have run their business sucessfully for 20 or 30 yrs. , show them what, so confusing and I bet the small business owners could straighten this out in minutes. If one way doesn't work, try another. I'm tired of digging for money to put gas in our one vechicle, food on the table, and heat in the apartment. Wake up, if we keep going, all the American people will be living in cardboard boxes. My husband and I both served in the Army during the Vietnam war, and this is the thanks we get and all who have served.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  348. Kaitlin

    I love how our wonderful service men are being put on the non essential list and yet our congress men will still be getting payed for the job they didn't do. They should not take a pay check if there is a shut down so they can feel the consistences for not doing there job.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  349. Guillaume Meyer

    I have a lot about how the active part of the Armed Forces will get paid late, but no one has talked about the several million retirees. Right now they are already treated like 3rd class citizens! I guess they will get paid after everything else get's paid if there is anything left over.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  350. John (Orlando, FL)

    I cannot comprehend the fact that congress will be paid and our armed services personnel are being kicked to the curb! It should be the other way around. My feelings toward our "government" are 3D,
    Disappointment, Disillusion, and mostly Disgust! The day will come when "we the people" will have to leave our jobs and our homes and march on washington. I sometimes wonder how many people feel this way, but whose voices will never be heard.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  351. Heather H.

    Something is seriously wrong with this country, if they can take away so many jobs just like that and not pay our military who are sacrificing their lives overseas (including my brother) Yet the congress gets THEIR paycheck??? I dont see them doing their jobs or sacrificing their life and their families for us. Or we wouldnt be in this situation. I think they should go without pay as well!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  352. Brenda

    Question~Did I hear that if there was a government shutdown that everyone would get paid after the government gets their act together?So basically everyone gets a paid vacation at the cost of the tax payer?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  353. jaci cliburn

    also with this shutdown do they not understand the effects it will have on military families who live pay check to pay check, how are they going to support there families and provide food for them. What about gas and everything. and the mil...itary families living off base have rent to pay that they need their checks for, what about that... how are they going to psy for that. bc of this shutdown, military families will be in alot of stress, cant pay for food for families or gas. And the ones that have to pay rent will not have the money to pay their rent. Also the military members still have bills to pay, how are they not going to pay them for the services they do and still expect them to work for free when they trying to provide for their families. This crap is BullS***! MIlitary is going to get screwed with the shutdown, but yet the president and congress still get paid thats bullsh** too, if they can pay them then they should pay the military members!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  354. Tim

    It's amazing to me that with a government shutdown, Congress will still be paid. Are they not the reason why this is happening? I think that it is ironic that those that are paid most within our government are not held accountable for making those less fortunate suffer. I believe that the majority of Americans would agree that Congress's pay should be frozen until they can come up with a workable budget. It's just frustrating that they vote to keep getting paid, they vote to get raises, they vote on the $100,000 budgets for their specific offices. And with everyone of them doing favors for eachother, its not likely that anything will be done to take away their five flat screens, their Italian leather chairs and their $500 lunches just because they have the budget to spend. On top of this, they get money from lobbyists and left over money from their campaign funds while "average Americans" are suffering. I'm ready for those at the top to set an example and take a pay cut. Congress – decrease YOUR spending. Quit spending on unnecessary things. There is so much out there for those of us without jobs to decrease spending and alter our budgets when we are without a job. But you sit there in your cushy offices, planning to not pay those that barely make enough to survive, planning to delay paychecks for our soldiers that fight to defend our country, planning to hurt the very people that pay your bills and put you in office. Talk about integrity and loyalty, because apparently there isn't such a thing anymore. It's all smoke and mirrors. Honestly, this makes me sick, and I believe that the majority of Americans will agree! Fix the situation! Set an example and cut your own pay!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  355. joan logan

    If there should be a shutdown our congressmen and women should forgo their congressional paychecks until all military pay is resumed and backpay checks have been received.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  356. Ron

    I am a 100% disabled Veteran.
    All of thease supposed well thought cuts on our ecconomy and I bet that not once did any politition has thought of reducing their pay to help the budget. Have we concidered just how much that we pay them in comparrison to the average joe? It is rediculous. Also, sports. They make millions compaired to the normal people but we are the first to get the proverbial axe.
    How long do we wait till we start revolting like people in other countries?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  357. Jarvis Dijon

    the gov't will shut down because there is no money to pay the workers. whatever happened to the people that were willing to do their jobs whether they got paid or not? come one people, think about something greater than yourself: if your niche is vital to the success of society, why not just continue to do it, pay or no pay? this shut down highlights the one real problem of our entire world: no matter which religious affiliation you profess or denounce, we are all forced to bow down before the false, universal god of us all: Money.

    what sense does that make?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  358. John Lee

    Crush the little people is the name of the game. We look as stupid to the World as the the people killing each other in Africa because some said the wrong word 2000 yrs ago. Just wait until we give the place to Trump

    April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  359. Maurie Hill

    Your focus should be on what the Republicans are willing to do to ordinary people in order to destroy Planned Parenthood, NPR, health care reform/ medical research/ Head Start/ food inspection etc. and a thousand other things that don't fit into their conservative ideology.

    Why don't you focus on this instead of all the emotional hand wringing – so people will really understand what they are being asked to sacrifice – not just buying groceries or visiting a national park.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  360. jaymie

    My husband is 2 weeks away from deploying so we are tight on cash right now. If this shut down happens we are going to be without money for a while. I think that they need to cut congress' pay and see how fast the make a decision.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  361. Phil R

    I have a VA home loan in process, and escrow is scheduled to close early next week. Will the gov't shutdown affect our loan?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  362. john lindbloom

    Ali, I think that the american people should take both houses behind the woodshed and put a bullit in thier heads, they are worthless......these are all lawyers, educated people and look where they have brought American....Its time for another American revolution and the first victims should be lawyers and bankers and traders on wall street and let people who have or want this nation to stand for something, stand up and take it back from all these stupid educated people, I'm so sick of them.....all that education and they are still so stupid, they should all go and work at walmart for a year just for punishment.......

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  363. Gene Depace

    How about raising taxes on corporations that caused this mess and the top 1% who profited from it , stop taking it from the middle class. Im standing with the dems this time. when republicans fight for something somehow its always on my back or benefits the most wealthy

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  364. Caleb Hertz

    My son is on government business in Guam until next Wednesday. How will his travel plans be affected? Will he be required to continue his work? He was informed by the Dept. of Homeland Security that he was a non essential worker at the beginning of this mess. The Republican Party has done nothing but try to destroy the economy of this country since 2001 and then try to blame it on the Democratic Party. We are in this mess because of the policies of George W. Bush and the Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  365. badbob1973

    ali,,whats the deal with congress.they just took a week off saying they had nothing important to work on.i quess shutting down the goverment aint important.if this was the break before the christmas holidays this budget bill would have been a done deal already.and please tell the republicans that we the people did not send them to washington to pay off the national debt,,it was to create jobs.all they are doing is cutting as many jobs as they can.john boehner wants to set some kind of record on this budget bill.this debt started with reagan,bush's 1 and 2,(clinton almost leveled out the debt while in office)but the republicans make it sound like obama created all this debt.and they call him the president of three wars,complain about how much mney he spent on libya,,but say nothing about the cost of lives and funds for bush's 2 wars that got handed over to obama.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  366. Peggy Fleming

    Why should the Congress care what happens if they shut down the government, THEY still get paid!!!

    Mr. Speaker, do your job and tell your Tea Party buddies to go steep themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  367. Jessica Darden

    How are we suppose to feed and take care of our children if we don't get paid? My Husband is in the Airforce and is an E-4 we don't make that much as it is. And why is it that congress will still get a pay check, but we have to work with out one. IF we can do it then can go with out a paycheck as well. Esp since they are the ones that can't come to an agreement!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  368. Peter Frady

    Why is Congress going to get paid. Lead by example. Give up your Pay Day before the lesser among us. This is nothing more than trying to make the President look bad.
    You act in such a manner President after President. You do not govern, you throw stones. If not for chaos, you may finally accomplish some good for all.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  369. Feodis Glover

    The government shut-down will drag the country back deep into recession. The people are the hardest hit when politics begin to battle. This is a perfect example of war within politics. The cuts that Republicans are trying make are areas that are not totally functional, or need more funds. People such as myself living with ALS, are not having functional needs such as, home healthcare, met as we speak. Its amazing Republicans have a history of causing shut-down when a Democrat hold office.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  370. Gskingra

    If all those elected people who feel that it is ok to shut down the government had any shame,even the slightest shame,they would refuse to accept any money from the government and see what happens to others who are not going to get their pay checks.Also those who got farm subsidies last should refund that money.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  371. Pat Ciesla

    I am outraged beyond words!! Our elected people are more interested in power and ego than is doing the work we employed them to do. If they can't get the job done, then they should go.

    We should be having a revolution!!! How can you sit quiet and let this continue? These Congressional people should resign at the very least.

    I hope the Tea Party electorates are happy! Their vote is costing us more than $$$$

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  372. Eric E

    This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue .. this is a American issue ... we voted on these Americans to be leaders and yet they cannot make a simple budget for 6 months ..... I say we Americans stand up like we used to do together and force these idots out of office and start over again. How can these so called " Leaders " sleep at night knowing that if we shut down our own federal workers cannot eat or pay bills ... our Governament is broken and should be dismantled.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  373. ChuckInWichita

    Okay, I've finally had it with this inept Congress!!!

    Here's what needs to happen: instead of not paying the military folks that are out there in harms way, shut off the paychecks for ALL Senators and Congressmen, and yes even the Executive Branch including the President and Vice President.

    I'll bet if that happened, SOMETHING would get done. And sooner than later.

    I know that most of them have money to burn, and this suggestion probably wouldn't have much impact, but I and the voters I know would feel better. I know I'd feel great to know that those bumblers on Capitol Hill don't get one nickel of our tax dollars until they do something responsible.

    It seems to me like every last one of them has their heads stuck up in a dark place and locked there.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  374. Gloria

    The Budget needs to be meet BUT before thinking of cutting Medicare, I think the Senators, Congressmen and any other offical of the age 65 should be required to be on Medicare NOT the cushy expensive insurance plans they receive at the expense of the taxpayers. THEN maybe they would come to realize what to cut and what to leave alone. To many perks have put our officials above us and they have forgotten how it is to live normally. Also, I've worked for my Social Security and don't get a government pension given to me at full salary. Leave it alone BUT if people who are not qualified to get it were taken off the rolls, maybe it would sound financially.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  375. Dan C

    Let me make sure I've got this right, Congress may shut down the government over the issue of saving money? Some people won't be reporting to work, others will be forced to...but won't be paid right away. The people who do and DON'T have to continue working are BOTH going to be paid retroactively? Of course all the disruption will cause a lot of wasted productivity and a lot of catch up when it's over. This saves money how again?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  376. Linda S

    In regards to the impending government shutdown, I believe it is abhorrent that military personnel will be unable to receive their paychecks, but congress will. Perhaps if monies were held back from congress they would finally have the incentive to do their jobs. This would mean working together for the benefit of those of us who put them in office.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  377. tom

    seems like only time the Government shuts down is when the republicans control the house. Last time was with Gingrich???

    One Voter

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  378. 360Accountability

    Lawmakers oversee and legislate rules for the private sector. Similar standards should apply to Congress. They should be held accountable if government shuts down and should either not get paid or face other penalties for not doing their jobs. Isn't this how it works for the rest of us?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  379. Philip

    After the govt shuts down, I think I'll have a beer.

    I think that people are just sick and tired of paying such an enormous portion of their hard earned money to the govt, only to have it be used in ways that do more to hurt us than help us.

    That's not to say that I don't recognize the importance of alot of federal agencies and programs... but it seems that the most important ones are the first ones that are shut down.

    I guarantee that our civil rights will still be violated during the shut down, and DHS's ICE will still be policing the internet looking for uploaded movies.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  380. S Wick

    The Government should be ashamed of themselves to let our economy get so out of hand!!!!
    I was listening to all the things that would be shut down and one that caught my ears is the National Zoo. How in the world can they shut down the zoo and still let the workers work without having the income from the visitors???? That is assinine!!! Talk about a 'stupid stupid idea. It just shows how much we need to clean house in our government!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  381. Mitch Koep

    This is too funny.
    Our government may shut down, but the Congressmen still get paid?
    Lets take a look at the salaries and expenses the Congressmen have.
    Why not cut that by 50% instead of cutting funding that will hurt many people. Our forefathers saw it as a privilege to serve and received a stipend not a full salary and perks to serve.
    Just my two cents.......

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  382. chuck

    The simplest solution is to cut off pay for Congress too. They're federal workers also. It would be a great motivator for them to pass a budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  383. Lyle Gerlock

    Congress not doing their job and letting the Government Shut Down is completely unacceptable. They are acting like juvenille delinquents. If they can't or won't compromise then why should they be paid. If they let the Government Shut down, they have failed the American Public in total. Funding through the end of the fiscal year should be automatically inacted at the current rate, they should return home to their respective States and resign immediately. States should conduct new elections with 100% new people and the current "resigned" Congress persons should work for free and be limited to minor duties for 90 days when the all new Congress would be impowered. Like all business, if you can't hack the job, quit or be fired.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  384. Sue in Knoxville

    For us, the shutdown won't have much of an effect other than to realize we have a bunch of 2yr olds in Washington. Oh wait! They're supposed to be adults! Oh well, the Smokies will be open, though some of the services won't be closed - it's the only park with a national highway going through and has no entrance fee. Though on Soc. Sec. we don't rely on it (thank God!) and will be able to pay our bills. It may affect one of our adult children, but I doubt it. Other than that, it just shows that this political game of chicken is ridiculous. A pox on all their houses.......

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  385. Ken Rosen

    Isn't wonderful to see how at a time when our country is going thru a recession, people losing their homes, jobs, fighting wars throught out the world our great leaders can sit there and play petty politics with people's livelyhood. There should be an immediate ammedment to the constitution stating that congress will not be paid if they a force a goverment shut down. You would see how quick things change. If they are looking for places to cut spending – take it out of all those extra riders they add to to budget for special interest. I bet that would save us a good penny. STOP HURTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE ARE SICK OF IT.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  386. Dan

    @Margo Mann, It's funny you say "kick all the Republicans out of office". The reason I say that is, the Fiscal Year began last Oct 1. At that time, the DEMOCRATS, not REPUBLICANS, had control of ALL 3 branches of government, and couldn't pass a bill. I will be interested in your response.
    Oh, that's right. It's Bush's fault.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  387. Ina D

    As a child of a Federal government employee and a now unemployed Engineer mother whose job was disintegrated by our economy, I must say that my family, is anything but at ease at this time. Although my father's job is considered an essential service and as I have been reading online, will not be compromised, I cannot help but feel anxious and remorseful for the many citizens who are caught in the middle of this mess while a stubborn Congress that cannot relate to the struggle of the 800,000 employees left without pay, continues to boast that this will be a productive measure. I would like them to stop Congress' pay as well during the shutdown – it isn't fair that the people responsible for this get to keep their jobs and a paycheck. Then maybe they'll be more willing to cooperate.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  388. Curtis

    I hear all the talk about the active duty service member, but no have said anything about all of the retired service member. Retired service will suffer from this also.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  389. barb

    i certainly know who we wil Not be voting for come election time. shame on those who voted for obama.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  390. ruth talbert

    It is very hard to have sympathy for these teary eyed people who cry about shutting down the government until Congress gets these finances in order.
    How many tears did they shed when the Midwest lost all of their manufacturing jobs and the government rewarded the companies for moving out to Mexico and overseas. We seen no reponse from white house nor congress nor these government employees. The people are still out of work in this area and have given up on unemployment as it has run out. They are living on food pantries in my area. I think the response the federal employess was that doesn't affect me, too bad. Well this really doesn't affect us, as we have lost our jobs permanently, not just temporarily not just until they get it settlled and then most of them will get back pay. When we start standing up as a country and not being so narcissistic about our neighbors maybe our country will come together again. As they say if we ever go into a deep depression it will not be like the last one, as neighbor helped neighbor back then. How much sympathy are these people showing for those who are permenently on the food lines, they are just being incovenienced. There has to be corrections or our country will fall. We can't all eat at the trough of the government. I have to live within my means, why doesn the government. They can't even get jobs at McDonalds and Wendy's in my area. Most of these jobs are being worked by senior citizens already.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  391. Bonnie & Greg Garceau

    We are extremely distressed that the least appreciated/ least paid members of our government (the enlisted men & women of our armed forces) will go without pay while being required to protect our country when the highest paid members of our government (Members of Congress) will continue to receive pay during a government budget shutdown. Where is the incentive for our government leaders to get off their respective duffs and balance our budget. Maybe if we didn't pay the big-wigs like the lower echelon they'd have reason to do their jobs. We served our country for over 25 years and say thank you to the 800,000 workers that make sacrifices for our benefit.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  392. Matt Vardy

    I don't get how voters can complain. YOU VOTED THEM IN.
    I don't get how the military can complain. YOU KNOW WHO WRITES YOUR CHEQUES. If you are in the military as a soldier, you are CLEARLY on the short end of the stick.. how does not getting paid suddenly make you realize that. ONLY IN AMERICA would half the population get force fed governments, and only complain once it effects them and not the rest of the world.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  393. Nancy

    You want to see a quick resolution?? Stop the paychecks ( and health benefits) to all our members of congress next week.!! They'll sprint to the table and come up with a budget plan in the next hour. They don't know nor understand real life circumstances...there lies the problem!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  394. bob

    I'm dumbfounded. How can members of the military who are AT WAR not get paid? Yet CONGRESS does. When will we learn?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  395. Ashley Luecht

    This is real simple... If Congress were to also not be paid in lieu of a shutdown, then there would be no shutdown! They have no personal incentive to find a resolution, because it will not personally affect them. Granted, they'll hear all about the catastrophic consequences resulting from a shutdown, but it will inevitably just be another story on the news that doesn't apply to them. Everyone needs to stop worrying so much about trying to have a definitive say in this budget agreement, and come to a swift resolution. We simply cannot afford for our federal offices to not be active and running. That would be a swift and devastating blow to what we call the "American Dream"!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  396. Lorraine Berarducci

    Why is our government sending billions of tax money overseas
    when we can not even run our own country. I am outraged that our troops families may not get a pay check. When will America wake up and become strong again?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  397. Dana M.

    It is the height of hypocrisy that Congress would stil get paid during a shutdown while they would take food out of our brave soldiiers' babies' mouths. I'd bet not a single Congressman would show up with groceries to a soldier's home should they do this. The only way they would get their behinds to the table to compromise in a serious manner is to take way their pay as well. I am disgusted and ashamed of their behavior.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  398. Richard Ellis

    My remarks in the first post are " awaiting moderation"..I am no ararchist, just a person fed up with replacing common sense with political correctness. I again apologise for my bluntness

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  399. john

    If the government shuts down we know there is a lot of people that will be out of work, Government personnel. My question is if the government is shut down to the people of the United States are they demanded to still pay federal tax to a government that is shut down?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  400. Desiree

    These are the choices presented to hard working American people: if the Republican plan is not agreed upon, thousands of people will not get paid, vendors and others who depend on the government will be devastated and planned vacations will be destroyed. If the Republican plan is agreed upon, thousands of people will lose much needed services and money invested into social security, if under 55 like me, will simply become a non-tax deductible donation. It's like asking Americans, "Do you want to die today or next week?"

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  401. Mary

    One of the reasons behind my decision to join the military after college was that it would ensure I had a steady job and paycheck in this economy, but it seems I was wrong. A government shutdown puts us all in danger–we aren't living in the same world as the last time there was a shutdown, and the US will be left vulnerable. I think Congress members should not get paid (retroactively or otherwise) for any minute of a shutdown, why should we pay them for a complete failure to do their jobs?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  402. Mitch Koep

    Everyone lets rally and force term limits on the Congress and any elect position. It should never be a life long office. Maybe new blood will have a better chance to represent us and not special interest.
    Lets try that as a pole CNN and see what the people think.
    Thanks

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  403. Steve

    We need to stop congresses pay check. I know most of them don't need their paychecks, but it might make them wake up and start taking life seriously and quit putting politics before people. Congress has opted out of many rules and laws most of the rest of us must abide by. Not fair. And they don’t seem to care. They get better health care and retirement. A one term member of congress continues to get their pay for the rest of their life. NO other job I’m aware of has that benefit. How about you. If there is let me know where I stand in line for it.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  404. Benita

    I'm a Retired, Disabled Veteran. Been waiting to see a Specialist at the VA Hosp for 8 months. If the Republicans shut the government down. I may die, before I can get to see that Dr again!! Why, cause they don't like abortion, or the EPA etc,,, Why don't they like Veterans??

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  405. Susan Klug Kahan

    If Congress can expect the military to continue their work, but not get paid, then Congress should do the same. Why is it that Congress always spares themselves hardship while imposing it on other citizens. It's shameful. They need to govern responsibly, not play politics.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  406. Camille J. Manella

    Will Congress lose their pay and benefits if government shuts down?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  407. Ian West

    Wow! Don't pay the guy, or kid at that, who are overseas risking their lives' for their country just to collect a check to support their family, and the hope of college education. No, let's not do that. Instead, Let us (Congress) make sure that we are still getting paid so we can continue to run this country into the ground with total disreguard to the Americans that put us in office.
    This is a sad day America

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  408. Jerri Lovvorn

    I just hope people take notes of all the names of congress that put more emphasis on playing politics than doing what is best for the country and the people that put them there. I think most of the people of this country are really getting sick and tired of a bunch of "kids" that can't get along. The old saying still goes "United we stand, divided we fall"

    The best way for the people to make sure they get our message is to stop voting in the politicians that put their personal needs above our country's. They make promises to get there and then just work their own agendas for their own sake.

    They have had ample time to work this out. I think they should all be fired for not doing their job.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  409. Hollie

    I don't get it!! The Military people that RISK THEIR LIVES for us daily won't get paid or take a cut! How about those who have risked their lives already! Are you KIDDING ME!! Yet congress will be paid..Where are they risking their lives? WHAT THE HECK!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  410. S Wick

    If the government shuts down, will lose EVERYTHING (not that we have much) if we don't get our social security checks. I guess we could sleep in our car here and there but how will we eat? We are over 60 years old. Oh, did I mention that we would have to push the cars because we couldn't afford gas? I am sure the local law enforcement would fine us for parking too long in one place. OR will they lose their jobs also?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  411. David S.

    Why isn't millitary spending ever on the chopping block? How are we, as American Citizens, allowing our leaders to put our troops in harms way on the other side of the planet while they cut basic services for the citizens. It's time Americans take a long hard look at our role on the global stage. Why should we spend our treassure to secure the world for every other nation. It's time to bring our troops home – not just from Iraq and Afghanistan, but from every nation in which we have bases. Keeping our troops home to protect OUR borders would save our nation hundreds of billions of dollars. Protect OUR land and OUR waters and let the rest of the world take care of themselves.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  412. Amy

    What is going on with the productivity level in Congress & The Senate? If I was this productive at my job, I would not have one! Get to work and stop with the "soap box" talks. These "side issues" have no place in this discussion. Let's get real and worry about passing a budget!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  413. ronald savage

    the goverment should go to a flat tax for everybody and no tax refunds for everybody for 5 years. wonder how much that would pay the goverments debt down instead of passing it on to our kids and grandkids. just sitting here thinking

    April 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  414. Matt Vardy

    After reading some of the comments I am disgusted.
    "I HAVE TO CANCEL MY CELLPHONE"
    "RIDE MY BIKE INSTEAD IF DRIVE"
    Is your life is so hard, buying coffee beans and brewing it yourself is that hard?

    Hearing all these people complain about POSSIBLY being effected by something shows how stable the country and it's people are as a whole.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  415. Dan

    Shutting the government on political principals when compromises of funds for a 6 months budgets is on the table is unreasonable. the financial impact on the economy will be bad. 2+millions without a paycheck for an undetermined period of time is ridiculous. Basically we are going right back to the beginning of the financial crisis. Hey Tea Party that includes you, your businesses and potentially your own jobs

    April 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  416. Barbara Cronk

    Having watched this political situation in silence, I decided to express my thoughts to you, Ali. Being a former science teacher and observing the political situation for many days now, I think it is really a horrific problem for our military families that will not get their checks to be able to pay their bills and take care of their children. This problem should be settled immediately. We did not elect the Congress to have them shut down the government just to prove a political point. This is very wrong, and I won't forget it when the election time rolls around again!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  417. Mary

    Members of congress and the government need to start paying taxes, social security and health care and they should depend on social security and Medicare after they complete their terms. Maybe they would look at these differently if they relied on them to live.
    We need to put a halt on bringing in refugees, aslyees and US lotto winners until we can support the people in the United States who have paid into Social Security and Medicare for years and are now being threatened with cuts. I started paying into Social security when I was 18 and am now 67 haven’t even seen my first social security check, now am threaten with a cut. I’ve paid thousands into social security.
    The government needs to take a more serious look at a 10% tax across the board for everyone. Why should I be put in a category of making too much money when that “too much money” has just happened. I started as a grade 2 in my late 40’s struggling to bring up a 3 year old by myself and put her through college, finally now I can stop and treat myself to a coffee on the way to work and am told I am making too much money??? Why is the president flying all over the US on a campaign to run for president in two years? Why is he spending the money and the fuel, we need his attention on the issue, who is paying for these trips?
    Bottom line, stop bringing in people and put a 10% tax on EVERYONE. Stop having to report every cent I make and how I spend it to the government.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  418. Jelle

    I am a Navy wife and we depend solely on my husbands income. However, besides the 2 children that we have here (3&2) he has twin boys (8) that he pays child support for. So, besides living pay check to pay check the twins wouldn't receive their support either. Do you think the state will care that my husband didn't have a check to take the money out of? Will the gov't give me the money to bail him out of jail for not paying his child support? Will they give us the money to catch up on bills that fall behind because of the shut down? Why is it so hard for them to realize the HUGE effect that a shutdown will have on the country? Our military enlisted personnel do NOT get paid enough for this...housing won't get paid, there won't be money for gas to even get to work, food won't be bought...so, children will go hungry and possibly homeless because of the lack of money...SHAME on the gov't for putting people in this position.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  419. Rebecca

    How can Congress deem who is essential and who isn't when they can't hash out a budget for one week? How is not paying our service men and women that are deployed going to help this isn't their responsibility? Yet they're going to shut down all national monuments, parks and museums which will lose the tourist business over $32 million a day. How is that saving money when they're losing that much? Why don't they just lay off Congress? Are they really as essential in running our country?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  420. Anna

    I am furious to see the Congress being paid during the shutdown while the military would not be paid! If we really want to see compromise in action, put Congress on furlough or delayed payment with penalty!
    I approve a shutdown in general but realize the futility when it's the government!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  421. claro recta

    Are these politicians this dumb not to understand the consequences of government shut down? Is it because, they are rich and don't care about what to happen? Can"t they forget their personal political agenda and differences for awhile: FOCUS WHAT ARE NEEDED AND COMPROMISE? And Mr President, I still believe in you, but please prove to the whole country that you are the HEAD. Show to us some tough kind of leadership

    April 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  422. Susan

    Abortion issue?? CNN keeps talking about the abortion issue being a block to a budget agreement. My understanding is that no federal funds are used for abortion – anywhere. How can there be an abortion issue in the budget? Please explain - clearly - on air. Short labels like this often create misunderstandings.

    Also, I agree with the President's take that it is time, 6 months past time, to complete the budget. Enough of the continuing resolutions, especially one that enacts huge cuts and only funds a part of the government.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  423. bjp

    Congress needs to stop worrying about who is right and do the right thing. Right now the only "T" being dumped in the harbor is "T"axpayers and "T"roops.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  424. Shannon

    This is so upsetting. My husband is scheduled to deploy at the end of this month and his pay is our only form of financial support. People may say that we should have money saved but has anyone really looked at what the military actually make. What are the families supposed to do when their spouse is deployed and they are not getting paid. These men and women are needing to focus on their jobs while at war and keep their head in the game but how can they when their families can't even buy food or pay bills! Very sad and disappointing!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  425. Sheila

    I think this whole issue is unnecessary. I understand that these kind of issues must go back and fourth to come up with a resolution but to throw a tantrum and shut down important government offices is only hurting all of the people that live day to day to make ends meet. This world has become such a sad depressing place. Everytime you turn around it is something. Important craeers such as military and teachers are not paid sufficiently but we will make sure politicians that lie, are lazy and deciet us are paid sufficiently. I do not feel at this time anyone will be able to clean up the messes we have made in this country.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  426. Sandra

    I find it funny that they consider themselves essential, so will be paid. So our military stationed overseas are not essential, so they should get to come on home.
    It is time they got over themselves, get the job done, or get out.
    Your military that are in harms way to keep you safe, will not get paid, they are NOT essential?????
    WOW!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  427. Los Alamos Joe

    The President’s debt reduction panel and the Domenici-Rivlin panel concluded that both increased revenue and reduced spending were necessary to balance the national budget. The Republicans have rejected revenue increases and have made no sensible proposals to cut spending. Their proposals to cut funding for contraception and the Environmental Protection agent are ideologically driven, irresponsible and stupid. The actions demonstrate that they are incorrigibly corrupt prostitutes of the U.S. Chamber of Congress. They deserve the contempt and full wrath of the America people.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  428. Patricia Damato

    I heard Harry Reid earlier and now just heard Dana Bash, Abortion really? Roe V Wade is the law of the land, and Planned Parenthood is so much more than abortion. Millions of women depend on them for basic health concerns. You cannot move forward when you dwell on the past.
    Get over yourselves!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  429. frederic bennett

    After hearing that GE paid no tax,how about taxing all the rest of the corporations who pay no tax,and use that as a budget focus?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  430. Nancy

    If Congress can't do their job and compromise, vote them out of office, all of them. Could we do worse? Compromise! if Rep. and Dems are $30 billion apart. Divide by 2 and live with it. A shutdown will only add to the deficit. OUR DEBT situation is unsustainable.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  431. Paul Babenoux

    The budget should really not be a problem. If we wish to reduce the government spending a 100 billion dollars, then reduce the expendure limit by a 100 billion dollars spread through out the financed (budgeted) departments (agencies). The total number of expeditures is a do not exceed number. This elimiates the discuss of who gets funding and how much. This 100B then moves to departmnets (agencies) to determine how to must efficiently to allociate their assigned funds.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  432. Michael A Brown

    I'm really looking at who is most motivated to fixing the budget. If "government shuts down" who is really affected. Certainly not the ones responsible for fixing it. Congress, The House, and the White House (all a part of essential personnel) will continue to get paid and others in the military will certainly receive back pay should their check be delayed. IRS checks will be delayed but will the government be responsible for adding interest for delayed payments as any other institution if payment is late? Really? This is all part of political gamesmanship and needs to stop! We again appear to be at the mercy of the few (richest 5%) at the suffering of the many and a good portion of the other 95% seems to believe the rhetoric. As long as the few can misdirect the many long enough to slip more money in their pockets the truth will never be heard and proper leadership to redirect this country down a path of prosperity can never be established.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  433. Vince D

    The last time that there was a government shutdown I waas in the US Navy as an enlisted Petty Officer. When it happened we were told that if the shutdown went more than 4 days the Military would invokes a clause in federal law allowing the military to automatically continue to funded. However (If I remember right) the Secretary of Defense has to invoke it. The last time it was invoked before the next payday came.

    The time before it wasn't done and we weren't paid until the budget was passed and we got paid 4 days late.

    FYI the military does NOT get paid every 2 weeks, it is twice a month the 1st and the 15th.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  434. Beti

    People simply don't understand how essential a role government plays in their lives. If they did, they'd look at other deficit-reducing measures as well, like taxing the hyper-rich. Tea party members on the street don't get it and their representatives in Congress don't care. After all, they will continue to be paid, no matter what. Too bad that the tea party-ers will never experience an absolute shutdown of the federal government. As disastrous as that would be, it seems to be the only way to teach these folks a lesson about the benefits of government.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  435. Patrick

    This shouldn’t JUST be about cutting the budget taxes should be involved. TOP bracket income tax is 35% disturbingly low (by comparison to 94%-91% in 1944-1963 which is arguably the golden age of America). GE had global profits of $10.8B profit, $5.1B of which came from the U.S. and they GOT BACK over $1B from the GOVT.
    How about instead of adding unnecessary cuts in the short term that are obviously based on political idealism, just pass a 6 month budget to get us by. Make some agreeable cuts to the discretionary budget. Please get to work on next year, we are certainly overspending in one area or another, but we aren’t taking in ANYWHERE NEAR what we should. Bottom line economy is a mess there not going to fix it today but putting 1.43m people out of work is not the answer.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  436. Rick

    Legislation should be passed to require a budget be passed by a certain date each year (i.e. a Budget Enforcement Act) and failure to do so would result in either: (A) the last budget signed into law remaining in effect or (B) that at the next federal election cycle, ALL members of both houses are required to stand for re-election.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  437. Lynne Gelhaus

    I've long been angered that congress consistently gives themselves raises while cutting benefits of others, such as America's veterans, in order to manage budgets. But I was appalled to hear that in the face of a government shutdown, where military families and disabled persons could have a delay in receiving pay, congress would be considered 'essential' and would still be paid. If anyone goes w/o pay b/c of congress' failure to do its job, it should be members of congress themselves, who could afford it better than most and are most responsible for the situation in the first place.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  438. Marvin

    The biggest impact this has on me is that it shows just how childishness, immaturity, and the lack of efficiency this government is plagued with and the dedication they have to only, their personal agendas.

    The impact it needs to have on the american people is that each and every one opf us need to take to the streets, email, facebook, twitter and demand a change the way this government works.

    Enough is enough, the White House needs to impose a mandatory kindergarten class, and teach these represenatives just exactly why it is that they are actually there. All of them need to grow up, and do the job they were elected to do!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  439. Durfee Day

    We elect our representatives to do the work of governing, not pandering to the ideologic bias that brought them to office. Governing has absolutely nothing to do with parroting one's base or "the will of the American people" as evidenced by the vote. A robot can do that. We expect them to balance the interests of their district with those of the nation and to do so with fact not bias. Rubberstamping the supposed electoral judgement of those who, like me, are essentially ignorant of underlying and essential issues is NOT what defines their job. Being responsible to the national interest is.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  440. B Davis

    All those non-essential government employees who will not receive a paycheck during their furlough will have to adjust their personal spending, discretionary and/or non-discretionary, that will affect many outside of the government in ways beyond ruined vacations, delayed tax returns and slowed mail.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  441. Mark E. Doucet

    Why try to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and poor. I have seen the pentagon spend $700 for ashtrays on planes that don't have ashtrays. Currently the F-22 is not wanted at used at a cost of $70 billion. If every Representative and senator had to lose a months pay for every day the government is shutdown I bet there would not be one. In 2012 voters cry should be remember the shutdown and throw every incumbent, from the president to the least seniority rep or senator OUT!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  442. Adrienne C

    All reports are showing that 800,000 people will be out of work after midnight tomorrow, however does this number include the government contractors who will also be asked to stay home and not report to work as of Saturday? What would the number total if the contractors were included? Contractors preform many essential and important tasks on behalf of the government to include the processing of background investigations for government employees. Stopping this particular process in a problem for our National Security. And, really, how can we ask our men and women to fight overseas and stateside for our country and not be paid or have to wait for a paycheck?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  443. Pam Dudoff

    It is unthinkable that our military will not get paid yet the Representatives and Senators who obviously can't do their jobs can be paid! If most of us were 6 months late getting a required task done at work, we would lose our jobs. If there was a law that members of Congress would lose their jobs if they were unable to pass a budget in 3 months, then I bet that they would reach agreement at the 11th hour before the 3 month deadline!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  444. Vince D

    I am a retired military member and I don't expect too impact on me unless the budget doesn't get passed until the end of the month because we only get paid once per month on the 1st.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  445. Truth B Tolled

    Shutdown Panic? C'mon. Reporters showing whiners crying about their money. Budget furlough... been there and seen it. Okay, I'm not sure if it may impact the military sooner but for the others?? They are paid arrears at least 3 weeks. This unresolved budget has happened for so many years now it has become quite the joke on the people.

    Everyone gets back pay and full bene's for time off as soon as the budget is signed, usually paychecks never see a delay. Employees are made whole due to Union negotiations and management agreements. OVER 2 MILLION furloghees end up with free paid vacations to add to the mega-monster debt that we all pay through taxes. So tax refunds are delayed the same number of days as the furlough, you can't go to a museum or National Park. Taxpayers pay for this unnecessary debt. Mike Pence: don't call to shut it down, rather, clean up shop! It's cheaper.

    If Congress can't get it done timely they should lose pay for each day they drag feet, without option of taking compensatory time off. Easter paid vacation for Congress, I vote NO.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  446. claro recta

    We voted and trusted these politicians to do their jobs. If they can't, just, they should be fired, just like any other employees. Donald Trump, can you tell them, "You are fired?"

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  447. Samuel

    I am getting more and more disappointed and appalled in the GOP. They are essentially holding our Country hostage while they get their demands met. Now is not the time for politics, but the time to get things done. They are Americans first and Republicans second, and basically punishing half the country for their inaction and unwillingness to make a compromise. They need to realize they are in the service industry, as in they "serve us", and if they don't want to represent the US as a whole, then they should relinquish their post. I also place blame on the Democrats as well, both parties need to stop thinking whats politically popular but whats the best for its people. Whom they represent.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  448. David Howard

    I think America has been taken over by a terroist group (TEA PARTY) and they are hell bent on bringing forth their political agenda regardless of its effect on our country. I think the voters that have put these terroists in office should start immediate procedures to impeach or recall these individuals. I would also encourage the state of OHIO to get impeach or recall John A, Boehner for total lack of leadership in handling this mess.

    The People of America do not seemed to have seen the Tea Party is pushing BIG BUSINESS and RICH PEOPLES causes.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  449. Lorraine Berarducci

    What mess! The Parties should stop partying and grow up. This will hurt alot of people. Why send our tax money overseas when we have a county that can't take care of itself.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  450. Brenda

    The whole fact that congress will get paid in the event of a shutdown and the troops wont speaks volumes to the American people!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  451. Gene Depace

    Republicans cut programs for the poor and middle class while cutting taxes for the rich. and 50% of the dummies in this country vote for them and cant understand why life gets more and more difficult.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  452. Carl Merkin

    House just approved their idea of a one-week extension. ALL Republicans voted to cut $12 Billion, basically from poor people, children, students, the elderly and sick people. Not all of those Republicans BELIEVE in this, but they all fear going against the TEA MAFIA ! Heartless thugs!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  453. kassi

    They don't care about shuting it down because they are still going to get paid! It isn't really going to affect me for now but what about my soldiers who have families back home they are trying to support?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  454. Lisa

    It should be illegal for any member of congress to accept any money whatsoever from any outside interest of any kind. Then they might actually do the peoples work. And despite what the supreme court says, businesses are not persons!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  455. Vincent Nofi

    If it will keep this country from going bankrupt and ultimately help even me, shut down some government services for a while and start making serious cuts in how the money is spent. Spending should be based on the percentage of people who directly benefit from the service. Everyone benefits from services like security and education, many rely on Medicare and Social Security, while few people will benefit on a day-to-day basis from expanding rail services that are already under utilized, government support for planned parenthood or visits to National Parks.

    Maybe congress needs to closely look at the term “non-essential government workers” as a place to start cutting rather than looking at raising taxes that will ultimately drive more companies to move jobs overseas,

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  456. Norma

    I blame both parties for playing politices – suspend their pay and health coverage...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  457. Susan Partlow

    It figures that once again members of the Republican Party say something that sounds good because they think that the lowly Americans they represent will not know the difference. Senator Boehner says that Congress should not get paid just like other soon-to-be-affected groups, but the House of Representatives stalled the bill with that particular provision in it, so that Congress would get paid, no matter what is said.
    Personally, I'm not surprised about the juvenile, stupid and ignorant behavior of too many on both sides of the aisle in Congress, democrats and republicans. In addition to not receiving your inflated and undeserved paychecks, I think that none of your aides, interns and staff should get their paycheck either. And, finally, all of the mail that you in Congress send out free of charge, all letters to constituents, campaign flyers and solicitations for campaign money that contribute to the United States Postal Service being in dire straights most of the time, should be suspended indefinitely and not sent until you as_ _ _ _ _ _ can accomplish this relatively insignificant budget compromise for what's left of 2011.
    Please address your concerns and disagreements in the 2012 budget and stop playing games with our Country and the lower and middle class citizens who do most of the important work around here.

    Sincerely and with limited respect,
    Susan Taub Partlow

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  458. mark

    if the government does shut down – what's going to re-start it and when?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  459. Tommy Simon

    In a situation such as this where, two party have fundemental differences of opionon about the nations budget, it would easy to be slow to compromise when you will be paid irregardless. The American people are not pawns in chess game to be sarcificed for the good of one parties cause. So give up your pay (congressmen) as a show of solidarity with the American people, then if the govenment shuts down we'll know that you actually exhausted all option to avoid hurting our nations , your families, our families. It is easy to give up when you have nothing to lose.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  460. Joe

    Congress is NON Essential. Why are they still getting paid? Why aren't citizens from every party screaming to the rooftops that CONGRESS should cut their own pay, health care and pensions to help with the budget? Why should they become even more out of touch with regular people than their already inflated salary permits?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  461. Cindy

    Can someone please explain to me why lawmakers are considered “essential” government employees when they cannot even come together to negotiate a budget to keep the government from shutting down?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  462. Barbara F.

    I cannot believe that I am watching CNN expecting to see real news and with all that is happening in the world, it is extensive interviews with tourists??? This is very sad, news lite

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  463. Cathy

    Wouldn't it make sense to cut salaries and benefits of federal and state senators, representatives, and all government officials and employees who make over $200 a year, yes including the President. Also, cut the entitlements of the higher paid retired government officials too. All retired Senators and Representatives, like Cynthia McKenney, and retired Presidents, Clinton, Bush, Bush and Carter. Wouldn't it make more sense to start there. That would lay the foundation for asking the American taxpayers, the ones who pay the salaries and entitlements referred to above, to accept cuts as well. 30% for current officials and 50% for retired officials.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  464. Cory

    Has poloiticians learned nothing from what's happening overseas? How long do they think they can keep hurting the American people before we stand up and fight back? You can only hurt the people and take so much away before they unite and take it back!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  465. Madeline Steigerwald

    Come to Oceanside California... Come and see how you can't throw a rock without hitting someone in the military, with a family!! we are forced to make a life where we are sent, in a place with an insane cost of living so most of us live paycheck to paycheck. Those of us who do have some savings will blow through it just trying to make ends meet if this happens. How are we supposed to pay our bills?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  466. Bettina Ross

    Just booked a vacation to the Grand Canyon. Now it might not be open. You can not even look forward to a vacation anymore in this Country. It is very depressing that the countries leader are acting like kindergarten kids.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  467. Louis

    All the Republicans have in mind is to slash domestic spending and create road blocks to President Obama's initiatives.
    If the government shuts down it is going to be SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  468. ms

    I was recently laid off my job and have yet to received unemployment. If my husband's government position is closed for an unspecified time, that will make two of us. Can he even collect unemployment? Is there any assistance for a family of 5? What do we do when we have nothing?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  469. Philip

    I love how our military doesn't get paid, yet the sexual deviants @ the TSA will continue to grope us and gaze in extacy at the pornographic pictures of every traveler.

    I guess it would be different if Michael Chertoff owned tanks instead of Body Scanners.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  470. Diane McuUrdie

    Why is it that wages for the military will be delayed, but the congressmen will still get paid. I would stop their wages until a budget is passed!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  471. M.L. Romero

    I am totally against president Obama signing the short stop gap bill proposed by the republican party. I, like so many Americans do not want a government shutdown but I'm so tired of the GOP trying to get away with murder. I prefer a shut down now than for the president Obama to give in to all of their demands. In the long run it will be disastrous for the poor and the elderly. Yes, the budget has to be balanced, but everyone needs to share the burden more fairly. I think the president should sign a stop gap bill (if necessary) without any riders to it.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  472. Tiffany Horton

    My husband is an active duty soldier. We were just stationed at Fort Stewart. I was employed in NY but since we have moved I haven't been able to find employment. If the government was to shut down I don't possibly see how we can make it...I receive unemployment but is that going to stop for me also?...we depend heavily on my husbands checks every two weeks...we have two kids that need to be fed this will hurt is greatly!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  473. cnn_lejend

    I could only imagine the morale shift of our armed forces when they here that uncle sam needs you but doesn't feel it's necessary to feed you or your families.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  474. Barbara Hindoyan

    I find it insulting that when the ferderal worker – military and lower positions- wil be the first not to get paid. The President ,Senetors , Council ,and their workers, should be the first not to receive their checks.
    AlSO all of the males in Senate and Council should be limited in voting for a female right. It's a woman who carries a baby and then bring them up, MALES USUALLY HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO COURT, IF NOT MARRIED TO THE WOMAN, TO WILLINGLY SUPPORT AND USUALLY NEVER HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHILD. LET A WOMAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THAT PERSONAL DECISION.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  475. michael deresh

    Here's a novel idea: why don't we stop trying to see eye to eye because we never will again. perhaps this marriage should finally end.? I propose we split the country in two (red and blue). Then we can all fulfill our visions separately and without impedance

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  476. Ellen Skinner

    I think it should be illegal for the Federal Government to require peopl to work without pay. This is illegal in the provate sector.

    I wonder why these people (congress persons) did not learn as children that one hardly ever gets everything one wants, but one can mostly get some of what they want. This is compromise- this is the language of politics.

    The government deficit did not happen overnight or in a vacum. This is a large problem that will need to be solved over time, but not with a machete.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  477. S Wick

    Another thing, why don't you get rid of all the illegal immigrants that are sucking us dry? Think of all the money that will be left in Social Security to make sure the LEGAL citizens of this country can live off of since it is THEIR money that is funding it. Hello!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  478. VJ

    let me understand this!! The military does not get paid if the government closes..............but CONGRESS WILL GET PAID. just goes to show you where their heads are!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  479. Barb

    The men and women in the Military are not responsible for our nations debt, so why not pay them? They are giving their lives for us. If anyone should have their pays stopped, it should be the government officials. Haven't we suffered enough? Job losses, cut pays, high gas prices, etc. Does the government officials have to deal with these problems? If the government shuts down, then the members of Congress, etc, should be suspended too, such as their pay!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  480. Stac

    I am outraged that congress and the president would even consider accepting a paycheck when our armed services are putting their lives on the line and will have to wait for their pay. It's unethical and shows a true disconnect between the government and the people they USE to keep their power. We trusted congress to work for "we the people" step up–take a working lunch without pay, and get it done.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  481. Dani Young

    The "nice guy finishes last", should be replaced with "the little guy finishes last" especially when Congress has anything to do with it! The people would never be able to shut down a company because the BODs could not come to an agreement, and I quarantee you if the Board couldn't agree no one would be going home until they did. Why does Congress feet they are so above the rest of us. Is it just because if they lost their pay checks for a couple of months (or years) they could live off the perks they have been able to gobble up over the years.

    Instead of contributing their checks to a charity or giving it back to the government, they need to monitor the effect this has on their citizens and give that money to those that will loose their credit, homes, have little to no food, cannot pay their bills because of their childish actions. And they should have to make sure eveyone affected is taken care of until they can get their jobs done!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  482. Naomi McCloskey

    My son is a disabled vet who requires a lot of care! He has brittle diabetis and a TBI and I think it is a sin that buget cuts have to affect our vets! I asked for respit care at the house. I am entitled to 30 days a year and that is a sin in its self! and the first since he was sexually asulted 2 years ago while in the VA for respit. and they would not give me a skilled LPN or RN. They gave me an aide for 3 days. He requires shots and meds and food weighed and measured and cathed at nights! let the white house do without the movie theater and bowlling ally and swimming pool and vacations! I do not get one! And maybe they can afford to give more back to the Vets. Like more respit days!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  483. Nicki

    Since congress is considered "essential" they will continue to get their paychecks.... they should go without their Paychecks! The military men and women are far more essential than anyone in Congress! If their paychecks were on the line you bet they'd find a way to reach a workable compromise in a hurry up. and if they don't....they should All be fired!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  484. ms

    P.S. Will his military retirement check be cut too?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  485. Bonny Traughber

    I worked for the FEDS for 32 years. Most of the admin people and congress and senators get paid no matter what happens. They could care less about the working people. I say if they do the shut down stop their pay. Why should they get paid when they are not doing the job """FOR THE PEOPLE""".
    Then the next election do your home work and find out who voted for a shut down and vote them out. They work for US not the other way around

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  486. emae

    Of course we need to look at the budget.....
    but in our personal lives we don't stop eating or stop paying the rent, we cut back on things that harm us least.

    Why are Republican Congresspersons considered essential employees when they are playing games?

    Can't we defund them?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  487. Nancy

    All politicians who cannot work together should lose their jobs – we would. What about the binding arbitration that the rest of us must agree to when we cannot come to a meeting of the minds? I personally will not vote any of the current group back into office. They absolutely are not performing their jobs and should be the first ones without paychecks!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  488. Adam Harrold

    I think that the possiblity of a govt shutdown could have been easy to avoid. What should have been done is perhaps we should take a page out of nobin hoods book and take from the rich and give to the poor. I personally think that the govt needs to grow up and stop pointing fingers and stop thinking about home much money they get from a bonus and start thinking about the military and lower class workers that struggle day to day.
    If you put higer tax on the rich YOU WILL START SEEING RESULTS. look at DENMARK THEY HAVE THE HIGEST TAX THAN ANY CONTRY YET THEY ARE THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY HMMMM that should speek for its self.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  489. Sandra Palmer

    Why do we not hear about cutting salaries and benefits for our senators and representatives? If they aren't doing the job why pay them! With all public and private employees getting cuts in hours, pay and benefits, why are these people still entitled to regular pay raises and benefits set up in better economic times.. and all perks are still in place while the people who elected them are in dire straits? Even the tea party people are saying nothing about voting to cut THEIR pay and benefits, but are more than willing to balance the budget on the rest of us.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  490. Arjuna

    Should the President,staff,Senators,House members& staff all get paid during a shut down if the soldiers don't?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  491. BigToots

    Since members of congress aren't doing much to deserve their jobs are they considered "essential"? Will they be paid?

    It is my understanding the the last government shutdown resulted in a 3 week paid LOA for many "furloughed" workers.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  492. Roberta Summers

    What does the Tea Party have against clean air and water? Why are they hanging up this budget for the sake of these riders. The budget is about money. Their riders are about their personal idiologies. A government shutdown will cause America great harm. The inclusion of these riders will do the people and the country harm. The riders should come off so the budget can go through. These extremeist radical Tea Partiers frighten me.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  493. Full time air guard

    I am full time national guard civil service. If we get shut down is there anyone asking the banks, finance companies about how they are going to treat us furloughed employees? I am paying 2k$ a month in a divorce I can't afford to put money in savings, since June of last year I have been living paycheck to paycheck, especially in California with rent for a 2 bedroom in the $1600.00 per month range. I won't be able to pay my car payment, my credit cards, my rent, my utilities, my child support, spousal support, what are we supposed to do?

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  494. Dave

    We need to think mostly about the families of deployed soldiers. I am a soldier and i know nobody wants to miss a paycheck, but it will mostly affect deployed soldiers and their families. Its so tiring being responsible and paying taxes, but yet watchin unresponsible politians spend it. Of course they will all still get paid.... its upsetting

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  495. J. Brandt

    I can understand the Tea Party folks out there chanting "Shut it Down" as many may not be aware of the consequences of their actions. It is, however, unforgivable that their leadership...who are aware of the consequences...are manipulating a large number of Americans for their own political gain.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  496. Lloyd

    Many Republican policy goals would never be able to pass through the Senate or a Presidential veto. It is these policy or program changes that by being attached to the budget bill are responsible for holding up a 2011 budget. It is as simple as that. And trying to fund the military until September is just a way to get patriotic support for a temporary budget. It is the politics that has us in this mess.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  497. Cheryl

    My husband and I are in our late sixties and mid-seventies. We are still having to work due to medical issues. We are working at an RV park but quit when we got an offer from a concessionaire that runs National Parks in Plumas County to manage one of his parks. Now we have quit our job and are supposed to leave on April 25th and start work in May. We may not have any kind of job at all and cannot live on our income from Social Security...GOOD JOB Congress, you've done it again!! Cave into the Tea Party who has no concept of what shutting down the govt. is going to cost the government not to speak of the employees that will be out of a paycheck and the best one is the ones that are expected to work without a paycheck. The only ones who should work non-stop without a paycheck is Congress. Take away their health insurance and retirement and ask the past Presidents to give up their pensions and security and then ask the top 2% of billionaires to chip in and in business we stay! What a bunch of morons!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  498. marcy

    I am disgusted with the Republican party and that with this budget crisis they want to lower taxes on the wealthy and essentially cause more furlow days on the disappearing middle class. If anything we should raise taxes on the wealthy, and ease the financial stress on the middle class. Shame on the government for being Greedy, I want their health care plan! I demand that all Americans get their health care plan!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  499. pat mccarrick

    "Shut it down," huh? Nobody likes or trusts government; but, the solution is better government. If you want to know what no government looks like, look at Somalia, where the thugs have taken over. Look at Pakistan, where the army has taken over. Look at Afghanistan, where the thieves and drug dealers have taken over. Someone will step into the vacuum.

    Get your act together and do your jobs.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  500. S.B.

    I am curious to know that if this happens will people still receive notices in the mail of bills that are due, payments or debts that need to be paid if people are out of work. If people lose money then they won't get paid....That should be taken into consideration or pass a bill called "Stop paying Bills for a While" and see what impact that will make. My husband is serving overseas and shouldn't have to work for free. They protect our country I do not believe that some members of Congress and the Whitehouse are willing to go trade places with our service members to go over there and fight. Let's just look at the big picture...they are esential

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  501. Cynthia B Ward

    Shutting down the U S Government would be like turning the United States of America into a communist country.Instead of a Democracy.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  502. Samantha

    WHAT ABOUT THE TROOPS? The president is willing to let the military go without pay? The very people that EVERYONE relies on to protect this country, a country willing to throw our loved ones in harms way for their pety wars(which they do with no question) but not willing to work TOGETHER to figure the budget out so the military personel can take care of their family back home.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  503. John Wolfe

    Message to the President, Congress and the Senate:

    Mr President: Declare a state of emergency, keep all essential employees on the job with pay, fire all non-essential employees, if we don't need them now, why are they there? Send all members of Congress and the Senate home without pay and call for new emergency elections and get people in office who will do the job the were elected to do.

    To the members of Congress and Senate: DO YOUR JOB! if you can't, resign and go home NOW!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  504. Erica

    Soo who is this issue really affecting.. my father is in the military and I guess the tours overseas and the wars he's been in and the overall dedication of his life to his country doesn't mean anything since he probably won't get payed. Then to top it off he still has to go work. Wow. Does anyone else feel like government is in the way right now. Again the middle class suffers and all

    April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  505. Suzanne

    If the government does shut down will the members of the administration and Congress still get paid? If members of the military have to wait for their pay and government workers get furloughed, then logic would say that Congress also falls within that category, as well as the "essential" workers that would stay on ot facilitate operations.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  506. Jeri Ness

    This is redicules – Republican, Democrat, Tea party, If they had to forfeit their pay check this would not be an issue. All of them should put aside their personal wants and think of all the people who need them to get the budget done. I have no respect for their selfish attitude. Its all talk and no action

    April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  507. David Howard

    Has America lost its direction. A group of Tea Parety terroists can shut down our gov,t for their on political agendas. The people that elected this group should hang their head in shame. The Repubican Leadership should get some guts and deal with this group representing Big Business and Rich Peoples causes.

    People of Ohio, you should be ashamed of your favorite son JOHNNY B.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  508. Mary Klenotic

    Well, Well, Well reading all of the comments I see everyone is blaming someone. So, it is my turn, the corporations are to blame, but no one is blaming them. When you give a person millions of dollars to win an election, you are expected to get something back. Want to solve our problems in the future stop selling our politicians to the big corporations. Candidates should receive a set amount for campaigning.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  509. S Wick

    Our military men and women should ALWAYS get paid. If the government chooses not to pay them, they may as well not join the military service. Wouldn't that be great? We would have noone to protect us from terrorists? I guess it would just be added to the problem of no one to make sure we have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT for scaring the heck out of everyone! SHAME ON THEM!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  510. markel

    Let's see what history has shown: A democratic president + a republican house = government shutdown. Look at the polls as to who does not want to compomise: the tea party republicans, shock, shock!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  511. Cindy

    I think the professional politicians involved in a govt shutdown should all be fired. It's time to put some more intelligent, average people in their seats to take care of business. More would get done because non professional politicians would be from the people that know and understand the economy, not live above it....

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  512. Linda

    I am a Democrat and have been a voter for almost 40 years. I have never seen so many people dependent on government for their livelihood. Shut it down if we can not cut even 100 billion from this bloated mess. Non-essential means just that to me. There is absolutely no reason not to pay our troops...that would be a decision made at the White House level..they decide who gets paid and who is "essential". The choice to include the troops in that is clearly totally political...what a shame. Politics created this when there was no budget voted on when our party was in complete control of Congress and the White House. When you have a bill that is so terrible you won't put forth a budget because of an election this is what the outcome is and we will have to put up with the cuts.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  513. jaymie

    y do the people keeping the astronaunt safe get paid but the military keeping the country safe will not?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  514. helen

    I hope the democrats stick to their guns and don't let the republicans get away with cutting from the budget things that hurt people,EPA, Planned Parenthood, Education, Head Start etc. The Pentagon has suggested several cuts could be made. Oil companies don't need subsidies. They're srewing the american public now! GIVE US A BREAK!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  515. Inga Buschbaum

    It is appalling that we are facing a potential Government shutdown which will hurt many many persons who will not get paid. Why should Congress get paid? Congress should not get paid? Congress is not doing its job expected of them by working together and find solutions.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  516. Larry Simmons

    Given the current situation with both Dems and Reps close to agreement a government shutdown would be a disgrace. The House and Senate should not be paid if there is a shutdown. The working people always bear the brunt of the shutdown. I am a Airforce Vietnam era veteran and this country is becoming rich or poor class designation. This fact is destroying the country along with the price of healthcare. The middle class working people is what makes this country exist. The very rich and very poor are not in the majority. However, if the current trend continues, there will be a significant increase in the number of poor and dramatic increase in the very rich much to the dowfall of this country.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  517. james barrington

    What idiots you Americans truly are.
    it's ignorent uneducated people putting in stupid republic and tea party politiians. Beemer and his bandits.
    If you cannot see the tactis they use you deserve all you are going to get.
    Get down on your knees and thank heaven you have the president you have.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  518. Kellie

    This is just a strong arm tactic on the part of Republicans and Tea Party radicals!! This country was not won by giving into strong arm tactics and bullying and we should not give into it now.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  519. Pam

    I think it is wrong for idology to enter into this conflict with so much at stake. The Republican Tea Party members are trying to force the Democrats and regular Republicans to accept their way of thinking or they will hold the budget hostage. We know the spending has got to stop and cuts need to be made but we also want shared sacrifice. The American people see this for what it really is. Those who are paying attention, that is.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  520. J.L. Moore

    Sounds like the Republicans are trying to cover up the ditch they have dug, by passing another outrageous extension! Rep. Ryan is creating a death trap for his party come year 2012, if the government shut down! I think that the President need to start flexing his muscle on these so called Tea Partiers. The Republicans have proven that they are truly the ones who are unwilling to compromise! Wake up call; that is what our founding fathers wanted-if they didin't they wouldn't have created a two party system! It is becoming clear, that these selfish actions are aimed to discredit the President and his administration! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  521. Jenny Marquez

    Government is suppose to be by and for the people. I am not seeing this. I see a lot of posturing and haggling. How is it serving the people when our elected officiaI keep pulling the food off the table. It is as if the people" aren't even in the equation except as pawns. Dump the board. This is not a game. Peoples lives always hang in the balance. How different is this from a war, minus the guns? People still suffer.More collateral damage? Too much attention is given to bandaging scars rather than repairing wounds andt working on healthy repair and revitalization of this nation

    April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  522. Leonardo Colson

    The politicians are a joke at this point. I look at them on tv everyday as if the care about the common American. If these goverment officials cared about us as they do how hard is it to come up with something that both parties can agree on. This is part of the reason why we have certain people who care not to vote because I'm beginning to wonder how much my vote counted. Listen we have a lot of problems that we are facing but these problems just didn't appear over night. As I stated before if these so called leaders care like they say they do why is this feeling like were in the fourth quarter with five seconds to go.
    CNN has a countdown like this is dooms day and we must be ready for nuclear fallout. The line is being drawn in the sand for there to be two classes of people.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  523. Frank

    I put all the blame on Obama. He never had a budget last year even though he just said he had one. He is a spend and spend President. God forbid if he is re-elected. He continues to contradict what he says daily-anything from our energy policy, education, and our financial condition. NO FOUR MORE YEARS.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  524. William

    If our lawmakers can not do the job they were elelcted to do they should be fired, we would be fired for not doing our jobs. Maybe we need to revamp the way we pass laws in this country. Pass one thing at a time and don't stuff different things in just to slide them by. Get the lobbiests out of Washington. Too many staffers work for these senetors and congress, make them do their own jobs. If the Gov. shuts down the law makers should not get paid till they can agree to accoumplish something other than flapping their lips.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  525. Amanda Matrey

    I think this government shut down is absolutly ridiculous. Do these people care weather the average american gets paid or not. I understand Congress get's paid but what about us? Do they even consider the soldiers that are overseas fighting in a war?? What about the single parents who are struggling to support their faimlies. Honestly we put these people in office only for them to play with our futures. They all complain about the debt we are in, what do they expect if they shut everything down? They need to come to an agreedment and fast!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  526. Kay Wiecki

    The idea of a Gov shut down is UnAmerican. I am ashamed and disgusted by the actions of the people we sent to represent US. What does THIS say to those who would wish us ill? What does it say to our Military? I detest the 'blame game" of politics. The Republicans want to abolish programs for the very poor and protect their own rich millionairs. The Democtates want to protect everyone – which can't be done. What has happened to common sense, practical solutions?? I hate the ineffective, dishonest politians who now run the people's government. It's time for a real shake-up, sweep the house clean and start over. We can't 'fix' every thing all at once, It took a few years to get here, It will take a few years to fix it. "GET REAL, AND GET TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!"

    April 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  527. jaymie

    what about the police and fire? will they still get paid since they are govt pay ?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  528. Gary

    Since these people can't make up there minds on what to do with our money [taxes we pay] and want to hurt OUR TROOPS & others,just for a political blame game. WE AS AMERICANS SHOULD ALL JUST STOP GOING TO WORK IN 1 WEEK THEN THEY WONT HAVE ANY MONEY FOR THE BUDGET.The reason for 1 week everyone will have time to get home & get supplies.Since Congress gets paid let them replace our troops on the front lines.TRUMP has it right Lybia asked us to help let them pay for it & all the other conflicts we are in,Because no one works for free

    April 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  529. Ben

    If a shut down were to take place, I do not believe I will be immediately effected. However, any contuinued shut down will touch every single person in the nation. Obviously, essential personel are not being furloughed but are not neccessarily being paid. These people are the heros of this debacle. On the other hand, why are furloughed employees just packing it up and staying home? Park rangers, Museums, the type of jobs all over the nation that make enough money to support day to day operations or have costs that can be deferred, should simply go to work. Do your job. With out pay. What difference will make if your at home on the couch or at work doing the things that make our country great. Just because our gov't cant get thier act together on the hill, doesn't mean that we the people should be held hostage by incompetence.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  530. Robert

    This is politics. A public discusion on the rules of living together.

    As Winston Churchill stated so well: Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.

    If the Federal Government shuts down we all should take the time to contemplate democracy and whether or not getting all upset actually is part of it.

    Is who's to blame and people having their vacations disrupted the best people can do for reasons. Lets ask people in Egypt, Libia, and etc. if they would trade places in their democratic development.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  531. Guillaume Meyer

    The ones that should not be paid are the congressional members- congress, senate, vice-president and president. They should be the first ones to "forfeit" their paychecks. Next on the slab should be their aides. I would say that would end this mess fast but unfortunately most of these people can survive without a paycheck for quite sometime since they are well off!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  532. Tom

    The government shut down last year due to "snowmagedon" for a week without any major impact on the Country.The federal employees got paid to stay home. The Country outside of the beltway could care less. CNN is making it sound like it's the end of the world.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  533. daniel bennett

    why dont we see all congress and senete-whitehouse take a pay cut? also pay for there own insurence and put them on ss like we are and things would get done,or we will fall like the romans!!!!!!!also what happened to putting the fbi,cia in the same building?why do we need all these congressmen,senete lets cut it back to 1 per state and we would not need all the staffers,we should do away with lobists,thats our biggist problem among others but that is a start!!!

    this is comming from an independent voter
    LETS GROW UP WASHINGTON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  534. NORMA WARD

    I am 87 and a widow. As prices go up everywhere state, city and D.C. I am getting more and more disgusted with adjusting my meager income to pay MY bills.
    Let's get real and fine all of our legislators starting right NOW double their hourly salary to be returned to the U.S. to help cut the budget they are so concerned about until they come to a sensible decision on this crisis. That will make them a part of everyone in our country that have been giving up everything they own to keep city, state, and federal governments going: let them share giving up money because it is the only thing that talks.
    And if our conditions are so bad, put Air Force One in mothballs, take away all Congressional benefits and send them home-the military are the only ones saving our country.
    We need to quit saving every one outside of the U.S. and save our-selves. And I am a Christian, but we have starving children in the U.S
    and I can give you an example from a call I had yesterday from a mother with two children who had no food.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  535. Eva

    The Tea Party is using the situation to try to change social agenda by cutting funding for programs they have not been able to change through law. This is unamerican. I feel like they are holding a gun to the head of the rest of us and it is never good to pay blackmailers.
    I don't know if the Tea Party represents a majority of Republicans but it certainly doesn't represent a majority of all Americans. I hate the thought that people who needs checks from the government will suffer but I also think that we can not give in to these people and let the Tea Party undo decades of social progress in this backhanded manner.
    If they really want to balance the budget then we need to start with military spending. We were not bankrupt before our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  536. Danny

    I believe that laws should be put in place to stop the right wing players from putting their policial agenda within the budget and lying about what it is there for in state and federal government just to get them passed, it slows down the process and tries to deceive the people from the truth. This year is all about the rich taking over and destroying the middle and lower class so the rich can get richer. The new republicans are a big joke always saying this is what the people want lol when what the people voted on is not what they are doing, destroying the common people for the rich.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  537. kim chung

    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GOT PAID FOR BEING FURLOUGHED 15 YEARS AGO!!! The public seems to forget so quickly. It didn't affect their votes then. This is all scare tactics. Essential employees, like IRS WORKED while other federal employees didn't and ALL GOT PAID. Since the U.S. Treasury Dept. is the only REVENUE COLLECTING AGENCY in the govt. it stays open..lol! ALL THE CONGRESS AND SENATE NEED TO CUT THEIR SALARIES, PERKS, ETC. AND WORK FOR OUR COUNTRY AS THE PUBLIC SERVANTS THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  538. Alex

    This is a democracy! Negotiation and compromise are essential to its function. If House Republicans refuse to budge on their no-new-taxes pledge then why should the Democrats allow them to defund healthcare reform? I would like to see the Senate take up the stop-gap measure passed in the House, amend it to include the repeal of tax cuts for the upper echelons of society, remove the defunding of healthcare reform and Planned Parenthood and punt back to the House republicans for reconciliation... If they truly are looking to cut the deficit than I believe both ideological camps need be willing to make sacrifices... Thus far, Democrats have been the only party making concessions. Fight fire with fire!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  539. J.L. Moore

    This is what the constitution says:

    A "bill" is introduced when a member of Congress decides to create a new law. Any member of Congress can introduce a bill. Only members of the House may introduce bills that deal with taxes or spending. Before a bill can become a law, both houses of Congress must pass identical versions of the bill.

    Once a bill is introduced in either house, it goes through almost the same process. Each bill is first assigned to a committee for review. The bill is tabled, or set aside, if the committee decides the bill is not worthy. The bill is sent to the entire house for debate if the committee decides the bill is worthy of further action.

    If the bill passes, it is sent to the other house. A joint committee works out any differences the two houses of Congress have concerning a bill. When both houses agree on a bill, the Speaker of the House and the vice president sign it. The bill must be signed before being sent to the president.

    In each two-year session, thousands of bills come before Congress. Almost twelve thousand bills were introduced in Congress in one recent session. Less than five hundred were enacted into law.

    Government Shutdown!

    Republicans: "We will compromise"
    Democrats: "We are willing to compormise"
    Tea Partiers: "You better not compromise"
    Tea Party Cacus: "We can't compromise"
    Republicans: "We can't compromise"

    Tea Party is nothing but trouble!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  540. Retired Person

    HEY PEOPLE listen up–at last count there were approx 20 million Illegal Aliens living and working here in the USA; and not paying tax; Think about this: 20Million– charge each one $1.00 per day to be here (call it a room tax) 1-day=$20million
    7 days=$140 million
    52 weeks= $7,280,000,000
    so what's the matter; it took a retired person to figure this out. Dont forget that they get more benefits than a US citizen and its all free....

    April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  541. M.L. Romero

    If the republicans are really serious about the budget, they wouldn't be attaching these riders that they know full well has nothing to do with the budget and, they also know full well they will hurt a lot of Americans. The problem is democrats lack a backbone and don't try harder to explain to the american people why they can't accept the bill proposed by the house that will hurt so many people in the long run.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  542. pregnate army wife

    They shouldn't stop pay for EVERY military and government official. We have bills to pay. Not everybody has a luxurious lifestyle like the Congress have, which is why THEY decide this Shutdown because they have no money problems and we have to suffer for their own decisions.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  543. jaymie

    The congress needs to get their heads out of their asses and make a decision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  544. Vickie Peach

    Hi Ali & Randy,
    Apparently Congress has not considered cutting the outrageous retirement salaries paid to former Senators & Representatives to help save enormous sums of money.

    My understanding is that these people continue to receive their FULL SALARIES for their lifetime after retirement or defeat, regardless of the time they served, 1 term or multiple terms. How crazy is this!

    The average Senior living only on Social Security receives approximately $12,000 to $30,000 yearly while the former Congressional members receive $100,000 +per year for LIFE at the American taxpayers' expense as well as free healthcare.

    They are not required to live under the same laws, rules and regulations as the average American, a good example is the Obama Health Care bill which exempts Congressional members and their families

    How and why did this happen, and is there nothing that can be done?

    Thanks for your time,
    VPeach

    April 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  545. David Howard

    Can America let the Tea Party dictate our political agenda as shown by the Gov,t shut down attempt. The Repubicans need to get their leadership in line to help America, not to hinder our troops and the economy. Is John Boehner a real leader or puppet of the TP.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  546. Vicki Curran

    Pay the military not the congress or President.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  547. Sarah

    Personally this will effect my family because we're expecting our tax return next week, and both of our cars desparately need tires, we need to catch up on bills and pay our rent, go to the dentist and optomotrist. Some people use their tax returns for vacations...must be nice. But if these guys can't work it out this shutdown is going to really screw up my plans – my life.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  548. Robert Wagner

    Why isn't the government looking at illegal immigration. Cut the free-bees. We spent so much on health, welfare and government services for illegal immigrants who are not citizens. I am sure we would cut the budget in so many ways in this aspect. We feed, house, pay utilities, and even send them to college for free, including accommodating them while in elementary, junior high and high school with special teachers for them. While the normal American who has been born and breed in America for generations can not receive anything, and live on the edge of losing homes, being unemployed, while the immigrants are piling up 10 to a home, living it up. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE HERE. Are children are the future, do you really think that cutting back on their education is the right thing to do. I don’t, now we will have more drugs and teen pregnancy, and no child will have the knowledge to run the government in the future

    April 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  549. Paige Koehler

    My concerns are for the affected individuals’ benefits as well as myself. Are insurance companies going to hold their coverage? Are mortgage companies and utilities going to hold off for them? And I wonder if this is from helping other countries leaving U.S. with shortages for wages.
    "A government shutdown" sounds scary, what about civil unrest possibilities? What will it take to start it back up? What about Civil War? I just heard about this, there are many of us that are too busy and have not been forewarned appropriately. Anything that affects the government will affect each and every citizen. I can see some of the cuts, but doing the military cuts is going too far. Honoring these people is one of the proud U.S. actions. Even Congress cannot have a pay-cut? Why not, they certainly do not cover for any other department? Will it end there or trickle down to every other department of government? Medicare? Medicaid?
    I have two disabled persons at home that I am caregiver for, plus struggle for insurance coverage because working 40 hours a week is required for me. I am in school, how do I plan my future if I have no idea what is happening?
    Can we not cut in ALL areas? Since not all persons are affected by all departments this seems only fair. EQUALITY by utilizing percentages at EVERY department makes more sense. Democrats say that security is important, then why cut the military?
    I personally wish that all political parties that represent differences will remember that it is not only the U.S. anymore that is affected, all global industry and governments are also affected. I am all for equality and freedoms, but not at the expense of others. If we are treated equally a better response will come from all individuals. It seems to make more sense to put schedules in place to limit shut down to one department at a time through the year to equal out the loss for citizens and the economy. If this lasts more than 2 days, won’t we have to hire more or pay more to cover the work that is left behind?
    This type of action is bit TOO DRASTIC for me. Interrupting air-emergency or flyers through all the states would have been nice for public notification.
    I am not a political savvy person, but I feel an inconvenience to be forced to watch CNN to know if my neighbor will eat tomorrow.
    Concerned citizen,
    Paige
    Nebraska

    April 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  550. David Howard

    Will the America let the TEA Party,s political agenda shut our gov't down? Should our troops and economy be hurt?It is time to contact your congressman and let them know how you feel.

    STAND UP AMERICA

    April 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  551. sean

    government shuttle down! if this event can help the government reduce spenting, I am totally for it, trust me , have worked contacts for the government and they are also over charged by ventors, and if you work for the government it isn't alway based on what you know, how much education or experience that you have! but on who know or if they like you! which is one of the reason why the government is experiecing "money issues"
    Thanks

    April 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  552. KURT HICKS

    Two words summarize Ccongress and their inability to reach a compromise on ANYTHING affecting "us" >>> the average american:

    Delusional and Disconnected

    April 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  553. Dennis R Kuhn Sr

    Government employees cry about a short shutdown. Take the 3.5% of the federal budget from there pensions and fix Social Security.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  554. Andrew

    The Republicans Want to decrease government spending?

    Q: How will the few million poor families leeching from welfare that will be caused by cutting planned parenthood achieve this.

    A: It will not. It will be a very short term cut leading to a massive long term hike in welfare costs.

    The Republicans failed to pass anti-abortion laws on moral and ethical grounds, and now plan to get it effectively passed by putting it out of the financial range of the majority of people who would need it most.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  555. Gene Lambrecht

    I have an answer to this budget problem. We need to Tax the Political donations of all elected officials at the personal income rate. They predict the president will raise an excess of 1 Billion Dollars for his election. The American people are taxed out and fed-up. It’s the turn of the law makers to pony-up. Imagine the billions of dollars this would generate. Why are they tax exempt?????

    April 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  556. bob

    we need to act like the middle east and march and take back our goverment . they made america look like a joke in the eyes of the world . so now if ombama goes playes golf do all the secert servie get payed for the golf game

    April 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  557. bob

    the news get all these congress man on t.v. and they act scarded to ask them the real questions . its a free world ask them the good questions and catch them in there lies

    April 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  558. bob

    troops not getting payed. put the guns down lite up the hash

    April 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  559. Denise

    If they shut down the government, then we should insist that the President forfeit his paycheck also. This cat and mouse game is playing with human lives and has to stop! I am a disabled veteran who served this country and am outraged. My husband also served to retirement and is currently a government employee. Our votes will speak volumes during election time. This is our country, we have rights, we “ELECTED” these officials and they work for us. We are not hostages we are a world power and it is time to take our power and dignity back!

    1. Let’s refuse to pay our mortgages after all they can’t be processed anyway.
    2. Let’s refuse to pay taxes after all the government is completely incompetent.
    3. Let’s use the law of supply and demand to our advantage. If they don’t supply it they can’t demand it.
    4. We decide who is essential and nonessential. If our government wants to send troops all over the world, then they have to pay them. If not, I guess they get to go home. Can you imagine if one of them gets maimed or killed while unpaid?
    5. If the elected officials cannot do their jobs then I expect their paychecks to be withheld until they do so.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  560. Patrick Guay

    Dear Mr. President,

    Please call up a few companies of the Marines at your disposal and hold the house and senate in their offices till they get there job done and PASS A BUDGET. We will see how long republicans are willing to hold our country hostage for tea party(increasingly unpopular minority of Americans) ideology.

    Thanks
    Patrick Guay

    April 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  561. Nancy J. Purdue

    SHAME on every member of Congress and our "governing" body and I say that with a question mark. Being a member of government - govenrment is a NOUN. To be a part of the "governing" body means governing is a VERB. Unless the meaning is no longer politically correct a VERB means ACTION! no i don't know how hard your job is but you chose it and we trusted you meant it when you said you would work for us. Well darn because of our Constitution we believed you meant it and we naively voted for you. We are the shareholders who pay you and you say you know what the American people want; you say you worry about jobs and homes. You have a job, you have a home or more than one; we provide your income and health benefits even when we don't have them ourselves. How embarrassing we must look as we stand by and watch your selfishness and fear where we will get the money to pay for what you deciide that i wish i could trust. I am 69 years old and I don't want to hear any of you say you thank our troops for their sacrifice and out of the other corner of your mouth you are stopping them from getting their pay they they earn through their own blood and the food for their wives/husbands and children. You say time is running short. Think about that as you run around the country telling us why we should vote for you. Fool me once..... Now get to work and stay there until you finish the job just like we do and because that is what you profess you are about.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  562. CommenterID

    Why is Boehner not standing up to the school yard bully rookie tea party caucus? Has the corporate money that got them elected become that powerful? I know the Koch's want the EPA neutered but this is getting ridiculous!

    There's a word for that kind of outside power, Fascism.
    Former presidents warned us about it.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt in an April 29, 1938 message to Congress warned that the growth of private power could lead to fascism:

    "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power."

    April 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  563. jean

    There is so much money spent on frivolous stuff and they can't figure out that's what needs to be stopped. Did we ever get the $850 million back for the border fence that was NEVER built. Or that maybe those in Washington should take a paycut or give up some of their purks in this difficult time, everyone else seems to be being taken from. Why not them?? They have no idea how much people are hurting and struggeling to just make it thru each day. And I really don't believe they care about anyone or anything but themselves and those who have money and give it to them in one way or another. It's sad to see what's happened to this country because of lieing, selfish, self-serving, greedy people that we keep electing hoping that they'll be different . SAD:( SAD:( SAD:( Quit wasting our money and take a paycut your not worth what your getting paid , we are!!! I"m tired of you all

    April 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  564. sean

    pt.2 plus i just read a news flash, do you think government workers are over paid.? The average worker is making 102k a year and in private sector about 62k. when you add in full benifits , i would have to agree! yes!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  565. Arthur Dent

    As the party of "I hope Obama fails," and "my goal is to ensure Obama is a one term president," the GOP bears sole responsibility for the looming government shutdown and all of its disastrous ramifications. That's been their mantra and strategy theme from the instant Obama was elected. Everything I've heard come from the mouth of a Republican has been completely partisan in scope, and patently self-serving. The GOP is guilty of using the legitimate problems this country faces for political gain.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  566. Cynthia La Monica

    If the government shuts down I recommend that everyone involved in this decision be fined a day's salary for every day the government is shut down. That money could be applied to the deficit. If our leaders can't come to an agreement, then they are not working – they should not be paid. At least fining them would generate some income and the realization that you don't get paid, if you don't produce.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  567. Ruth Milcarek

    As far as planned parenthood, I have a cheap solution to that that wouldn't cost a cent. Stop promiscuity, and just say NO. And why should the government pay and us for someone to kill a child with abortion? Not what God who our country is founded on would like.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  568. Michael Coragliotti

    how can I moderate an obvious misstatement on your part. Every viewer heard what the Congressman said. Your comment was that he did not understand the question. It was clear he did understand and made an erroneous statememnent. Sorry for the outburst but I am outraged by this arrogance of the Congress to protect their own pay while the military loses their wages.

    Mike Coragliotti

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  569. Ruth Milcarek

    So many of our people have lost their homes, and jobs, and now you lay this on us. I read the police reports daily, and crime has increased because of the above. People get desperate. So what do you want to produce a country that revolts against the government. Wonder what other countries would come to help you get order here again. Or would they just laugh at us and say great. We finally broke the United States of America. Like the China video that keeps coming up on the tv. I only have a high school education, but even I know this sucks. The greedy ones get richer and the hell with us.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  570. usualone

    Federal employees may get back pay but how many of their creditors will be willing to wait. Small businesses that depend upon federal employees to keep them afloat (such as restaurants) will either go under or not be able to pay all their creditors. This has a snowballing effect. It didn't work for the Republicans when this happened during Clinton's regime. People cannot remember the deficits from the last administration let alone back when Clinton was in power. We continue to not learn from history and have elected the "me me's" into the Congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  571. Jacqueline G

    Americans should stand up and shout! How dare congress continue to vote themselves a paycheck and shut down the government. The teaparty (not a party!) legislators says they represent the people. I don't think so. How is it that these junior members of congress are so powerful?- This whole thing stinks, so what's really going on?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  572. Tim B.

    What makes Congress think they should get paid if they shut down?
    I think they all ought to be fired now and hold a new election. Trump is out of his mind.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  573. Ruth Milcarek

    I was married for 27 years and had six kids, then he took off for greener pastures. I then went to work for the prison system to pay my bills. After 15 years at age of 65 I retired. I can say the prison system is just like the government. No rehabilitation going on there at all. And the system sucked also. I was a secretary for the captains. And they promoted a black female to captain after giving it to a white male. Simply because she was going down state to file discrimination charges against them. Luckily she got caught scamming there and was finally fired. Justice got served there. But I had to go to administration and have her taken off my shift cause I wouldn't be her secretary. I knew the games she played and I asked the superintendent why would you promote someone cause they threatened you. What kind of leader is that.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  574. Ruth Milcarek

    And if this CANAMMEX ever takes place like Bush was trying for that would be wonderful (sarcastic) would have straight drug flow from Mexico to Canada. That is really a laugh. Read your Bible, and you will know there is never going to be a one world regime. God gave us all the answers and fortold all. Read Revelations and you will see how stupid it is to think this. If you believe in Jesus Christ as savior, then you would understand all this more clearly. God made our country Rich, and we made it Poor detroying all the good He did.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  575. Michael

    If the Government shuts down, Then our troops will not get paid, Our Government officials should not get paid either.
    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  576. Cory A

    This congress is as bad as Tansocean giving themselves bonuses after a horrible oil spill and the death of 11 people. Yet here they are getting paid while many americans loose actual money, ability to pay bills, buy food, medicine etc. Because Tea party people want to pass agendas to rid us of medicare, disability, social security etc, we are the ones who worked and earned the right to retire or disabled and/or terminally ill and need to income and medicare to pay for the meds, hospitals, just to stay alive and afloat. None of what is being said makes any sense except to republicans who prob just agree without truly understanding cause they are labled republican and go with the flow. Started with union stripping, which makes no sense, since unions are united and helped build this country just like americans are suppose to, it's how our country was founded thus calling it The UNITED STATES! The rich have had their way enough and hurt us enough its time we help each other in the end its all we have now, lets re-elect the correct people, out/recall or demand the ones hurting us out of office. It's our time to live a fair and just life and not used and run over by politics and big interests, they are not Gods they are suppose to be representing us, just how are they doing that? Actions speak!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  577. blangley

    Iam a Viet nam vet. I count on my dissiabilty check from the va. will we still recieve a check.......

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  578. Lakshmi

    I have not filed my tax yet. My check may get delayed, which I can deal with. But there are some of my friends who are getting affected by this and I can see the frustration and fear in them. They are all going to remember this when they go to vote in 2012. Mr. Boehner has to convince his tea drinking partners to prevent a possible shutdown; otherwise they will pay for this next year for sure.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  579. Susan King

    I am dissapointed that the new kids in DC are making decisions based on Tea Party requests. When I start a new job I am expected to follow the existing procedures, not question past minor unrelated decisions. The President was busy keeping the Country from imploding. He has been doing his best with the ruins Bush left him. I am also disgusted with the Republicans refusal to cooperate with the president at all. Inspite of this President Obama passed legislastion that helps all people, not just the rich. Please don't make me watch another bubble headed brunette who really doesn't have the intellect for what she thinks she is talking about. I'm glad the President is standing his ground at this point and won't bend anymore. He has compromised, but the republicans insist on being bullies and hurting the public at large. Its a re-occurring theme with them as I see it. Screw the little people is not an American motto, it is a Republican motto, even when it is dressed up by uneducated brunettes getting their 15 mintes of fame.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  580. Debbie Wagner

    I have made comments on here, but I think it is a waste of time. Do any of you really think any of the Republicans and Democrats even care or better yet, are reading all of what we are saying? All politicians say is what we want to hear and then they don't do anything. They are only out to take care of their friends in high places.
    What can we do about our government? Nothing!!!!!! All of them are bought off some way or another. They only rub noses with the rich and powerful. Our government is no different than the middle east and what their leaders are doing to their people. The only difference is we are more civil about it.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:26 am |
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    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  582. Pat

    According to your report this morning the last government shutdown was during the Clinton administration. During his administration and now, in President Obama's administration it appears that every effort was made and is now being made to bring down the presidency of the United States by any means necessary and at any cost to its citizens. It seems the bigger picture here is where is the line drawn between ideology and just plain treason.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  583. Becky McNeilly

    I get it the GOP thinks the government should be smaller and so do most of the citizens, but to cut the big programs that effect the greatest population is ludacrous. How about going after a bunch of the smaller expenditures that effect fewer citizens (a study to figure out ambivalence !?). How about We The People refuse to pay a dime toward the health care of the people we elected to Not run our government. How about THEY take one in the pocketbook for once!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  584. Jerry Barton, Sr. from the South Poconos in PA

    Fire ALL the Politicians,, That's a START to Balancing the Budget. And Seriously, What other than Aggravating the American Tax Payer, their Employer have they DONE, other than Fight with One another? If we wanted to see a Fight, out money would have been better spent buying Tickets to WWE!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  585. Rick

    Tell the Speaker it was nice while it lasted. If the government shuts down everyone up for election in 2012 will be voted out! A "Budget Enforcement Act" is coming your way.

    A republican by policy
    A Tea Partier at heart.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  586. Kenya Butcher

    Congresswoman Linda Sanchez's comments in regards to giving up her congressional pay incensed me. I attemted to contact her office, and got and automated response that if you don't live in her district, she won't resond to your emails. So here's and open letter to the Congresswoman...

    Comgresswoman Sanchez:
    I have 49 days left in the state of Oklahoma before returning to my home state of California. I am a Honorably Discharged Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as the spouse of a Current National Guardsman who has served both the state of California and Oklahoma who also is employed as a Federal Technician. He is set to retire in less than 6 weeks. I was shocked to see you go on the record saying that you could not give up your hefty congressional paycheck since you had your own financial responsibilities to take care of. I am a dyed in the wool Democrat, and madam, you should be ashamed of yourself. What of the almost one million federal employees about to be furlouged and out of pay who will be unable to take care of the same types of financial responsibilities. And not only the Federal employees, but our men and women serving in the military, some of whom are in combat zones with their families in the rear who will have to bear the brunt of this fiasco on their own. Do you think our landlords and mortgage companies are going to understand when we tell them, "Oh I'm sorry, the government can't take it's head out of it's fourth point of contact so I can't pay you". I think not. If you who make a substantial amount more than the average person cannot forgoe your pay, what of us? If you were responsible, like they pound into our heads, you'd have a six month cushion in the bank and you would be able to donate your pay like some or your fellow Congressmen and Women. It just goes to show your constituency your lack of caring, especially going so far as going on the record and saying you wouldn't do it. You should have not said anything at all. To late for Mea Culpa's Madam. My husband's family lives in your congressional district. Rest assured that when your term is up for re-election, I will be the first to remind everyone of your statements, and pound the pavement in support of whomever is running against you, whether they be Republican, Independent, or a monkey in a clown suit.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  587. Pat

    USA Military Budget for 2009 $515 Billion, China $59 Billion; can't we cut US military spending to cover any public radio and tv budget shortfalls and anything else we might really need.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  588. Jeff H. Toledo,Ohio

    If the goverment is looking to save money,here`s aidea to save a little: How about working on our borders more and stop all these people that come here from other countries to get an education,then go home and use their education there. They come and get goverment grants to help with education,their housing,books,etc....do you see in onslaught of Americans running to other countries to get an education?Do the other countries that the few Americans go to further their education get financial help from that country,hell,they won`t even allow the Christian faith to start churches over there,but,how many mosques do we have here? My wife and I make to much for this,and to little for that,we`re stuck between a rock and a hard place,as is most Americans. Bring our troops back so that they can help to defend our borders here,stop the imports(make it a fair exchange on the imports),chinese are here in Toledo buying property up left & right,not just houses,but major waterfront properties,buildings downtown,we have to pay to have our garbage picked up,and they want to sell landfill to compensate for no money.STOP all the BS and get back to our American values,we`re always the 1st to send help during disasters,where`s all the help with our hungry and homeless.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  589. Pam Brownstein

    On the discussion of whether the budget problem is one of ideas or money, Aren't most of the decisions on how much and where to put money based on ideology?

    April 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  590. Brittany J

    This will effect millions. How about our troops? My husband is a soldier, and I am pregnant with our first child. How are we suppose to keep food in the house? Gas in the cars for the soldiers to go to work? I don't understand how soldiers go over seas to risk there life everyday for this country, and NFL plays, pop stars are getting paid billions, well why do our soldiers get such a short pay? NFL players just throw a football, soldiers risk there lives everyday. What about our famalies? We wont be able to eat, get transportation.... I am irritated.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  591. Petula Wetherill

    I do not think that president Obama should pass this one week extension, because the Republicans and Tea Party do not want Obama to succeed. If he passes this temp bill now, we will be in this same position one week from now because the parties of "no" will continue to say no to all proposals unless they get everything they want. I hope the Amercian people are taking notes, and will ensure that they vote differently the next time around.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  592. Fred Carville

    Why doesen't the President declare Marshal Law and stop this nonsense? He should let congress shut down as they, both parties, have failed in their main mission..to keep Government running.

    He should setup a Military counter part to run the country temporarly and threaten to hold new elections to replace the existing Congress ASAP..

    April 8, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  593. abeachdude

    How about listening to MJ song & start with the Man in the Mirror

    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  594. DJ

    What happened to *We the people*?? Seems we, as a country, and a people in that country, are to blame for this mess.. As I recall, we do have a right to vote, and, it is apparent, we, as a people either don't exercise that right, or, don't really pay attention to the people we elect to do *We the people's* bidding.....

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  595. bettye Matthews

    This budget thing is a farce. The House Republicans are being disingenueous in their description of the budget problem. With them it is not about spending cuts it is about ideology. Paul Ryan's proposed budget is a perfect example. The House Republicans want women to be barefoot, pregnant and uneducated. They want children to go to work at a young age without the benefit of a decent education much less college. The elderly are supposed to die when they get sick. Most of all, they want Big Business to be able to treat the General Population like modern day surfs.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  596. Jim Sanborn

    I am a Republican from Oklahoma, but I do not and will never support a Tea Party mamber. We showed the Democrats in 2010 what would happen when they were pulling us left (way left). Well after the election President Obama moved center and the very short time our country was center Congress got something done. In January however our country has gone major down hill. No body likes anybody. The Tea Party are a very distructive force. They may drive me to independance and a Democrat voter.

    Currently the Republicans are using our GREAT military attempting to blackmail the Democrats into defunding healthcare. I support health care reform. To many people do not have access. I would never agree to take care away from anyone. Neither should this great country.

    I hope the result of the Republicans attempt to move this nation far far right will end with a more moderate 2012.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  597. Joe

    I think we need to find away to keep congress from getting paid when they dont approve a budget 2 months before the fiscal year comes. And this should be without back pay.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  598. April

    I think Planned Parenthood funding should stay in the budget. I think Democrats should stand up to the Republicans radicals even if they have to shut the government down.

    I am a military mom.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  599. Major Jim

    I am a retired Marine. I lived paycheck to paycheck for more than 20 years. Pay is much better now, so that may not be true for officers but for enlisted men and woman ?. My son is in Afganistan, "hold on, no shooting at the enemy until you get paid".

    It is ridiculous not to pay the military and pay congressmen.
    How come no one talks about their pensions after 4 years. The military and gov't workers have to go 20 years. These spoiled priviledged aristocracy needs a spanking. There is no way they should receive a pension. Did you know they shop at Military exchanges? What military person makes $170 K besides general's?

    2 1/2 wars and we have come to this? This is juvenile? Lets get rid of the Legislature...we don't need verbose talking idiots.

    Major Jim

    April 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  600. Frances B. Reed

    Solving the budget problem is EASY. They just have to pass
    an reform for my friends for a path to residency and
    citizenship. When they have 9 GOOD SS numbers, they will gladly
    pay Trillions of dollars into taxes and Social Seurity fund instead of
    being paid under the table. The budget won't need to make any
    cuts, although I recommend ending non-wars in Iraw and Afghanistan
    and cutting tax-cuts for billionaires.
    Instead they are hurting women ,the lederly, children. They
    just wrote me they are going to take $150 . off my SMALL Social
    Security check to pay for a college loan I had in 1970, 41 years ago.
    I cannot survive on $20. a week food stamps and $150 off my
    Social Security . OThers are like me. WHAT CAN I DO?
    They have the solution, and they do nothing. Thanks, Frances
    B. Reed age almost 73 if I survive. 239 Beach City 2113 Hilton
    Head, SC 29926 843-715-0124 I spent my life
    helping others like being one of the first writers of the WIC
    nutrition grans for chidlren 1972. Then I took care of
    my parents and had strokes. . Thanks, Producer Cristina.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  601. Klaus

    If there is no agreement, the president by executive order should take the percentage the 60Billion represent of the total budget and use it as the multiplier for absolutely all and every item in the budget so that for the entire budget every item is reduced by this percentage. Then they got the number and the can continue to quibble over all the other questions. That way they(our leadership) realize they failed, the public will get their message for the excellent job done voting these people into power.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  602. ric

    People who think that shutting down the government is going to fix this mess they are wrong. then truth is that congress still gets paid regardless if government shuts or not. The other part is that people like me don't know what to do. for example, my wife who is in the military just got move from one city to another by the military. although I was a federal employee i had to leave my job because there is not such thing as transferring jobs, so I have being looking for a job for four months, and counting. Now they want to closed government without thinking about nobody else, so should I give my bills to the congress so that they can pay them. If we really want to save money shouldn't we stop exempting companies such GE and oil companies from tax exemptions.?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  603. Kira Knight

    They say they have till midnight to figure this all out. I just check the mypay website and army pay stubs ARE out and we HAVE ONLY recieved half pay. So to say we have till midnight is crap, its already in effect

    April 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  604. joseph woods

    Well for one thing this is not the first time this has happened... The government shut down before, so the chances of the happening are pretty high for one thing ... And I don't know about you but when I signed up my contract stated that i am suppose to get paid ever 2 weeks. Personally If tomorrow the don't deiced and the government shuts down I think every solider that wicks there neck out for this wonderful country of ares. Should do one day off one day on... You can't be considered AWOL until the 24 hours time period has expired. P.s. Just got from AFG thank you U.S.A. For showing how much you care about the men a women putting there life's on the line for you

    April 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  605. Amber Preston

    My husband deployed a week in a half ago. He is doing his duty as a soldier and taking pride in being an American citizen and this is the kind of treatment he is repaid with. We already live paycheck to paycheck and now we are expected to live without pay while they have their lives on the line with the so-called comfort of getting back pay. By the time that happens we will have lost everything. I worry about his safety as well as the rest of our military in this time of weakness. I am appalled that President Obama has vetoed the bill to ensure their pay and buy them 1 more week to figure this out. It should be NO question to pay our troops or not. The answer is simple...PAY OUR HEROES AND FIGURE THIS OUT!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  606. Susan Thomas

    I have several members who are military and serving our country. It is not right for them to fight for our country and not get paid. This was posted on my Facebook.
    Okay people, if we can get a Facebook game for Breast Cancer Awareness onto international news this should be simple! We the American people need to send a clear message to Washington that not paying our military service members is NOT AN OPTION! It is time for our generation to stand up and let this government know that regardless of our party affiliations there are things that are UNACCEPTABLE to us as Americans. These men and... women put their lives on the line everyday to protect the privileges and freedoms we all enjoy! Please pass this along to as many people as possible as well as send invites to the congress men and women that represent your state letting them know that they need to pass this bill. AGAIN this should not be about partisanship, but rather doing what is RIGHT as a nation to honor all those who currently serve and all those who have gone before and given their life as the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  607. Greg Brookes

    I do not believe that the budgetary cuts need to be as deep as the Republicans are suggesting, nor that abortion or other social issues should have anything to do with the passing of the budget. This just makes the Republicans and the Tea Party look horrible and vindictive.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  608. Heather

    I am an airforce wife... this being said, how is our government supposed to expect our troops to want to defend and represent this country when our country can't even support them and their family? It's hilarious that neither Congress, House of Representatives, nor the "President" of this country will be losing any money out of their pockets during this whole process! They want to gamble with our money, women's health, and everything else on budget cuts, but in my opinion, they should take some of that money out of their own pocket!!! One woman in the house went on record saying she couldn't afford to lose any of her money....... NEWS FLASH... neither can we and we make MUCH less.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  609. Linda Burger

    Simple Question – Why are the House Republicans trying to cut women's health care, when they wouldn't cut a penny to NASCAR? I'll tell you why – it's all politics. The Republican teabaggers wouldn't dare cut funding to one of the "good old boys" favorite things....car racing. This is really terrible!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  610. Navymp9502

    This is not about money, this is about politics. I read between the lines. But since we are on the subject of money, I have yet to hear from the politicians is if the politicians are going to accept thier pay being canexed!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  611. Megan, AZ

    It's sickening that this is the reality of our country! America is not supposed to be a country that takes from the poor to give to the rich! Washington needs to wake up and do what is right for the country...not just the upper class.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  612. Rebecca Simmons

    It's simple:

    1.) Tax the top 1% that aren't paying their share of taxes

    2.) End subsidies to oil companies

    3.) End farm subsidies

    4.) Close down the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya

    Budget problems fixed. What's the hold up?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  613. Cindy

    My husband and I just got married 3 months ago and still are getting started on our life. He is a Marine at MCAS Miramar and I just moved out from Japan to be with my husband and the only income we have now is from my husbands paycheck. We currently live paycheck to paycheck and if the government doesn't pay him I don't know what we would do. He is getting ready to leave for a deployment and these news just makes it more stressful..

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  614. Benita

    I'm a Retired, Disabled Veteran. Been waiting to see a Specialist at the VA Hosp for 8 months. If they shut the government down. I may die, before I can get to see that Dr again!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  615. James Carmack

    Why can we not shut down the pay these politicians are getting? They put us in this mess, if they had to suffer maybe they would do something.. Why can we not as voters have the right to vote weather they get paid? they decide for us

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  616. Olivia A.

    I say that Obama and the people who unfortunately run the U.S. need to realize that shutting down the government is wrong. I have 10 hours, like so many other people, until I find out if I can pay my bills. Good job Washington for puting fear into the U.S.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  617. Don

    I agree that the Democrats can't legislate their way out of a wet paper sack. I mean, they owned The House, Senate AND the Presidency, and still could not get their initiatives through. I am not sure HOW you do that.

    But, the budget catastrophe was caused by GOP tax reductions, unpaid war campaigns, and their masterful deregulation of financial institutes and Wall Street.

    Now, the Tea Party comes into power by blaming the Dems for all the problems in the world, no one is getting or giving straight talk, and the Tea Party says (in their out-loud voices), "Shut It Down."

    The impact of the last time they did that (think Newt – who would name their kid Newt? – It-is-not-ok-for-you-to-cheat-on-your-wife-but-it-is-fine-if-I-do-Gingrich) PUT the Dems in power.

    The unfortunate crux of the matter is that none of this is about the American people. The truth is, you and I, the middle class, are out of the loop. The country is run by the rich and by corporations (who are, after all, people too).

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  618. Gary

    How can the "leaders of our country" sit there and countine to act like children and blame eachother for not figuring out a proper buget. We need to face the fact that we need to cut programs and build up revenue. We also need to realize what a joke of a government we have... How and why does the US governemnt have a policy in place saying if the gorernment has to shut down that the troops overseas will not be compensated for their work but the lawmakers doing nothing besides bickering will get compensated...

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  619. Susan Creed

    This is ridiculous! I am embarrasses by our government today! We work our butts off for what? NOTHING... Congress could care less, Obama could care less. No one cares about military families. My husbadn has done 3 tours and my mom leaves for her 3rd in a couple months, and this how you thank them. How can you even look at yourself in the mirror? You should be ashamed of yourselves!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  620. Jerry

    No shutdown. Delay action on contentious issues and pass the budget.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  621. Jesse M.

    Why is military only receiving half their pay for the next pay period already?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  622. Linda from Ohio

    I am thoroughly disgusted with what is happening in Washington. I am also disgusted with the media for constantly putting members of the tea party on without ever giving any opportunity to respond by normal citizens. If you look at your current poll, a majority of Americans do not look upon the tea party favorably yet you continue to push there views. What are you hoping to gain by this unprecedented favoritism for the tea party. What about the majority of Americans who do not agree with them?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  623. Donna

    It is appalling to me that the government would shutdown on an issue like abortion. This is a personal choice and should have nothing to do with government or budget. I recall how this has been government's business in the former communist countries. We have much more acute crises in this great country than abortion. The government is ready to deprive our troops' families of daily food just because of an ideological issue.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  624. Drenda Lawton

    The government shutdown at this point has come down to an agrument over WOMEN and Women's Health.....gee, girls doesn't that make us feel important?

    IT'S REALLY NOT ABOUT THE MONEY, now is it?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  625. CARL CHAVEZ

    I have heard enough of this, which has been going on since Oc. 2010. Regardless of what brought it to where it is today it must be dealt with. I hear two conflicts
    1: abortion and planned parenthood
    Answer:Continue to provide aid to planned parenthood but put a clause which will not allow plan parenthood to conduct abortions
    (one a side note: I've worked with them and while they provide resources they do not do abortions).
    2: Agreeing on how much to cut off of what.
    Answer: Cut the same percentage of all corporations, agencies ect. until they reach the desired budget cut.

    It can't get any easier than that.

    -Concerned Citizen

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  626. Ed

    I don't know every detail about the budget conflicts. But one thing I continue to hear is the government is "trying to cut spending"
    I'm not exactly sure, however, how the government is going to "cut spending" when this country will pay more in interest alone on the national deficit. The deficit will continue to increase and so will the interest.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  627. Gayle Stenson

    If the Republicans were so concerned about the troops being paid, then why did they add a rider that they KNEW the Democrats would not agree to? They are no more concerned for the troops than they are any other hard working American.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  628. Lynn McBride

    Last year, at the townhall meetings, the American Citizens make it clear, "reduce spending and get the budget balanced." I do not want a shut down, my job works hand in hand with the government, BUT the legislators missed the message before, so maybe they will get it now. I do not overspend, nor should the government.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  629. LarryGW

    If the government shuts down,payments to the executive, and legislative branches should immediately stop. Payments to the military should continue. The legislative leaders should be sequestered until an agreement is made. That will help expedite a solution

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  630. Maria

    Shut down first congress and the lawmakers before everything else

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  631. jim

    It's about time there are consequences to the reckless behavior of the Democrats. A government shutdown is a good thing. Maybe the people will realize what are the real essential services of the government.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  632. David R. Osborn

    As a Veteran and lifelong registered Republican, I hold responsible each currently serving Washington politician should our govenment secure today. When playing together in the sandbox, it's about comprimise, descretion and patience. I will in now way shape or form support any currently serving bureaucrat decision maker if the U.S. puts the sign out "Closed for Business". Pass the 2011 budget, prepare discussion for the 2011 budget and get back to the primary priority of focusing on our men and women in uniform. David from Alamosa.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  633. Patrick Sullivan

    Fine all involved $400/day for each day gov. is shut down including the President and V. President.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  634. WillT

    The Republicans keep claiming its only about the money but keep shoving their religious fundementalist crap down the countries throat. Its funny those that are pushing fear of Muslims are the same ones trying to push for a theocracy here.

    Their budgets only benefit the rich as if those tax breaks will be spent here and not to build factories in countries where its not illeagal to work folks for 80 hours and pay them 10 cents a day.

    Between the GOP corporatists and the religious fanatics this country is doomed.

    What exactly is Patriotic about 98% of the country making less than they did 30 years ago? Whats small government about sticking your nose in the womb or the bedroom?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  635. Angry PFC

    As a service member deploying within a few days to Afghanistan I find it hard to believe this is truly happening. How is my family supposed to pay our bills and buy food for the next few weeks on one half of a paycheck???

    How am I supposed to work on my mission as a soldier knowing that my family may not be able to eat? My wife won't be able to pay my daughters school bill. This is more than ridiculous.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  636. Lauren

    This government shutdown has already begun to affect my life. Mu husband is deployed with the military and his pay is already showing the cut. They took half of his check. My husband is serving this country and has no option whether or not he works and yet he is not getting paid for his service to this country. Appalling. Yet, the commander in chief will get paid, but his soldiers are already feeling the effects.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  637. Taylor Spacely

    I would be put into a sticky situation with my wife being stuck in England we were in the final step in applying for her visa but i guess with this potential shutdown i will have to wait. But i dont think that it would be fair seeing that my elected representatives would still be paid

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  638. therese field duvall

    i think we need to fire everyone and look for senators that will work for us and not put money in there pockets. they are to busy blaming each other then to see how they all are to blame. they cant even do there jobs right anymore. if they cared for what the people want they would do a better job. but hey they only care for what they want.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  639. nuconnect

    Responsible adults don't want handouts, medical or otherwise. Insulting, to an extreme. Even a 5 yr old sees people get sick and lose their job. That is why anyone with half a brain cell has a plan B. They also live within their means, which includes saving for a rainy day or retirement. It is called self reliance people and taking responsibility for your actions or lack of action.
    The Government has NOT been doing that and that is why we are in the state we are.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  640. chris

    I am in the Army, as a whole we are concerned about our daily routine. Food, gas, bills, and housing. I can make it off the land but can my family? I have one word that would clear all of this up "Impeachment". Thanks Obama

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  641. Rodney Lobato

    I think we should fire the whole congress. They do not do their job that they are supposed to do. The only thing they do is find ways of screwing the working class people out of more money. Close the government down and get some people in there that will do the job that people expect them to do and quite wasting our money.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  642. Angel

    You know everyone has lost prospective on what we are as Americans. Using the people that are living day to day, the men and women of our military, senior citizens, using us as chips in a poker game of your political agenda. Shame on all of you; remember who you are speaking for, the people that put you in office in the first place. Somewhere you all have lost your way and its time as Americans that we stand united and say enough. Help these politicians get there thumbs out of there you know what’s.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  643. Judith Vigorito

    I would love to know how much congress is cutting the budget to the Pharmacutical, Health insurance, and Oil companies we give trillions of dollars to every year.
    It's sad that services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, seem to be a priority for cuts. Yes there is no questions these systems have waste, and need to be reformed, but reforming comes AFTER the budget is complete.
    Budget cuts and formulating the budget is not to be used to change legislation......it is to balance the budget and make cuts. From what I have seen, they are nitpicking over small amounts of money to programs that affect many Americans, instead of attacking where most of our money REALLY goes....

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  644. Alfonso Quinones

    As the arab world is getting rid of non responding goverment to the will of people, let us Recall the entire Congress, lets get people who want to work for us in there

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  645. Randy McCallister

    Please do not give the "tea bag" party air-time. They did not win the election. They do not and should not have a voice in this fight. If the Republicans choose to listen their rhetoric then the Republicans can be made responsible at the poles.

    I think the government shutdown is necessary to bring the situation to the american people.

    PS...I will quit calling them "tea baggers" when they stop referring to "Obama care".

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  646. Karen

    Boy the Major Jim (above) has said it right. These Republicans and Teapartyers are not living with reality! They are selfish and it's all about them!!!

    If the people who voted those teaparty people in realized what programs they would cut – they never would have been elected...

    They all get paid 170,ooo plus great gov't run healthcare...and after only serving one term they get a pension.....what a crock and they do not do the majority of the people's business.

    Instead they work for Corporations who elect them!!! This is not the America I thought it was!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  647. Claudia Canales

    Throughout history and still today, we have been a nation in which has promoted and sometimes even forced democracy throughout the world for a variety of reasons and of those is because we believe it's the best form of government. Having said that, it'll be an absolute embarrasmant if the government shutsdown.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  648. Fessha

    Why CNN and the MSM refer to the issues of abortion, familiy planning etc as social issues is amusing. These are not social but religious issues. The Talaban propagate the same issues that CNN and the MSM refers to as religious fundmentalism. So should the Republicans start stoning abortion participants etc so we can call them fundmentalists like their counterparts in Ahfganistan? Stop the double standard.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  649. samba

    With all talk about the spending, how come none of these law makers not talking about the money ($3billion) they are sending to foreign country like Israel?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  650. Ryan from Salt Lake City

    How can lawmakers (who will continue to be paid during a shut down) talk as though they are doing the average American a service by drawing a line in the sand and saying we won't budge. Tell them thanks for crippling our country again and I hope they enjoy their paychecks when our military and American families go with out.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  651. Patricia Spivey

    I believe that all Tea-Party Republicans should be impeached on the basis of their extreme stupidity. I hope at least that none of them be reelected.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  652. Curtis

    I am a soldier and I just checked my mid month pay to find that it has already been cut. I thought deliberations were still going on and they had the rest of the day to come to a resolution? I guess they already know what is going to happen.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  653. Jane

    I think the parties need to get their act together by today and come to a decision. Many federal employees have been on the edge of their seat just waiting for an answer and the government is messing with people's lives by not paying the military or the federal employees if a shutdown occurs. This is just hurting the economy because many people are going to start losing their homes because they cannot pay their mortgage or their bills without their paycheck.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  654. amber Duncan

    It will affect us in so many was due to my husbands just deployed with the 22nd meu. this is our 2nd deployed. i also work on base and we are told that we will have to work for free with out pay.camp lejeune is trying to make arrgment just for the marines on this base not the employees that work on base.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  655. Robert

    Who is responsible for the impending government shutdown? The Democrats. The budget should have been passed by October 1, 2010. They controlled the house, senate and executive branch and couldn"t pass a budget (again). How many times have we had a Continuing Resolution Authority (CRA) over the last few years? It seems like every year. We should have seen this coming.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  656. robertreed

    that means that the hookers would be laid off not laid

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  657. Bryan B.

    You want Medical reform? Try putting politicians on medicare and social security instead of their own government funded programs. You'd see the medical mess straightened up so fast your head would spin. If government can't pass a budget, then they should be FINED for every day that they fail to do their job, AND their pay should be stopped. It's ridiculous *sp?* that AMERICA puts up with this kind of representation and keeps putting these people back in office. America needs to go back to people getting paid for what they DO that help their country and community. NOT what kind of spin they can put on their mistakes.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  658. Gail Miller

    The effects of the government shutdown are already being seen. Soldiers have been told to check their paystubs for their upcoming paycheck. Their pay now reflects the shutdown as of tonight.

    Our Soldiers now have to worry about staying alive and how they are going to feed their families.

    Our Senators and Representatives should be ashamed of themselves and our President needs to step up and order to congress to remain in session (not allowed to leave Capital Hill) until they can finalize the budget and Obama needs to sit with them and lead them through it.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  659. Chris in Texas

    I have a solution. Televise the negotiations on CSPAN so we can all see who is not telling the truth.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  660. Navymp9502

    Here's a thought, Since the likes of Donald Trump is so concerned about the financial condition the country is in, why dont he give up some of his billions and well as GE who banks overseas to keep from paying taxes to the cause.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  661. Russell Thompson 3rd

    Why don't they shut the Congress down without pay and leave the government open. Another example of why we need term limits. Once again the Democrats hate Republicans and Republicans hate Democrats. They need to let the party in power do what they want and if you don't like it vote for the other side in 4 years. Term Limits !!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  662. Donna Pierce

    I think that if they shut down, then all of the congressmen and representatives should give up their salaries, and have them sent to the military families. How do they expect these people who VOLUNTEERED to protect us, are going to be in the millions of people who will not be paid. My son is currently in the States, but I have many friends who are still in Afghanistan or Iraq. If they can't make up their mind whether women's health issues are important or not, and that makes them close down and not pay our military (among others), then maybe all of them should just resign. Who is going to pay the rent and utilities for all of these military families, and buy their groceries while our congressmen and representatives can't settle a budget which has already been postponed too many times????? It is time to forget about Democrat or Republican, and they need to worry about the voting public. There are hundreds of congressmen, but millions of regular citizens. Where does the majority lay??????

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  663. Matt

    I think it was very interesting to hear Mark Skoda inform us that the Tea Party "owns the new media" and says that 48% of the country is in line with his thinking. I am a registered independent, but have been pushed away from the Republican side by the extremist elements (the Tea Party) and I can assure you that just as we saw a shift in 2010, I think we will see a shift again in 2012 as more people understand that while we want to see fiscal responsibility, we don't want to see the money coming from programs like womens funding and public radio, which has been reported as a very small amount anyway! Mark my words, if the Republicans let this shutdown happen, we will see a shift again until the Republicans dump the Tea Party and return to sainty.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  664. Sheila Siegel

    I am outraged by Republcan and Tea Party behavior in carelessly advocating a govt. shutdown. The numbers facts are skewed and th e reemergence of anti-woman sentiment is obvious.Health benefits for women are systematically being eroded . The woman's movement is being challenged to rise again.I look forward to the challenge.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  665. Kyle Horton

    The possibility of a government shutdown does not financially hurt our congress-folk or president personally. However, 'We The People' will not be able to afford to feed our children.

    Take the monies spent on Congressional salaries, pensions and insurance and use those monies to help pay to feed, clothe and shelter our children.

    We The People have lost our jobs. We The People have lost our insurance. We The People have lost our money.

    We The People will be happy when you (Congress) give something back.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  666. Ohio Grandma

    Our politicians are despicable! They were elected to these positions and we all need to remember that at the next elections, for BOTH parties. It is time they were thrown out of office and forced to live in the real world like the rest of us. Shame on them for receiving a paycheck while they take actions that could deprive our servicemen and women of their pay. I don't know how they have the nerve to face the American public, and that goes for the President to the leaders of the Republican party.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  667. kathleen

    why does the people, that we as a people. put into office, to spend are money, that they take from us to run the country for us to be free. get us in a place where we have no money. so where is it.??? a ponzie scam??? ain't that what you call it when you take money from someone and they loose it all, on a scam, to rob you. and if this doesn't make sense. that's what congress sounds like.!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  668. Chuck Surprise

    Hacking away at the 12% of the Federal budget targeted by the GOP and Teacons is ridiculous, and a thinly disguised attempt to inflict a repressive social agenda on our citizens. It would be refreshing to see our president take the lead in cutting the 88% consumed by defense, and entitlements. A meaningful reduction in healthcare costs, higher taxes for the richest Americans, and rational restructuring of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid makes sense. Let's talk about that, please.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  669. Jerry

    What do we gain by shutting down the government?
    Does the delay continue until the issue is resolved? That may never happen.
    Here we have two sides that a re now trying to save face at the expense of the American people.
    It is very sad.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  670. Larry Gold

    I am flummoxed. We spend over $600 billion/year on defense. For every 1% that would be cut here it would equal $6 billion. That's almost 20 times the amount that the Republicans want to cut in Title X funding. In other words we can't cut defense by 1/16th of a percent .00625%???!!!!
    This is not about spending.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  671. Willie Butts

    I am sick and tired of hearing the Speaker of the House and others talking about not wanting to shut the government down and yet they are doing nothing to ensure it will not happen. I don't care for any of them Democrate, Republican, Tea Party none of them are doing what they were elected to do. They sound like a bunch of spoiled brats. They need to stop pionting fingers and get the job done.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  672. Drenda Lawton

    The republicans are determined to destroy this Country at
    any cost.Just say No to every thing ! They fail to realize
    that Americans are looking at their Leadership!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  673. Donald - Missouri

    We wouldn't be in this pickle of shutting down the Government, if the Congress and President hadn't given that Tax-Cut to the Fat-Cats last year!
    I'm 100% Social Security Disabled and also receive a Veterans Pension. If those checks don't come, I won't be paying any bills or eating.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  674. Juanita

    The best thing we should all do is to all get in prayer to God. We will be in prayer for the best decision for our Nation.

    Prayer and Fast for the Nation
    Prayer and Fasting
    Beginning tonight at 6 p.m.

    The United States President has told the Board of Congress to make a decision on the budget by Friday Midnight, or there will be a government shutdown. All people will be affected, but.....................

    If we get together, unite, pray, and fast there can be changes for this nation. Pray for our Leaders, to make the best decisions for our Nation.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  675. Jim Hazel

    The failure of the House, the Senate and the President to resolve the budget issue before this, thereby creating a crisis time for many Americans, is an insult to the American people and an international joke. Frustration is rampant, but we must translate frustration into action.

    It is time to vote against every current incumbent – starting with the President, the Speaker of the House and the Senate Lead for lack of leadership. And then follow along ousting every current House and Senate incumbent for their submission to positioning and politics over the best interestes of the American people.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  676. Gabriele Welch

    I really think our government needs to learn the constitution: " for the people and by the people." we have not seen this way of thinking in a long time. I have a son on a fast attack submarine in a crisis area. He has 3 children. Not enough his wife is the plumber, mechanic, Dad,and then some. How about we send the kids of our government reps to the crisis area an then not pay them/How would they like it?
    Government workers make 3 times the amount of money than the average american, plus they get free healthcare. What is wrong with this picture? How can congress get paid when they shut down the government? Like so many americans, I am looking for another place to retire in.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  677. Name*Bob

    I am on a very small ss chk. I can't live without it. This is all because the RICH have to have a tax cut. They are the one that control the gov. The poor people just keep sufering.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  678. Mary

    Please point out that the amount of money underdiscussion here – whether you consider the $30 B or $60B – is a rounding error. This isn't enough to even bother with. They are talking about 2% or 3% of the deficit.
    Also explain to your listeners the difference between the debt and the deficit.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  679. nic

    Most of the kids who join the military did not do so just for the paycheck. There is no doubt that the economy drove many of them to join the military. However, many of them did join so they can keep on playing while their girlfriend or wives were left behind to raise their children. Many of them used the military to escape from their civilian responsibilities. No worry, I have a boy in the U.S Army getting ready to be deployed for the first time. He is 21 years old, unmarried, no kids no girlfriend, just himself. The way a true soldier should be! Why would anybode get married and have kids and leave them behind? To protect their children? They should be home instead playing war games.

    It is time to shed the extra weight. Shut it down. (Get rid of the uncles, cousins, brothers sisters whom were hired because they "knew sombody ".) And lets go from there.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  680. J. Fitz

    We all can see that representation has failed the American people. So in the 2011 if the Government shuts down let THE PEOPLE VOTE what We want to cut and keep... WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT DRIVE THIS COUNTRY SO LETS VOTE ON HOW OUR MONEY IS SPENT!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  681. Ralph Allen Beach

    The Government Shutdown will hurt ALOT of people. Why should Politician keep getting thier paychecks when everyone else loses thier's? What good will Shutting down Government do when it didn't work 25 years ago? Politicians need to stop acting like children and get the problem solved! It's bad enough for job hunters and it will be worse if the Shutdown happens. The shutdown will ONLY hurt the People of America. Families will lose money they need. Politician need to end this NOW and not on Monday.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  682. Jacqueline Curtis

    I think it is ludicrous what is going on in Washington. If the House Republicans wanted to compromise, why doesn't the Speaker of the House share Senate Bill 388 that passed in the Senate. I don't believe legislatures really care about the shut down because they still get paid. Senate bill 388 would require the House and Senate members as well as the President to go without pay. My husband and I are on Social Security and have to live in our means. Which we have difficulty due to medical problems of my husband. All I can say is the voters got what they voted for in November when they thought tea party members and Republicans would solve their problems. The shut down will not only affect federal employees but all they way down the line except for the rich.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  683. Symonne

    The American people are being held hostage by the Tea Party who as a minority is controlling the Republican party. I am sad to see America in this debate in Washingotn . Are we to balance the budget with spending cuts on the backs of the Working Poor?. We are in a revoltionary moment in History and soon this country will be 2 classes those who have and those who have not.........

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  684. mike in KY

    I was laid off 2 years ago from a private company that had never had laid off in 50 years , thank you Republicans for not knowing what to monitor. My next job after a year along with other was outsourced to India. Thank you Government. After a 6 month waiting process I am to report for a Federal Position where no one may be there if a shutdown. The most I feel is to continue never to vote for someone that is in a incumbent official until they all learn that when voted in they must do their job and no party is voted in with 100% of the votes. I would like to see any politician be subject ( Congress and Senate) be given same health benefits as any other federal employee. Nice would be to vote in salary penalty when unable to obtain budge. Why are we in to a new budget year 6 months and still a battle, NO PENALTIES JUST STUPID.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  685. William Cullian

    If the republicans are worried about planned parenthood being used for abortion, even though its illegal for it to be used for abortion. Then there is no problem, just pass the budget then investigate planned parenthood to see if they are using the money properly. If these polititians shut down the government, they should all be fired and never be allowed to run for political office again. I am a plumber, and if I pushed a job back for 6 months, i wouldn't have that job.Just to simplify things for the politicians, if you repeal bush's tax cuts for the rich and pull out of all the wars quickly and start building a wind and solar infrastructure, this country will be in good shape in 10 years..

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  686. Linda

    Government should be governed from the middle...not the far left or right.

    It seems the Replubicans keep moving the bar as far as budget cut levels and right wing agenda have no place in the federal budget negotiations.

    A shutdown is going to hurt real people...this is not a game.

    And I believe that the Republicans should be blamed if the government is shut down.

    It seems the Republicans are interested in making hurts low in cuts to the detriment of low income people.

    Why does that come as a surprise?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  687. Hussein Aljobori

    If the government shut down happens tonight, I will be incredibly sad because I won't be able to continue working on the papers to bring my wife over to the United States.
    We all wish that they will get to an agreement before midnight.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  688. Karen

    We are in this financial crisis because of one person and that is George W. Bush. How come there is no blame directed at him? It's all the Democrats fault. Remember how long the Republican had control. Doe's the media have that short of a memory as the Tea Party seems to. I think if we spent somewhat less on the boys toys in the Military there would definitely be some room to keep funding for Planned Parenthood. But that certainly wouldn't fly in this ego driven Congress only looking toward the next election.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  689. joseph woods

    the problem is that the wars fund this country

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  690. Bruce

    The Republicans blocked everything the Democrats tried to do last session. Remember the Party of No.
    The smooth talking Tea Party/Republicans really don't care. It is a War on the poor, the old, women and Health Care. People need to wake up. If we go down the country will go too. Another thing when ever they are doing their "Evil Tax Cuts" for the rich or oil companies notice how happy they are. Then to pretend they care about the service men yet they believe in God what a joke. These people are evil. Please wake up America.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  691. Connie Ceneca

    Hi Ali,

    Regarding the republican's position on Title 10, would you be willing to report on the political makeup of the women who use those medical services? In other words, how many of those women are republicans and how many are democrats? This goes to the very core of the problem: who actually loses with this republican policy?

    Please do not let the republicans get away with, yet again, a massive rehetorical ploy by putting up the "smokescreen" of blocked military paychecks. In Wisconsin, the budget was their rhetorical ploy to weed out democratic political funding (unions)....please be smart about your reporting.

    Thank you!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  692. Walter L. Johnson

    Democrats in the House did not pass a budget in December because the Senate Republicans said they would block action and the House Republicans would have prevented other House bills from being considered..

    The unanswered question is what will happen to federal employee health insurance benefuts? Will employees or their family members die because there is no legal authority to pay the health insurance companies or because the insurers refuse payment because of uncertainty of their actual premium income?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  693. Ashley Sommerfield

    Im a Army Wife We live pay check to pay check. I have a 4yr and im pregnant. plus my husband is in Korea. How are we suppose live with a shut down. There arguing back in forth. And all it going to destroy alot of familys like me. We are the ones that will get punished for there mistakes. And its not fair that Congress will still get there pay check but we could lose our. Stop acting like children you have so many lives in your hands.And you will destroy us if you dont come to agreement. Dont make us suffer for your mistakes.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  694. pat

    congress wants to get paid when no one else does i believe that they should not get paid till they make up their minds they want our military to fight for their freedom but not get paid that bull if you or i don't do our job we don't get paid so why should they
    why don't congress give the military their pay since they want the government to shut down these men and women are giving up their lives to give these people their freedom and they don't want to pay them WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE
    ALSO WHY ARE THEY PICKING ON WOMEN

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  695. ronvan

    And that a government shutdown would mean that our brave and loyal military would not get paid is not only disgusting but smacks of being
    non-american and tratorism! IF this happens, and I pray it doesn't, then EVERY American should be shouting to the top of their lungs that EVERY "politician/elected children" in office will be thrown out!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  696. Tina O.

    Military leave and earning statements have already been printed. They are being posted with 1/2 pay entitlements. So many of our military live below the poverty level and live paycheck to paycheck. We will repay the "No Paycheck" with our votes!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  697. isaac

    If the government can't settle on a budget and are forced to shutdown from a lack of funds then I believe they should shut the entire government down. Shut down the air traffic control towers, shut down the interstate freeway system, shutdown the border patrol, shut down the department of defense, etc. Simply shutting down non-essential government functions is all for show. I bet the consequences of a full government shutdown would result in the congress actually getting their job done today. Believe me, I want to see more responsible government, but claiming the government is shutdown when in fact only a small portion is actually closed is simply ridiculous.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  698. Balance Seeker

    Shutting down the government would be an unfortunate situation . . . but . . . when considering the alternative of continuing our irresponisble spending and mounting deficit a shutdown would be the right decision. One can only hope that should this event happen that it would instill a dose of reality into those who choose to ingore the fact that our government is broke and that continuing to be fiscally irresponsible is not a sustainable path for our country.

    These discussions should be viewed as a preamble to those to come in the future. Our repressentatives are going to have to get very serious about listing to the American Public, our Nations Priorities and how future spending will affects the viability of our country on the world stage.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  699. Sue Nicolai

    I think that all the congress members need to take a reduction in pay and maybe give up their benefits so that the government spending can be reduced. I think their salary is way to high and we the American people can not afford this.

    The other idea that I have is that we put a younger generation in the congress that does not demand such a high salary so that we can reduce the government spending.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  700. Benjamin

    I believe a shut will show a weakness in our system. It could also create panic or chaos amongst the people. Everyone needs to remember we're American's first and remember "United We Stand Divided We Fall". The Division between Democrats and Republicans is beginning to affect way to many people one way or another throughout a America.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  701. Willie Butts

    Do the really care about the people. Not one of them Democrate, Republican, or Tea Party have to worry about how they are going to pay bills, feed their family or put gas in their cars because they still get paid and they probably have a sizable savings that they can use most of the people who voted for them to do their job does not. They need to do their Jobs and stop finger pointing.
    Anyone who agrees with shutting the govenment down is probably someone who have plenty of money to survive until this ordeal is over.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  702. Jeanine Arndt

    My question is, WHY is the house speaker rolling his eyes and choosing not to answer when reporters ask him questions about what message he has for the people who are facing not getting a pay check, or missing festivals and museums? We may be small people in the country, not important politicians, but those things matter to us! It is very condescending to just blow off these issues when we are sitting here with our fingers crossed and terrified about how we are going to buy groceries and pay our utility bill. WHY doesn't he care about that.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  703. whitney

    Where is the compromise? Tea party says $61 billion in cuts or shut it down? Democrats already willing to cut half that amount, how about the Tea Party and ultimately the GOP compromise on something here.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  704. Mike

    I believe that people all over the country should come together and start petitions to remove law makers that fail to do what they have been elected to do. The people of America need to say enough is enough we should not have to wait four or six years to throw out law makers that are not getting the job done. If lawmakers could be fired on the spot just as everyday people are we would not be in the situation we are in. It is time for the people of this country to take it back the people of wisconsin have the right idea.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  705. Larry in KY

    The Peter principle alive and on stage. This is the most pathetic display of incompetence I have ever seen. The Republicans need to understand that there are two Americas; one is conservative and the other is liberal. Their job is to represent the interests of both. In the real world, we sit, discuss, compromise and agree on the compromise. No one gets 100% of what they want. We then monitor, assess, adjust and re-engage. Things get done and there is progress. To give a trillion dollar tax cut to big business and the wealthy and turn around and take money from children's programs, education and women's health is the highest form of insensitivity and constituency disconnect. What the hell are they thinking!!!???

    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  706. kevin

    Can't understand why we're spending so much time talking about who can't get a VISA....who can't get a mortgage.....what about the thousands of government civilian employees that will be out of work if they don't get something done?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  707. jennifer conkli (17)

    if the government shuts down what does that mean for local government? will things be like in the times of the depression? what about people on medicade? what are we to do?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  708. Ed Holland

    Why do the Republicans and Democrats act like children – I say we should be able to watch the meetings on TV and see what is actually going on.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  709. KATHERINE

    I think its terrible...its already happened .....my son and son-n-law can see the results for their pay next week and they are loosing one week pay....yes they are only getting paid for one week....just how can our soldiers defend our country on an empty stomach....how can they pay their bills and feed their children

    April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  710. Lavada Hobbs

    It's mighty funny that the goverment cant agree on a budget but they can quick to agree to drop bombs...

    April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  711. Craig

    There should be a bill introduced and passed in congress that will continue pay for our military but NOT congress in the event of any future shutdowns. Congress should not be rewarded for not being able to do their job when those that put their lives in danger get no compensation.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  712. Gwen

    It seems that the Speaker can't answer a direct question about Article 10. How many ways do we have to ask him?? He stressed repeatedly that the Republicans DID NOT want to shut down the government. Their issues with Planned Parenthood, EPA, etc. shouldn't stop either Party from reaching an agreement. Stop all the "grandstanding" and stop hiding behind the troops. The first step should be for Congress to "furlough" their OWN pay, Pensions and Healthcare!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  713. Sandra Palmer

    Perhaps this impasse could be resolved if we quit paying our politicians who seem not to be interested in doing the job they were elected to do and are more interested in posturing themselves to be re-elected (where they will continue to accomplish little or nothing) and pay our military...after all the ARE doing the job they took an oath to perform.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  714. John Picklesimer

    Let the Republicans and Teabaggers blame themselves for the nation's debt

    The national debt Reagan inherited was just under 1 trillion, when he and his protege George I left office, it had soared to 4.4 trillion (440%) as a result of a cut taxes and spend economic philosophy.

    Clinton inherited a 4.4 Trillion debt and left with a 6.2 trillion debt (40% increase) but left with a small budget surplus and surpluses far into the future.

    George II aka Shrub squandered that and left the nation with a 10 trillion debt and an economy in shambles.

    It will take a long time to fix the damage Reagan and Shrub have done to the greatest nation on earth. These policies are just wrong headed for America.

    .

    April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  715. Bryant Sears

    As a member of the United States Air Force, I find this whole thing absolutely ridiculous..I CANNOT believe that WE have been deemed "non-essential personnel"..really? If that's so, then we all might as well take down all the flags in America.. after all, that is what we fight for..what we believe in..and what we would die to defend..your welcome congressman..sleep well tonight

    April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  716. feel used

    I've been military for 15 years, 3 deployments to Iraq, and now because the gov't can't figure out how to budget "planned parenthood" or "policies", my pay has to be suspended and face no pay until this is "decided by both parties"? The point is to put money into the economy, not put more military members (who barely pass welfare income levels) in further debt, even while they are in combat.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  717. Judi McMillen

    I don't know about the rest of Americans, but I am revolted by the potentially life threatening decisions being bandied about between republicans and their precious "idiotology" and the equally ridiculous stance taken by the so called tea party people. It is just another way to hold Americans hostage by taking away their paychecks. Come on you so called leaders. Stop acting like the biggest bully on the playground and pull your shorts back up: BECAUSE WE DON'T CARE HOW BIG YOUR **** IS, WE WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN'T PLAY WITH OUR LIVES AS IF THEY MEANT NOTHING. And as for Boehner, who the heck does he think he is? I for one wouldn't vote him back in even if he was the only one running. I, as an American, am sick to death of all the crap happening in the world and all our officials can do is sit on their thumbs and pretend it is the other guys fault. Please stop this insane behavior for insane reasons so we can all get back to life as WE choose it.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  718. Molenda

    The shutdown is totally ridiculous the people making top dollar to do what they do in the government need to think about who this is really hurting and trust me it isn't them. I have been a stay at home mom for four years because the cost of daycare would not be able to be paid from a job from me. Now I have went back to school with outstanding marks and now they want to take away funding. Then my daughter just went to head start that is state funded and they want to cut head start. Then I get my birth control from planned parenthood and they want to cut that but this will only lead to more overpopulation that the planet cannot afford. We have struggled to make ends meet and it only hurts the middle and poor classes in the end. RIdiculous!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  719. Fran Casey

    The American people (voters) know that this absurdity in Congress is no longer about the budget. It is about political preferences and the Tea Party members are holding this country hostage determined to have things their way. We citizens should rise up and rebel
    against such tactics. The victims of this buffoonery are the military families, low income families and the elderly. We must put a stop to this nonsense.
    Fran Casey
    Falls Church, VA.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  720. Bobby Godfrey

    The Government Shutdown will hopefully not affect my everyday life. But the ones that we have to worry about is all of those people out there that are fighting for our country and everyone that gets a check from the Government that we need to worry about. Let's all shut the Congress and the President's checks down, I BET THEY COME UP WITH A DEALL THEN. They need to quit bickering back and forth and blame each other and get something done fast!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  721. Louise Robertson

    The shutdown would affect more than is listed by CNN or other new agencies. Many aid agencies that are involved in critical activities around the world are waiting for the new budget cycle to get funds to keep operations going. They generally have been awarded money but the checks have yet to be been written. So activities that fund assistance for AIDS patients, tuberculosis control, malaria programs, child survival, and other essential aid would be on hold until the government gets their act together. This could lead to a lot of unnecessary suffering around the world and would force many dedicated aid workers to just wait and watch this happen. So frustrating!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  722. John

    Both party's are blaming each other for the possible shutdown. If it happens, I think we should agree that both parties are responsible and vote against any and all incumbents for the next 3 or 4 elections and start fresh. Maybe we can become an "Ice Tea Party"

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  723. Jim/ Florida

    When the government shuts down, all non essential employees
    are to be furloughed. That should include our house and senate
    because they certainly are showing the citizens and the world,
    just how non essential they are.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  724. Al Hash

    Hi Ali: I think Harry Reid is controling the time line for the budget. He is from Las Vegas and probably has Big money on a given time line.

    Al from Oregon

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  725. Kevin

    Have those morons in Washington forgotten...they work for? US!! Both sides of the aisle are making a mockery of us and everything that made this country great, and it is becoming VERY clear that they are not even listening to the people they serve anymore!!! When we do WE as the people of this country march on Washington and take OUR country back from these greedy self serving idiots in both houses???? This is the most pathetic display I've ever witnessed in this country from our "leaders".

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  726. Mary Freeman-Croyle

    According to Memphis Tea Party Leader Mark Scoda, making our gov't waste untold millions in being completely nonproductive- in order to eventually, perhaps, save some of the same amount in spurious spending cuts- somehow makes good fiscal sense. Title X in my area keeps women and children alive, so how does killing this, and potentially them, off really affect our country's bottom line? By reducing the voice of dissension, of course! Hey, GOP- stop trying to write your ideology into our budget!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  727. Nicole

    I think its rediculas... Stop military pay when they work hard everyday, not to mention fighting for our country, what kind of thanks and appreciation is that. Military famiklies rely on that pay to live. Just think how the soldiers are going to be if they do not get paid, feeling that they can not pay their bills or provide for their families, can we say depression, anger and retaliation against the same country they are fighting for this very moment... Get real and vut the pay of the gov ppl that make more then anough to live comfy and pay our troops what they deserve and are worth.

    Also to stop health for women is just crazy, thats like saying the women in America are worth nothing. We are a free country and women have rights here, so stop acting like we are thrid world country controlled by a dictator and not a president!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  728. Nancy Scranton,Pa

    The TEA PARTY might think they are "winning" but AMERICA RUNS ON DUNKIN!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  729. Austin

    As a service member, I have some savings but don't know how long they will last if I'm not getting paid. I just checked my leave and earnings statement which shows that my pay has already been cut in half in preparation for being shut off completely.

    I'll probably be okay, but what about my friends risking their lives every day in war zones? When we deploy, we're told that our families will be taken care of while we're gone. Why is taking food out of their mouths our government's idea of helping military families.

    This is shameful.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  730. penny

    It is insane that ANY politician wants to discontinue programs, benefits, paychecks, healthcare, etc...that help the poor and middle class people! We are headed for a recession, I believe. While republicans are striving to meet the demands of the wealthiest of the corporate world so they can line their pockets with gold, the rest of the world may go without pay and without having their basic needs met. So sad.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  731. William

    Let the thugs on the hill shut down the government and stop their salaries too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let it keep shut down, and put new blood in the system. These idiots act like high school kids and not law makers. What a joke to the American public.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  732. Von, Valdosta, GA

    I honestly believe shutting down the government is a good thing. Our elected officials need a wake-up call to do the right thing. All levels of government have lived above their means. When times get tough we need to cut spending. You can't spend more than you take in. Times are tough and we all need to step up to the plate and do our part. STOP SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  733. Molenda

    Also added to my comment that the people fighting in the war for our country will only get frustrated and why would they fight for our country when their paychecks and families will be in jeopardy. This will only cause the ones that are actually honest and good to be corrupt and make ends meet.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  734. Jim

    The blame is not on the republicans – its all of the politicians. the democrats had a majority in the house, senate and president and yet could not (or would not) pass the budget last fall. we are in this situation because nothing was done last year. blaming the republicans is ridiculous.

    just got in from the store, the govt claims no inflation but almost all items are $1.5 – $3.00 MORE since two weeks ago.

    let the govt close – i am sorry for those it will affect, but something needs to be done to stop the run away deficit and spending and to keep inflation in check. if runaway inflation hits, and gas keeps going up we will go right back into another recession.

    the politics needs to stop from democrats and republicans. they need to do what is necessary for the country, even if its painful. it was painful at the grocery store today. the president is useless and guess what, on yet another vacation?

    i lived in dc for 13 years and after leaving 7 years ago realize just how out of town the beltway is. if the govt shuts down – then at least it wont be spending money and doing even more harm to our country and economy.

    the republicans offered a budget and resolution to pay the military. yet the president wont sign it. so how an the republicans all be to blame for the military being affected in a shut down?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  735. anna

    How will affect me? Well I won't be able to pay my bills on time, so when i can i will have late fees, I was thinking about paying them on the 15th with our last paycheck, but if it's our last for a while i would think i need to buy food for my kids to eat. What do you think i should do? Oh wait i need to ask the senate that, maybe they can give me an idea about what to do. It's sad expecially to do that to the military. The goverment obviously doesnt care much about our military. The funny thing that is funny, is this so called battle over budget doesnt affect the defense, social security, or medicaid. But my husband wont be getting paid. You wanna hear another funny thing. My husband (airforce), and my brother (navy), got an email from their commander telling them that they wont be getting paid, but they have to show up to work. Which they dnt mind, because they are proud military. Speaking of military, ive been watching cnn all day, and all they talk about with this shut down is federal people, and not the military, why is that? Oh yeah, who cares about the military, obviously.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  736. Rick S

    Why do the Replicans think stating "It's about spending" is an answer that the American people will accept? Do they think we the people do not understand the difference between something that is tangible and actionable and spin doctoring?

    You don't cut spending. You cut expenses and appropriations which result in less spending. Mr Speaker tell me expenses and appropriations! Be a man and own up to what you really want rather than hiding behind a news bite which you think we the people will accept as an answer. Give us an Answer!! Stop skirting the issue!!

    Do you really thing we are that stupid.

    The SCARY thing is maybe we are!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  737. Dana

    As a military wife my heart goes out to those overseas who's leave will be cancelled as a result of the shutdown. These men and women have been waiting for over 6 months to come home and see their families. All because these two sides cannot do what I tell my young children. We must meet in the middle, neither side is going to get everything they want. The child who refuses to bend a little is call spoiled. The pay will come eventually, but who knows if that midtour leave can be, in this lifestyle nothing is for sure.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  738. Bryan Va

    Reforms that would get my vote...
    1. You're born a RESIDENT of America. You can't vote. To become a CITIZEN and EARN the right to vote, you have to do military or public service for at least 3 years.
    2. Welfare requires a PHYSICAL. If you're unable to work, you get help from the government, IF you're HEALTHY, then you STILL get paid if you work for the city or county you live in, picking up trash, helping at a soup kitchen, whatever helps your community.
    *grin*.....I've got a lot more ideas....but this ought to make enough people mad at me.....

    I don't pray for high intelligence.....I just hope my enemies stay more ignorant than I am....

    April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  739. Jerry Jones

    The politicians want to cut spending, why not reduce all Nationally Elected officials pay what the average salary of the state they come from or represent. That would at least get them half way there if not over the amount they are arguing about. Also we need to pass a law to automatically impeach and cut off all benefits including future ones all Elected Officials in the House and Senate if the Government is shutdown.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  740. Nancy Landers

    IF the GOP were REALLY interested in saving the military from not getting their pay, then they would NOT be tacking on more bills to get passed – it would be a straight forward yes/no on just the military getting their pay. But you won't find the GOP doing that, they are all about the rich getting richer and putting the 90% of us into poverty, which about 25% are already there. The people that voted these GOP into office should open their eyes and learn everything that these politicans do and what it is all about, not just the talking points. To cut medical treatment for anyone is criminal, let the Congress cut their own medical insurance, plus their pay and all of their freebies, it would save more than what they will save for the medical treatment of Planned Parenthood.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  741. Sharron Braswell

    I don't have a comment, I have a question. I am a retired individual, as well as I Foster Parent. Therefore, all my income is governmental. Will this shutdown affect either of my incomes?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  742. unknown

    Do they (meaning our elected officials) think we (the U.S Military) won't remember this when they come to see us on a "DV" visit or when they run for office next election season.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  743. Keith B.

    I am appalled that we will pay our congress but not our troops. I am a veteran myself and I feel for those fighting for our country and their families. This country has become irresponsible and our leaders are an embarrassment to us all. They should at least take care of the troops and then I'd be happy to see the government shut down for a while. I think we need to prioritize for the preservation of our government and the good of our people rather than for political gain.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  744. Willie Butts

    I am tired of hearing the Republicans talking about what the Democrates failure to pass a budget. If am correct it would have taken a certain number of Repulicans to sign the bill in order for it to pass could someone tell me why didn't the Democrates sign a budget? Was it politics as usual Republicans did not like it so they didn't sign it? If that's the case isn't that what's happening right now?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  745. Audra

    We are a military family, and after 8 years of service, I am shocked that our paycheck may potentially be taken away. If my husband dosen't get paid, he still has work to do. The country won't defend itself....it saddens me that we have always trusted the government to take care of those who take care of it, but my eyes have been opened. It feels like the rug has been yanked out from under us and we've been left to deal with the consequences. For those military families who live small paycheck to small paycheck, this could be detrimental to their financial well being. The answer is not to shut down and put Americans in debt because of a lack of a paycheck, it's to make an adult decision about the well being of this country. Seriously?? You can't find something to cut???? Give me a break. Thanks to all the federal employees and fellow military families for all that you do. It isn't our fault that the government isn't worth a crap.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  746. Chuck Taylor

    If the Republicans were serious about not cutting off pay for soldiers and their families, they wouldn't add all the conditions that keep their proposal from being accepted.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  747. nikki

    Why is that, should a government shutdown happen, the people who are supposed to be represented by the government are the ones who are going to be hit the hardest and suffer the most because the parties "don't play well with others" and seem to think that their agendas and beliefs are more important than anything else?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  748. anthony mantia

    this government shut down is crazy! demorcrate and republicans who the heck made them think either one is above the other. our government needs to try this out. It will work. : "ONE SOUND, ONE VOICE WE THE PEOPLE". listen ( take care of home"USA" first) then we might be able to help other coutries. we spent billions apond billions on help other coutries rebuild. if we had spent that money on us the poeple of the USA and are debt. guess we would not have this problem today. come on get a clue we are paying for everything you spend and now you want to take more away from us. lets see one congress man or woman live off of $12,000 a year. if gov. shuts down all of your pays go with it on all sides. I know if we the american people don't show up to work, we don't get paid. We get fired! question: how dare you are elected government empolyees can think about not paying are military? when they provide the very freedom we wake up too everyday ! come on get a clue......

    April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  749. John Strickland

    Yes, I maybe affected with my retirement pay not coming as I'm also a disabled vet US Navy. With to much to pay out every month the government needs to take care of all of us vets. I have no savings to fall back on. With health problems and drugs needed what can I do.
    I can not live without these basic needs.
    Captain John

    April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  750. Sally Scholl

    Pay "Members of Congress" and the rest of the "Useless Politicians" Minimum Wage! PERIOD!
    They are employed by the us-You Remember Us? aka The American People!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  751. Aimee Baker

    I am disguted and appalled at all of this. I am a Army Wife. I heard from a close friend that we needed to check our husbands' LES's. We have all discovered that we are receiving 1/2 or LESS of what our REGULAR pay check will be! I don't understand, because we are paid for weeks already worked, not weeks in advance. Why are we not receiving a whole paycheck for time worked? BTW- they are all expected to go to work monday, even though they are not being paid for their time. This is modern day slavery of the US Military!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  752. toshi nobe

    Let the government shut down. Shutdown is not what I would prefer, but trying to achieve a balanced budget is higher priority than the harm the shutdown will create. We need to learn to place the priority of the country more than what is important to us individually. The President needs to understand that the transformation is taking place in our culture, getting down to the basics with the understanding that the government cannot take care of everything. We need leaders who can take on this transformation. We don't see anyone who is taking on the challenge of leading this country into the future. It is a worrisome affair.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  753. AWALL

    How do I feel... Here is letter to my children...

    Dear My Wonderful Three Children,

    This year there will be no Easter Baskets. To my Oldest, I am so sorry there will not be any birthday presents. Being Military children, you have suffered so much, Learned so many life lessons, and have been amazing through it all! However this spring we will be using all of our savings to pay for our home, food, and gas (at almost $4/ gallon) so your father can go to work in which he will not be receiving a pay check. We will get through this, We will be strong! However, please note...the men and women who caused this....There children will not really be affected at all! They will still be receiving their paychecks..Therefore the Easter Bunny will not skip their house!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  754. Zolicon

    From Zolicon in British Columbia Canada.
    I know that a Gouvernment Shut down is going to Hurt a lot of people,But no shut Down will Hurt alot more,So I am Praying that it does happen for it will ba a Devestating Blow to the Republican party who should not be a part of the Gouvernment with all of the Dammage that they are doing.
    Lets Vote all Republicans out of the Gouvernment and allow the Democratic Party to do the Job that they were Elected to do.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  755. Barry Harvey

    This Republican attack on women is due to the fact that more women vote Democrat than Republican. Therefore women are being punished for this by the Republicans. Hopefully, the women will have something to say about this at the next elections.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  756. JC

    I think the potential of a government shutdown proves how inadequate the people we have intrusted to handle our affairs really are. Once elected it seems they stop representing their constituents but their own interest. What's going to effect change in this country is what is going on in the Middle East. Everyone in Washington, grandstanding right now with their pompous attitudes should be ran out of office.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  757. cheryll

    OMG! Is anybody out there SICK AND TIRED OF POLITICS AND POLITICIANS??? I am!
    When you look at John Boehner and the reasons they are giving for them not coming to an agreement, do you even believe him? From what I read, the govt. has made many, many concessions to them in the cuts they are requesting and yet they want more. According to him, they are not interested in shutting down govt., but does anybody really believe him?? I just heard the tea party member said that he believes the govt. should shut down until they get the amount of cuts they are looking for. So is John telling the truth? They have been holding the govt. to ransom ever since it was elected. They said no to everything making it difficult for the govt. to operate. Do you not all remember their fillibustering in the house? Does anyone not see that they are not interested in the welfare of the country? It's all about politics. It's sickening!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  758. Lavada Hobbs

    Why cant we as normal people be elected into Government. The regular people know whats best for others. The rich people in the government doest care about the people they only care about themselves. Is this American to have our troops fighting and doing their job and have to worry about if they get a check, or if there family going to survive while they are gone? They are doing their job regardless, so why cant the government do there job regardless of what people say and just do the right thing....As it was said the rich getting richer and the poorer gettting pooer!!! Where is the change???? Its all the same ol BS!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  759. Candy

    It is like watching a 3rd grade class. These guys are a bunch of babies. It seems that who ,we as a public have elected to look out for us have hoodwinked us AGAIN!! All they care about is themselves. I think they all should go without pay and be put on social security and health care just like the rest of the country. Maybe then they would give a little more care of the average citizen!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  760. Kevin Hunt

    If Republicans are serious, Boehner will end this charade and propose that the balance of the $61 billion Tea Partiers want cut, not be wedded to wedge issues.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  761. Hubert

    I say let House Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the Tea Party go home on vacation and leave their paychecks at the Treasury when they go. I am retired and am sick of the Tea Party calling the shots for all of us. They don't understand what those of us living with the rising gas, food and medical costs are dealing with day to day. They only care about the top 1% income folks. I do think we need to deal with the rising national debt, but killing the middle and lower class is not the way to do it. This will only make matters worse in our country and the sad part is they don't care about that either.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  762. cyndi

    I am a 60 year old American citizen.. I am horrified at how corrupt our Government has become and this shows me just how much it is... I get disability and I will gladly give my check to some poor American soldier who is laying his life on the line, and possibly could die during this shut down! What are we doing that we can expect these citizens to defend the very country who will not even pay him so he can support his family... I think it is sad, I am ashamed to be an American rite now....

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  763. Sandy Velasco

    This is ALL about politics and their own agendas not about the regular Joe on the street. We put them in office, trusting that they are going to do good for us but that's not the case, very few actually listen to us. The U.S. seems to have a lot of money to help other countries out but doesn't seem to have the money to help it's own populace. Why are we still struggling with issues from Katrina? Why are there not enough jobs that pay decent money? Why are there so many people on the street or living in substandard housing because of the mortgage fiasco? It's about time we take care of the U.S. FIRST! Stop fighting like children!! The finger pointing has to stop already, do the right thing, I'm sick of it!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  764. William Cullian

    Its becomming glaringly obvious that all of our politicians are corrupt. I feel that congress has abused their voting power. When this system was created we needed representatives to represent us because we could'nt have everybody in congress. Now we have unparrelled communication abilities. Congress could make up laws, people could vote on their cell phone, and the president could still have veto power over the poeple, but the people would also be able to vote for impeacement on their phones if the president is blocking the peoples will. BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  765. Seirra

    My husband is a member of the USAF and he is our only source of income. According to our military pay stubs, it already shows us recieving only 1 weeks pay. 1 weeks pay is barely enough to cover our bills. Now i must choose between my credit score or feeding my family.

    Paying those who risk their lives to defend our country should never be up for discussion.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  766. Jill

    I am a member of the military and just checked my mid-month pay. The gov't shut down has already affected us as the system is already programmed to pay us half of what we usually get for mid-month pay. How do we explain this to the family members of soldiers and airmen who are in harms way? What if the last call a soldier receives before going out to the field is from a spouse who cannot provide basic needs such as food, clothing or health needs? Is the gov't even considering the increased risks they are subjecting our military members and families to? Many military members have given their lives for this great nation and now this great nation is willing to risk subjecting us to even more risk by not passing this budget. I certainly hope my brothers and sisters in harms way at this very minute can focus on the task at hand and not worry about how their families at home are going to survive as well. We all know this is not the case.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  767. Dax Radtke

    Is there no one prepared to champion the poor? Are all of our politicians so heartless? Do Democrats represent the richest 5% ,.. or the 95% of us who are struggling? All we need is one gutsy Democrat to state the obvious. It's not the poor who are responsible to balance the budget, it's the rich who have been favored too much, for too long.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  768. Sheila

    Maybe I don’t fully understand all the issues, however, when Oregon had a budget short-fall, I was working for the University. The result of negotiations between our Union and the State was a tiered furlough plan. For example, if you earned $250,000 and higher, you had to take 12 furlough days before the end of the fiscal year, the next tier below had to take 10 days and so on. By using a furlough day, you could not use vacation, personal, or sick leave. You could not be at work, work from home or any combination. Only the essential positions did not have take furlough days. Is there a difference between what we had to do then and what the government should do now?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  769. Army Spouse

    They've already begun taking pay from soldiers!!!!!!!!!! Check your LES, y'all!! They've already taken A WEEK's worth of pay in anticipation of the shut down!!! Some military won't have a place to live, food to eat, etc....

    I bet Congress won't have to deal with trying to feed their families, keeping their families sheltered, and so on.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  770. Johnny S.

    I am a US Soldier in the Army. I am a PFC, and i dont make much to begin with. I c hecked my LES for 15 Arpil, my next pay day, and I'm only getting HALF OF MY NET PAY! $550.00.. I have bills that I need to pay, a Family to feed, and I wont be able to do so. Thanks Congress for screwing All these great warriors that protect your freedom. Please share this story on the news.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  771. Paula Voce

    The arrogance of our House Speaker and ignorance of the Tea Party is disgusting. I have a 9 yr old boy who has gone into psychosis and has asthma, how am I going to provide medical care and medicine that he has to take if medicaid benefits cease. I never knew how cold and uncaring our politicians have become and the lie of caring for the citizens of our country are ringing true. We are no longer free,but held hostage by the Tea Party and our own ..government. Planned Parenthood is a must for and should be kept intact and Congree needs the power of giving themswelves raises taken away and given back to the people for voting, I vote no raises. Give up your paychecks like you are taking from the people of America.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  772. Bruce

    I am so sorry but the pay for all of the political leaders should be the first to be stopped. Along with their assets all frozen way before we hold even a nickle back from any military family of any type. A lot of military families live from pay to pay and holding their money is something that should be punishable by impeachment in my opinion. I am not in the military, nor do I have any close friends or family in the military but that is the way I feel for these people who fight for our freedom, every day in one way or another.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  773. Harold

    I am appalled by the lack of urgency people have to get this spending under control. We are talking about 2% of the total budget. Are you kidding me, over the last two years I know of countless people who have had to cut 10 – 20% to survive. Why does the government think they will survive without similar cuts. The Democrats have avoided there responsibility last year to make a budget that they could have controlled. Now have drawn this out to blame the Republicans to gain political points. I am sick of the games and playing with our countries future. Until they have to play by the same rules the normal citizen does they won't care. I know one thing if the Congress and President get paid while our Military gets cut off there will be more election consequences that will make 2010 look insignificant.
    I do have two sons in the military.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  774. Caryn Shoenthal

    If the government shuts down tonight because no agreement has been reached on the budget, I think the President and the Congress should not be paid. And if they were really serious about cutting expenses and paying our debts, they would all take a pay cut and raise taxes on the wealthiest in our country as well; which in many cases is them. The only cuts the Congress wants to make are cuts that will hurt the people who have the least. It is a rare day when they make cuts that directly affect their pocketbooks.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  775. Patricia Darnall

    It sickens me to think that soldiers and families who already have given so much will now not receive a paycheck. Having been a military wife for nearly 20 years, I can well remember anxiously waiting for that that paycheck. Granted, the income has improved for soldiers, sailors and marines, but so has everything else. If the budget is not approved, I wonder how many families will now lose their homes. To think that the military must go without pay while our lawmakers continue to receive their wages infuriates me. Perhaps these inconsiderate lawmakers will get their due during the next election. Just as they were elected to hold their office, they can be voted out, too. If the shoe was on the other foot, do you think they would vote to shut the government down? I doubt it.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  776. Ann

    I listened to Mr. Skoda speak, and I want to ask him as a military spouse... What does the Tea Party plan to do for me when we only get paid half pay this week and dont know when we will get paid again? The earnings and leave statements are up and we are only getting one half our normal pay already so rest assured, this is more than just political posturing.
    Our Congress & the President are constitutionally guaranteed their pay so no matter what they decide tonight, the ONLY way to effect them is to VOTE NO in the next election. Let THEM be without a job...or better yet, let THEM work until someone decides to pay them without any idea of when that will be.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  777. kathy, peoria az

    The potential shutdown is ridiculous. It wouldn't affect me directly but it's not about just one person. It is about the american people. When will the government wake up? They won't. The REPUBLICANS are flexing their muscles to get programs cut that won't impact the budget at all. It's all about ideology. They are trying to sock it to the American people. How about socking it to the wealthy, corporations, oil companies and even to themselves. That would be a novel idea. Why should they get paid if their is a shutdown. That should tell you right there they don't care about anyone or anything but themselves and getting re-elected.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  778. Erin

    This whole shutdown is one big game with many losers. What those blinded by the beltway don't see and can't understand is that shutting down would cause more damage then just licking their wounds and coming to a compromise. I think it's beyond insane that supposed adults can't quit their bickering and get to work. The other thing I totally don't understand is how in the heck congress still gets paid even if this shut down happens. I mean my god the men and women that fight for and protect our freedom to have a congress (and still will) won't get the money so rightfully deserved yet the whiny congress (that can't get their stuff straight) will get paid? I'm sorry but that's just completely bull. Here's to hoping sometime in the next roughly 10 hours people in Washington play nice and get their JOB done!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  779. ebstewartjr

    The fanatics that are forever present on the fringes of governments around the world have come to roost here at home. the agenda these wingnuts espouse is no differnet than Nazi"s, Klan and those that want the confederacy to rise again. They looted and pillaged the treasury and want the opportunity to continue drinking that sweet nectar.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  780. Jessica

    I don't care who is to blame for the shut down. the only thing I care about it my husband and cousin's life. I am a wife to a soldier. I can't rap my head around the idea that it is ok to not pay our soldiers. they put their lives on the line for this country. they don't have the luxery of saying you don't pay up we don't work. they have to follow orders. my husband is in the middle of preperation for his second deployment to irag right now. I am a stay at home mom of to autistic boys with other medical problems. my husband pay is what I rely on to take care of my children's needs. how is it fair to say sorry you won't get paid but we will even if there is a shut down. if it wasn't for our soldiers you won't be safe to have your jobs in the senate or congress. I say fix this mess and take care of our soldiers. they deserve their pay and they deserve our respect. enough is enough thank you

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  781. William

    As a Civil Service employee working in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government (DoD), I am appalled at our government today.

    First I'm told by Presidential Proclamation that I will not receive any cost of living or pay increases within the "General Schedule" pay band for the next 2 years; now I'm going to get to work (for free) if the government shuts down because my job is classified as Essential Emergency Services?

    Yet Congress and the President still get paid; how does that work!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  782. Gayle Stenson

    This huge deficit began with the last administration where Republicans held the majority in Congress as well as the White House and did nothing to try to contain the deficit, but instead voted for it by passing the inflated budgets. This administration added to the deficit big time too, what gets me now though is the Republican's holy, righteous indignation over cutting the deficit by cutting the elderly, the poor, the average struggling working American and other important programs while ADDING to the deficit by fighting tooth and nail to cut taxes for the wealthiest people and wanting to lower the taxes for corporations. They did nothing when they were in power to contain an ever growing deficit, so how can they strut around now can crow about wanting to gut the budget? Cutting is very important, yes, but let's be responsible here, huh? The deficit wasn't created in two years. It can't be balanced in two either.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  783. Kathryn G.

    How selfish is all of this? I am a military wife and we live paycheck to paycheck. How are we supposed to feed our families and pay our bills? It must be nice to sit in a cushy chair, getting paid to argue. This is affecting REAL people. Soldiers risk their lives for OUR freedoms and priviledges, and yet you say.."Oh, by the way, you're not getting paid." How does this make us feel safe? How do you think soldiers overseas are feeling? Jump in the shoes of the military, congressmen and political officials, and stop being selfish!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  784. Mike H

    All I hear is proposed cuts to the services for the poor and middle class. What about eliminating subsidies to the wealthy oil companies and large farm corporations. What about limiting tax deductions for mortgages on multimillion dollar homes. Both parties should compromise. The debt should be solved by eliminating some spending and increasing revenue.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  785. Ryan

    I joined the Army 8 years ago to help defend and protect this country by representing the government in combat zones. I never knew I would be this ashamed of my government. Not getting paid on time aside, when your childish politics interfere with the everyday working man/ woman... we need to take a good hard look at how distant our representatives have strayed from the reality of their voters. I cannot in good conscience re-enlist. This “government” is not worth fighting for; this administration does not deserve my support.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  786. Sharon

    An interesting statistic that CNN is not bringing attention to is the Veterans. Many of the people that are currently government workers due to be furloughed are veterans. These are people that served their country fighting and have now transitioned to civil service positions to continue to serve their countries. This is who the shutdown will impact in addition to the current brave military that are facing danger on a daily basis.

    Another interesting question would be how many congressmen have currently put more than their mouths on the line for our country…

    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  787. Luis

    It's frustrating to see this government make a quick decision to attack a country to take care of civilians from evil harm. Yet it's been over 400 days they have been discusssing these budget issues with no solutions. Why is it so difficult to take care of our own here in the USA but no hesitation to help others in many different countries. It's embrassing to call myself an American. I just hope that if it does come to shutting down the government, Mr Jonh Boehnor sticks to his words that "no one in congree should receive a paycheck" just as the rest of those effected by the shutdown.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  788. Rena

    Banner,the so called nHouse Speaker,needs to grow a backbone,stop clouding up and tell the Tea Party members ,as well as the rest of his party, that people need the government open so they can survive.

    Suppose the soldiers go on strike.

    I have seen the DUMB Tea Party saying shut down the government. I am
    convenienced(?) that their hatred of Obama is the reason for their decision.
    It is not covert but now is out in the open. The Tea Party hates having a black man in their
    whitew House.

    THIS I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!I

    April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  789. bonnie eden

    the fact that the U.S. government is even close to a shut down is sad. The intelligence and moral integrity of our elected officials is bottom of the barrel. i keep hearing that the president wants to be seen as the "grown-up" in this fiasco. Apparently we elected a bunch of children as our congressmen and senators. All of them are rich. By the way: they DO see what's happening to our country-our poor-our elderly. They just DON'T CARE. The people that are truly to blame for the sorry state of this country are we, the people. We're all so busy with our laptops and our cellphones and our gadgets-it's too bad we don't pay enough attention to pitiful way our country is being mis-governed. Sad. Pathetic.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  790. Linda Secrist

    Has anyone thought about VA Hospitals and FBI being govt. workers? As an RN, I was one of the necessary people who had to go to work everyday with no paycheck in the last shutdown. Some families have 2 govt workers. People had to go to food banks, take out loans, miss car and house payments, etc. The "unnecessary people" stayed at home and eventually got paid for it. Skeleton crews are dangerous in a medical setting. "principles" are OK, but they should not be unyielding, unreasonable, and harmful to the US citizens. Sure, I eventually got paid in a lump sum, which was greatly taxed, but I never did financially recover. I greatly resent the people in Congress who are blind to the plight of ALL the people they serve. Rich people feel no pain, but the rest of us suffer.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  791. Tiffany Harvey

    I have yet to see any one discuss the fact that medicaid, foodstamps, student aide (school grants) would all be eliminated. This would effect myself and family horribly. I am 6 months pregnant, have a five yr old son and was fixing to finish my fafsa for college. I have already been looking for a job as a pregnant woman for months, and it has felt like forcing a dog and a cat to get along. If this was too happen, I'd be on my own for hospital bills when my baby comes, id be on my own for my sons general pediatrician bills, my schooling, the liitle bit of food help I, and further more my sons medications. Id be one lost soul with out the help of the government. I already have an extremly hard time as it is! I'd be scared staright, if you care to know :\

    April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  792. Dax Radtke

    It's truly hard to believe that although the Dems say they represent (the vast majority of us who are) "the working class," not one of them has taken a stand to help us. Folding under pressure seems to be a pretty impotent plan. Where's OUR champion?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  793. Beverly

    I work for the federal government. I am willing to suffer a shutdown if it will wake up the Congress and the WH that we, the people, want to stop this administration from the outrageous spending $$ this president has been doing. I will do my part, take cuts and whatever it takes, if they stop this runaway spending.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  794. Katherine Jimenez

    I am very concerned, my husband is deploying to fight for our country in a couple days, and already we are uncertain whether we will receive any paychecks, and for what period of time. I am disappointed that our government can not come to an agreement, especially because they are not the ones risking their lives daily for our freedom. How will hundreds of military families live if most of them depend on those paycheck that only come twice a month?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  795. jennifer

    We are a military family, we live paycheck to paycheck as it is since my husband is only an E-5. We just had a new baby a few weeks ago, What will happen if the shut down does happen and he does not get paid for who knows how long. How will we pay the bills and feed and diaper our daughter? If the shutdown does happen they shut make exceptions for military pay and essential spending.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  796. E Bradshaw

    In order to stop the skirting of the issue by the GOP and Boehner; The questions that should be asked by the media are:
    1. How much more in spending cuts do you want? 2. What government funded programs do you want to cut that will make up
    the difference? 3. Is 1 of those cuts Planned Parenthood & why?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  797. Gary Gray

    The countdown to Government Shutdown continues. This is almost hilarious. My response to a Government Shutdown will be to not vote for any presently serving politician when they come up for reelection. Republican, Democrat, it doesn't matter. It isn't about ideology, it is about ability. None of them have the required skills at this point..

    April 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  798. Chelsea

    I think they need to grow up. How can you not agree on a budget? I bet two year olds could agree on something like this. It's not that hard. Why would you want to punish Americans?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  799. kali nyberg

    For one im 20 years young, i know that the USA is messed up but taking peoples pay is not only going to make me very angry and stressed but is also going to make other military wifes angry also. I am a USMC wifey my husband works very hard every day, we also have a child together, and im just wondering how they expect us to feed our child when we live pay check to pay check. I just hope this doesnt make things worse.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  800. CARL CHAVEZ

    I have heard enough of this, which has been going on since Oc. 2010. Regardless of what brought it to where it is today it must be dealt with. I hear two conflicts
    1: abortion and planned parenthood
    Answer:Continue to provide aid to planned parenthood but put a clause which will not allow plan parenthood to conduct abortions
    (one a side note: I've worked with them and while they provide resources they do not do abortions).
    2: Agreeing on how much to cut off of what.
    Answer: Cut the same percentage of all corporations, agencies ect. until they reach the desired budget cut.

    It can't get any easier than that.

    -Concerned Citizen

    April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  801. Matt

    All military pay has already been cut in half. For those that are military or have access to the LES, check your pay. If the shutdown hasn't happend yet, then why is our pay already cut in half. Americas future is pretty grim if a group of people who cant make a decision can bring the ENTIRE country to a screeching halt.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  802. Dale

    If the government shuts down, I feel no elected official should get paid. They are the ones who wanted the job.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  803. chris

    I am currently in the Army. We are concerned what is going to happen to us. How will we live? We already live paycheck to paycheck. You can take my pride, hope, dignity, and freedom, but you will not take my paycheck i use to provide for my family. Guess this Soldier needs to get a minimum wage job at Mcdonalds or something. I have just one word "Impeachment". Thanks Obama

    April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  804. David

    It is ridiculous that the spending bill wasn't passed back in September. I mean.. when is the beginning of the fiscal year... October 1. They should have to have a spending bill passed before they get paid or do any other congressional business.
    So.. whats the holdup? title 10? I mean really, doesn't the new Healthcare plan passed last year cover that anyhow? so what the heck is really the issue?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  805. Amanda

    My brother is currently deployed, and his check was cut. It is hard as family to have him there. I am frustrated with the way this is being handled. It is time that WE stand up for what our family/ friends in the military are doing. Military is important and it is important that they come home for R&R as well.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  806. Betty Bishop

    I can't believe we are being held up by those opposed to abortion. Or by the relatively few voters represented by the tea party members of the House of Representatives. If you compare the population represented by non-tea party representatives to those represented by the tea party, this is government by the MINORITY! Wait till the elections!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  807. james

    With everything that our economy has gone thru, our Gov't and Big business still do not get it. Other countries and looking at us as though we are a bunch of idots. Elected officials these days are one big joke. They want cuts, cut your salary. I luv the Republicans, blaming this one and that one, when the real reason we are in the situation we are in now is because of them. Wish some news organization had the guts to report things for what they really are!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  808. 1armywife

    Why is it that the government shutdown is not for sure yet but all the military LES's are showing the cut?! Yes our paychecks show the effects as of today!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  809. Lamar

    The truth will out and we are seeing partisanship at its best. It is apparent that Congress is not willing to work with one another. I expect this type of behavior from children, but not from our elected officials.

    This is going to cast a negative image over America and there will be consequences!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  810. tonya

    Dear Congress, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year I cannot decide on a budget. Until I have come to a unified decision that fits all of my needs and interests, I will have to shut down my bank account and will no longer be able to pay my taxes. I'm sure you'll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow

    April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  811. Lady Di

    Who said "two heads are better than one"? Let Donald Trump find those two heads in Congress instead of spending money trying to find a birth certificate. Put your money to good use in helping others that are without jobs and not in your mouth. It's not what goes in the mouth that defiles a man but what comes OUT.

    Lady Di

    April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  812. Sharon

    To those who want to shut down Planned Parenthood because they fear abortions may be funded there (and they aren't) you may want to interested in the following facts: Not only do millions of women get cancer screening that saves lives, women get prenatal care and if they want it: birth control. Without the last two you would have a lot of miscarriages and women would die along with the thousands of other women who didn't know they had cancer. Without birth control the number of unwanted pregnancies would go up along with the number of abortions.

    To those who want to shut down the Enviromental Protection Agency do you like clean water and clear air? Without clean water diseases like hepatitis would skyrocket! Without clear air the number of new asthma cases would go up. There are many other reasons we need the EPA, but those are the ones many don't realize.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  813. Andrew

    If the government can't agree on a budget, then those in office should be locked in the building WITHOUT PAY until they can agree on one! I wonder if we froze all of their pay and allowances and their assets if it would send a message to them that this is not a game and you can't play with the lives of the people you were elected to represent?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  814. Liz

    Who does the republicians speak for? looks like it's the Tea party. I am a goverment employee and I don't want to be sent home and lose my paycheck either but there is more important things going on with this. We don't need terrorist, the republicans are doing alright by themselves. I listen to all that's going on on the news and can't believe what I'm hearing! I can't believe that the Republicans are using the men and woman that serve this country as ponds in this!! Knowone is more aware of the hardships that these men, women and their families face in serving this country then the President. Why don't the republicians try talking about making the rich and all the corporations and financial instiutions that brought this county to ruin pay higher taxes. No, they are still singing the same old song they've been singing for years. The Republicans have also been trying to kill womens rights for years, and they care nothing about the middle class, poor or elderly. Why arn't the military exempt? congress is and they can afford to miss a few paychecks!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  815. Walter L. Johnson

    When Congress (House and Senate) has not passed a year long budget all its members should be imprisoned in the House and Senate chambers by federal marshalls until they pass a year long budget. That would equalize the leverage of each member, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, senior member or newly elected until a year long budget is passed.

    Body odor and military MRI meals can quickly force compromise.

    This business of passing budgets after a year is half over is an absurd practice. I can't remember the last time spending was approved before the start of the federal budget year and I am nearly old enough to get Medicare.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  816. Amanda

    If they are working hard to end a recession why are they now looking at destroying it again. My husband is active duty Army and we are a single income family – what should we tell our creditors? Of course the Congress doesn't care if there is a shut down because they still get paid.

    If they want to reduce our spending, lower what federal contractors get paid. I don't understand why the military is trained to do a job, get deployed and then the government decides to send a private company over to do the same thing. And the private contractors made more than double or triple what the military is paid.

    Congress should cut their own and put the people they were elected to represent first instead of their own petty differences.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  817. Katy

    Who will pay the utility bill? What will happen to my family, my 6 month old son, if our electricity is not on, if we can't afford gas, diapers, groceries? What kind of message does it send to my husband on the last leg of time with his family before he deploys back to the war zone to defend our country? Sending our soldiers to fight a war with fear that their families will not be taken care of, when their main focus should be on the safety of themselves as well as their soldiers. I think it is so sad that this is what it has come down to, that even the talk of a shutdown and the fear it puts into families living paycheck to paycheck is emotionally upsetting and disturbing. I hope our leaders can make the right decision or be ready to face and help the people in need once this goes into effect.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  818. anthony mantia

    here is a questiion: like my wife and many other military presons, that got injured permentaly in the irqa war. If the government shuts down again do we lose are medical? even though we pay for it. what happens when my wife dies from not getting her meds? then what, government going to say oops.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  819. Bobby Godfrey

    Look at them you are now showing the democrats and it seems to me they are all smirking and smiling and just having a good ole time. This is ridiculous.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  820. lizz

    Why don't we hire some economists and accountants to go through the budget? I am sure we have educated professionals out there who could go through the entire budget and determine where cuts could be made on a LOGICAL basis, not on a political party, policy, or agenda basis. I am sure, as always, there is a bunch of crap snuck into the budget. How could Republicans consider taking money away from things like Head Start??? Where I live, you have to sign up at least six months in advance for Head Start because there are so many children in need. It is ridiculous that we continue to cut education, funds for public safety, and things such as welfare programs. Like it or not, jobs are not that easy to come across...not because they are not out there, but when a person competes against 300 others for a job it is like trying to win the lottery. I have many friends in Human Resources for a variety of companies who are still amazed at the number of applicants they continue to see. Do members of Congress not remember what it was like to grow up poor? To have mothers living paycheck to paycheck? There are so many other things that could be cut. Even if you think this shutdown wouldn't affect you personally, I am sure everyone knows someone who would be. A shutdown would affect almost my entire family. All of my cousins, uncles, aunts, neices that are all members of our military. How about my grandmother? My disabled mother? Every day life is stressful enough with todays economy, our Congress should not be subjecting our country to this ridiculousness. If they can't do their job, I am sure there are plenty of us willing to step up and do it for them.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  821. Kim

    This is going to affect Medicare and Medicaid? Are you kidding me? Does anyone really know what the impact will be on these extremely essential services? We have a disabled child in our family, and his mother depends on SS Disability for everything. Money to pay for bills and food, all of his extensive medical needs, everything. She could not afford a delay of even a day for all his prescriptions and all the equipment this child needs just to stay alive. I dearly hope these services are unaffected.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  822. Pat Bowie

    How can Congress do this in these volatile times? America is in deep danger, economically and in other ways, and this is no time to play politics with the lives of its citizens, especially those who risk their lives to serve their country in the US military.
    My daughter's husband has served his country for many years, and was deployed last year when their baby was born. He won't be paid if this shut-down occurs. This will cause severe hardship to many.
    How can the President and Congress deem military as non-essential employees! Easily - they will not miss their own paycheques or suffer any hardship.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  823. Jaymie Oakley

    I am part of the vast military family that is already being affected by the looming shut down. We have already lost half our pay and most military families have at least 1 child and car payments and phone bills and what not that now we can't pay but thats okay as long as the president and congressmen can live like kings.....I call Bull**** on that The American people deserve better than this!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  824. Steve

    What kind of msg is Congress sending to our men and women putting their very lives on the line while cutting their pay??? What are you putting on the line? Not one penny of your salary-right? In your Q&A with press, the Speakers look like they are put out to have to answer the questions. I see disdain instead of conern on their faces. You guys go to our troops and tell them face to face that they are non-essential.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  825. Camille

    It is a very sad time in our nation's history. The Republicans have no mercy and have no genuine interest in the welfare of the middle class and lower class people. The Democrats are placed in a difficult position. Do they allow the Government to be shut down or give in to cuts that will negatively affect the lives of millions, our environment and economy down the road? How can the "Tea Party" sleep at night? Imagine no income for 800,000 federal workers, troops, museums & parks. Why are politicians allowed to go on national T.V. and spew out lies? There should be a law put in place to fine any politician who LIES on national television, if the statement can be proven to be a lie. IF THOSE FINES GO TOWARDS LOWERING THE BUDGET, WE WILL BE OUT OF DEBT IN NO TIME!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  826. Lloyd

    I won't even be effected by a short term shutdown, yet I'm so frustrated by politicians refusing to do their job, I think it's time to elect a new Congress and President who can work together to benefit the American people.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  827. Cheryl

    My husband is still expected to show up for work and do his job to defend and protect the idiots that aren't doing their jobs without pay!!! GRRRRRRR!!!! I would love to see them live the life of a military family. Let them deal with their spouse being gone for up to a year and having to be Mommy and Daddy at the same time. Let them deal with their children crying because they miss their Mommy or Daddy. Let them put their life on the line and then get told, 'Sorry. You're not getting paid." Military life is hard enough as it is. Now you want to take away our pay? Shame on you!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  828. RC Floyd

    Republicans' behavior and politicing is so absurd and extreme they have already lost (or will lose more of) us Independent registered voters for 2011/2012. Republicans need to quit being so childish about their social issues and Sign Off NOW on this trivial stuff and let's focus on the big fiscal stuff for 2012. Also, CNN, we're tired of hearing "the Democrats should have passed a budget last year" without you reminding everyone Republicans have said "No" to everything the past 2 years and thereby blocked every budget attempt last year. From local governors to Congress, we have current proof positive Republicans only care about gaining power and not really about America - such a shame power and money has corrupted the Republixcans so much!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  829. William

    I just heard Abe Lincoln turn in his grave. Buddy, can you spare a dime? Sound familiar?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  830. Molly

    How about sending all late fees to the government or deduct them from taxes? Should the American people all file late or "wait"??? The Republicans seem to be hung up on the Planned Parenthood funding, is this an attack on the Left? They went for NPR and EPA as well....it seems suspiciously like gouging an opponent while they feel they have the power. Don't think that voters aren't paying attention!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  831. terri h.

    i think this is morally wrong. i am an employee at wal-mart and the gov't shutting down will mean me and my husband,because he works there as well, a loss in income for our household. have you ever heard the cliche, "spend money to make money". everyone acts like they are afraid to say what this is really about so i'll say it for you. republicans believe "i got mine,you get yours the best way you can" and that "tea" party believes "i got mine and oh well". so this isn't about spending if you ask me, it's about saving money for the wealthy. the bible clearly states,"to whom much is given much is required".please take heed to this statement.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  832. SPC of Ft. Hood

    Well to all military people they already cut our checks in half! for this pady day 15APR11!!!!!!! check youe LES

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  833. Aaron

    I have questions about 2 issues here. I am Real Estate Broker, I have clients in escrow waiting to close with FHA Loans.. If the Government shuts down.. what will happen to the Real estate industry? The FHA will not approve the loan during the shutdown, but will start funding again when the Government opens back up? Also Very important to me, I have been trying to get my fiance a k-1 Visa! Everything is completed, except her Interview which is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday April 11th and 12th.. My Question about this is: If a shutdown happens, will the US Consulate's close? Or should my fiance travel and go to the interview, only to wait longer for the government to issue the Visa? If you would find the time to reply, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  834. chris

    LEAK LEAK LEAK*** They have already made a decision. The goverment has stopped. My pay has been cut in half, if you need prove i will provide.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  835. SPC of Ft. Hood

    sorry type o check your LES the GOV. has not even shutdown yet and already they have cut our pay!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  836. connie white

    If members of Congress shut down the government, they should be teh first to lose their paychecks. Instead of acting like spoiled children squabbling and playing chicken with our country, they need to sit down like mature adults and settle their differences by compromising. Our grandson and his wife are both in the Air Force and worried about how they'll pay their bills. They have a 3-year-old daughter. Another grandson is also in the Air Force, and his wife stays at home to raise their 2-year-old daughter. What will happen to them and all the other young people in the miltiary when they don't get paid? Do they defend our country and our freedom for nothing?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  837. nick

    If republicans really wanted to fund military pay for the rest of the year they would have made a clean bill that funded military alone with no extras. Military does there job everyday withoput question because they care about the country the lest we could do is keep them out of the politics and take care of their families while they are gone without political conditions...democrates i belived propsosed a clean CR that would fund the military for the rest of the year and a week of gov operations and it was laugh at by republicans... both sides need to start working together

    April 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  838. Dirk

    The Tea Party keeps saying the Democrats failed to pass a budget when they controlled Congress but the fact is the Republicans were the ones who blocked the budget every chance they got. Isn't it CNN's job to point this out every time the Tea Party brings this lie up? We learned from George W. Bush that a lie repeated often enough without being challenged can be passed off as the truth to everyone's detriment.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  839. unknown

    its pretty sad when our leaders are more worried about their next election than over 800,000 people getting paid. They need to stop playing this blame game because if no one gets paid all of our politicians are gonna be under fire.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  840. DP

    I think its unbelievable, if it didnt do us any good from the shut down in 1995 why would this be any different. If they want to cut down spending lets start cutting politician pay. The worlds top 10 politicians are French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor ,Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Barack Obama. Annual salary for one politician is $342400. Why take from our miltary who fights for our country. You take their lives, and now their money. They are cutting down peoples way of life, The GDP will drop, it will still cost money to get it back up. I think there are other ways to help our deficet.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  841. Jo Murray

    If we actually had "adults" in Washington working for the american
    people, the democrats would have solved this problem when they had the
    chance. However,since we don't, the average,working class person is once again getting it put to them. Why are the politicians getting paid if the
    soldiers,secretaries,correctional officers,etc.,etc.,aren't???

    April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  842. Keith B.

    I cannot believe that Reid and his Democrats are still trying to save political face by blaming the Republicans for all of this. You will notice that Republicans are trying to not point the finger and just stating that they are working on this. Finger pointing needs to stop as it is childish and just shows us who we need to vote against. I am not associated with either party but the kiddies need to behave.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  843. Mike

    Here is a novel idea why don't they hold their negotiations in the open so the public can see and hear for themselves what's really holding things up.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  844. Jamie

    My husband and friends are all in the US Army and their pay for next week has already been cut. Someone want to explain to me WHY they are already cut when a decision has yet to be reached?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  845. Jose R

    This whole thing is crazy, the United States is falling a part. The Government should really come together and pray to God so that He can help us out. To restore this Nation. Heck we are living in the last days people. There is no time to mess around anymore. I am seriously what has happened over this year. Earthquakes, Big Snowstorm, NFL Lockout, the talk about the NBA being on lockout as well, and know the Government wanting to shutdown, etc. The Signs are all around us.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  846. sandrae

    Ali could you please explain what title ten the senator majority leader is talking about.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  847. Mike F

    If the government shuts down and our troops in combat and their familes here that are relying on them are not paid, any member of congress that has the hubris to cash their check not matter what "party" they represent (they represent their parties, the DNC & RNC, not We The People) should be removed form office in 2012.

    Perhaps we need a Constitutional Convention to make some necessary changes to how business is done in Washington regarding their pay, lobbying, TERM LIMITS, and amend the Constitution to say that if the government shuts down due heir failing to pass a budget then they should not be paid until they do it.

    All these Senators and Representatives make $174,000 / year plus benefits. Sen Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as majority and minority leaders make $193,400 yr and John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House makes $223,500 year.

    The median personal wealth for members of Congress grew to $911,510 in 2009, up from $785,515 in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires. 261 members of Congress are millionaires according to an analysis of personal wealth conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics.

    These millionaires in Congress are not the middle class they do not represent us they have no idea how to live on a budget or pay rent or a car payment. WE pay for their medical care their salaries and through their abuse of power and lobbying they have made millionaires abusing their offices at our expense.

    Maybe its time for third parties to lead this country do really, really still need the useless Republican and Democratic Parties that have done NOTHING for the taxpayers of this country except line their own pockets and the pockets of their corporate and union friends through lobbyists... maybe its time We The People move on 2012 and layoff 435 Representatives, 100 Senators and 1 President that obviously are doing their jobs they can collect unemployment since they sill have not fixed that problem yet.

    We need a Constitutional Convention ASAP to take back our country.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  848. david w yurisich

    i dont spell well but hear gos i hear no one talking about what will hapen to all soshell programs that will be efectad by pland parent hood shuts down teen pragnencs will go up stoodents will drop out go on welfare and i beleve thear will even more aborshens i pray not i have more to say but as u can cee i kant get it out if you wont to hear it call me or tex me a # to call my # is 254-205-2872

    April 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  849. Robert

    Harry Reid and all the Democrats are claiming how important Title 10 and this budget debate is, but fail to tell us why they did not address the budget at all last year when the budget was due.

    If they had done their job we wouldn't be having this discussion at all.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  850. SPC of Ft. Hood

    My wife and i are wondering how are we going to pay are car payment, electric, cable, and provide food for our childrean? my Question is how ae they going to try and cut defense budget when there wanting to send us to Libya? we have already invested 550million in to that country that has nothing to do with us!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  851. Michael

    I'm a Vietnam vet and totally disabled, this is crazy and uncalled for what the government is doing! Why can't we vote on there raises and cut there pay to hourly wages instead of the pay they are making and give them the same benefits we as Americans get they are over paid way to much money to be ruining lives and messing with our money like they are doing. Cut the budget by cutting there wages.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  852. Patricia Damato

    John Boehner needs to get a backbone, do the right thing, and tell the Tea Party to get over themselves. Harry Reid did not say it this time but the issue is Abortion. We can not move forward if we live in the past.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  853. JimPresley

    If both parties cannot work together and pass a much delayed budget then it's time for a constitutional amendment for Senate and House term limits. two terms each, then "YOU'RE OUTTA THERE!"

    April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  854. SPC of Ft. Hood

    i agree with mike

    April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  855. Iris Castillo

    Perhaps since the government wants to deny women rights to certain health care options we should all stop paying their salaries and not pay taxes.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  856. DeShaun

    Love of money and love of display have made this world as a DEN OF THIEVES AND ROBBERS. In this generation the desire for gain is the absorbing passion. There are multitudes struggling with poverty, compelled to labor hard for small wages, unable to secure even the barest necessities of life. And all this that the RICH may support their extravagance or indulge their desire to hoard!

    "Go to now, ye rich men, . . . your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

    DeShaun

    April 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  857. Sky of CA

    The news media should be reporting why we are at this juncture with the budget and a gov't shut down. The truth of the matter is we are at this point because President Obama and the Dem. controlled House and Senate didn't want to take responsibility for the 2011 budget so they refused to pass it last summer. By shirking their responsibility they passed the buck onto the new comers in congress, who have been told by their electorate to cut the budget and reduce the deficit. That is what they are trying to do and the 'left overs' in congress from last year are the ones still trying not to take responsibility for the budget. That's why the Senate has not come forth with a budget to send to the House. So who's to blame for the gov't shut down and bankruptcy of 1000's of small businesses? Senator Reid, Ex-Speaker of the House Pelosi and President Obama.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  858. Megan

    If they have until midnight to make a decision and get things straight then why is it ALREADY showing on the LES for army active duty a HALF of a pay check? hopefully they will accept half of our rent and electric, but i have a feeling my newborn wont accept half the food. My husband joined the army so we wouldnt have to ever choose between paying our bills and feeding our baby. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  859. Lynne Jacobson

    If our elected officials cannot find a solution, let them be the first to go without a paycheck! It appears that they are the non-essential workers since they can't achieve a compromise. Furlough all of them!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  860. Eric B

    It seems like each time a Democrat is in the Whitehouse they wind up going through or face some type of govermnment shutdown; hmmm?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  861. Francine Hunter

    The people should rally and refuse to pay their FEDERAL INCOME TAXES FOR AS LONG AS THE GOVERNMET IS SHUT DOWN!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  862. Ken Fitts

    I find it interesting that Reid answered the specific questions about the problems with the negotiations where as Boehner actually repeated party lines when asked a specific question about WHAT was holding it up. "Almost all policies have been agreed to" He did it several times begging one to assume that he didn't want to get specific. The Democrats should just tell the republicans "take out this clause, pass it, and we will too. Then they are calling their bluff.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  863. Harold

    Well, its obvious what Congress thinks of itself. Federal Employees would not get paid but they do? They should have been the first salaries cut. They are not looking out for our best interest, just thier own.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  864. Lorraine Anderson

    I will not be personally affected but my fellow men and women in this great country will be unjustly penalized because of an issue that has nothing to do with balancing the budget. I'm outraged.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  865. Army Wife

    My husband is an Active Duty soldier. He just checked his LES statement a few moments ago and he will only be receiving half his paycheck. I know that once spending is allowed he will receive back pay, but this hurts my heart and my pride.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  866. Richard

    As a Conservative Republican, I feel that if a deal was in fact made, that we need to honor it. It is becoming abundantly clera that the Republicans are simply going to be unreasonable. President Obama has folded time & time again to what the GOP wanted and everytime the President & the Democrats agree to the demands of the GOP, the GOP increases its demands. This is noway to compromise. I am saddened to call myself a Republican at this point because even I, am starting to sympathize with the Left.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  867. Ethan

    Please, correct me if I am wrong. But we wouldnt be having this discussion had the Democrats would have passed a budget last year, would we? If that is correct, then, how is this not the fault of the Democrats?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  868. Megan

    The military already has word on the shutdown. Their paychecks are HALF of what they should be. Please tell me how a family is supposed to live on $700 for the foreseeable future and we are probably getting more than some. We are lucky we dont have children.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  869. Jack Jones

    George Washington didn't really want the office of President , but felt pressured to take it for the good of the country. Upon hearing talk that different political parties may be forming withing the government. He said that his worse fear for American government was that parties would actually form. He said if this does in fact take place, Congress would then fight for the party and not the people.
    Nuff Said......

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  870. Dean Roark

    If the GOP shuts down the government, I would think the voters will remember this, and a large group of freshmen will be in office after the elections.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  871. Don

    I think that Egypt, Libya, and all the other Arab countries have the right idea. We the middle class should take back our country and government. Our government is letting the Oil Co gouge the American people while paying them huge subsidies but they can,t find cuts in the budget. We need legislators that care about the American people and not big business.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  872. Arianne

    If there is a shutdown, John Boehner's $223,500 salary means he would still make $612 a day... for not working. Which is pretty awesome work (non-work) if you can get it.

    10 HOURS of John's salary is over $6,000. This could easily pay for 1-2 of our troops for ONE MONTH salary, who basically make nothing!

    How much do you make for not working? I'd always assumed the answer was "zero", based on my own experience.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  873. charles

    while they say they're taking care of us soldiers I recieve half pay. I think before they take half pay they should fully inform soldiers. I know of atleast one soldier that is now going to go get a loan so he can sustain the next few weeks. What has our nation come too. Soldiers now sacrifice even more then before.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  874. Jutta

    I think it is time for the people to take action. These career politicians are behaving like children. We the people should shut down the entire country for a day or more. No one person shall go to work. No planes in the sky, trains and cars on the road. No stores, offices everything will be closed. The only exception will be limited emergency service. No one working means no taxes will be collected on those days so therefore no revenue for the government. Lets see how fast they get to work and resolves their issues.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  875. Juan in GA

    Government shut-downs nor the cutting of all federal welfare are going to get us out of the hole we are in. Until, they realize that the three unconstitutional wars and our abroad bases that incite hatred are the reason for our huge debt, there is no other way around it. It is simply cutting out "dining out" but keeping excessive traveling on a personal budget.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  876. Christopher Ole

    So we (the American public) are supposed to believe that the entire budget agreement issue is "planned parent hood"? I hope you all can see this is merely a political ploy to further divide the public for campaign purposes- on the basis that these elected officials can not find a common ground!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  877. Jim

    The tea party-republicans are, plain and simple, deranged.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  878. david

    If government wants to shut down, fine. But if they're not going to pay service members, like me, and make it hard for my wife and kids to live, they should do the same. Congress will keep getting paid while those of us that fight for this country go broke, yeah, thats what I took an oath to defend!!! I can tell you that I will NOT be voting for the representatives from my state again.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  879. Katherine

    My husband is currently deployed and I want to know why our government thinks it's ok to cut their pay when our soldiers are the ones they defend this country? Our mid-month LES is already posted and the pay is already cut in half. How is this fair when a decision hasn't even been made yet? Our men and women put their lives on the line defending THEIR freedom, THEIR rights, THEIR paychecks and all this goverment does is sit back and watch as they are not affected at all. Why don't they cut their own pay???

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  880. anushka ferrer

    What the Republicans are doing is UNFORGIVABLE. Increase taxes as proposed by Obama on those making $500,000 or more (since the GOP won't accept $250,000!), and let's stop behaving like a bunch of spoiled brats – in particular the GOP who's UNREASONABLE BEYOND ALL MEASURE. Their behaviour is DISGUSTING!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  881. Sheri

    OMG!! All he things the DEMS offered as the fallout of he shutdown were superficial.. The Smithsonian will be closed no one can visit? Cherry blossoms? Here is the thing.. There ar more important thigs hanging in the balance.. I am sorry Virginia is going to have a "bad" weekend.. We all hav to make sacrafices, I would much rather have heard about how to fix it and not about plannd parenthood?? Or better still, how much money they are going to save by forfieting their income.. O way they are willing to do that!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  882. forest

    If I worked for a business and something I did/didn't do caused that business to shut down I think I would loose my job...so how about this...any politician that is part of a government shut-down for ANY reason should not be able to run for re-election...I bet that would make them compromise!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  883. Crutnacker

    You know one way that many people help balance their budget? Increasing their income? Is funding healthcare for women less important than maintaining income tax cuts for the wealthiest among us? Or how about addressing corporations that profit off of government but pay no taxes themselves? If you wish to blame Democrats, realize that the GOP is the one who made Planned Parenthood and NPR and issue, even though both are drops in the federal bucket. And realize their supporters WANT a shutdown. That's why they are to blame.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  884. Natalie

    Were not even in the shutdown yet, and my husband just let me know that they have cut his pay check for the military in half. How do you expect us to live on this check for two weeks?...My husband has served the military now for 14 yrs and has been deployed 5 times. I think the least you could do is pay him. I am sorry but we have two incomes in our home but his paycheck is what make our house go round. What am I going to tell the bank when I need to defer my payments or why I can afford to put dipers on my son. I am fustrated, lost and left without words right now. But yet congress will still recieve a pay check what about us military familys that are just getting by?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  885. Sandy

    My husband has given the military 25 years of his life and is now supporting contracts in Afghanistan. We are one of the families that will lose a house we are in the process of buying if this comes to a shutdown. If all these politicians could stop acting like toddlers and get to work this wouldn't happen. Maybe if we took "their" money away they'd be a little more serious about solving problems like this. However why should they... they continue to be paid so no sleep lost there.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  886. Larry

    As a member of the armed forces who has suffered through several deployments and facing #5 in the next month I think it's rediculous that We as soldiers are to leave our families yet again to do our jobs but are expected to basically do it without pay. I truly think it is time to look for a whole new set of people on the hill and get rid of the dead weight who collect paychecks as we all suffer meaning soldiers, veterans and americans alike. Lets cut the budget by cutting their jobs.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  887. Susan

    It is absolutely shameful that the Republicans and Tea Partiers can't find it in their hearts (oh, that's right...they don't have hearts) to help keep poor women healthy. They are holding the American people hostage because their religious right has long, sharp tentacles. Shame on John Boehner and his cronies.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  888. Daniel

    Why did the Senate Democrats appear on television instead of trying to hash out a deal with Senate Republicans?

    Also, why did both sides wait until the last minute to try and work out a new budget?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  889. Kent

    Senator Reid said that women would suffer medically if they cut planned parenthood funds. Can't they still go to the hospital ???

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  890. Truthis

    Why isn't jobs, unemployment pay, student loan and grant funding on the agenda. I have been laid off many times, filed for unemployment, a college student, and family man. I have worked for the government thru contracts in the past. I must say this...if it had not been for unemployment, education assistance, temp services and the one I thought I would never need SNAP ( food assistance)swallowing my pride to make the right decision for my family to survive during these trying times has been hard. BUT...thank God for the government for having programs that we utilize to keep the faith. SHUT IT DOWN! Thank God for a President who has been through trying times that shares our pains? Hold out President Obama...will in the CHANGE we need in this great nation.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  891. Liz H.

    Think it total crap bc im on WIC for my babies formula and that will stop! I cant afford to buy two different formulas without the help of WIC! I think that congress should decrease their pay and give it to women's health! i bet they dont want a pay cut so why should we have to suffer?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  892. Rick

    Democrats controlled the House, Senate and White House and could not bring themselves to work on the budget. Republicans could not have stopped them or they would have stopped them with the Health Care Package. Democrats

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  893. Rushad

    During an time of TRILLION dollar deficits and three foreign wars Harry Reid and Barack Hussein Obama have shown that they care more about subsidizing America's largest abortion outfit with my hard-earned tax dollars than they do about keeping the government running. It is a massive dereliction of duty on their part, and I commend the Republican leaders of the House and Senate for saying NO to continuing to send taxpayer blood money to Planned BARRENHOOD.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  894. Liz Snowbeck Brooks

    It would be a travesty if there is a Government Shutdown! Will affect many people including the military in a very negative way! So uncalled for not being able to reach a compromise! Our economy is already in a mess, why make it even worse?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  895. C. C. Phils

    The impression that I get is that one certain party has to always have their "way" no matter what. Like, they are saying, we are always right and you in the other party are a bunch of idiots the same thing we think about the US public. How do you feel? Am I wrong?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  896. Marylina

    It is amazing to me that the same people who were up in arms about a possible tax increase for the richest of Americans are the same people who now have no problem cutting funding for Healthcare for the poorest of Americans and making the Military work for no pay; while they keep their secured healthcare plans and fat paychecks. They're almost as bad as those Wall Street CEOs they all criticized.That sends a terrible message to the people, a message that wont be forgotten during the next Presidential and midterm elections.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  897. Greg Carlton

    Its really about the republican/tea party rally cry "we will sacrifice American citizens to get our way".

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  898. Molly

    I love Mike's comment on holding the negotiations in the OPEN! We need to hear this fiasco for ourselves.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  899. Carole

    At this juncture, I am so fed up with politicians that I'm ready to wipe the slate clean. I propose we do away with them completely and have elected positions go through the same process as anyone applying for any job. Their resumes would be published in the news and on election day the voters will select. We need MBAs in office and NOT anyone with a political science background. This is beyond ridiculous.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  900. m

    I think the Congress should forgo getting a paycheck until they get this resolved. It is not fair that our troops have to fight for free, and our congress still gets paid.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  901. Pat

    I find it ironic that we got to the "deficit place" during the Republicans reign of power and now they are the ones driving us into a shutdown because the Democrats aren't cutting the spending

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  902. Brandan

    I am a military member right now and just looked at my pay stub that would reflect how much I will be paid on the 15th. The pay stub shows that i am only going to receive half of what i was expecting. The shut down is already taking affect!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  903. Karen Fick

    The radical republicans are acting like spoiled brats. Dems need to at least pass something to ensure that our troops get paid.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  904. Jessica

    The shut down have not yet occur but ourSoldiers Mid-month paychecks in DFAS already reflect a lost of 50%. We don't make enough but the government want to take the little that we have away. This is not right, It should be other people "like Congress" that should sacrify.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  905. Chris

    What most people don't realize is that the military is being affected with this possible shut down. Military soldiers probably have checked their pay statement today and have seen their pay cut in half already and want get any back pay for at least a month after everything has been settled. What is our government thinking. Thanks

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  906. Micki Shaw

    My husband is a nurse at the VA hospital. He makes less than a private sector nurse and is a veteran himself. He works for the VA because he enjoys caring for and working with other veterans. If the government shuts down he will continue working but will not receive his pay check until?? Is this what the Tea Party wants when they shout "shut er down" at
    their rallies? No pay for veterans serving our sick veterans? Shut down the Tea Party.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  907. Christopher Ole

    Hold the line Boehner. I only hope the senate has enough gumption to give the Military they money they deserve... this is the land of the free, because of the brave!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  908. Daniel

    The GOP has been hijacked by the TEA Party and in their efforts to please and appease them they have decided to not only demand cuts in programs popular with liberals but vital to the health of women. Their ideological agenda includes and insists upon imposing their hypocritical moral agenda on an American public that rejects it. The GOP took control of the House in a year of low voter turnout, where a loud, ignorant, racist minority converged on the polls to push their radical agenda. Don't count on that in the next election cycle, voter retribution will be massive!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  909. D. Wynn

    It won't affect my family & I immediately
    but it will in the near future.
    These repub.'s & tea group
    sure have renigged on a lot of agreements
    I feel they have done a Great disservice to the
    people of these United States of America

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  910. Evets

    The Commander in Chief says he will veto a bill that funds the military through the fiscal year. Guess we know whose side he is on.

    Time to quit supporting people who don't want to be responsible for themselves. Close departments that don't contribute to the betterment of the country like Dept of Energy and Education.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  911. Concerned American

    We have been waiting for our federal return since February 14th – a government shutdown will further delay our return past June 19th which is the current date given to us by the IRS. We are in jeopardy of losing our home and having utilities shut off without the shutdown.

    I cannot expect either side to sympathize since they are not directly impacted by their actions.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  912. Linda Roller

    The Republicans are showing their true colors and I hope Americans, especially women, are watching this. Finger pointing is essential...the Republicans need to be held accountable for their narrow-minded stupid show of power! They simply do not care about the lower classes. This "rich" ruling party is so set on forcing their ideas on the American people, they don't care who they hurt. We will see just how far this flies, come the next election! They are idiots to ignore the fact that women and the citizens of the United States back the direction of health care for all and for what Obama has been trying to get in place for universal health care.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  913. Esther

    “Our plan is to take care of our troops” is what I just heard… take care of us how?! You’ve already taken half of our pay for this pay check with the possibility of not having another paycheck until this is resolved… How about you send me your pay check (which is ten times what we get) until you can come to a solution.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  914. Randy Castle

    the government cannot come to an agreement because of a few spoiled brats born with spoons up their asses not getting their way! Republicans want to strip funding from planed parenthood & yet they're against abortion. So essentially they want the country to pop out more babies & then not provide for them? the government does't fund abortions anyway. Our country is broken!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  915. Clyde

    Sounds like extortion on the Republicans partto me, at the detriment of a lot of Americans...plain and simple. If defunding Planned Parenthood isn't their goal then why don't they suggest a non-controversial program and stick to their stated 'Goal'; getting the budget under control.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  916. J

    There is a lot of talk about who is staying on and who is going to be furloughed. I am a federal firefighter, and apparently I am not essessential to protect life or property because I and my firefighters are all going to be laid off in about 9 hours

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  917. Jim Nolan

    It's not the Tea Party, it's the Pee Party. They pee on the poor, they pee on senior citizens, they pee on Social Security, they pee on Medicare, they pee on Medicaid, they pee on children's health, they pee on women's health, they pee on environmental protection, they even pee on our military.
    For fear that they would pee on them, the Republican leadership let's the Pee Party have their own way in Congress. A strong majority of Americans want Congress to compromise on the budget and keep the government operating. But the current mantra of the Pee Party is "shut down the government". The Pee Party would prefer we have an Oligarchy instead of a Democracy

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  918. Wes Kroondyk

    Why is nobody talking about reducing military spending for the sake of America's seniors, women & children?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  919. Paul Priest

    I think it is time to recall the people, because they don't care. If we don't get payed, they don't get payed!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  920. Bill

    I think it's a shame that the politicians in Washington are playing russian Roulette with the taxpayers lives, what ever happened to the way our Government was supposed to be ran, " We the people, for the people ",I'll tell You, when The Democrats & Republicans alike are only interested in lining their pockets with hard earned taxpayers money,like the $617 Million Dollars paid by the taxpayers to go towards a politicans bid for the Whitehouse, that ought to go back to the taxpayers, they're the ones that earned it! Like our brave Military Men & Women putting their lives on the line to continue to keep us free!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  921. Mallory

    What I would like to know is what about the rest of us who have been without a paycheck for a long time because of no job creation or whatever the excuse is for not getting hired and who are still losing their homes because of the inability to make payments, and for those of use who have been without any kind of health care for years! My heart goes out to those who may be losing a paycheck, but you can bet that our representatives won't be losing theirs.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  922. Lainy

    Hi, Ali.

    I am a small business owner. I am a per diem contractor for companies that have federal contracts. I will be out of a job at midnight, along with a lot of my typing colleagues and live appearance court reporters, if the shutdown happens.

    I had an epiphany this morning, I think that ALL of Congress should take their annual salary for their first year in full and then during the second year, they should take the current minimum wage in their state for their salary and see how they live for 365 days without all the perks and benefits afforded to them now. How would they survive having to work for money to pay for healthcare and food and gas and daily living costs and the works, like the rest of us not made of money and who will be adversely affected.

    I do not get paid when I don't work; I am not salaried and not guaranteed to work due to the nature of my work, like NLRB and other such Federal court type agencies that require court reporters.

    I would just love to see how they survive like the rest of us do.

    Elaine LaRosee
    Hyper Typerz
    Gardner, Massachusetts

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  923. Erica M.

    I have a two young children two years old, and nine months old. We live pay check to pay check, my husband just got the official letter he will be furloughed if the government shuts down!
    Dear Congress,
    Since you still get a paycheck for taking ours, how bout you send some of it this way!?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  924. kassi

    If you consider us, the soldiers on the border and overseas, "essential" and not forloughed then shouldn't we still be getting paid? How are we supposed to support our families back home?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  925. Jeanie

    Will the space shuttle be postponed? The millions of dollars required to launch the shuttle could be used to pay our military. Once again, our government is letting down our military men and women, those who risk their lives daily to keep our nation free. Unbelievable!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  926. diane s

    If the government shuts down I will personally hold the Republicans responsible. The word BUDGET means just that and not social reform. Social issues have no place in the budget. As for supporting the troops I am all for it BUT I also feel that women are just equal as the troops. AND if the government does shut down I expect all members of Congress and the Senate to NOT receive their checks. Fair is fair!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  927. laura tilley

    if this does happend i dont no what i will do to take care of my 2 kids and soon to be 3rd child. i already have alot to worry about lots while my husband is gone. they need to get there stuff in order. this is not right how are we going to live

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  928. Edward

    I think it is BS. That the government shutdown is stupid. HERES AND IDEA....Look at what you are spending on. And cut those. You allow the troops to fight for free. Is stupid. You will have a WWIII here in the states. And not paying our vets what they deserve is beyond stupidity.There will be more crime during this year during this shutdown even with very little security. And shutting down E-verify, is really bad. Especially if alot of illegal immigrants are trying to get jobs here. IMPEACH OBAMA and ELECT DONALD TRUMP....

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  929. Bill

    What is going to happen to Military Retiree Pensions???? Retirees rely on their pensions.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  930. Al Irvine

    I wonder how the "negotiations" would have gone if the the transcripts of every word said were required to be published? And why doesn't anyone point out that most of the "policy" issues of the Republicans are based on religious beliefs?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  931. Elizabeth

    Nobody's has mentioned if the retired military personal are going to recieve their retirement checks. Do you have an answer to this question? My husband served 22 years in the Navy, is disabled and we rely on this monthly check

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  932. adam dragoo

    i belive that the republicans are the ones that should be blamed for the shut down. they are acting like little children and i think the pressident needs to take them over his knee and spank the crap out of them. banner needs to get his head out of the coke brothers arse's and do what the middle class want done and not what the coke brothers want . i mean if they defund the epa whats to stop them from dumping toxic chemicals into our rivers and streams ??

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  933. Michael

    I wholeheartedly agree with a more publicly viewed discussion/debate regarding these issues. I also think that if they wish to shut down the government they should forfeit their paychecks much like the rest of the people who will not receive one. If they are really interested in saving the taxpayers money they should consider a paycut for themselves and put all future pay raises in the hands of the voters since they refuse to ever hold a vote on their pay raises.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  934. clifton

    I think that the congress needs to pull there heads out of there asses and come to an agreement. No matter what the congress will still get there pay check. I just got back from deployment and im lucky to have gotten paid but i have friends over there and they need this money its not time that we work for free.. the military is in harms way with this shut down because of the number of familes that will be hurt by this and the people who work for this messed up system.Also it was said that people who work for the government wont have jobs or have to go to work but thats differnt for the military we have to go to work even if not getting paid.. Why should we have to go to work if were not getting paid i strongly disagree with the decision that the congress is making and they need to step up and meet with each other and come to an agreement..

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  935. Philip

    I say Shut down homeland security and pay our troops instead.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  936. Dennis R Kuhn Sr

    It seems abortion is the issue not woman's health. If planned parenthood did not fund abortions would they get the funds. If they don't get the funds can they still fund abortions with other funds.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  937. Van Smith

    There is an irreconcilable difference in Democrats & Republicans that leads to this impasse. Dems believe Govt should take care of the people & would evolve to a welfare state. Rep believe best govt is no govt, except for defense. Well, if you favor no govt, a shutdown is ok.
    There is no longer any room for the moderate in either party. You must be rather liberal to win a primary for the Dems, and rather conservative to win a primary for the Reps. The middle person has no chance in either place. As long as that is true, I don't feel any real progress can be made. Whoever wins the election pushes their agenda until the following election. No real progress is made, just a swing between one extreme or the other.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  938. A Pressley

    We checked our my pay website and only are getting HALF of our paycheck can not feed our kids and pay mortgage Chase mortgage and USAA have help for us in place but still cant pay our bills. My spouse is gone out of country for year. I have been a navy wife for 19 years and this is the first time i have worried how to feed our 15 yr old son.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  939. M.L. Romero

    I heard Senator Reid loud and clear. They have agreed on a measure which both sides agree on a number and funds the troops for the rest of the year. So what's the hold up? The GOP is the hold up. It's either their way 100% or no deal and that cannot be a good thing. It's like letting a child get away with whatever or endure a tantrum. That's basically what it comes down to, the GOP is throwing a tantrum until they get their way!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  940. Donna Bass

    I am feeling a bit confused by this whole situation. Only a very very small portion of the government budget is holding up this process (planned parenthood). Seems bit of a red herring to divert attention from the 3 wars that are underway, and the reason we are fighting them. I also havent seen what IS being funded that is some sort of return for my tax dollars. This is becoming a confusing mess, is this is over an ideology? ...Really?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  941. april raimond

    apparently cutting the military pay was the pawn in this chess game all along. They have already cut our pay in half for 15APR11 and the deadline hasn't even expired yet. So the question is what happens to all the direct deposits that are suppose to be paid by DFAS? Soldiers put their lives on the line everyday for this country and we are putting them in a potential financle distress. Will the Soldier be punished under UCMJ for indebtness for those that cannot pay their bills?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  942. Helen

    I think the republicans are being irresponsible and that they should be fired. I think we are being pushed back to 1865 with old fashioned thinking and too much religious right steering our country. Democrats have to get the people organized and marching in the streets. When will reason return to government by the people, for the people and of the people?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  943. Dennis Rivelli

    I think this is typical of Republicans throughout the last 75 years. It was best summarized by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930's when he said, "It is the duty of a Democratic Leader to make the nation understand that Republican rule means government by selfish,interests and powerfully entrenched individuals. Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity and concern than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference". The Republican only care about the powerful interests behind their seats in congress and not about the well being of the people of this country.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  944. Pat

    So the government is linking planned parent hood to womens health issues? Why is the government putting the whole country in economic turmoil over womens health screening for cancer and birthcontrol? Isn't that something that can be worked out with other types of funding? Is this still about our country supporting all of these irresponsible dead beat parents who keep producing kids they don't want or can not afford just to get government assistance?

    Women would vote for what we have done for years. We would say, let it go if it means causing turmoil for the majority. We will find a way to take care of ourselves. Don't put the whole country in turmoil over this. Let them have it.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  945. Kent

    I think Senator Reid should say that children will starve if more cuts are made. That has always worked.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  946. pandora

    My husband was receiving unemployment and was shut off 5 weeks early, my children's survivor benefits is what we currently rely on and are worried that with the shutdown the checks will be cut. We both have been looking for work for over 2 years and are struggling as it is. This shut down will dramatically hurt our lives, more than we are already hurting.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  947. Christina Proctor

    A government shutdown?! Seriously, the democrats and the republicans need to go to the playground and duke it out. They need to look at their own salaries to cut, because I am sure that if we do go with the shutdown and military personnel do not get paid, the government workers do not get paid, I am positive the democrats and republicans will bet paid, will be able to seek medical care, and will be able to afford to take care of their families. We need to support our military first, not the politicians, the military sacrifice so much, including their lives for our freedoms and it seems to me that the politicians seem to forget that. And women's healthcare? Why is that up for debate? Why is it always women's healthcare up for debate? Why can't we consider everyone's healthcare as a priority and take care of our own?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  948. Amber Jackson

    This is a Congressional Chess game where the American people are mere pawns that are expendable for political, posturing purposes. Congress is using the potential shutdown for political purposes w/ no regard for the lives of the people they were elected to serve. We are not numbers; we are not statistics. We are hard-working men and women who will not be able to pay the rent or mortgage, will not be able to feed our children, will incur late payments and blemishes on our credit reports. We are real people w/ real lives. Congress is calloused and utterly insensitive to the needs of the American people. Elected officials need to stop being "politicians" and start being public servants.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  949. Amanda

    I looked at our LES...It only shows..1/2 a pay check. It is already happening. Most live paycheck to paycheck. 1/2 means few bills get paid if they want to eat. The Govt should stop and think about their dinner tonight, and wonder about those they just took it from!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  950. SSG Joshua Ballinger

    Just checked my upcoming pay check and it has already been cut in half. It sickens me that congress will get paid for not doing there job but the men and women that defend this country will not get paid for doing theirs.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  951. Holly J

    i don't think many people truly understand how badly this will affect the military and their families what are these families going to do when their paychecks stop and they have no way to pay their bills or feed their children and what do you think these soldiers on patrol are going to be thinking about while they are outside the wire it will probably be man i sure hope they fix this so my family can eat and pay bills instead of does that guy have a gun soldiers in theater will be severely distracted and distractions are not what we need right now all distractions do in a war zone is fill body bags these people need to get it together and fix this before its too late it is truly a disgrace to witness this mess i pray they fix it

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  952. Andrew Cormier

    WHY? Why has no one pointed the finger at the fact that this political party system does not work. When Jefferson was president, yeah maybe, but not today. It should be people working for people not a group that gets together to bash another group. They are the worst example of adults in America and these are the people worried about the younger generations. C'mon America, WAKE UP!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  953. Michael Sabato

    I am a 28 year old Veteran of Foreign War who is taking advantage of my college benefits while I rent my house out (VA loan) to active duty military members. With the current circumstances as they are, I won't be able to collect rent from my renters because they will not receive a pay check nor will I be able to rely on my GI Bill because the VA will not be able to work as they are non-essential. I find it ironic that my renters and my own BASIC HOUSING ALLOWANCE will not be paid to either of us in order to pay my mortgage. I find it extremely unfair for the government to tell me I can go to school full-time while the my mortgage is paid by the GI bill that I paid into and EARNED. I have two tours in Afghanistan and four years of honorable duty with the United States Marine Corps. My renter has SEVEN tours of combat. I am insulted that the "leaders" of this nation are going to receive full pay and benefits while we are left to wonder if we will be able to keep our heat and water running.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  954. Donelle

    I must say I'm sick of our country being held hostage by these immature politicians who just want things their way or no way. We WERE being held hostage by the crazy minister in Florida who put our military AND us in danger with his actions and now by our own government? Eat up the money, Current Politicians, get all you can now for yourselves because when the next election comes up, you are SO outta there! We need some honest grown-ups to do your job!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  955. Stan McCann

    Fire all the Democrats and Republicans and let the Independents do the budget. Send the children home.

    Stan in Alamogordo, NM

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  956. nuconnect

    What happened to self reliance and living within your means, which includes a plan B if you lose your job or get sick.....the government AND the American people? Why is that such a novel idea?
    Very sad.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  957. Robert Raper

    A government shut down is symptomatic of a broken system involving spending and collecting. Don't fix a broken system but rather replace it with a flat tax and outlaw debt. Let's remove the political fodder of tax exemption and the conduit of unlimited spending. The total political environment in Washington DC right now is a sound foundation for term limits. Professional politicians simply are keeping themselves busy rather than representing the people that sent them to congress... Any debates involving anything but a budget compromise today is an example of irresponsible lawmaking...Our soldiers will be fed, housed, and supported. Quit beating this horse....Essential personnel will be present. Shut the government down and pretty soon the priorities will begin falling out and the need for congressional stupidity will rapidly diminish. The public will exercise its political taser during our next election. How many wake up calls does the congress need. The public wanted and got change the last go around. This came on the heels of the lack of cooperation taking place in congress... Looks like its time to wack some more.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  958. Carrie W.

    How can the government take away money from the military, when they haven't decided what to do yet? I just checked my husbands LES and we are getting half our pay in the 15th. My husband is deployed and we have 4 children to provide for. What am I suppose to do

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  959. AnonyMrs

    Harry Reid made the GOP's point for them. Everything he listed would occur as a result of the government shutting down is exactly why the Senate needs to pass the bill...any one of the numerous bills submitted by the House. President Obama, Harry Reid and the other democrats refusing to do their jobs by passing and signing a bill, are putting Planned Parenthood before the troops, federal employees and the average American citizen. If Planned Parenthood no longer received tax dollars they would still be in business, but Democrats are willing to shut down our government if their special interest group does not get more tax dollars.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  960. Kasey

    What about the students that get government loans to get a higher education? what will happen to them will they have to drop out or what?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  961. Christopher Ole

    I'll be fine... just make sure those brave warriors and their families get everything they deserve and more! It is by no means acceptable that military funding should even be considered in any political realm. We should enact an article that exempts military personnel paychecks from all budget ramifications!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  962. Diana

    This country is doomed if our leadership continues with their current behavior pattern..... party agendas are not about majority rule anymore it's about forcing a specific idology down our collective throats....... like it or not and clearly the man on the street has no say in the matter......

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  963. Darlene

    As a federal employee with the Dept of Homeland Security, I will be declared an essential employee and I will be required to be at work (without a pay check) until this problem is resolved. My worst thought is that the military will not be paid while they are defending our freedom. As much as that sickens me,, I also feel that the democrats need to stand firm and not cave to the the republican party. How disgusting it is to me that the republican party is tying together the military's pay with the funding for planned parenthood. Planned parenthood is not just abortions. They help women in so many other ways than abortion. Women who cannot afford insurance are able to receive lower cost birth control, medical checkups (CANCER SCREENINGS), etc. How dare they play one against the other to make the democratic party look like the bad guy. I support the democrats 100% AND CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE RECEIVING THEIR PAY UNTIL THIS MATTER IS SETTLED... Put them in the same category as the rest of the federal government employees...

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  964. Dale

    I agree with the President that we need a long term solution & no more of these 1 and 2 week extensions. I also think it's ironic that congress made sure they always get paid, maybe they should make sure our soldiers get paid instead. And then take all the time they need to work out their differences and come up with a long term solution.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  965. Sue Kline

    Looks to me that the
    Republicans and the Democrats HAVE reached an agreement. it's the Tea Party that can't agree. Oh wait, the Tea Party thinks they ARE Republicans. Right? Gee, they aren't like any Repulicans I know!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  966. Beth Anthony

    If they cannot come to an agreement and the government shuts down, how is it that the senate and congress can get paid for doing nothing but our armed services cannot get paid for fighting for the senate, congress, president, and all citizens lives and freedom? I believe the congress and senate are just to self-centered and only care for themselves and their pet projects!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  967. Stephen Stollmack

    I have several points re: De-funding Family Planning:
    1. Elimination of these programs will increase the number of unplanned pregnancies which will translate into increased abortions (whomever pays) or births to girls and women who are unprepared to provide economically and emotionally for their children; anyone who sees this as desirable is nuts;
    2. This is a Women's HEALTH program. It grew out of years of service by dedicated Americans. It was designed and supported by generations of Health Professionals and others who believed that the program was essential to the health and welfare of women and children; this support has survived and grown through much debate in many government chambers and courts in this country. How dare these politicians come in and expect to turn this around 180 degrees without any warning or debate or time for supporters to plan for replacement services. The program was not created by fiat. If the American electorate now believes it can no longer support these services the basic tenants of humanity argue for a gradual phase out.
    3. This is no the way to run a government and gain respect of the people. The Republicans are playing a blame-game when they say: its the Democrats fault for not getting the budget approved before the end of the last session of Congress. Get real! This sounds like 'school-yard bully logic' First, we all know that both parties (R's more than Dems) were responsible for not passing the budget in the last session. This childish attitude will come back to haunt them because Americans will be able to see through it. Voters did not give newly elected Representatives a mandate to cut programs without due debate. Even if some did have this intention, conscientious leaders need to educate the public on how such abrupt changes are ill advised and totally disrespectful of the beliefs and wisdom of those of past leaders and supporters.
    4. Blackmail can not be supported in government, business or private life. Supporting it in government takes us all down another level.
    This situation is living proof that our way of governing is not what we, as a Nation planned. We have strayed far from the democratic model of our forefathers which would have seen policy evolve through debate reverberating through towns, cities, and states up to the national level.
    5. Laws of nature and design tells us that when we make rapid changes to the goals of complex organizations or systems we can expect wild fluctuations in the system's abilities to satisfy other goals or performance measures. This is not the way to run a country.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  968. Heidi P.

    The potential shut down would definetly affect my family. My husband and I are currently stationed in CA, but he's training in VA. It isn't just his pay we're worried about though. I'm a nanny for a military family (which is my primary source of income), so the shutdown means both my husband and I don't get paid.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  969. John S. Mabery

    I think the Republicans are doing a good job. Democrats were supposed to already have this done. My son fought in Iraq and it's a shame that politicians no longer think of the people and only themselves. It's time to quit all this argueing and get their bank book in order and see to it that the troops are taken care of and if they can't we, the people, need to clean hose again, from top to bottom. Congress should not get paid when the rest of them don't.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  970. Dianna

    This shows how important elections are and the impact those who elected in some of these new Republicans house and New Senate members have on what's going on with this shut down. It should also remind those Democrates that should have voted and did not make it to the polls for some reason or another that their vote could have counted to prevent some of these extreme Republicans from being there in the 1st place.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  971. Tracy

    my husband is an american soldier why should we be punished because the goverment made a mistake I have 3 young children and i get to tell them thhey have to live on hot dogs and wont have an easter because the parties cant just sit and talk and just get along. Tell me that is not stupid. so which one of teh representives are gonna pay my bills since they are still getting paid.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  972. Ryan

    If the government shuts down, they will harm the loved ones of our soldiers. Why do the people who are fighting for our freedom not get paychecks, while others who are sitting in a nice office get paid?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  973. Meghan

    OMG the Cherry Blossom won't be able to go on. Oh well lets all just stop and cry for a while. What does this shutdown mean to me, well lets stop and think, They haven't even come to a decission yet and already the military is getting half of there normal pay, if it last 21 days like last time, the car payment won't be made, is congress going to get my Durango back for me if it gets reposessed, I have already called to try and work something out but with no information to give them about how long this will last and not knowing when we will get paid again they don't know what they can do for us. The phone and cable I could care less about, it would bring back the lost art of the hand written letter. They say the commissary's on post won't be able to stay open so with no car to go to walmart and a Taxi costing about $30...well there goes my grocery money. I just want answers on how we are suppose to prepare for it. My husband hasnt' lost his job but he doesn't get paid we have 3 kids and child care is to expensive for me to find a job all I would be paying for is child care. I need to know what will happen to our credit how will it get fixed when it isn't our fault?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  974. Amber Macklin

    This is unbelievable. Soldiers should keep their whole pay. They have to think about their families. I'm unemployed and just recently had a daughter. Plus finances are going to be hard. We can't rely on daycare. Everything is expensive. There isn't a reasonable price for anything. We shouldn't have to go through this. No one. I'm furious they do this to us.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  975. micheal Highwood

    Military personnel are only getting paid through today, check your LES's. How are military personnel not essential?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  976. Dave

    I think the question should be..why wasn't this mess taken care of back in Sept or Oct when the Dems had control.Now it's everyone elses fault,and to make a comment like the Cherry Blossom Festival is at risk, or womens healthcare is just plain crazy.If anyone is to blame Sen Reid should look at himself.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  977. Michael

    I think that even the idea of this shutdown is absurd. On a side note I think that all professional athletes should be required to donate at least 10% of their paycheck to the reduction of national debt, they are overpaid and that money could be used in a much more productive way.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  978. Truthis

    Tell the republicans to add their paychecks in as Charity. And give it to the women’s programs. They need to honor something? they have not shown honor to the people of this nation. And they certainly have not heard the cry’s of the people.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  979. Chris

    Reid should be ashamed of himself, his party, and his president. Scare tactics are what have gotten Democrats were they are today. They have done nothing but blame Bush and the Republicans while our debt deepened on their watch. This isn't about "women's health", it is about blaming the Republicans for doing what they were elected to do which is cut the budget. GROW UP.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  980. D

    While Harry Reid was speaking the man far back left of him starts explaining to someone that Reid should speak more on the number 78. As he is you see him emphatically say "and that's it", along with a gesture further emphasizing this point. There's obviously more to it, you can see it in the video. So what are they not telling us?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  981. U.S. MILITARY

    Soldiers in the miltary are not getting paid or only getting half of their regular pay but the US government wants us to still work without our normal pay. These congressmen and women are not affected and its a disgrace to the citizens of America to see them receiving full pay. Soldiers have bills too! Who's going to pay our rent, car note, child care, buy groceries? Gas is almost $4 a galloon who's going to help with that. They need to figure this out soon because its unfair to the military especially those who are overseas putting their lives on the line!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  982. Polly

    The Republican Party is fast becoming a joke. Federal Medicaid funds are the only federal funds that will cover elective pregnancy terminations, and then only in the case of rape, incest, or if the pregnancy endangers the life the mother. I was Director of the TN Division Maternal and Child for 6 years and the godmother of Senator Alexander's son was the Director of our Title X Family Planning Program and Planned Parenthood clinics were the leaders in our state in our efforts to prevent unwanted teen pregnancies. No federal funds in these programs ever paid for abortions. For 100's of thousands of women in TN, their only source of health care are the state's Title X Family Planning Clinics, and the return on the small fiscal investment in these programs cost- avoids more than a billion dollars in other health care expenditures.

    I cannot believe that the Republican Party is allowing itself to be lead by the nose by bunch of ideological zealots who cannot tell truth from fiction and are spreading malicious lies and jeopardizing the health of America's women. If the Republican Members of the House are so poorly informed, how can we expect them to generate good policies and law and steer this country to fiscal solvency? The policy riders being promoted by the House Republicans have nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with extremism adverse to our nation's future.

    I am ashamed to call myself a Republican. The mother and fathers of this nation must rise up and tell the House Members to stop blocking the finalization of the 2011 Budget/Appropriation and keep the government open. They must represent all of their constituents – not just those that agree with there ill-advised positions.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  983. Steven Runnion

    I was afraid that you were going to inform us
    that border patrol will stop and that people will
    be able to cross our boarder illegally!!!

    Steven Runnion
    Huntersville, NC

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  984. Alan B.

    I'm military 15 years and like many have mulitple deployments to Iraq, and why is it that because republicans can not agree on "planned parenthood budgeting" which cant be used anyways for abortions (i take no official stand), my pay has to be suspended already starting today?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  985. Debbie

    If there is a shut down I blame it on the Repbulicans. Why?

    Rider (legislation)
    In legislative practice, a rider is an additional provision annexed to a bill under the consideration of a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter of the bill. Riders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision which would not pass as its own bill. Occasionally, a controversial provision is attached to a bill not to be passed itself but to prevent the bill from being passed (in which case it is called a wrecking amendment or poison pill).

    The use of riders is prevalent and customary in the Congress of the United States, as there are no legal or other limitations on their use.
    Riders are most effective when attached to an important bill because to veto or postpone such a bill could delay funding to governmental programs, causing serious problems.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  986. Matt

    Numerous service members and myself checked our leave and earning statements today. Our pay checks have been cut in half. Along with an email stating after this paycheck on the 15th we will not paid till a budget is passed.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  987. richard

    This is ridiculous. This is the reason why no one trusts politicians. These people had no problem bailing out AIG so that the banks and wall street don't lose a dime. Now, with everyone calling for them to put aside their posturing and do their jobs they are willing to leave the military without pay......not to mention the 800000 directly facing furloughs. Great way to stimulate confidence in the "economic recovery". The politicians should be ashamed.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  988. Kaitlin Jones

    They cut our pay, how are we to feed our children? Pay our bills? If your not going to pay my husband BRING HIM HOME! Let me ask you..Would you go into a hostile environment just for the hell of it? Would you leave your family for months on end and not know when or IF you will ever see them again?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  989. Mike Pruett

    I will not be able to file for Social Security. I do not know why the Republains are acting like Spoiled Rich KIDS. This will hurt the Military more because I served for 13 years. Living paycheck to paycheck. L:andlords that just want their MONEY now and do not want to here why you can not pay it. Late fees that run from $10 to 100 for being late. I believe the budget should NEVER have Riders on it.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  990. Britni

    I see that the ATF, DEA, Secret Service, FBI and all other SUPPORT security agencies will still be getting paid for keeping people safe... but what about our troops that are keeping THEM safe?? They made the choice to protect the very backs that have been turned on them.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  991. Tina of Amory MS

    My feeling on a government shut down is just this... It seems that now maybe a time the american public should say enough. If the people we elected to pull this government from the brink of bankruptcy can not do the job, we should fire them. If these people truly felt the pressure they are putting on the public, that can remove them the next vote, & maybe if their paychecks were on the line, they would be quicker to come up with a solution. For all of you screaming let it shutdown, remember the housing market is still on very shaky ground &, that this could cause major damage to not only real estate, financial markets, but also the security of our country. If I could I would tell them do their jobs or they should be FIRED!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  992. Linda from PA

    I think it's a shane that the military who are defending our country will not be paid, but the politicans who cannot make decisions will receive their pay!! Also closing National Parks when tourist season is just starting to pick up.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  993. tina

    Its BS, how are we supposed to live????
    Just found out my husband already received a paycut. This will not be enough money to pay for our mortage, rent, car payments, food ect. oh and the gas for him to still go to work

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  994. Ken Merkle

    Two comments; No elected official should get a pay check or back pay
    during a Government shut down.

    All Military personnel should be paid. They are the most important
    group of people needed for our national security.

    Politicians are the most uneeded group of people.

    Ken

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  995. A Pressley

    A Pressley April 8th, 2011 2:26 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    We checked our my pay website and only are getting HALF of our paycheck can not feed our kids and pay mortgage Chase mortgage and USAA have help for us in place but still cant pay our bills. My spouse is gone out of country for year. I have been a navy wife for 19 years and this is the first time i have worried how to feed our 15 yr old son.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  996. Kevin B

    Am taking a trip to Washington DC this weekend and can not get money back for the trip. Was taking 6yr daughter to zoo. guess we will just set on a bench for 7hrs and do nothing like the senators and congress people do.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  997. Dave

    It is too bad that we have a bunch of children running our country, as a government employee I am embarrassed. This is typical of the power hungry republicans trying to act like bullies.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  998. MEA

    Congress should not be paid during a shutdown of the government!

    Each and every member of Congress, because of their inability to behave, compromise and work a plan for a budget,, should be required to pay a fee of $5,000 per member of Congress per day for every day the government is shut down.

    Money talks, especially when it comes from your own pocket and my guess is that in a very short time, things will all work out!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  999. Peggy

    I am devastated...the government has not even "shut down" yet and my husband's military pay has already been cut. How are we supposed to live? Are politicians so arogant as to think that the fighting men and women in this ungrateful country will continue to defend it without any compensation? Most of the time they don't even get thanked for putting their life on the line to defend this way of life. The Supreme court rules in favor of people picketing military funerals...gay, straight, black, white, red, yellow...I do not care who you are, if you die in defense of your country you deserve more respect from that country than that! I can only hope some third world terrorist group decides to drop a bomb on congress right now! Don't expect the trained, fighting men and women to come to your defense!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1000. Karen

    I am a government contractor. I am a political pawn in our governments decissions. I can't help but think, that if the house and senate had thier paychecks on the line and not getting a paycheck then we wouldn't be in the final day... They would NEVER let it get this far.

    Argue the budget and get a compromise on the BUDGET. LEAVE all the hidden agendas at the door. NO healthcare, and other issues they are attaching as the entitlements. Stop being ABOVE the LAW.. We the people believed in you to help not use 800,000 people as pawns for your agenda. Start remembering all theses people live paycheck to paycheck just as you all do. The only difference is YOU GET TO KEEP getting a paycheck. Why are you above the law of hte government. You are government and a federal employee. So you should loose your money the same way you are tossing my money out the door!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1001. Heather

    I think that the government (especially the Republican/ Tea Party) should think of how this decision will affect other people and families in the country and not be stuck on this particular issue that is basically irrelevant when you consider the overall outcome. I am nearly 7 months into my first pregnancy and waiting for my husband to get permission to immigrate from Egypt to be here for the birth of our baby. If they shut the government down then he will probably miss this crucial part in our family life. Why is it that you can bail out the banks for billions of dollars and get us in this mess and then turn it around and punish the little people?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1002. Mrs. OBrien

    My husband is what's known as a miltech. He is a reservist but also works for the DoD on his civilian side. He has dedicated his life to this country and now is facing losing, not one, but both streams of income. We own a home, we have car payments, we have bills just like anyone else. Is Congress going to issue waivers for these bills because they can't agree? No. Why? Because they obviously can't do the jobs WE pay them to do. I have three words – I AM ANGRY!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1003. Shirley

    I ask all of the Congressmen to repeat after me . . . I pledge ALLEGIANCE to the Flag of the United States of America and TO the REPUBLIC for which it Stands ONE NATION under God, INDIVISIBLE, with LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1004. John Stanton

    The shutdown will be unfortunate, but it is just a symptom of a much bigger problem: we are spending more than we are taking in, we all agree on this. But why do we only look at cutting social services? Why is is not possible to look at raising revenue?

    During World War I, the top tax bracket was over 80%, during World War II and years afterwards the top tax bracket was over 90%, during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts it was 70%. The elephant in the room is that we have cut taxes at a time when we are at war (2+ of them).

    Is it really so hard to see what the solution needs to be?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1005. Paul B. Swarmer

    If the Senate & House decides to go on strike, do the same to them as they do to most government workers, FIRE THEM.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1006. Kailey Phillips

    I am an Army Wife so this government shut down will cause my husband to not get paid. His pay for the 15th is ALREADY a partial paycheck & the shutdown hasn't even happened yet! How will we feed out kids? How will we pay our bills? How will we do anything? I have watched C-Span for the last 48 hours & I watch CNN when I'm not on C-Span & I am so sick of hearing the Republicans continuously pointing fingers & using the military has leverage to get their social agenda passed. The men & women of the military are not pawns in a game – we are REAL PEOPLE with CHILDREN & BILLS!!! I say both sides need to pass a bill that is just for our troops pay – nothing else in it – & keep the military running!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1007. Tim in Wichita

    I think what surprises me most about what the democrats just said on live TV and what also suprises me most about the reporting of this budget issue... is how one sided it is! "Cherry Blossom Festival" funding is exactly the issue that Reid isn't getting! WE THE PEOPLE are sick and tired of this kind of government B%$#!
    YES, the budget is political and it is specific to programs that should have never been funded in the first place to the tune of trillions! I sent Mike Pompeo to Washington to clean this mess up and I expect him to SHUT IT DOWN if necessary to fix it!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1008. Ronald Sexton

    As I watch CNN News this morring and not very happy about what I am hearing our goverment is not looking at where to cut with in there own, what Iam saying is our senator and govener get paid over $ 100.000 a year and thats there job , with that being said with making over $100.000 why should us as tax payer pay for there perks Like there gas cards , there plats for there cars and other perks that they receave let the goverment take all the perks away and would save billions, we as hard workers we dont get our gas free payed for by tax payer nor do we get free plats for our cars so why should goverment works who make $ 100.000 or more a year get theys perks on tax payer some even get free cars to drive at tax payer fronting the bill if the goverment works are working and earing the income they do why should tax payer pay for thes perks when we as hard worken american works do get thes perks, Soour goverment needs to take a hard look at where to cut things from .

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1009. John Lawrence

    Im so happy that Read is looking so out of tuch. her is concerned about charrie blosums and not on cuting the spending.. he is sooo stupped.....

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1010. Amanda

    I'm in the USAF. I looked at my LES and it reflects only 50% for the next two weeks. They are also talking to our civilians here, so it seems to me that they already know that the government is shutting down! I'm deployed, and the last thing I need to worry about is if my family is financially stable.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1011. Em

    I think shutdown is a good idea because the economy sucks right now anyways and millions of people are suffering already. People already cannot sell houses and no idiot would start a small business in this economy. Real gdp would drop 1% but hell, it sucks anyways. People are suffereing to survive even a day, so why not shut the gov down and lower the deficit? Yeah things are going to suck even more for a month or so, but when the gov opens back up, the economy will bloom. Just like it did with Clinton. People are looking at this shutdown as a curse from the devil or something, I mean seriously. We are just trying to become the wealthy and powerful nation again and sometimes that means letting is recover on its own. People need to think more logically and rationally about this situation.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1012. Sylvia

    How many regular people would still have a job if their major task had a deadline of October 1st , and on April 8th of the following year, they were were pointing fingers and blaming someone else for the fact that the task was not completed? Let me take a wild guess .....uh zero! Every current member of Congress should be FIRED!!!! Come on people.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1013. Johnnie Hodge

    It seems to me that if the government has a shutdown, then those in Congress and Senate have failed to do their job. No, if I fail to do my job, I get fired. But..we are going to continue paying them their salary? Something is wrong with this picture. I say fire them all. Hold a new election requiring that anyone seeking office is not allowed to take any campaign money from any source and take the job at half the pay of what we are not paying them. Also, no insurance benefits and they have to rely upon their own retirement with not government input. Well, good old farmer Joe would finally be the winner. We have no democracy at this point. The king in this country is big business. And do we really think that government can control abortions. Until the morals of this country change abortions are going to continue regardless. That change in morals, needs to begin in Washington. All they have to do is the right thing. Have they all become vitims of mind control or have they chosen to allow the evil of money to speak for them. All the American peiople expect if that they work hard and do a good job. Good in the eyes of God. But then, we are not suppose to use that work. Wise up! Is Hitler in our Mist?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  1014. Brad

    I think if the government shuts down they aren't doing their jobs and therefore they shouldn't get paid. I'm not saying hold their checks for they shouldn't get one. They shouldn't get another extention to do their job on the buget either. Grow up people and do they job people elected you to do. If anyone else in the world didn't do their job they wouldn't get paid of have their job either. Why are you so much better that you do.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1015. spc. lymaster

    how is cutting military gonna help our country? The Gov. has not even shut down yet, and im already told not to do my duty this weekend. cancelled yea. I think that the President and congress who spend so much on private jets and other things is pointless add up there spending what is it. pennies is how you get a dollar. this is affecting me and fellow soldiers before it even happened. Is the a war within in our gov. between the house's?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1016. D. Wynn

    To answer the question that many respondents have stated
    The congress shouldn't get paid either.
    A great Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) proposed this very same
    legislation, that even included President Obama.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1017. Dwayne

    i am a soldier on ft hood. the vast majority of us here at home have come to an agreement on one thing. WE DON'T GET PAID, WE DON'T COME TO WORK.. i have 4 kids and little in my savings account. If i stop getting paid, i will not go to work. Why would i use what little money i have saved for gas to drive to work when my family needs food..

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1018. stephen leone

    all of this has gone far enough, we the american voted these people into office, i say let the americans vote on the issue that can't be reached, lets not forget our armed forces–they need to be paid-there on the front line-lets not let then down.

    steve
    cleve ohio

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1019. Sylvia Armijo

    The Republicans are holding this country hostage because
    the Tea Party is dictating what the Speaker should have the
    balls to do himself. He is a chicken and a shutdown over
    Planned Parenthood is unacceptable to the Americans people.

    They keep saying, we are doing what the Americans people sent us
    her to do. THIS IS A DOWNRIGHT LIE. LOOK AND ASK THE
    AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE DISGUSTED WITH THE
    REPUBLICANS AND THE TEA PARTY.

    THE SHUTDOWN WILL COST BILLIONS!!! ARE THEY ALL CRAZY????

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1020. A

    I don't think it's right that congress and the people in Washington are still gonna get their paychecks for NOT doing their job, but my husband who is in Afghanistan right now is not gonna get paid for what he's doing for our country...or what's left of it after all this. DFAS is already showing our check stub for the 15th and our pay has already been cut, and it's not even midnight yet!! So now, we're not even going to be able to pay our bills on time. What I want to know, is who is going to pay our late fees and penalties b/c we can't pay our bills on time?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1021. Sam, Boston

    This is a disgrace! With all of the talk of REFORM, the single greatest reform the must take place in this country is POLITICAL REFORM.

    PROBLEM: This is the 21st century and we are still using the same political system we used hundreds of years ago. The political process is inefficient and does not represent the people's will.

    SOLUTION: Eliminate congress. Adhere to a POPULAR VOTE via INTERNET. This system alone would solve many problems. 1. We would know exactly what we are voting on: Each issue voted on could have a pop up that you must read, objectivel­y summarizin­g the bill and it's purpose, before you can submit your vote. 2. No politician­s, so billions wasted in campaignin­g is saved, and corporatio­ns who fund them would have to appease the public for support instead of a few representa­tives. How would they appease the public? More jobs and better pay. 3. The voting window is ridiculous for working people sometimes, but if you can just log on and vote during a 24hr period, everyone would have a chance to vote.

    With all the talk about Education Reform, Financial Reform ect.. It's time for REAL POLITICAL REFORM!”

    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  1022. Colleen Georgantas

    I personally would rather see a shutdown rather then backdown to these lieing bleeding heart liberals trying to continue all the handouts.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1023. john w. harris

    I think Congress should stay in session until an aggrement is reached on the budget. The blame should be on the Tea Party and the Republiams who seem to be afraid of tea party members. Again, the americam people should place the blame on the Tea Party and its' members. That is the bottom line.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1024. mary

    The Republicans are acting like BIG BULLIES. No wonder our kids are afraid. America should be afraid. Their Tea Party, so instrumental in this divide, should re-name themselves The Tea Bully Express for the work they do in rolling into towns to intimidate people who happen not to agree with them. And, don't even get me started about the "Donald..." He can lie with a straight face. He's a very dangerous man. But, I believe that prayer changes things, Let us pray......

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1025. Maria

    To: American Government;
    Perhaps the politicians do not remember they do not work for themselves they work for us.
    If the government is going to be closed; does that mean all income I receive during the shutdown is not subject to federal income tax? I should not have to pay for services not received?

    The republican put the country into this mess under the Bush administration. They are part of the problem; they are not being part of the solution. Why are you surprised?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1026. Vanessa Hataway

    This is ridiculous. My husband is currently deployed and fighting over in Afghanistan, to make sure we can all sleep at night, Our kids have had to give up daddy because of our love for this country, our love for freedom, and yet we still live paycheck to paycheck without many complaints. But when we put our lives on hold to protect our home, our country and our freedom, don't you think the home we are fighting for should protect us too? How are we supposed to put food on the table for our children with back pay? How are we supposed to pay our electric bill? With a spouse deployed to a war zone, the last thing we should have to worry about is if we can eat. God bless the USA and all of our troops! We do what we do everyday to protect this country, it's time for our country to protect us!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1027. Tonya

    My first thought would be what have these people in Washington been doing up until now?? Why did we not already have a budget? How will this affect lawmakers and the president? Answer, NOT AT ALL! It will affect the American people, the people who pay taxes to this so called democracy, the men and women who put themselves in harms way everyday fighting other countries' battles, and other men and women who depend on their paycheck to provide for their families. The people of this country will be the only ones to suffer and pay.

    I say it is just about time for an overthrow in this country. Government is too big, we have too many useless people doing useless things in Washington. This country was founded as a people's nation, under GOD, and somewhere along the way it was lost. This should be a people's country, run by the people, not by these so called lawmakers who do not lose one ounce of sleep at night over this ridiculous situation our contry in is. I mean if our president can in good conscious vacation on taxpayer dollars when we have people without homes, without food, without jobs, and many without desperately needed healthcare, why should we believe the lawmakers really care about the people of this country and this issue being resolved? We have outsourced everything we possibly can to other countries just to save a buck and look where it has gotten us. My solution, have a big old "you're fired" session in Washington, downsize this outrageous government, bring our men and women home from the wars overseas and put our people to work, make sure our people have homes, make sure our people have healthcare and make sure our children have a future! In case people have not noticed, God has removed His protection and hand of grace from this country because it has chosen to remove Him. It is time we as a country find some morals and stand up for what is right and leave our children something to be proud of.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1028. HoustonMom

    It is about time someone stood up for this country to do what is right. We as a country have been a sleep for to long (including me) and let program after program creep into government that we cannot afford. If a company mismanages and overspends, it shuts down. The government should be no different. I feel for al those that are to be affected, but when we as tax payers are footing the bill, we expect our government to make sound fiscal decisions. I am really tired of footing the bill for entitlements that should never have been created in the first place. We need our house in order!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1029. Ken Culbertson

    So my wife and I were affected by the recession and now the possible shutdown. I am concern that theh leadership that we have now are showing poor judgement and very poor leadership. A quality of leadership is the ability to compromise. The posturing that the parties are doing seem to be just for show so that they can blame the other. Nobody is taking responsibility which is another quality of a leader.

    I work for the Dept. of Interior and have a very high level of work ethics and they are going to prevent me from doing my job. The recession decreased my family's income by about $30,000 and we struggle as well as work hard. I ensure that Congresspersons would be unable to do my job. I've called my so called representatives and expressed my concerns and really do not feel that they have any idea of how the most of us live. Where are the leaders? Do we really have any leades at all? 6 year olds learn to cooperate, so ffrom this we can assume that there are Congress person that have had some development delays at that age is the only thing I can come up.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1030. tony

    We need to bring the troops home from overseas and put them in Washington D.C. to protect us from our own government that has gone nuts !!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1031. bill grosskortenhaus

    all this is about spending while the budget battle is being discussed on CNN the news ticker is showing that the EPA is awarding grants to fight bedbugs!! thats the problem and they dont get it

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1032. Evelyn Golleher

    I am so disgusted with the Republicans trying their best to prove a point, whatever that might be. Well, thanks to them, as usual, the lower and middle class people of this country will suffer, while they are supposedly gloating in their glory! Can they not just consider the rest of the country once in a while. Guess not!! They continue their same old tactics, money for the rich, nothing for the rest of the country.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1033. Charlie

    It is clear to me that there is an important difference between the democrats and the republicans. The democrats want minimalist government to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

    The republicans want minimalist government. As a result, what Reid and our President need to do is raise the moral fiber and educate the republicans on what is in the US Constitution.

    Article One Section seven states, "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." The budget is such a bill. Therefore, if I were the President or Senator Reid, I would vote on the republican budget bill as it is.

    When it failed I would tell them, "The Constitution dictates that it is your job to initiate a budget that forms a more perfect Union, establishes Justice, insures domestic Tranquility, provides for the common defense, promotes the general Welfare, and secures the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. The bill you just sent us is not it. Please let us know when you have such a bill."

    I would then adjourn the Senate.

    This would force the republicans to take their first real look at the US Constitution and in particular Article One Section Eight which talks about promoting the General Welfare and Article Four Section Four which talks about a Republican form of government. A republic is a form of government that promotes concord, and promotes the sense of being a people, E Pluriibus Unum, one people with a sense of one common goal, the Preamble.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1034. Meghan

    Being a young woman I feel insulted and as if the Republicans do not care about my health. I completely agree with Harry Reid that it is ridiculous. I have had friends who used Planned Parenthood STD and cancer screenings and it helped them get education and information not to mention the health care they needed.
    That being said, both sides need to get back together and fix this. A shut down will not help anyone but woman's health care should not be a bargaining chip.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1035. Amanda Crosbie

    I feel the government is being selfish, Men and women are dying everyday for a country who is now NOT going to be paying them.. So they are dying for free, Fighting for free, Thats not right. Apartments wont care about the shutdown, My apartment Complex made is very clear they take paying rent very seriously and they will take us to court if we do not pay with in 32 hours of the late date, So if us military does not get paid on the 1st of may when rent it due, We are going to be screwed, This whole Government thing is BULL.. Congress will be paid but not military when Our military does more and risks more.. IT IS NOT RIGHT!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1036. Andree king

    I really can't understand that both sides are not really seeing the big picture of how this is going to but more people out of a place to stay and then more people will have to steal and kill just to feed their family. they are acting like kids that are mad because one kid got more icecream then the other, Im in the us army and I just moved to a new location with a 3month old baby and wife and we have bills from our old house that we have to pay plus new bills and my brother and sisters over seas are doing alot and that is going to make a big problem for them.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1037. angel diaz

    Tea party extremists have overtaken the House of Rep. and the speaker is under siege. do tea partiers can asess the mortal
    impact Wall Street will have to face?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  1038. Liliana

    I have a dream...to get opportunity to address U.S. Congress and take them on a trip to food bank to get food for themselves and their families.
    They will have the privilege to meet real people in real needs.
    The American people are to blame as well.They elected these idiots.
    Time for another change. Coming to you courtesy of the American people November 2012

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1039. SM

    The federal employee system is top heavy. The averaged they continue to show are no realistic. If they are I wonder where in the heck those jobs are located. For those interested in seeing what federal employees make, especially at the bottom of the scale take a look at this. http://www.fedjobs.com/pay/pay.html .. What those representatives need to do is slash there salaries, since they are public servants, and give up their pensions and health benefits. Talk by your own actions.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1040. Kathy Schwedler

    What about tghe Post Office will itg close?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1041. Claudia

    I am one of the many that sat by to watch the health care debate play out. The Republican plan for health care was #1. don't get sick # 2. die quickly if you do get sick..Now they don't want to negotiate in good faith to pass a budget...Why are they there????Perhaps if they didn't get paid, didn't have health care,or faced any of the other major issues families are dealing with there would be some compassion. I pray for this country. We can look after the world but not take care of each other.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1042. Stephan

    It's better than Republican's ideas, like added 4.1 trillion dollars to the deficit by tax cuts for the rich, and now trying to keep the government open for another week which will add another 12 billion to it.
    It's rediculous

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1043. Aaron C-B

    I LOVE IT!!! It's a lose lose either way.
    Remembering the 90's one side or the other is going to get really hurt. I'm guessing the Repubs, if they push it to the wire. They'll get hurt either way. If they give in, then their constituents won't support them. If they push it to the wire, they'll lose the confidence of the American public...this'll hurt in the '12 election. Don't get me wrong though, I do hate the consequences to the public...and pray for relief of those affected. Peace.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1044. Donna

    Visiting friends won't get into my National Park. The company I work for is funded by Medicaid. We just took a 50% cut in pay this month. I suppose it could mean no paycheck at all.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1045. Julie Hall

    I am a non-essential federal employee and went through the government shutdown in 1995 as well as the one looking today. In 1995 I was proud of what happened, even with young children and a mortgage and the fear that I would not be able to make ends meet. I was proud of President Clinton for standing his ground against Newt Gingrich and his divisive tactics. Today I am disgusted by the behavior of both parties in both houses. And the lack of leadership demonstrated by President Obama is inexcuseable. President Obama is not there to mediate, he is there to set direction and lead. I recognize I'm older and more jaded, but these people have no business deciding my future and that of my children. I am no longer proud to work for the federal government, and that's a shame.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1046. John V.

    It is sad but not surprising that we are on the verge of a government shutdown. It seems to me that a two-party system, possible three with the Tea Party, is a necessary evil. The Democrats can't agree with the Republicans, and vice versa, if the opposing party has a great idea because it would most likely have a drastic impact on future campaigning. "As a Republican, I can't publically agree with the Democrats because it would make me look like a supporter of their party, no matter that I feel that their idea would be a great benefit to the American people." It seems that some american voters have always taken sides, no matter the topic. My prayer is that one day, hopefully, very soon, we all will put our concerns for the greater good.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1047. Frank J. Russo

    Re funding for Planned Parenthood and the government shutdown--Democratic senators Schumer and Reid keep saying the funding cannot go to PP for abortions. They are correct, but are being very deceptive. By giving PP $75 million for "mammograms for women" or other non-abortion services,simply enables PP to then take money they otherwise would have spent on these non-abortion services and divert these monies to killing even more than the 300,000 unborn babies they already kill every year. Let PP get its money from private pro-abortion donors, not from the taxpayers.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1048. Megan E.

    My husband is a Police Officer in the Army and we are stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. If the government shuts down not only will he not be getting paid but he is still required to go to work. So many family's will go with only a half a paycheck if it comes to that. Many of us military families will go hungry just to pay the bills we are still expected to pay regardless of if we get paid. This is crazy. They are fighting over planned parenthood money and our nations military is not getting paid. Never in all of the past government shutdowns has the military not been paid. This will not only affect the way we will all vote this election but it will also affect the trust we should but don't have in our government!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1049. Kirk

    This is Economics 101. Why is anyone suprised? This is what happens when you spend more than you receive.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1050. Ed Murray

    Government shutdown?

    Outrageous!:(

    Fact is that this shows just how "honest" our Congress and President are!

    They are screaming about a few dollars as compared to the more than Trillion dollars we've spent on Afghanistan, Iraq and now we are in Libya and they aren't even talking about it!

    I think that if there is a shutdown, the entire congress should lose their pay for the time that it is shutdown!

    Who else will be effected? Try workers in the State of New Jersey Dept of Transportation, who receive federal pay! And if the NJ DOT does this I'm sure that other state DOT's use it too!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1051. Patricia Yohe

    I think it's time to get new blood in the Senate ! This impasse is about power...and it's not for the people. I thought I lived in the UNITED States of America ? This is nothing short of a Second Civil War between political parties, only this time it is The Republicans against the Democrats.
    The Rich angainst the Middle Class .....
    Enough of the politics. The only way to end this completely is to abolish the parties, and let qualified candidates run this country as idenpendants. No more division of "party" lines.
    The American people spoke when they elected President Barack Obama.
    They want CHANGE. I am an independant. I voted for Ronald Reagan and then Bill Clinton. I vote for the BEST person to complete the job assigned.
    There is one glaring neon light flashing here....the terrorists wanted to bring the U.S. to economic collapse. The people we elected to prevent that from occuring, are expediting the terrorists plans !

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1052. Tami

    Sounds to me like the Rep.party has to have the Tea Party tell them how to run things. The Rep. Party needs to put other people then The Tea Party frist, We vote to you know.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1053. State

    Your correspondant is incorrect about the impact to Security, and Intelligence. 80% of the staff have been declared non essential, only emergency personnel and deployed field are authorized to work.

    Many have other govt employed spouses, thats 2 incomes gone.

    The IC has already declared orderly shutdown.

    Do you really want operational personnel worried about not having any income coming in?

    How can the field operate with its support decimated?

    Logistics halt.

    Is this really worth the risk for a Title 10 cost that could be negotiated out?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1054. rhonda

    The military pay is already posted and it is only half of what is owed. This is bull . The military men and women are asked to protect our country, including the fat cats in congress. These men and women need to just stay at home. The mortaguages and rent and utilities as well as groceries for these people are not considered. The ones with newborns and children are just out of luck because there will be nothing left out of what they do get if anything for food. Guess this is the wealthy's way of getting what they want. Everyone of the congressmen and women needs to be booted out of office and not be paid. If the congress causes this shutdown then everyone needs to send overdraft charges and thir overdue bills to each of the congressmen and women and tell the bill collectors to call the congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1055. Rebecca

    My husband is Navy and my sister is Federal Law Enforcement at a National Park, so I am seeing a lot of hurt! Navy Federal Credit Union has said they are going to step up to the plate and advance full pay to personel if you are a customer of theirs. I cannot believe that I have watched Repulican Senators flat out lie today. Planned Parenthood is more than abortion. They provide healthcare to poor women who would not be able to afford cervical and breast cancer screenings, tests for STDs, and contraception. If we had health care for all we would not have this is a sticking point. Republicans need to stand up for the truth not spread lies and panic. The military will take care of eachother, but those that are in small communities that depend on the government for private business survival, that is where the hurt will be!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1056. Bev Hall

    It is a shame that this so called Congress think that they are God and can play "Politics" with people lives. If the government shuts down, we the people, should NOT re-elect these persons "again". It makes the USA look sooo "uncredible". Part of the budget should be that the so called "Politicians" have their pay and benefits cut and live like most of Americans live and have to worry about paing their bills,& their retirement. Why should the Politicians get all of the "extra perks" and their families when they can not even come to and "agreement". Shame on them. Plus, how can the upcoming elections ask for "Billions" when this government can't agree on a Budget. These guys are just playing "Politics" and NOT thinking of "The people for the people and by the people. "Shame " on these politicians!!! I've never seen a "Poor" politician. If they had all their "perks" cut, lets see how many politicians would be left to do their job.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  1057. Howard Herdman

    A government shut down is about as good for America as ED is to your sex life.
    Defunding planned parenthood can't be as inportant as funding out troops. Republicans need towithdraw their funding bill rider.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1058. Brenda

    Since both parties are blaming the other for the shutdown, the proceedings should be publicly broadcasted so the American public can see for themselves which side is telling the truth. I think that this is absolutely ridiculous. If there is going to be a shutdown caused by Republicans, then they should be made to fund the shutdown by forfeiting their salaries. The same should be expected of the Democrats.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1059. Beatrice Williams

    U.S. soldiers are able to look at their LES (pay stub) for the 15th online today. It has been numerous complaints about pay being between $171 and $2000 short already in my office. The shutdown hasnt happen yet so why? Congress is being paid to do a job that is not getting done; they will continue to get paid but not others. How are they going to stop paying government workers including military service members who protect their country?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1060. Bill Weyerbacher

    The Republicans just don't seem to understand why they did so well in the 2010 elections, it was because the Democrats were not creating the jobs that America needs to get our economy back on track! The Republicans are now taking advantage of the budget issue to futher their agenda to revoke many of programs that protect the average American, from clean air to the preventive health care of women. If they continue on this path it will cause the Federal Goverment to shut down, thus setting back Job Creation even futher. I hope that they will remember that there is another election in 2012 and the American People can return the Democrats back to power in congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1061. Toni

    The 1st paychecks to be stopped should be congress – I am sure they do not live as most Americans, pay check to pay check – and if they lose their income, it may encourage them to quit this bickering and resolve this issue, after all, whether Democratic or Republican they are working for America.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1062. Lavada Hobbs

    The hold up is about funding for women access to health care..so tell me whats the difference? We might as well call ourselves Iran. Lybia, Afghanastan..Stop hidding behind politics. We need a We the People party that really want whats best for America and not just for one......

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1063. B.Baumann

    This would never have happened if the Democrats had done their jobs LAST YEAR! This budget was supposed to have been completed by September 30, 2010. The Dems had an OVERHWHELMING majority in the House, and the Senate Majority with 59 votes( 41 for Republicans).

    The FACT is the Democrats did not want to face the voters with their budget. They went home and campaigned instead.

    EVEN AFTER THE ELECTION, IN WHICH MANY DEMOCRATS LOST, DEMOCRATS STILL HAD THE MAJORITIES IN BOTH HOUSES. THEY COULD HAVE PASSED THIS BUDGET IN THE LAME DUCK SESSION!!!.

    It would be nice for once that the media in this country give an honest account,and stop protecting the guilty parties in this, but I wont hold my breathe.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1064. Laura

    I understand the argument for womens healthcare and believe in the cause. With that said, they are playing with peoples lives. Men and woman who have worked for this country and fought for this country. The soldiers fighting for our, and their, well being are not only having to worry about staying alive they now have to worry about their families surviving. The families who are stressed about their loved ones dying for this country have added stress of their own survival. It is rediculous to think that grown adults cannot sit in a room for that length of time and cannot come to an agreement. It was well put by my fb friend....they need to sit in timeout chairs and think of the consequences. And I am a DC government worker...we are also affected.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1065. Rebecca

    I think this shut down is completely insane. We have Soldiers overseas that are already stressed out about being separated from their families, but now we are going to have them over there freaking out about how their families are going to survive. Their minds will be more on their families instead of the mission putting themselves and others in danger. With all that being said why is it that the congress will still get paid but those out there fighting for us wont??? Don't you see a problem with that?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1066. Elizabeth Jean DeNicola

    The President and the speaker should hide their heads in SHAME.
    I am 70 and for the first time in my life I am ashamed of how our law makers are acting, that is what they are doing ACTING. I can not believe
    this, the whole country is upset.
    Not pay our soldiers......WHAT...That is unheard of...
    Get your act together...stop acting like children...you all should
    get a timeout...and do not pay them.Elizabeth Colorado Springs Co

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1067. K Harlow

    It digusts me that our military personnel and their families have to put up with our government acting like children and the rest of us have to watch all this commotion from grown men and women who are throwing a 'temper tantrum' because they can't have their way!!! Someone out to get it out there to e-mail both your senator and congressman/woman that the American public is NOT dumber than a box of rocks, we sent them to Congress to work for us (not their own egos!) and payback can come at re-election time!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1068. SGT Stephanie Harder

    I am an Active Duty Military member, as is my husband who is currently deployed overseas. I have been watching CNN all morning, and keep hearing how troops' pay will be affected, but I have yet to hear it be commented that it already has. We receive our LES, (Leave and Earnings Statement), which is essentially our military pay stub, a week before payday. All military paychecks have already been cut in half according to our LES statements, in preparation for a government shutdown. Unlike other government workers, we will obviously not be on furlough. We as a fighting force will essentially be safeguarding America for free, our Soldiers overseas will be risking their lives for free, potentially dying all while serving this country for no monetary compensation. Is our govenment really going to send a message that their lives are worth nothing? Support Our Troops??? Prove it.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1069. chuck

    I am a 16 years Army veteran serving in Texas. I just looked at my pay check for the 15th of April, I will receive $590.00 for two weeks of work. In total 138 hours. Thats about $0.23 an hour.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1070. Priscilla

    This is a flagrant statement by the Tea Party. They are ultimately playing bully, saying if you don't go our way, we will show you who is in charge. Basically, a congressional temper tantrum, I believe, to see how far they can go. I suggest the American voter act on this, to start recalling these Tea Party members, as they are doing in Wisconsin. They are libertarians who don't believe in government, so why should they be allowed to have power in our government? To me, that is the ultimate question all Americans should ask themselves, the next time they go to vote.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1071. M. D. Newman

    This whole process has been outrageous and not enough of the 300,000,000 million citizens are outraged. A few ego-centric, arrogant, brutes who are entirely disdainful of the average American citiizen have hijacked the "debate." I can understand one may have a differenent point of view, but that does not give you the moral authority to cause great pain to millions tens of millions and hundreds of millions. You guys would be fired from a hotdog stand if you ran it this way.

    And I have another gripe; I am tired of hearing over and over again about the impact of all this on the troops – it's not just the troops. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers live pay check to pay check as well – and unlike the troops, that GS-4 secretary most likely will NOT ever receive the income whe will lose for during the forced furlough. I served 26 years in the militrary and I sympathize with the servicemember on this and many other issues; BUT, be fair!! THE NEWS MEDIA MUST NOTE THE FACT THAT MOST FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE IN REAL FINANCIAL JEOPARDY AND HAVE MORTGAGES, FOOD TO BUY, MEDICINE TO PAY FOR, NOT JUST "NEW CARS AND VACATIONS" AS YOU AT CNN HAVE BEEN PORTRAYING THIS ASJPECT OF THE SHUTDOWN. I KNOW A LOT OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SERIOUSLY IMPACTED BY THIS IMPEDING ACT OF LUNACY BY THOSE DEVIOUS, SELFISH, INCOMPETENT DEMOGOGUES WHO ARE MILKING THIS SAD SITUATION FOR THEIR IDEOLOGY AND POLIITICAL ADVANTAGE.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1072. Ann

    Spc Ft. Hood.... the Servicemember Civil Relief Act of 2010 prohibits eviction of servicemembers if they cannot pay their rent if it is under a specific amount. You may have some protection from that...hang tight & be safe sir.
    I am a Navy spouse, so I understand your fears so well. Talk to your creditors, make it clear you are military and that the government is holding up your pay. You will be eventually paid retroactively when Congress gets it together. In the meantime, you may want to check out DFAS on Facebook...they are keeping ppl informed about what is up with our pay.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1073. Kyah Kentucky

    Good thing "we the poor", know to keep peanut butter and jelly. We are used to living a life with little or nothing. The shut down will effect those that put their trust in man. Our hearts will not be troubled and we will be of good cheer because our hope is built on the ROCK.

    All other ground is SINKING SAND!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1074. Amber

    does the military lose any money? As in the army?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1075. Frank J. Russo

    Re the issue of funding for Planned Parenthood and the government shutdown--Democratic senators Schumer and Reid keep saying the funding cannot go to PP for abortions. They are correct, but are being very deceptive. By giving PP $75 million for "mammograms for women" or any non-abortion services,simply enables PP to then take money they otherwise would have spent on these non-abortion services and divert these monies to killing even more than the
    300,000 unborn babies they already kill every year. Let PP get its money from private pro-abortion donors, not from the taxpayers.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1076. Anonymous military member

    I just watched y'all broadcast on the shutdown and how security of the nation is going to be affected. Well although the men and women who are on the front lines will remain there, that doesn't mean they are doing their job the way it needs to be done because as they do not receive their full paycheck, like the military, they are not going to do their jobs like they should. Why would we work for free...no one else in America would. Now we see what the Govt really thinks of our sacrifices. Looks like they should send themselves to Iraq and Afghanistan and let us sit around for months and do nothing to better our Nation....

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1077. Q.

    I am an Airman in the USAF, when the question was raised in our shop today, "if this happens {the shutdown} who will be in dier trouble" 3/4 of my shop raised there hands from the lowest to the highest ranking, this problem will affect all of us living paycheck to paycheck, and we are still expected to come to work and support something that isnt supporting us.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1078. Gregory Crispin

    I think if the government shuts down that wages paid to all senators, congressmen/women, all of their staff and aides and all travel expenses should be suspended until a budget is passed. Personally, I think we have enough laws already so I'm in favor of shutting down the offices of both houses of congress and paying them (but not their staffs) salaries to stay home and watch television. I would support a constitutional amendment reducing by half the number of senators and congressional districts...I think we need police, fire and teachers more than politcians.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1079. Tom blanc

    Who cares, shut it down. This government is completely out of control. Maybe the government workers will realize what pain we in the private sector have been feeling for two years now. This economic nightmare was brought on by their decisions so it is about time they felt the results of their recklessness!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  1080. omar h

    If our government shut down ,it means that there are monkeys running loose in the house and senate trying to make decesions for the most powerful nation in the world

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1081. donna

    What are the republicans thinking??? All this to cut funding to planned parenthood, the eventual cost of that action would be astronomical!! Who will pay in the long run if the women who rely on them for birth control, pap smears, immunizations, etc. can't get these services?? We will all be paying a lot more for single moms and their children, more for health services to those women who don't get early intervention for reproductive cancers!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1082. michael gutierrez

    I think this will look bad on the President, this process should have more leadership and pressure. All sides are to blame, Congress, Senate, and the President's administration. its April and the fiscal year ends in five months, so we have to go through this again. The President should sign a Continuing Resolution, we are at a time of war. Democrat's want to add on a Planned Parenthood when there is already record setting cost for Obamacare, I am confused. Republicans should show more compassion for the middle class government workers and military families. When something is agreed upon it should be for this year and next year. This process is a joke. We should put them in a room until an agreement is reached, they don't go home, they don't have media sessions, etc.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1083. Linda, Tampa, Fl

    If Congress had to live by the same rules as the American people, we would not be facing this problem. They have their own health care program, their own retirement program, and will get paid during the shutdown. If they were facing no paycheck, possible loss of health care, and no retirement program (as possible examples which are endless), they would be more agreeable and faster to pass measures as it would affect their pockets as well as ours.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1084. Kim

    Shame on Congress!!!! Both sides of the aisle!
    I think they should NOT be paid as well and perhaps they will be more inclined to WORK TOGETHER!!!
    My son-in-law is Air Force and as is with many Military familys live paycheck to paycheck I am outraged that they cannot come to an agreement they treat it like its a joke ....all their smiling faces! they have NO CLUE about what regular hard working americans have to go through!!!!
    I am Disgusted with our Government! These are peoples lives they are playing with!!! perhaps they should remember we the people elected them to office. I am tired of their childish bickering, Start thinking sincerely about the peoples lives you affect not your personal power trips!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1085. Glen H.

    The government isn't shutting down, congress will get paid on time, their families will have a warm meal tonight and get a good nights sleep. It's the American People that are getting shut down. The recoil of AMERICAN CITIZENS not getting paid will end badly, causing more default on loans and debt, ultimately ending in more penalties and fees eagerly collected by "too big to fail" banks.

    It is clear that our government is just too big and out of touch with the people of this country. It's time to fix America. Stop the greed, closed door deals and blank-check spending by this government!

    I could continue... but I'm practicing to be a Congressman!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1086. Buddy

    I have been through a government shutdown. It saves nothing. The employees who have leave time coming are required to be paid for not doing anything. I am retired from military service and USDA. I am not a registered Democrat or Republican I believe the Grumpy Old Peoples (GOP) Party .along with their cronies the Traitors Ever After (TEA) party all have 1. alzsheimers or 2 are flat out and out liars. I tend to believe no 2.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  1087. Kristy

    As a military spouse, I'm particularly concerned about a shut down. Who is going to pay our rent, or pay for food so I can feed my two children? Who is going to pay for the phone, power and water? My husband is dep