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April 7th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

How much do you care if there is a gov't shutdown?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Our government is broken. The Democratic Congress under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid chose not to bother passing a budget in September, when it was due.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference about the possible government shutdown.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference about the possible government shutdown.

Now, because of disagreement over a few billion in spending cuts when we are running trillion-dollar-plus deficits, the federal government is set to shut down Friday night.

And we go around telling other countries how they should conduct their affairs.

A new Gallup Poll says nearly 60% of Americans want lawmakers to vote for a compromise on these budget cuts and avoid a government shutdown rather than continuing to hold out for a budget they agree with. Not surprisingly, when you break it down by party, more Republican voters than Democratic voters want their party leaders to stick to their guns and not give in.

Fifty-one percent of Republican voters say their leaders should hold out for the budget plan they want, even if it means a government shutdown. And 44% said they should agree to a compromise.

But only 27% of Democrats say their leaders should hold out for the plan they want even if it means a shutdown, while 68% say Democratic lawmakers should compromise, even if it means passing a budget they disagree with.

The Gallup Poll also found that Americans think President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress are doing the better job on the budget than the Republicans are – 41% to 34%. But 20% of those polled had no opinion.
Here’s my question to you: How much do you care if there is a government shutdown?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kevin in Annapolis, Maryland:
A lot. This game-playing is already costing us money. And now that it all boils down to a bunch of ideological riders that couldn't be accomplished in a straight up or down vote, I'm even more incensed. Focus on the task at hand.

Jon in Lima, Ohio:
Well, since many of the things the federal government does could be better handled by the states, I prefer much of the federal government to be shut down permanently. And if, while shut down, they are not spending money, even better. If the Republicans cave on this, I will be "ticked."

E.J.:
Why is it that politicians can get away with murder in the U.S.? Look at what is happening in the Middle East to rulers who just take and take and take. Maybe the people in the U.S. should get the guts that people in the Middle East have and take back their own country.

Ben in Boston, Massachusetts:
Here we have this Presidential Commission that lays out the financial crisis and a strategy to solve it. The President and both parties in the House and Senate say what a good job the Commission has done and then they commence to squabble over billions when the problem involves trillions. They ought to act in the spirit of the Commission instead of revealing themselves as modern day Neros. It's just so embarrassing!

Jimmy in North Carolina:
No problem as long as President Obama can still get a golf cart.

Donald in New Mexico:
Whenever the government shuts down all of Congress should be fired and new people elected. If they all left it would take at least a nanosecond for a new Congress to be bought and put in place.

Craig in Scottsdale, Arizona:
I, for one, am thrilled. As one of the dwindling number of Americans that actually pays Federal Income Tax, it gives me great joy that the bloated bureaucracy is shutting down. It is the same feeling I have when I hear my air conditioning unit shut off.

Toni in South Carolina:
Jack, I don't care at all! Unemployed and with no jobs out here for the millions of people looking for work, who cares if they shut down! They are not doing their jobs anyway! Hell, I've been shut down for over a year now, so, join the club!


Filed under: Government
soundoff (428 Responses)
  1. Mack - FL

    You know, we really SHOULD "shut down the govt". I mean like Congress, all of them. Start over. Let's fire them all. NOW

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  2. lisat131

    I care a great deal because it is another example of "government breakdown".
    Lisa in FL

    April 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  3. Russ in PA

    Shut it down. Shut it down. Shut it down. Perhaps people will finally learn that government control is not the answer. Shut it down, and let the politicians feel the heat. Personally I get a perverse thrill when I think how everyone will react on the day that the dollar finally crashes and burns. The shut down over the next few days won't hold a candle to that scenario...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  4. Pete in Georgia

    As far as I'm concerned they can shut down.......................forever.
    Where was that miniscule worm, Harry Reid 12 months ago when THAT was the time to finalize the 2011 budget.
    The average American knows almost ZERO about the process of a Federal budget and cares even less. Politicians like Reid know this.............in spades. They virtually do what they please with the main focus on damaging their opponents image and reputation. What is right and proper for the average legal working American has NOTHING to do what they do.
    Nothing.
    Nada.
    Zero.

    Get the picture ???

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  5. Bradley, Portland, OR

    If it's just a week, most people won't even notice.

    If it's a couple of months, a lot of people will be feeling the pain.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  6. Loren, Chicago

    Not a bit. As you noted yesterday, with the government spending eight times more than it takes in, every day without their spending means one more day we aren't borrowing to run wasteful programs. Apparently, people in Washington don't listen, we want a government of the people, by the people and for the people, not of government, for government and by government.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  7. Jim Bailey

    Since I am NOT a greedy, myopic, selfish anti-American fool I care very much if the Government is shut down.
    It's time for the President and all Democrats to end this war on the middle class and stand firm against the blackmail of the Republicans and their uber rich puppet masters.
    Jim Bailey
    Cripple Creek CO

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  8. Kirk

    Promise?
    Do you PROMISE they will shut down all but CRITICAL CORE functionality?
    Promise? do ya? Please?
    Come one, you KNOW they will grandstand and stab one another in the back and at the last minute pull off something.
    The LAST thing these vultures want is to have their excuse for their phoney baloney jobs to close shop.

    Bloody leeches. Fire the lot of them.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  9. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Shutting down the government is like choaking yourself to death, you may blackout a bit, but you'll be back before anyone really misses them. This has happened before by the same crew. Just another example of children stomping their feet because they don't get all they want on the Xmas list: military spending, tax cuts, cut in education and social programs, oh yea, a raise for those in Congress. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  10. Mark Drozd Lasvegas,Nv.

    I think we all care alot, We're Americans.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  11. Jon

    Well, since many of the things the fed does is not in the constitution and could be better handled by the states, I prefer much of the federal government to be shut down permanantly. And if, while shut down, they are not spending money, even better. If the Republicans cave on this, I will be "ticked".

    Jon
    Lima, Ohio

    April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  12. kathy from peoria az

    I care because the people it will affect don't have a choice unlike CONGRESS who will get paid. It is all about ideology. All the GOP is doing is holding the rest of Congress hostage like before when they wanted to keep the BUSH tax cuts going for the very wealthy. Maybe if Congress (mostly GOP) didn't get paid for a few months and didn't have health care they might know what alot of Americans are going through but that will never happen. And for the people who won't be affected by a government shutdown, lucky you! That must be the tea partiers and most of Congress! Get in the real world!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  13. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I care significantly as I am a retiree who depends on my monthly fixed income. Further, while the amount is not significant, I don't need delays in my tax refunds. For all intents and purposes, a delay in a government owed tax refund equates to a tax hike when we factor in the ever increasing cost of food and fuel.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  14. Patsy

    I care a lot about this particular possible government shutdown
    because of the reasons it might happen. This stalemate is
    being driven by a small group of people, teas, who are making
    demands on the Republicans without good cause. The most
    experienced and knowlegable people in Congress know the
    best way to solve issues is through compromise and working
    together. This muscle flexing is unacceptable, and those
    doing it need to grow up, or go home. Thank you.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  15. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I simply do not understand why it has too happen. The democrats had a super majority for 2 years and could not pass a balanced budget. There was no one to blame but the democrats. Now the democrats are dragging their feet once again about cutting the budget to try and strike out at the republicans. In the end they are only hurting the American people. You know the ones that elected them in the first place.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  16. maggie

    Jack i'd like to send you what I just sent to the Speaker of the House." I find it very sad that you are about to embarass America with a government shut down,actually we are in this mess due to your parties last president. To make the military suffer is sickening to think about. I feel you republicans are a bunch of bullies,its your way or no way,help the rich the hell with the poor. I think if your party does this shuts down the government, the American people who are hurting will remember this in 2012 and unless you come up with Pope John Paul II you can forget it.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Michael J. Baughman SR

    The next bill to be passed by congress should be that in the event of a government shutdown, that all of congress will have there pay suspended and docked for the time it takes to fund the American peoples government. Stuff that in your political party.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Not very much, Jack. Since social security checks and military pay are protected they have reduced the consequences of a shutdown to the point where it is almost painless to consider. The reasonable people of both parties say they don't want to shut down the government, but the Tea Partiers are cheering on a shutdown to show we don't need the government. But that doesn't prove their point since all essential services will continue.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  19. Aimee

    I care greatly about a government shutdown. My husband is a US soldier who is about to deploy to Afghanistan in May. I am an avid volunteer who gives my time to his company because they give their lives for our country. The possibility of government shut downs and our soldiers, the one's who fight for our governement and country, not getting their pay or having a delay in pay is appalling. The ones who should not be getting paid would be the ones who are not doing their jobs....Congress. It is their job to approve a budget as much as it is my husband's job to go to war and my job to support him and take care of his family. If he doesn't get paid he still has to do his job, but that renders me unable to do mine. How do I support his family with little income that I receive from my part time job?? Congress....do your job!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  20. Tim

    The Tea Party wants it...the Republicans want it...enuf said. They will furlough non-essential Gov. workers, unfortunately The Congress who are really non-essential will still be paid for doing NADA!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  21. Camille Russell

    Dear Lawmakers,
    Please let's just concentrate on getting out the Social Security checks to those of us who EARNED them and our Armed Forces who are defending our collective arses. Forget the aliens who are unwelcome in this country and have never contributed to the money system. Let them crawl back under the rocks they came from but sit here and say was a better place than this country whose cash cow's teat is feeding them and their brood.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  22. Sylvia from San Diego

    A government shutdown would be a welcomed event! We will then we able to see just how much we really need that bloated govenment that spends, spends and spends......

    April 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  23. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I wish a government shutdown wouldn't bother me, but it does. I helped hire these idiots to work together and compromise, get things done in a fair and honest way. I know that sounds like a person that's having a pipe dream. They are arguing over a couple of billion of dollars for the sake of prestige. If it was their pay and benefits being held up I wonder how long the argument would last? What they are arguing over, they approve in a week on pork barrel spending. I heard John Biehner started shedding tears after being patted on the back by his fellow republicans for not agreeing on the budget. I wish he would shed tears for the working man once.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  24. s in florida

    I don't really care at all, Jack. But it's an expensive and unnecessary development. The Dems have given more than enough and it's time for the GOP to quit holding everyone's well-being hostage over ideological pipedreams and their desire to simply do enough harm as they possibly can to Obama. They are really pathetic.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  25. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Think positive. General Electric and Haliburton won't get paid for helping the Pentagon wage war. And government workers can finally feel some of the pain Michigan's public employees have felt with unpaid furloughs since 2008.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  26. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It does not matter what main street cares about. Special interests own the president and congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  27. Jayne

    It doesn't matter what any of us think . . . whether we care or not. We are powerless. This is little more than a game played by $174,000 a year (plus benefits) politicians who don't really care if our needs are met.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  28. D Permelia

    Jack,

    I would like to suggest, that all congressmen and women should be fired! The American people are sick and tired of their old ways of government. we need ordinary people with new ideas. We have aldready tried the rich, cocky and weathy way.

    Congress will never work for the people of the United States. As we know too often their potlical agendas are always before jobs and health care.

    Sincerely,
    Sick of Congress in Michigan

    April 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  29. Bob D Iowa

    With the services that I receive directly not much will be effected. In the total overview of want is happening a great deal. With the Tea Party blackmailing the GOP into doing just what they want with such a small minority it shows how weak the GOP is. The candidates that are coming forward are sucking up to the Tea Party and Christian Taliban for support. Right now there is no one that the GOP could back that would not bring this country to its knees with their radical ideas and no one else is stepping forward.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  30. H A Rogers

    Jack,
    I care a lot concerning a gov't shutdown. Unfortunately there are people in Congress who could care less about what concerns me. They are there only to stroke their egos and fall in line with party lackeys. I equate them to crabgrass. A growing pain and hard to eradicate once they take root!

    Hal in Illinois

    April 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  31. Mark in BC

    Jack, if these elected officials were CEO's or upper management in a corporation, they'd be let go for failure to do their job. HR and even a Union couldn't help them out. And yet, we the people keep electing them back into office. We have only ourselves to blame. Ignorance is bliss!
    Mark

    April 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  32. Kevin - Annapolis

    A lot. This game playing is already costing us money – and now that it all boils down to a bunch of ideological riders that couldn't be accomplished in a straight up an down vote, I'm even more incensed.

    Focus on the task at hand, do the business of the govt. If the point is to cut the budget, ostensibly to address, let alone reduce the deficit, why would the Republicans be pushing for things that will increase the deficit, harm the economy and the people???

    April 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  33. andyz Lynn, MA

    If there is a shutdown, I will do everything in my power to ensure no republican is ever elected to federal office again. Additionally, it is imperative that the members of congress are paid the same way federal workers and the military are. Therefore if they don't give a damn about over a million government employees then they will not get paid either and maybe a little of their arrogance will dissipate. I swear by all that is holy I will not forget. I would vote for Stalin, Hitler, Papa Doc before I vote for a repiblican.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  34. Rosemary

    I say the Democrats should call the Republican / Tea Party (aka other Repuglicans) BLUFF and let the Republicans shut down the Government.

    The President and the Democrats have given enough GROUND to these UNREASONABLE PEOPLE.

    Then maybe the PUBLIC WILL FINALLY REALIZE THE REPUBLICANS CANNOT GOVERN when they are in Control of the Government.

    It is all about PROTECTING THE RICH & CORPORATIONS for Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  35. Conor in Chicago

    "If" the government shuts down is not what concerns me. It's really not. It's the "why" that concerns me. Both sides of this equation seem incapable of escaping the grasp of their corporate pay masters and are willing to bring this country to a halt because those who back them financially can afford to so. Whether or not a senior citizen get's their SS check doesn't matter to investment bankers who aim for Social Security’s privatization. Whether or not the poor and destitute of our society can get access to decent medical care doesn't matter to the insurance companies that hope to corner even more of that market through defunding government. Whether or not your college age kid can get a Pell grant doesn't matter to the Military Industrial Complex as they'd rather your kid sign up for one of their wars anyways. This looming government shutdown is simply another round in the current Corporate War going on in the US-a war that barely any of us fight but all of us feel the repercussions. We can argue all day about the “if” and assign blame to everyone if it makes all feel better. Not enough people are asking the biggest question: “Why”.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  36. Maggieb

    Shut it down and keep the dems from spending. I want planned parenthood unfunded along with public broadcasting. And especially the EPA which is destroying America and keeping our Gas prices out of Control

    April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  37. Douglas Marchbanks

    This is how people feel about Washington.

    Mr. Speaker,

    I have been a Republican all my life, and I just want to say how sick and tired I am of watching all you politicians posturing on the news about every issue. All you do is take the opposing side against each other for political gain. Do you people actually think that the American people are to stupid to see what is going on. We elected the republicans to run the government effectively not oppose the other side for the hell of it. You politicians are forcing a political revolution in this country. Maybe its time to through all of you out of office. How about term limits and campaign finance reform. How about a balance of takes and regulations the benefit the majority of Americans. How about a balanced budget, and common sense regulations that protect the public from corporations that dump toxins and damage the environment. Make companys pay taxes and do away with loophools in the tax code that let companys like GE operate tax free. We the People are watching and we expect results, not excuses. Do you your job or we will get someone that can!!!

    PS: I served 18 years in the Military and have been unemployed for almost 3 years . I can barely survive, there are homeless people everywhere. Do the Peoples Business!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  38. Linda

    Jack,
    I care a lot and so should every American. The last time the government shut down it cost us nearly 2 billion dollars added to our debt.. It may also cause hyper inflation if we renig on our debts. It means our military personel and elderly won't get pay checks, anyone trying to get on medicare, apply for disability or get a passport won't be able to do so for awhile. The republicans are being rediculous, getting rid of social programs in order to give more tax breaks to the wealthy will not get us out of the recession and may make it worse. If we didn't have job creation under the Bush tax cuts that were on the books for eight years what makes republicans think it will work now? During the 1950's AND 1960'S WHEN TAX RATES WERE AT 90%+ WE HAD NEAR TOTAL EMPLOYMENT AND THE COUNTRY HAD MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND HELP FOR THE POOR AND ELDERLY. We need to go back to those tax rates and leave the social programs alone.
    Linda M. Milton WI

    April 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  39. Sue in Knoxville

    Yes, it's about time the fiscal conservatives grew a backbone. For the last 2 yrs it was "We won, get over it' from the Dems. Seems like Karma is coming back to bite them! However, I really feel badly for those who won't be paid. Collateral damage is painful.........

    April 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  40. Phyllis G Williams

    How much do you care if there is a government shutdown?

    I sent this to them today, because if they are the brains of
    the country, they will look like no-goods if they cannot solve
    this (smile).

    He’s done it for me many times, He can do it for you.
    Are all the so-called brains of America going to fail, following
    puny minds, and having to shut down the Government?
    “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
    all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.
    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering”) James 1: 5-6)
    and immediately someone will be given wisdom

    April 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  41. kay

    They the people of congress still get paid. and they have shown they don't care about the military , t hey all should be home, and the voters don't mean anything too them. The GOP and tea party, Koch brothers will destroy this country by any means. If it shut down Bohner and his crew should be fired, yes I care I'm military maybe we should shut down and lay our weapons down and have bohner and his crew fight .

    April 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  42. BULL

    For me personally I could care less. But for our troops overseas which my grandson is one it stinks that they won't get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  43. Jim Kurz

    Perhaps if GE, and other such companies actually paid some taxes, we could help the deficit. Imagine making that much money, not paying any taxes, and actually getting billions in refunds!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  44. Robert from Texas

    When I was in the Navy and got orders that didn't make any sense the nice term was "a typical government operation." I say that because that is happening or will happen if the government shuts down. The President and the Congress that can't get their act together will still get paid while our brave warriors that put their lives on the line everyday for us (and their brave families) will not.
    HMM....somebody explain this one to me please.
    I got a killer recipe for rice and beans for those that might need it.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  45. Craig (Sylvania)

    Perspective. In Japan they had yet another earthquake and have lived in fear and chaos for over a month. And yet, THEIR government hasn't shut down. Nuclear disaster, natural disaster and absolute destruction doesn't keep their elected officials from their duty to the people. Yet in America...we get Harry Reid, John Boehner and a White House who is more concerned with their 2012 re-election campaign. It's times like these when we see just how far off the mark we truly are. "We the People" need to take note and remember this the next time we vote.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  46. barbara in NC

    As an Independent, I can assure you this has cemented my negative opinion of the TPers and the GOP - they will have to work HARD to prove to me that they deserve my vote from this day forward.

    They're all about money for Corporations - nothing more. Certainly not the aveage citizen of the U.S.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  47. Annie, Atlanta

    None of this is good, but what I really care about, Jack, honestly is what's happening to the Republican party. When they decided to keep the bircher types out in the 50s and 60s, it was a smart choice. Now they've let them in, and they're running the show. These people would just as soon destroy this country right down to it's foundation based on ideology, reality be darned. Will we be able to survive this attack?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  48. Ron Keen

    Yes. It will be painful for many, but maybe, hopefully this will serve notice to the Socialists and Dems in the Fed that getting our budget under control and deficit reduction is the number one priority and cannot wait any longer. Any person with half a brain knows that you cannot spend more than you make and survive and printing more money to cover the deficient is absolutely insane. These so-called "brilliant" people in charge of our financial well-being calls for a redefining of the word "brilliant". Blind comes to mind.
    RK, Lyons Georgia

    April 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  49. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, on a scale of 1 to 100 (100 being great concern) I give it a 3.
    That gives me 2 chances to care even less. Since a government shutdown would cut off pay to our military, I have to assume that a similiar cut off would apply to members of Congress and the folks in the White House as well. Of course, we all know about the word ASSUME. - makes an ASS of U and ME.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  50. Phil, Georgia

    Tons! The Republcans are like school yard bullies, its either their way, or they are taking their ball and going home. Its alot more other people in the game besides their extreme left. They have to govern for every body and not just their extreme base. Too many americans are hurting for them to push a social agenda on a tiny part of the budget

    April 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  51. Jen Miner

    What will it really hurt if they shut down? The government of this country serves no purpose. The only thing they manage to do is argue over things that matter to themselves, not the people they represent. Nothing ever gets accomplished. I wonder though if they lose their pay like everyone else does when they go on strike.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  52. John ......... Marlton, NJ

    I want it shut down and nobody paid until we have a balanced budget and solution that retroactively pares down government salaries, benefits and pensions at the same level as is social securiy that I've been suckered paying into for the past 35+ years. Also, not paid means not paid .. no I.O.U's when the government opens up

    If not paying the military is what it takes to bring them all home, then so be it. As far as the other alleged essential activities, if the people are patriotic they will work for free during the shut down.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  53. Tina Tx

    I care but I know there is nothing I can do. Maybe people will wake up and smell the coffee now and that their vote really does count.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  54. Willa Cunningham

    Well, I care a helluva lot since my retired husband live on his govt. annuity check plus both oursocial security checks!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  55. Donald New Mexico

    Whenever the government shuts down all of congress should fired and new people elected. If they all left it would take at least a nano-second for a new congress to be bought an put in place.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  56. Alex - Los Angeles, Ca

    I care very little so long as the real story is told and the political class is properly educated on issues. To say that this wasn't politically motivated from the get-go is naïve. There is no logical end to this battle that does not include a shut-down unless healthcare reform is taken off the chopping block... AND REPUBLICANS KNOW IT! Democrats simply need to be smart enough to punt at the final hour by sending the most recently passed stop gap measure back to the House for reconciliation including cuts to corn, sugar and wool subsidies. This way they wind up on top for once since the House will vote it down...

    April 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  57. Craig from Scottsdale

    I for one am thrilled. As one of the dwindling number of Americans that actuall pays Federal Income Tax, it gives me great joy that the bloated bureaucracy is shutting down. It is the same feeling I have when I hear my air conditioning unit shut off.

    Let the fearmongering begin. But rest assured, no one will be denied medical care or go hungry. The elderly won't have to eat cat food. But this is the burning question that I have. Will Harry Reid have to move out of the Ritz-Carlton during the shutdown? Will Nancy Pelosi have to give up the jet?

    April 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  58. JENNA IN ROSEVILLE CA

    How much do you care if there is a government shutdown?

    Jack
    The Republicans are showing the nation yet again how they operate. They care NOTHING about the middle class or poor and only the wealthy. They never met a corporation that they didn't like. And they are hell bent on silencing those that oppose them. They are kings and queens of lip service. WE ARE GOING TO BRING JOBS BACK TO AMERICA was their latest battle cry yet there hasn't been one bill that is for job creation or job protection. Heck Jack, they are Union Busting on the request of Corporations that want to screw over American workers. This has got to stop. We are too blame, if we vote in these jerks that is what we get. If you want Democrats to get it done we need to give Democrats a SUPER MAJORITY so that the Republicans can't block their every move. They have had 2 years to work with this president and they refuse to so enough is enough. Let the Republicans be the ones to cause the shut down and well see everyone at the polls!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  59. tom trapani quito ecuador

    Jack, I will be unaffected personally as I live outside of the US and have been assured that my social security check will still be in the mail.

    However, I do feel for my fellow Americans many of them at the bottom who will feel it directly in short order.

    I felt this thing coming when Bush was first elected. The aftermath of his 8 years has been a harrowing experience for normal working people all the up to the middle class. I sold out at the high I though at the time I got out late but in retrospect it was the high.

    Now you have the republicans turning the screw tighter by refusing to comprise on the budget. Add, to that Paul Rands absurd offerings. Clearly the mindset of the republicans and those whom they serve exclusively are the moneid special interests. A simple fact check on Rands proposal with scare the living daylights out of any honest person expecting fairness. Sadly, we get the government we deserve when we fail to do due diligence before voting.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  60. Tea

    My family has always been Military, not for money, but for Duty and Honor of our Country. We need to Take all of Congresses Pay Checks out of that Cushion Box of theirs and Put our Troops into it.

    Our Troop are Ordered to do their Jobs and do so with pride, our Congressmen/Women have done nothing but Bicker. Again I say my 6 Grand Babies are more able and mature to deal with the Budget then the Idiots in Washington DC who calls themselves our Leaders.

    They need to put on their Big Boy and Big Girl Panties, Shank Hands and Get it Done now! Or we could send them all to Japan for a Nice Swim in the Local Nuclear Plant Beaches.

    Tea
    Central Florida

    April 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  61. Ichiro from LA

    Obviously I care a lot more than the congress does. The idea that a small number of the elected officials is capable of shutting down the greatest nation on earth just to score minor ideological scores is unthinkable to me. Here is my solution – cut 70 billions of waste from the defense budget and 10 billions from the farm subsidy. There, you have more what GOP wants to cut. I would also collect 1 trillion each from giant corporations and the fat cats. They won't feel a thing.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  62. dennis north carolina

    I think it is great for the country because the voters will have to think before they vote.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  63. jim divelbiss

    I have been sickened by the entire gov. for doing this to the people that have trusted them to change America and work together to better our great country. I have never been in politics and owe no one anything in washington. Maybe I'll raise 5000.00 dollars and run for President. Keep your campain promises!!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  64. mitzie - GA

    I care very much! My concern is two fold. As a state public employee, I am concerned for the welfare of both our military/military families and the federal employees who will be affected. Ironically in this debate, government employees are cast as "leeches" by the elected officials that they work for.

    My ire, however, stems from the fact that we have politicians who care more about scoring virtual points with their electorate/business interests than actually accomplishing anything meaningful. I am disgusted with the spin associated with their actions. I find it amazing that all of the Republicans believe so differently from all of the Democrats. Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear from a politician who does not come across as a sheep and would actually express a sincere independent thought?

    April 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  65. Amy

    I don't understand how Congress just doesn't get it. BOTH parties overspend and then finger point. Do they really need to be treated like the children they act like?

    We need to have something in place to take away their expensive, tax payer provided, perks for shutting down the Government. They should also take a salary and benefit cut like the rest of us if they're truly looking out for our interests. But then, they'd only whine, tax us more, spend it and say it's the best they can do.

    Can't wait for re-election time – we need to clean house, both houses.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  66. Dennis De Vico

    Jack, Why shutdown our Federal Government? They call themselves Conservatives? What madness! I am a Conservative Independent and I am beyond embarassment – I'm sick! Perhaps if our Conservatives on the hill studied more of Irishman Edmund Burke, the Father of Modern Conservatism, they'd get our beloved country's work done, and Mr. Burke wouldn' t be rolling over in his grave knowing what madness our elected Conservatives are attempting in the name of Conservatism. Here's a quote that those so called Conservatives should live & breathe by: "All government — indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act — is founded on compromise and barter." Edmund Burke. Seems the Koolaid has been replaced by TEA!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  67. David in Tampa

    I care a lot Jack. How many times are our leaders going to ruin peoples lives by forcing undo hardship on people that do not deserve it to preserve political philosophy and cater to their bases. Notice no one from either party has stepped forward to say they will not take their paycheck until all this is settled. This is exactly why I cannot stand either major party in this country. Republicans that only want to cut jewels in the Democratic party crown while preserving ill gotten gains for their side, and the same goes for the other side of the political aisle. Do we need budgetary reform? Yes. Do we need it done this way? No. I think these people should be housed in tents wearing pink DOC uniforms until they get the budget done; then hauled off to prison.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  68. Sandstone.

    "Government? That is not really a governor, is it jack? A governor is the central axle in any driven source of power! But you have not been paying your bills of late, so why should others have to keep your light burning? Try sitting in the dark for a while, it's good for your eye's. You may even get inspiration! No! Not Obama's purse-pirations. he's is empty!"

    April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  69. Steve

    Not much, as long as it doesn't last too long, doesn't affect my unemployment benefits and we can then concentrate on the football lockout. After all, as most Americans are thinking, "it's all about me, isn't it?"

    IL

    April 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  70. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    You can't shut shut something down thats been broken for years.
    That would be like shooting a dead horse, woudn't it?
    We have soldiers abroad who are giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country and these indecisive idiots in DC won't sacrifice a hair off thier heads to get this country moving in the right direction.
    This moronic attitude of "I'm taking my bat and ball and going home" seems to be the prevalent mentality our country's leaders today.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  71. Rhoda Bryce

    Frist, let me say how angry I am that the people WE elected to take care of our country can't do their job. It is 7 months into the 2011 fiscal year and we still don't have a budget? Give me a break! So now lots of other people, not the elected, will have do without, possibly lose their jobs, adding to the already bad employment situation. Someone should foreclose on Congress since they are not going to be making their payments.

    Second, our military, past and present should NEVER have to worry about being paid. This in inexcusable.

    Yes, our gov't shutting down concerns me very much. It effects everyone but Congress. There should be some kind of a financial penalty on our representatives for not making their deadline like all the rest of us must do for mortgages, work, laws, etc. Why can't there some kind of partial budget for the basic bills like our military and then fight over the rest of it?

    April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  72. honest John in Vermont

    It is a pathetic strategy by the Republicans. I will never vote for one of them if they shutdown the government. They should also shutdown getting paid just like others will, but no, they take good care of their cushy big butts, don't they?

    April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  73. Joe Travis

    Jack,

    Shutting down the government is devastating. I hate to see those who are in a small minority try to hold us, the American people, hostage to further their social agenda. If there are laws on the books, then they should be followed without petty "gerrymandering" to manipulate our social and working life. We need to see the underlying reasons why a budget can be agreed to, but then additional changes are demanded to financially attempt to change – what is the law.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    U.S. Politics . the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  74. Susan Frost

    The teabaggers who've taken over the GOP don't give a damn about the budget. They're just using this showdown to eliminate relatively quite small programs that benefit the poor, the sick, old people, women, children and minorities. If they want to balance the books, they need to cut military spending and raise taxes on the multimillionaires, banks and other corporations that make obscene profits and refuse to contribute their fair share to this country and their fellow Americans.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa AL

    April 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  75. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    I care if there's a government shut-down because I don't want anyone to suffer as a result. The Democrats "compromised" by offering to cut $33 million more, a little MORE than Reps. Ryan and Boehner originally wanted. If they can't take "yes" for an answer, without pushing for more, the govt. WILL get shut down, people WILL suffer, and it will be the Repubs.' fault.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  76. Joe Travis

    Jack,
    This is awful. Why do not those in Congress agree to leave their pay in escrow, and then we will see some changes, unless of course they access their campaign funds from lobbying interests.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    April 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  77. AB

    Jack, I care a alot about the government shutdown. I am a government employee who does not want to be furloughed in addition to having my COLA frozen for two years!! Furthermore, I feel for the citizens who depend on the government for their benefits who may not get them–social security benefits and passports for people who may plan to do overseas travel or small business loans and student loans from the U.S. Department of Education. This is very disruptive for people, for the nation and for the economy. People who do not care are deaf, dumb and blind and do not realize how this will impact their lives, but it will!! Remember 1995-1996??

    April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  78. Robert Meredith

    How about those congressional members? Support our troops in harm's way by cutting off their more than well-earned, and more than well-deserved pay. And all the while those fertizer representatives in DC continue to collect a paycheck. I suspect a last second deal that leaves the American people with voter-buyer remorse regarding thier so-called representatives. This administration is as much to blame as their never camera averse buddies on the hill. The few elected officials who are attempting to realize accomplishment on behalf of this country have been permanenly marginalized.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  79. Janne from NC

    Not at all. I know there is a small portion of the population that will be affected but the majority of us will never miss a beat or notice a thing.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  80. danny in Toronto

    Jack, it is selfishness plain and simple.
    Its beyond me how you could have so many able bodied human beings, living in the comfort and prosperity of the leading country of the world, and not be able to agree to positively move forward in the greater good of their people.
    I wonder if they even have any clue to what their doing.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  81. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Well, 'they' say that Social Security checks will still go out./ And as that is my income, as long as the money shows up I really do not care if the rest of the government shuts down!

    Seriously, I think it is a NATIONAL DISGRACE that Comgress will still be paid and our military people may not be! I think if the government shuts down and our soldiers are not paid, we should all just chip in and send them tickets to come home and tell the government to shove it!

    To not pay our soldiers is really disgraceful!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  82. david

    Other than the poor men and woman that will go with out a pay check, I really don't think there will be a whole lot different. I've tried to come up with an analogy for our legislative branch, I thought about grass growing and paint drying, but in both cases, though they might be slow, they eventually do what needs to be done.
    Dave from NH.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  83. Dee

    Many minorities work in the gov't sector and will be adversely affected if the gov't were shut down. The TEA party knows this and that is why they are pushing for a gov't shut down. Therefore I do care if the gov't is shut down and minorities need to quit letting the bullies called the TEA party think that they can do whatever they want to us without a fight. We also need to protest in the streets.

    DEE

    Houston,TX

    April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  84. Chris (Toronto)

    "And we go around telling other countries how they should conduct their affairs."

    An excellent line, Jack.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  85. John Pitzer

    As far as I am concerned shut it down, and do what corporate America does, Farm it out, get the Indians to run it, Well, make a profit. And not pay the bums while it's shutdown

    April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  86. Disgusted in San Diego

    The only thing that bothers me is that these jokers will still get paid for a job they're not doing. I think we should charge them for the air they're polluting with their toxic brain waste.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  87. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I care in that the people in Congress who are supposed to be educated adults are acting like 4 year olds. It's time for our so called elected officials to get their act together and do something right for a change instead of trying to place blame.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  88. Bill in Colorado

    If we'd help each other instead of spewing hatred – well – we'd be a different country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  89. d. koenig

    Shut it down. that way they can't spend any more money. We have a bunch of idiots that ALL of us have elected. Where do we go from here?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  90. AGStrange

    I care about shutting down the Federal government about as much as I care about learning if Jack reads my answer on the air at 6:00pm: NOT AT ALL.

    Everyone is to blame. The Republicans have vilified Federal employees to such a degree that the whole country hopes they’re all fired. That’s four million people added to the unemployment lines. Does that make sense?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  91. K from AZ

    Shut it down. Don't care one iota: we'll save money.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  92. William

    Government shutdown would be bad because of the damage it does to themiddle class,and the money it cost to shut it down and then start it back up. If the Tea Party GOP really cares about America, then they would be screaming at their politicians to CUT ALL corporate welfare subsidies, instead of wanting to just throw Grandma under the bus.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  93. Sue Rooney

    How are the troops overseas being shot at not consider essential? Do these morons in Washington realize that there are many families living in foreign countries, PX's are closing and these families have no way to get food (remember they are on WIC since we pay them so little), can't get diapers, formula, ... It seems obvious who is none essential – Congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  94. janet

    I care a lot, Jack. This is another example of the United States as the buffoon country of the world. We can not seem to balance a checkbook, and instead extend unnecessary and damaging tax cuts, unfunded wars, with politicians from BOTH sides scurrying to avoid making the necessary decisions to save our country and our children. I may not agree with Paul Ryan, but kudos to ANY politician that takes a stand. I say let people like Paul and (hopefully) some likeminded Democrats make conscious, thoughtful NON-PARTISAN decisions about our finances and make the other children sit in the back of the room. This is NO TIME for childishness.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  95. Dangerous Dave

    Not much. It wont last but for a few days anyway. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, and everyone blames Tea Party, as they should!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  96. Wendy Stringer

    If the government shuts down on April 9th who cares right? Well, let me be a voice for all those service men and women who wake up on April 9th and are expected to lay their lives on the line with no pay for that day. Inevitably one of our brave soldiers will be injured or killed on that day knowing they served their country but their country didn't serve or take care of them. Sec Def Gates says this will be an "inconvenience" for our service members but I think it will destroy the morale of our troops. We ask so much of them and how could we treat them with such disrespect. The last time we asked the military to serve in combat without pay was the Civil War. How ironic since that anniversary is right around the corner. I am so utterly disappointed in our government and their behavior right now because they act with no since of urgency because their pay is not on the line. FIRE ALL OF THEM! They have lost my respect but most importantly they have lost my vote!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  97. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    If a US serviceman in Afghanistan gets killed on a day when he is not being paid because Congress could not get its act together, you will find out just how much the people care.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  98. Mike

    Our government has such a set of double standards within its self. I say nobody should be getting paid if there is no budget. What’s good for one is good for all no? Then will see just how fast a budget can be passed!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  99. Bob Easter

    Arguing over 7 billion when are deficit is over 200 times that amount, is political theater for the masses. Upper income taxes need to be increased and our love of defense spending needs to come to an end. We can't afford to outspend the rest of the world on defense, and why is it called defense spending anyway? Seems a better line item in the budget would be "Nation Building" or "Tyrant Disposition."

    April 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  100. Sue

    Not a bit? Nice for you – some of us are living on one salary that will be in jeopardy. Yes we need to make changes but the reality is that the only people who will pay for this decision are regular, middle class people. Some of us want compromise, not just stubbornness and game playing.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  101. Sam in Florida

    Glad I'm an Independent – these spoiled brat Republicans and whiney Democrats have nearly destroyed this country; now they can't even compromise without one side or the other taking their toys and going home. Let's shutdown the House and demolish it for good, no work gets done there anyway, give every state two extra Senators and be done with it !

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  102. Linda

    This is really a very sad situation with real lives being affected if the government shuts down. Ironically, it is my understanding that a shutdown would end up costing America millions of $ when people on both sides claim they are trying to save money. Where is common sense in all of this? Come on, elected officials, let's get the budget done and try not to hurt too many law-abiding and caring citizens when you do. And then, try to work on the 2012 budget in a much more timely way than was the case with the budget for 2011. It's not as if everyone doesn't know the due dates on these things!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  103. Gary

    We need to cut spending everywhere. I know that the Dems want to have less cuts on discretionary spending and social programs but frankly they didn't pass the budget back in October so I have little sympathy for their position. We have to look at every spending bill this week and moving forward and cut spending drastically. I think that we actually need more, not less cuts than the Republicans are suggesting. We need to freeze all "essential" programs and cut all "non-essential" programs by 10% at least. I like PBS and NPR but we need to cut both out completely. We need to get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and libya. These are tough times and this will be painful for all of us.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  104. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack i am a disable veteran that receives a disability check each month so i am concerned. I also use the Veterans administration as my major medical provider so cuts to it also concern me directly. What concerns me more though is that our government is spending money that they do not have just to function and in doing so they are driving us even deeper into debt with no foreseeable plan to get us out. Even if they come up with a budget they have already spent 8 times more money this month then what they took in. They have no money to budget. Anything they use will have to be borrowed.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  105. Donnat

    As long as they take it ALL out of defense, I don't care how much they cut. Get us out of the ME. And tax corporations while you're at it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  106. marianne

    I care greatly. It's time for someone to stick up for the middle class. The bottom gets everything, the top doesn't need anything...and those of us in the middle pay for everything. I also feel bad for the fed workers who are getting screwed.

    m denning
    dallas, tx

    April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  107. Fred

    The government should shut down permanently. In this age of technology, there's no reason all Americans could not participate in national legislation and voting on a daily basis. Why let 535 people speak for over 300 million? Now that we have the means to truly be a government of, by and for the people, we should actually do it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  108. Michael

    If the government stops, it is because they are playing hardball over the wrong items. What about defence spending? What about healthcare? They could have gotten that 60 billion out of those no problem. As it is it is like they are cutting the food and medical bill when there is a expensive car and house they are paying off. Cutting the things that are going to hurt in the long term when cutting the big items would hurt short term.

    Michael, Seattle, WA

    April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  109. linda

    I do not really care, I'm actually really annoyed.
    I would like to know, though, why the Republicans did not want to pay more taxes. I think it would have been a more ethical behavior.
    Ethics? Social morality? Obsolete values, right?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  110. JC in New Braunfels, Texas

    Before the rapier like comments are unleashed, we need to do some mirror time. We keep taking about "them" when referring to Washington, when really we're talking about us. We vote "them" into office time and time again. When we unleash the criticisms, let's make sure we look squarely in the mirror while doing it.

    I wish I could say the shutdown would have no effect, but I can't. It does have an affect. It will hurt some people that are already hurting. It will delay the pay of soldiers that, in many cases, live paycheck to paycheck while putting their lives on the line.

    The me, the best summary of this issue cames from what seems to be the facts present on the CNN morning show.. the government shutdown will stop paychecks for soldiers and fellow citizens that are (right or wrong) dependent on government support. However, the impending shutdown will have no impact on Congressional pay. Sad, but not surprising. Fox 1, chickens 0.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  111. Leo

    I care about as much as the government and the congress care for me. Besides, since all congressman will continue to get their paychecks there is no real emergency.

    Leo
    San Antonio

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  112. steve

    I work for the state of california and have lost 15% of my pay to furloughs for the past two years. These federal government workers need to see what reality is.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  113. CJ, San Antonio

    I care a lot! My husband is a federal employee and this will impact us in a negative way that I don't even want to think about. Federal employees also have bills to pay and families to feed and the average federal employee doesn't make a ton of money. It's unfair that our lives and livelihoods are being held hostage by a bunch of punks who are totally out of touch with the American people.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  114. Butch

    How much do I care? Not a fig. I feel Obama is using this issue to rally the public around him – testing his strength with the grass roots.
    More than likely, that also is the reason he opened his campaign last Monday.... just in case this potential shutdown was associiated with him and his 2012 campaign.
    A shutdown and raising cash tne same weekend would've been too much baggage for a Prez who has done nothing but aggravate the public.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  115. Rachel

    I care a lot. I am a government contractor and work on the systems that keep our airplanes safe in the sky. We've already taken serious cuts this year and none of the people on my contract even have any personal time left to take. If the government furloughs us for long, I'll be eating ramen noodles and might lose my apartment. It makes me so angry that Congress is playing chicken and no one cares about the people affected.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  116. soneill

    We could all care less. The Republicans are in the house because of the overwhelming mandate from the American people that voted them in. They were put there to fix the mess created by the socialist policies of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. This is serious stuff – people don'r really get how serious it is. Somebody is going to get left off the gravy train, and it had better not be seniors. If things have to be cut, let it be welfare. There is a big difference between people who have worked hard all their lives for social security and a bunch of jerks that have popped out babies they can't educate or afford that want money. There is going to be big, big trouble ahead if this government is going to entitlements from seniors either ss or medicare while still handing out a small fortune to a bunch of worthless individuals. We have worked hard all of our lives, had a load of cash taken out of our paychecks the whole time, and by God we have earned our retirement.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  117. Dan - Bonita Springs, FL

    I care because I'm seeing a lot of people that I know explaining how it will affect them and their families. Honestly, I don't know enough about it to go off on a rant. However, we should take a look at this and find a way to do with a LOT less government...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  118. Christian

    Withhold their salaries and fine lawmakers 5k per day until they agree. Employees (which is what they are; ie, ours) should be held accountable.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  119. Zola Holt

    The way to fix this is to elect Congresspeople who will enact a law that says that Congress is not exempt from any of the laws which govern regular Americans. So Congress would have to live with ObamaCare; they would be indicted for bribery (campaign contributions); and if the Government shuts down, they don't get paid.

    If that were the case, we'd have a budget passed on time every year, a much better (and more affordable) healthcare system, and a lot fewer crooks in Congress.

    –Zola

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  120. Chris from MN

    This is a false question.
    If Government were to completely shut down it would be anarchy. That won't be allowed to happen. Instead, it's going to make a certain portion of the population suffer (military families who've already given more than the most of the rest of us). This is all a shell game and I think the Tea Party is going to have to realize it's not the only primadonna in the room and compromise.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  121. Roy, Charlotte

    Not much. The American people elected our Congress and President to do what they think is in our best interest. Apparently they believe this is the way to go. I trust their judgment. Just kidding, of course, but there's not much I can do about it now.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  122. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    I care. A lot. I care not so much for the shutdown, per se, but rather for what it says about our form of government, about how we are letting all these bimbos fight, as Gloria Borger says, like "ninth graders" (hey – I have met better behaved 9th graders!) I care about what we look like to rest of the world. We may be one of the largest nations, but we certainly aren't one that takes care of its people. When these people were elected, they were elected BY their constituents in their districts. They must somehow know what those people want. But, they only care about themselves. Boehner and Reid ...and the rest, really, should be run out of town, and never allowed to return. And...cut off THEIR paychecks. They are already so rich (with a minority who are not) that they wouldn't notice the absence of a paycheck. But, unfortunately, those who caused this mess don't care if WE miss a paycheck. We didn't vote for them to do this. The rest of the world looks askance at us. We are certainly not giving them much to look at. It's not a pretty sight. It's actually disgusting. It leaves a very bad taste in the mouth, watching these prima donnas posture and prance around in front of cameraa, acting as if THEY know what we want. I care. A lot. Too bad it doesn't matter what I care about.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  123. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Very Much. The shut down would be because of the large number of 'rider' amendments that are not related to funding the government. These amendments are being forced by extremist republicans and House leader John Boehner. Mostly for the sake of sticking a shiv in Obamas administration.
    The founding fathers made it part of the constitution that congress submit a budget. When the British burned down Washington D.C. in the war of 1812 the government kept running. When the nation was divided in the civil war the government kept running. If the government shuts down due to political games in congress they are inviolation of the constitution and should be thrown out on their ears.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  124. Kenneth Krieger

    I want the shut down. I want it to go on for 6 months. The American public will see the government can function on a lot less money. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  125. Greg

    I worry most that this shutdown is a symbol of many Americans not understanding how government works and what it does. Time and time again the same people keep talking about some government spending and yet none of them can correctly state what is being spent. Many Americans still believe that NPR funding can fix deficit, or that foreign aid, if only it was smaller, would fix it. What worries me is that many Americans do not know that they pay too little for things they want. And that means we are heading toward a huge crisis when it will be too late. Ironically, these are the same people who in 2007 thought economy was great and their houses would always grow in value. America loves credit cards.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  126. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    I am not one bit bothered about a shut down. I feel bad for USA, where the rest of the world will think that our government is run by a set of "dead beats".

    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  127. bill

    just smack all they're asses and make like we're adults. do your job or we will find some one who will.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  128. Ryan

    I will be directly affected if the government shuts down because the latest reports are claiming that the military will not be paid in the event of a shutdown. Despite this fact I am entirely in favor of a government shutdown. I disagree with both democrats and republicans in this argument. They are arguing over pennies while the deficit is trillions. What a joke. The politicians as a whole need to lose their jobs.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  129. abbie

    I used to care, but that was when we had a functioning government. I say we just furlough congress, aides, lobbyist, etc for 6 weeks (or more!) to see how they can live with reduced pay, no income, no benefits. If we did that I really don't think anyone OUTSIDE of DC would even notice because they don't get anything done anyway. Heck, save more money and furlough them for 6 months! Side benefit: the news will find true and valuable stories to put on TV instead of just politics as usual.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  130. Megan

    Since Congress hasn't done their job, I don't think they should be paid. Congress doesn't need to be paid over the 2 week recess either that begins next weekend, especially since government workers can't use our earned sick or vacation leave until a budget is passed.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  131. kevin

    I care. Not for myself, but for those who won't get paid facing Hell on Earth so we can bicker over abortion and clean air. And for those who have fought for our terribly abused Freedom and won't receive benefits.

    What's really disgusting is so many Tea Party hacks vocally in favor of a shutdown have "Support The Troops" stickers on their gas-guzzling pickup trucks and brag about "American Exceptionalism".

    It's exceptional, alright; exceptionally embarrassing.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  132. Christian

    We have over two hundred military bases around the world and are fighting three futile wars. The Republicans, who are so interested in running things as a business, should run the military as a business. And right now it's bankrupt. At least (in this area of $200.00 hammers) they could find expenditure and personnel to trim.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  133. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I would obviously prefer no shut down but it almost has to be done. These guys aren't being serious. Everyone agrees our financial condition is dire. We have 15 trillion in debt, a deficit of 1.5 trillion for next year and these bozos are bickering over a few billion. It's outrageous! They need to take a serious look at either the Paul Ryan budget or the Simpson-Bowles commission report.

    It's like being on the sinking Titanic with water pouring in, and a couple hundred passangers trying ot decide what size bucket to use to bail out the water. 5 gallons or 4 gallons? Without a welder and some serious work, our demise is inevitable because we continue to listen to the irresponsible.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  134. Shelly

    What constitution? What ghts? What is United States of America? Know one knows anymore,,its all about money,nothing more and nothing less,,which is sad..from Oklahoma

    April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  135. Donna C

    Only the most necessary government workers wil be paid. Imagine the ego of this congress. They consider themselves as necessary, but the men and women fighting our wars, are not. John Boehner, as a fellow Ohioian, I am completely disappointed in you. Quit your crying and do your job so the ones who deserve their pay get it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  136. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I really don't care much Jack. This is better drama/comedy that anything else on TV. It has been sorta fun to watch. The leading 'characters' all wanting for plenty of air time.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  137. Genna Suraci

    OK so if the government shuts down does congress fullough notices too? I hope so!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  138. Dennis Lucas

    Not a bit! The Democrat Controlled Congress chose NOT to pass a Fiscal Budget for 2010-2011 and now, we should shut down the Government and save the funds.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  139. Jenn

    I would care! People will be out of pay because government can't get over their drama and act like adults!! They don't care if there is a gov shutdown because they still get THEIR paychecks!!! I say if there is a government shutdown then the president and congress shouldn't get paid either!!! THAT would save us MILLIONS of dollars!! And it would barely effect them cuz they are millionairs anyways! They have enough funds to last them a year without pay!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  140. Ron Hall

    Jack,

    Can anybody tell me why these BOZOs aren't already cutting out waste, dulication, and inefficiency, without waiting for budget resolution? This budget deal is a numbers game and I for one am sick of these guys tolerating waste for even one day. What happened to the line by line analysis that was already happeing. They don't feel like they can give anything up without a trade off, no matter how wasteful.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  141. Liberal Hillbilly

    The money they're arguing over comes to what, like 3 days of funding our 2, er, 3 wars? How about we stop spending hundreds of billions to murder Afghani goat herders and see how that affects our "bank balance" back home?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  142. evan Sosin

    I really don't know what a government shutdown looks or feels like. Does it effect my food stamps? my financial aid for college? can my mother stop paying taxes for a while? It might be for the better good of all the tax payers since the money going to the government is really doing nothing. I would like to see the members of Congress be affected by this as well. Why do they still get paid while they don't work? I don't like the fact that us voters have to worry about the decisions of who we elected.
    Thank you.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  143. dudley041518

    Key: No budget last year – Congress avoiding it's most important job. Pelosi wasn't engough of a leader to propose a workable budget. Now there is two year's worth of arguing to do.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  144. Tom, Mount Prospect, IL

    Why shouldn't our elected officials feel the financial pain of a government shutdown. Their "patriotism" demands that they voluntarily suspend the paychecks of Congress AND the President until the budget has been passed. This is not the form of representation I voted for. By the way, we the people will vote on making the missing pay retroactive.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  145. Nick

    Jack, I'm tired of both parties. Their only mission is to turn everything into an "us" vs. "them" battle because it makes it easier for most idiot Americans to understand. In the end, all this shutdown will hurt is government employees who go to work for a living every day, just like everyone else in the country, well not everyone.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  146. Phil

    Do I care if the Federal government shuts down? Not really and I'm a Federal employee. The real losers will be the tax payers. Not only does it cost a lot to shut the government down, it costs a lot to do the planning for one shutdown threat after another. Neither party is innocent here. The Democrats could have passed a budget before October 1, 2010, like they were supposed to do. The Republicans could have gone along with one of the compromises offered to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year instead of spending large amounts of time simply proposing one very short term continuing resolution after another. Don't forget that they are not working on a FY11 or FY12 budget! All they are doing is extending – a few days at a time – the FY10 budget. Do cuts need to be made to the Federal budget? You bet, but the politicians refuse to make the massive cuts easily possible in the larger parts of the budget, such as the over-inflated military budget. The nickel and dime stuff they argue about doesn't do enough to take up time or to threaten government shutdowns. Put in a CR for the remainder of the year (less than 6 months now) and go on to do the right thing for FY2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  147. dudley041518

    Lots and lots of federal workers. A millions or more of them. Of course there will be quite an unemployment spike if this is not resolved and furlough turns permanent.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  148. Vance

    I sure care a whole helluva lot! I work for the DOE and my family lives paycheck to paycheck, just keeping our heads above water due to some recent health issues, and a shutdown can put us behind enough finacially to where we can't catch up. What happens to all of our late fees because we cant pay our bills on time? What happens to our credit scores because we cant pay those bills? My landlord will not get paid, groceries will not be bought. The economy will suffer as a whole. Historically these shutdowns do not last longer than 3 weeks, however what happens if the shutdown drags on for months until Congress can get their act together? Now we are talking about cars being reposessed and families getting evicted from their homes. Everyone keeps talking about how the government may pay us back for lost wages during this time period, but thats not even a guarantee and a paycheck, no matter how large, that comes months after you needed it cant fix your problems. If your credit gets ruined these days, you pretty much are dead in the water financially for 7 years. I wonder if I should start looking for a non government job and hopefully land one in time to at least be able to stop the bleeding.

    Sick with Worry,
    Oak Ridge, TN

    April 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  149. imagine!

    until obama can be removed from office the next best step is to shut down the government and turn off his incredible spending...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  150. Rose, London, TX

    It concerns me much because it confirms what idiots our citizens vote for. I didn't vote for most of them, but they still steal my tax dollars and send me generic response letters when I write them. Rose, Texas

    April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  151. Leslie

    I am a reservist and I was told that I come in for a couple of months possibly. My husband was told today (he's active duty) that he absolutely has to come in, but without pay. If the government shuts down, my family and many other of my fellow military families will be absolutely doomed. So yes, I very much do care. This is ruining military families!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  152. Ken in NC

    I am ashamed at the possibility of a government shut down. Ashamed of Democrats for not passing a 2011 budget and ashamed of Tea-Publicans for using our Military as pawns to force anger from Americans. Most of them should be taken out back behind the barn and have their back sides delt with a wide leather belt. Then send them home to be replaced.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  153. James C, NC

    The only people a government shutdown will hurt are those who need government representatives to protect them from the 'uber rich puppet masters' previously mentioned. Our current problems were not created overnight by any one party and will not be corrected overnight by any one party. The question is... who, among our government representatives, will be key in charting a path that will lead the nation out of the mess that it is now in? One or two people will not be able to do it alone and, of course, the ones who act will not be rewarded by big business like many of our representatives are today. Good luck America!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  154. Laura MC

    I wish there would be more discussion on how much the shutdown will cost the economy. The ripple effects are hard to identify but a quick list could include 1) lost productivity for businesses and individuals who rely on federal direct services, such as licensing, etc. 2) lost revenue associated with federal (and D.C.) collections operations 3) cost of diverting federal resources from service delivery and policy work to managing contingencies for a possible shutown 4) unemployment insurance costs, for those federal workers who are eligible, etc. etc. etc.

    None of these costs reflect the burden to local economies where miilitary or federal civilian operations are a major engine. Or the burden to affected indivduals and their safety nets. I don't understand how any reasonable person could see a gov't shut down as something that is good for the U.S. It makes me think that the extreme Tea Party folks are more interested in getting attention then doing the right thing. Just like my 9-year-old son when he's acting out.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  155. Sheldon, Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada

    Not a bit. If the members of Congress are the smartest people in the room, the room is awfully dense. Our elected representatives are to do the people's business not stop the people's business. Maybe the members should start doing business before the next time they come looking for our votes.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  156. millee

    A shutdown will not save money. All those people on furlough, even if they aren't paid for the time of the shutdown, a lot of them will then have to work overtime (at time and a half) to catch up on the work that wasn't done while the government was shut down. No income from entrance fees to the national parks, museums, etc., but still have to pay utilities. No sales from the gift shops during the shutdown, and those people that would have bought during that time will have gone home and thus there will be no make-up purchases.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  157. Tiffany, Los Angeles

    I care quite a bit if the government shuts down and others should to. All day I keep hearing, "Who cares if the National Parks close?" I bet the mom&pop businesses who will go bankrupt without the tourism funds care. But then there is, "Who cares if Federal Employees are furloughed?" Newsflash, not all federal employees make what congress makes and that doesn't even touch the fact that federal contractors, who will also be furloughed, won't get back wages and the small businesses that employ them may not survive this.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  158. christie

    Do the republicans really want another shut down? If they didn't learn their lesson the first time then I say let's have a shut down. I don't understand why a group that only controls one-third of congress thinks they can get everything they want! The democrats have more than comprised enough!
    christie

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  159. George from North Carolina

    If the tea baggers get their way and the government shuts down I'll bet they will be the first to complain that government services have gotten sooo bad lately.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  160. Mary Bamford

    As the widow of a Federal Employee and a Social Security recipient by virtue if a second marriage, I am outraged to learn that Congress will still be paid in the event of a government shutdown. The fact that they are paid tends to remove incentive to arrive at a timely and equitable resolution. They need to suffer the same consequence as all Federal Employees. My first husband was furloughed during the last shutdown in 1995, and I know whereof I speak. Let's level the playing field.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  161. Moogum

    The Democrats didn't pass a budget last year. Yet they reject the current Republican budget proposal, and want to continue to spending money they don't have. That 41% of Americans think the former group is doing a better job than the latter in Congress is consistent with why we've got financial mess. Obama, as chief executive, is paid to get it done, but he hasn't shown much leadership on this–apparently he sees himself as an arbiter, a go-between. The sooner Gov't shuts down, the sooner both Houses of Congress will do the job for which they're paid. Too bad we can't stop their salaries until they do.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  162. Carl

    I Don't know how congress can sleep at night knowing our American Troops are risking their lives to protect America. They are He HAWING around on the budget and the President Threatning veto
    on any Republican extension While they keep getting paid and the Troops are not getting paid on a government shutdown. Unreal they should be ashamed and all fired !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  163. Roger

    Of course Democrats are more concerned about a shutdown! It's their constituents (and relatives) who will be missing their government handouts when the printing press stops rolling out free money.

    Those of us who work and save and still believe that we are ultimately responsible for the quality of our lives won't miss the Federal sinkhole at all. We're concerned for our respected members of the armed forces who are out there protecting our interests, but there's little we can do for them, and we know they're resourceful.

    Come Monday morning, a whole lot more people will know how little the government does for them, and how much they can do for themselves.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  164. Jerry Hagen

    If the Democrats and Republicans cannot come together and at least get our Soldiers paid, then all of them need to go and now. A law needs to be passed that in the event of a Government shut down are Military Personnel are not effected. These Heroic indviduals are putting their lives on the line every day for this country and petty bickering between democrats and republicans is going to prevent them from being paid.... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  165. Gary in Oklahoma City

    Does a shutdown mean we'll stop bombing our own rebels in Libya? If it does, I'm all for it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Chris

    Since the military stops paying me on Friday, I am rather concerned.

    Would really be like to pay the tailor for that uniform...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  167. Stefan Stackhouse

    I care a lot more about avoiding a REAL fiscal crisis we face in the near future. If people think that this government shutdown would be bad, they have no idea how bad it could be if we have the type of fiscal crisis that places like Greece or Argentina have been through. They don't realize that not only is this something that CAN happen, it is something that WILL happen unless we get serious and bring our government's fiscal affairs into balance. We're running out of time. Our politicians have just been kicking the can down the road year after year without doing anything serious. They don't realize that the road ends abruptly at a cliff, and not that many more years ahead.

    Stefan Stackhouse
    Black Mountain, NC

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  168. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Any sensible person would take this seriously because people who would lose paycheck because of shutdown will contribute to reduced business and reduced income for many including reduced income for government.When we are struggling to fill up the deficit, we are losing revenue. But I have a strong feeling that it will not happen and we won't know it Friday night. But one thing for sure, keeping this until the last minute is helping the related businesses in increased income and thus increased revenue for Government.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  169. Mom

    If they let this happen then they have not done their job and we need to FIRE every last one of them. And they better not be getting a paycheck for time they are shut down. I promise right now I will vote against EVERY imcumbent and you should too. This is no longer Dems vs Republicans, this is them vs US and WE have the power to do something about it. So get off your couches people and VOTE 'EM OUT.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  170. Shari from Madison

    Jack,
    I really care if the government shuts down because of all the tourist's who will have to drastically change their plans, the loss of revenue for the national parks, the federal employees who won't know when or if they will get paid again. It is time for all parties, Republican, Democrats and Tea Partiers, to come to the bargaining table with the realization and acceptance that none of them will get everything they want and that a government shutdown helps no one! But it will take true God given miracle for this to occur because each party is so sure that God is on 'their side only' and that anyone who won't bow down and give them all they want is an enemy to be destroyed, rather than as a brother/sister human being.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  171. Scott in Bellingham

    A shut down gets us exactly what we want, spending cuts and a balanced budget. Social Security checks are paid, troops are paid, essential services are paid. The printing presses in the basements that have been printing the funny money to buy things we cannot afford stop printing.

    Congress should continue working. Raise a tax, restart a program. No more credit, no more deficit.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  172. Bill Anderson

    Our government is more and more insulated from reality. They are now arguing about a very small change in the total federal expenditures while the total is approximately 16% increase from the prior year. Where is the vision focused, on the minor items while ignoring the major items.
    We selected them for the wisdom and judgment. Where did we go wrong?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  173. Sam

    I do care because I am a "non-essential" government civilian who will stop having an income to support my family. Thanks to all those in Washington for playing this game of "chicken" with my ability to cloth, feed and shelter my kids and those of the other 800,000+ federal employees.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  174. Luis Rael

    I care for all of us that will pay for this disfunctional gov't.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  175. Ann

    Alot, we don't need this....all I have heard is social security and medicare are the problems. Well they are not. Iraq...Afghanistan....and continuing the tax cuts are the big problems. If we move the tax bracket back to the prosperous Clinton days, get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan I think we might see miracles in our budget. Then have a conversation about social security and medicare for the future not 2011. By the way does congress and their staff get shutdown? no medical, no salaries and no perks....shut em down then!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Deb DC

    I wonder how many of these people that are saying shut it down will not get a paycheck. There are lots of things we need to fix, but grand-standing never fixes. BTW "Dear Congress....YOU'RE FIRED!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  177. Patrick (Vancouver, Canada)

    I believe people should very definitely care whether or not there's a government shutdown, if only because there will be people - real, middle class people who work for the government - that will be affected by it.

    These people will not have money for living expenses during the shutdown and, although I'm sure (or at least I very definitely hope) that banks can/will be helpful during a time of disruption like this, the very best scenario for the government employees affected will be extra debt to be serviced on the other side of the shutdown.

    I'm not sure a lot of people wanting the shutdown have actually realized this, though (or at least I hope they haven't), so perhaps they need to stop and think about what they're wishing for, lest they actually get it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Jim Banner

    I don't care at all. I have given up on the Federal Government. We are on our own!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  179. 4WhatItsWorth

    Since my Social Security check is on autopilot and I have no immediate plans to visit a national park or the Smithsonian anytime soon, it's easy for me to say it really doesn't much matter. But that's just selfish. What about the wife of the serviceman, recently deployed to the middle east, who won't get her dependent's allotment check on time? Is her landlord going to be understanding when she can't come up with the rent? Will she have to resort to using a high-interest credit or debit card to buy groceries for her kids? That's why it annoys me when I hear the Tea Party freshmen remark blasely, "shut 'er down!" and yet maintain the fiction they are "for the people." Not so much, it would seem to me.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  180. Keith

    Who do these people think they are?? We elected these Bozos to represent us and look out for our best interest, not those of certain political party. Tens of thousands of brave men and women (both Dem and Rep) are currently serving in harm's way; now they have to worry about not only getting shot or killed, but on top of that, they don't know if they are going to get paid!! What the hell has happened to this country, I can see shutting down museums and certain offices, but not to pay our troops, that's insane!! Hey, Congress as a small token of your patriotism, how about a 8-10% pay cut for yourselves; show the people you care.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  181. Mike in Pekin,

    I care. I am a dual status technician, serving full time in the National Guard. Because I am paid in dual status, and not as a full time guardsmen, I will likely get a furlough notice on Monday, as I would be a "non-essential" worker. However, the projects I am working on did not seem "non-essential" yesterday, and I am sure when this is over, they won't be "non-essential" anymore. With flood and tornado season upon us, how is the National Guard supposed to be ready to help, when its full time force has been sent home indefinitely?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  182. corey

    what about the people in the military... you all know that means no pay to them. This goes way beyond just the messed up government... To say you don't care is to say you don't care about all the military deployed and serving... If that is really how you feel you are unamerican.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  183. Angie

    I care because it shows the lack of respect the house has for proper processes by not doing a timely budget, it should have been done by last October when the democrats had control of it. I care because it will affect many people who do not deserve to go through this agony. I care because the example it is giving our children – not the best. I care because it's an embarrassment to all Americans to have a party who does not understand you can not spend the money you don't have.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  184. Tim in Plantation

    I care a lot for the people who will be losing out while politicians try to score points. Both sides are to blame. I wish we would take a lesson from recent events and form protests in every major city to demand real changes. Nothing will be done until the people get fed up enough to be seen and heard in large numbers. Then just maybe they will start to pay attention to the people they are supposed to serve.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  185. Adam

    My fellow graduate students and I that do scientific research care a great deal because most of us have stipends that come from federal government grants supplied by organizations such as NASA. Many students live paycheck to paycheck, but this money will stop coming through when the government shuts down.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  186. Liz in San Jose

    As the majority party in the House of Reps, the Repubs will be held to account for the way they are presently "governing" or failing to govern. They took an oath to protect and preserve the U.S. Constitution to provide for the national defense and the well-being of its citizens....exactly what they won't be doing with draconian cuts and government shutdown. Their reckless behavior is endangering the country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  187. John

    Easy for the majority of Americans to say they don't care – shut it down. However there are a lot of good Americans that will be financialy hurt when this happens. I feel a personal stake as I am retired military and know I have earned the paychecks I will not get. But I feel worse for the active military and their families. Their lives and futures are on the line for us, every day, and we are going to tell them, tough it out, we don't care, we want to make a point. For those of you that are "thrilled, happy, or glad" for the shutdown, think for a moment of the hardship some of our protectors and their families are about to go through.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  188. Kenny

    This all reminds me of those climactic battle scenes where the hero and villain are in an epic struggle to the death. In the scuffle a candle gets knocked over and sets the house ablaze, but their hatred is so intense they're too focused on killing the other to care as the house collapses around them. As a tenant in the house of USA, I'm quite disturbed.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  189. Elizabeth

    I want the Democrats to hold fast and stop allowing themselves to be bullied by the Republicans to cut important programs on the premise of "agree or we shut it down". Well then shut it down and see how things run without us. We can't even start projects in the last couple of weeks because of the pending shut down. If you don't know if it is going to happen, you can't plan accordingly with work. So the republicans can continue to waste time and money or get onto the real problem of revenue and raise taxes and make corporations pay.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  190. Paul, MA

    As taxpayers, we should care about the shutdown if we're Republican, Democrat, or whatever. This political STUNT is costing us money. Right now, a very large number of Federal employees are planning the shutdown instead of providing services. The real joke - the money will get spent anyway after the curtain falls on the political theatre.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  191. Vel Champion

    There is only one plan and it is to shut down our government permanently. When you are trying to destroy a nation, you will always need a plan and the Ryan Plan will indeed cut the heart out of our democracy by turning us into the type of nation we continue to battle around the world. There is no doubt in my mind that this new breed in Washington would like to turn this nation up side down and in side out until nothing exists except their narrow minds and crippling values.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  192. Bill

    I don't care at all. The Republican Party is so dysfunctional nobody can agree on anything. Like AMY said, I just can't wait to vote out anyone who wears the incumbent tag.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  193. Aloisae

    One point many people seem to be missing is that, going on history, government shutdowns do not save taxpayers any money. In fact, we end up, after the shutdown is over, paying furloughed employees for time they didn't work.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  194. Steve

    Please, please PLEASE shut it down. Shut it down for at least couple of years. If we discover anything that we really need we'll revisit the subject in say, 3 or 4 years and perhaps selectively fund a few important programs though at about 30% of their current budget I'm sure. Sorry folks- everybody off the gravy train- the bridge is out ahead and you're going to have to walk from here on.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  195. Scott in Bellingham

    After the shutdown, restart government as a tiny trickle. Never borrow to pay. The last to get paid are elected officials. This is the way business is run.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  196. Mark Hot Spring's AR

    It suck's that the senate will get payed but our troops will not.We nead to lock all of them in one room without food,and water,or bathroom brake's,until they can settle this.Maybe then they will get off there butt's and get something done.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  197. LMorris

    I care a lot! There are more people working for the government besides those in Washington D.C. What about the people who work for NASA, what about the people who work for the soldier by supporting them with Logistics issues. These people will be sent home with no pay. Yes, GM, Ford, and other auto companies had to do the same thing... that HURT the economy. Why would you want to continue to HURT the economy. Congress needs to GROW UP and stop playing games!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  198. John from San Antonio

    Watever comes out of this it will be the wishes of the "Republicrats" who are in complete control. We only have one party with two divisions whose responsibility is to keep Americans divided.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  199. mike mcgloin

    The President and the other Democrats didn't bother to pass a budget? Where were you last year? I guess you don't remember the "No" Republicans that allowed very few bills. Maybe you should retire and Larry King can take your place.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  200. Carrie in Midcoast Maine

    Jack, it may be that a lot less damage is done to this country when, not if, the government shuts down. The turkeys in both parties have forgotten how to work for We, The People in the United States – they seem to care only for how much payola they can get from PACs and other lobbyists!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  201. Walter

    I couldn't care less. Especially since, only a small portion of the "government" will be shut down anyway. This whole escapade is just a farce. Both parties look like complete buffoons. Of course once this years budget is finally done, we have to do the next one – which will be even worse. The left has been screaming and squawking over Ryan's plan to get our astronomical debt under control; but they have offered nothing in return. If the left truly believes we can tax our way out of this mess, show us the plan.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  202. Bill Vreeland

    Jack covered this in his opening sentence. The government is the problem. Shut them down and send them to arithmetic class.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  203. Ryan

    For all you Tea Baggers and baby boomers and "patriots" that are actually cheering for a shut down, you better realize that the troops that fight for your right to be selfish while demanding everybody else make a sacrifice will also have their pay stopped one week after shut down, and won't get it back until it's resolved. And the civil service guys like me who work for the military have been told we'll be going home as well. For every one of you that thinks the shut down is deserved and a blessing in disguise for America, not one of you would have the spine to walk up to a uniformed soldier who's been standing in the hot desert for a year and tell them "Thanks for your service, but we'll figure out your paycheck later." And I'm willing to bet if Medicare and Social Security were to be frozen in this shut down, you'd have a completely different song to sing, wouldn't you?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  204. Rexben

    This is nothing but a political ploy. The republicans think they can use this during the next election cycle to say they had to shut down the government. The democrats will use this to show how awful the republicans are that they shut down the government. There is absolutely no reason for this so this will actually do nothing but kick them in the butt when the next cycle comes up just like the last time. The base republicans may want this but most of the country does not so this is going to accomplish nothing. Those of us that are independents think this is pathetic.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  205. Lee Hubbard / Oklahoma

    None of these so called leaders are competent enough to do the job they are assigned to do.
    Do they run their household budgets in the same manner?
    I know I couldn't.

    Really don't care if it shuts down as long as everyone in Wa. is replaced with an illegal immigrant.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  206. Jack Dallas TX

    I know that our government has again demonstrated its incompetence. My European friends keep asking me when is the U.S. going to start taking action to solve our sovereign debt crisis. I tell them that I honestly do not know because our govenrment no longer understands what it is supposed to be doing. No matter what party. The shutdown would just be one more event in a long line of events that should shake Americans to their soul.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  207. Bob in Pa

    Bring it to a close, chain the doors and lock the politicians out.
    The majority of them are a bunch of irresponsible fools. The money isn't there, we can't afford to borrow or print any more.

    Lets simplify the tax code, get rid of the loop holes a special interest credits and basically make sure every working American pays something into the kitty. Every American should have a vested interest in our government. It's time to end class warfare, through out and prosecute the politicians that have abused their power and put this country back on the path to freedom.

    We are still the greatest country on the face of the earth, but not for long.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  208. Bob Kobs

    I care a lot. Republicans and t-hardists will pay for this. The hypocrites in Congress should not be paid if they shut down the govt. They must forfeit their pay too.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  209. Randyin Pittsburgh

    who cares?
    here is a thought...when they can't agree everyone on both the House and Senate committees immediately lose their job and their pensions and goes home...the next group gets one shot...fix it or lose it...keep going until some of them are smart enough to solve problems.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  210. kevin

    I care a lot. It is an embarrassment for this country to shut down that we can not run our government. The one thing we elected these people to do they can't seem to do. We need people that can do their job. Seven months they have had to do their job – and they can't do it. I am embarrassed as an American.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  211. Craig M M Lyman

    If they shut the government down and the troops don't get paid the congressmand and senators shouldn't get paid. Their insurance shouldn't get paid their staff shouldn't get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  212. Conor in Chicago

    I am eager for a government shutdown. I am a wealthy business man who hates everybody he can't profit from who's also maxed out his potential market share for the commodity I deal in. The only way for me to increase my market share and profit is for the US population to lose complete confidence in the US government, convince the government and populace that privatization is the answer, have the government cede control of my commodity to the private sector, where I and a handful of other "captains of industry" will then become the defacto government entity, but I will not be accountable to soceity as a whole through voting. I will only be accountable to my shareholders. I will also continue to finance the political campaigns of like minded politicians while also contributing to like minded think tanks and media outlets.

    Signed,

    The Corporatacracy

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  213. Elisa

    not one iota... i'm out of work and no one in DC seems to care about that- yet they created an environment for many of us to be unemployed. for the workers- yes, indeed. we are in the same boat but for the officials... not one iota. fix the mess you made...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  214. Scott Stodden

    I Care Deeply If The Government Shuts Down Jack Because I Care About The People Who Will Be Out Of Work, The Troops Who Won't Get Paid For Defending Our Country, The National Parks That Will Probably Go To Hell While Their Employees Are Out Of Work, ETC.... When It Comes To The Blame Game I Blame Both The Republicans And Democrats Because The Democrats Should Have Passed A Budget While They Were Still In Charge And Im Tired Of The Republicans Always Saying No To Everything. If You Ask Me I Would Fire Everyone In Washington Including President Obama And Bring In All New Republican & Democrat CongressMen, Senators & A New President Cuz Nobody Is Doing Nothing But Arguing, Let's Get The Job Done That Your Elected To Do Washington!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  215. Brandon

    You mean to tell me that our current lawmakers and certain segments of the government won't be operating if there is a shutdown? Christmas is coming early this year.

    Brandon
    Texas

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  216. Mark....in Houston

    Oh I care...With the country in the mess we're already in we don't need more problems, no matter the scale.

    However when the Republicans introduce a bill eliminating Planned Parenthood and kicking the legs out from under the EPA I see nothing but partisan politics. Republicans continually put party before country...the result would be complete catastrophe if allowed to continue. So .....I would rather see the shutdown.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  217. aubrie

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    While it doesn't affect me so much personally, my poor son is frantic. He was approved for a study abroad program. One he's waited years for and took out a loan to do it. He's waiting on a passport that now may never come. I feel for him.

    But the shut down, almost needs to happen. Our debt is very serious and I don't think many in DC are taking it seriously enough. Ignoring the problem isn't going to make it go away. It has to be dealt with and dealt with quickly and aggresively. My opinion, is that everyone needs to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and help out. Picking and choosing who and which agency has to knuckle under or disappear isn't the way to handle it. Just figure out what we need, and cut every last agency the EXACT same percentage amount across the board. Then there will be no whining or moaning or pointing of fingers. All will suffer and pay equally. Rather than eliminate, just reduce all equally. Done. Over and out.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  218. Hanna

    I care very much. I care that many will go without pay. I care because I will be unable to attend my sister's wedding (waiting for my passport) and I paid out the money for the trip. I care because politics have gotten extreme and ridiculous. I am tired of both sides fighting. I am tired of the GOP holding out over small things like Woman's health. Time to put differences aside and just pass an already very late budget.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  219. JC (Detroit, MI)

    The real root cause problem in this government is...everyone is an attorney by training. This is typical of the attorney-think mentality. They put-off anything until day before needed.

    I heard Eric Cantor say this is for the "average" American "that can't pay his bills month-to-month". Really!? Are they that disconnected that they think such a person cares about the fiscal condition of the...country!? This is utterly irresponsible and ignorant.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  220. Ann from Charleston SC

    The shutdown doesn't bother me that much – the shutdown is a side issue as far as I am concerned. What I do care about is the colossal arrogance and third grade mentality of our government officials. Democracy will not work as long as one group – in this case the Republicans – insist on getting their way and refuse to include anyone else's wishes.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  221. Tyler V

    What I care is that we cant fire these people midterm. If ANY other organization had THIS many problems with its employees they would get the axe and be replaced. What this reminds me is just that our political system is broken and needs reform from the top down. Until we fix how government operates, how can we expect these self-interested and lobby driven politicians to get anything constructive done. Its only partly a conflict of ideology – its mostly a conflict of streams of resources and campaign contributions.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  222. Garry Indianapolis, IN

    Actually the government has been shut down for a number of years now–this will just make it official.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  223. TomH

    What bothers me about the House extension is (or was) all the junk they added to it. Laws and conditions having nothing to do with the budget were added (similar to pork barrel projects). Don't they know the people of this country are tired of these games??

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  224. Beth

    As an employee of a government contractor, a shutdown would directly affect my family as well as the businesses I patronize. I understand Americans are growing weary of an ineffective system of government, but when it hits directly into your pocket – you care.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  225. Brooke/Bellingham

    I care, because the people who will be hurt by a shut-down are those who are already hurting or close to the edge. Those who have more than enough already are the ones who want to take more and more from those who have so little. Those who are "in charge" will still get all of their huge paychecks so they really don't have a clue or care of the significance of what they are threatening.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  226. Bryant

    Let it go, when I run my house, I spend less than what comes in. whats the difficulty with this concept ? I think the government, needs to find it's own job to support their reckless spending. Bryant, bloomington minnesota.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  227. Melissa - North Carolina

    I care quite a bit. My son works for the government and is not likely identified as "essential". He just starting out in a profession and doesn't have a lot of cash saved for such occasions. So while Congress quibbles about the money, they won't have to suffer monetarily during the shutdown. My son will.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  228. Roy, Washington DC

    As a DC resident I'd like to remind the rest of America that these are YOUR representatives that refuse to come together to solve this problem. If you're surprised by your representatives' actions then perhaps you should look into the mirror, or the voting box. Stop blaming "Washington" for your own voting mistakes. We don't even get a vote in congress!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  229. Peter - Rochester, NY age 40

    Remember when being American meant making OUR country better. Not our MY country but OUR country. Cut spending by 10% across the board, incrementally raise the retirement age to 70, flat tax including wages ,benefits, profits from investments.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  230. Michael

    FYI, the military will still work and earn pay, but will not get actually paid until the government is funded.

    BTW...I am typing this from Iraq

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  231. Alex in wisconsin

    Jack, i find it unbelievable how short your memory is. Back in september, through october, into November, a Budget was waiting for the Senate to take it up. Republicans played the delay game and killed the Budget, now you want to blame the Dems. You are in news, i expect better than this from you. Do I care if the Government shuts down? of course not, i'm not going to be hurt by this. And based on your comments, the American people don't care enough to get their facts straight so i won't waste my time worrying about their well being when services are no longer available to them.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  232. David - Cleveland, OH

    I do not understand how the American people cannot see and understand the long-term implications of the debt issue. It is a "clear and present danger" to this country. What we have is an idealog group that envisions a utopia trying to drive the country down the tube.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  233. Robby Robinson

    Yes, I care a great deal !!! They talk about how our troops overseas will go without paychecks but will be reimbursed. The last time I was in Iraq, there weren't any malls to spend money in anyway. They will have a roof over their head , 3 meals a day.When you join the military , you sign a contract that states you WILL fight regardless whether you get paid or not !!
    What about us ? I am a disabled vet and rely on my disability check from the government every month, will I have 3 meals and a roof over my head without money ? No, HELL NO !!!!!!!!!!!

    With a government shutdown, I am sure all in Congress and the Senate and House will all still draw their wages

    April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  234. wendy wynberg

    Once again the American people are being blackmailed by the extreme Right-wing( and the Republican Party that does their bidding)....Yes, I believe there is a "RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY"..enabled by the riches acquired during the Bush administration....Why did Democrats not push to have members of the administration investigated...and the no bid contracts(with no accountability) handed out by the Department of Homeland Defense....examined...? Why do the American people not remember the we were doing great when Clinton left???Where did our Trillions of tax dollars end up.....?And once again, the Right Wing now cleverly blames the "democrats" for squandering our wealth.....DID DEMOCRATIC SENATORS REALLY BELIEVE THAT BY MOVING FORWARD AND NOT EXAMINING THE PAST ( and educating the American people by connecting the dots)the Right wing would not take advantage of this????
    As a Progressive life-long Democrat once again, I am disappointed(in dispair,really).. We have been "PUNKED" yet again... I go back 40 years. And the battles my deceased father fought for our Rights in the 1930's

    April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  235. Shirley T

    Hi Jack,

    I care very much because my husband is a civilian (GS 13) working for the Air Force at Hanscom AFB in Mass. He will be out of work and without a paycheck if the government shuts down. Congress has already said that they will not reimburse anyone who is forced to go on unpaid furlough. My daughter is also one of hundreds if not thousands of middle school students who will visit Washington D.C. during spring break. If the government is still shut down when she goes, she and her peers will be unable to visit many of the Capitol's wonderful and historic attractions. So, I do indeed care very much whether or not the government shuts down tomorrow at midnight. Thanks for asking and thanks for listening.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  236. George F Bush

    Now we have people saying that it costs more money to shut the government down than to keep it up, so I just don't care about this nonsense any more. Give the Republicrats and the Demoblicans a bunch of baseball bats and have them just start bashing each other in the kneecaps until nobody is left standing. Please.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  237. Ted J

    Let it shut down, better than the circus happeningi now, only let's send them all home, including Obama, and lock all the doors and let none returnan with no pay, until they grovel and promise to really get to work and do the people's business, and not their parties or special interest business!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  238. David McFarlane

    Shut the monster down! I would really love to see what would really happen as a result of this money-burning dragon running out of its money fuel and augering in to a standstill.

    I think the government, as a nanny, is highly over-rated and is financially irresponsible with the money it extracts from our billfolds and purses. I never wanted this silent, life-time financial partner, first presented to me soon after college graduation, and still first in line, hands out, demanding its unfair share of my hard-earned, and too little, money.

    Bye Bye Government. I won't be missing you all that much. I look forward to coping without you.

    And PS: If you do shut down, might I be excused from submitting my annual tax report and check to the hopefully defunct IRS?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  239. Linda

    I will never vote for any republican ever again, no matter how moderate or center of the road, since they don't have the back bone to stand up to the extremists.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  240. jro

    I care a lot!!! My husband is in the military and we rely on his paycheck. I would say it amazes me that they are willing to take a paycheck while withholding one from our military but it does not. They bring SHAME on our country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  241. michael

    I hope truly no one in Congress or the Senate expects to keep getting paid their salary (form tax dollars) if they decide to shut down everyone else in the government, and keep them from getting paid.
    When something like this happens it should go hand in hand with NONE OF THEM GETTING PAID, and I guarantee you it would never ever happen again.
    They would find a compromise instead of playing games with our country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  242. Russ from Denver

    I care a great deal about the government shutdown and the impact on the people like our soldiers who make our country go... I am just not sure I care so much about the lawmakers in Washington who are making the decision about the shutdown. Alas, the piper will be paid come election time!!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  243. Jason

    Lots, I am a USG employee stuck overseas and being furloughed. So thank you Tea Party and I give you and the Repubs a salute for kicking my lazy butt to the curb. Not even sure how I am going to pay for a ticket back for me, my young family and pregnant wife. But at least you are happy.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  244. anon

    For purely selfish reasons, I care a lot. I have a vacation planned. I requested my passport in what I thought was plenty of time (8 weeks before trip), but if the shut-down happens I'm not sure if I'll receive my passport in time.

    Considering I was driving to 5 states and visiting 2 national parks along the way, a lot of local economies will miss out on my discretionary spending if the shutdown derails my plans.

    Beyond that- I think it's reprehensible that elected officials cannot act like grown-ups. They are paid good money to solve these problems, and yet they insist on making things as difficult and ineffective as possible. Instead of working out a compromise, they're going to shut down the govt. What does that accomplish? The employees are eventually paid (the vast majority on furlough, so we're paying them to not work). No savings. It actually costs more.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  245. Robby Robinson

    That we are at the point of a government shutdown, is that not a symptom of these politicians NOT doing their jobs?

    Where I come from if you do NOT do your job, you are FIRED !!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  246. Lauren

    I care very much right now, because our last family trip of the year, to the Grand Canyon, is now not going to include the Grand Canyon. Or any of the other national monuments on our itinerary. Looks like we'll be hanging out in our hotel room in Flagstaff AZ, of all the exciting places to be.
    However, my problems are insignificant compared to all those who are depending on their tax refunds, won't get their paychecks, or will be out of work until further notice because of the shutdown. How can anyone with half a heart want this? The only way to make this worth while is to make sure the legislature doesn't get paid either.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  247. frank

    Shut it down. FIre em all, sell all their stuff, let the states deal with it.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  248. gerry

    This looks like a good time for a compromise. The Democrats have said that they will accept a 33 Billion $ cut. Lets take that deal and see what happens. If the sky doesn't fall, there may be more support for additional cuts in the next budget, which begins just six months from now, It took us several tears to get ito this mess, maybe we should proceed cautiously in our efforts to get out

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  249. Lanny

    Everyone should care when anyone loses their income. o wait, as long as it isn't me right? Wrong atitude. And by the way, those high paid feds are in DC. I have 36 years with the feds so come walk in my shoes. Like 69% of the country I go from paycheck to payched.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  250. Concerned

    As if I didn't have enough to worry about being deployed in Afghanistan, now I have to worry about paying my bills during a government shut down.

    "Support Our Troops" ...... pffff, thanks congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  251. Hardworking Federal Employee

    I care because I am one of the 800,000 Federal employees who will be told to stay home. This is not a Government Shutdown, it's a Government Layoff. If a private company was laying off 800,000 people we would be bailing them out to save jobs and to allow us to keep spending. Before you think we will get a paid vacation, ONLY those in essential service (i.e. the military, FBI, essential workers) are guaranteed to get paid one the government passes a budget. The rest of us will have to hope Congress pays us for time off we didn't ask for, any guesses as to whether they will write off our lost pay as a spending cut? That won't help me pay my bills, or any of us who live paycheck to paycheck. I am tired of my job being used as a bargaining chip. Shut it down means LAY THEM OFF.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  252. Bob

    As always you're readers are putting all the blame on Republicans. Doesn't it take two to tangle? Once again Obama is protected by the media.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  253. pj

    Please, everybody just shut up about this so called spending!
    We do not have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem. Just look at the pie charts and examine them. Where should we make cuts which will not hurt people,and not eliminate jobs? Revenue is the answer and you get revenue from taxing the people who have it, and that means everybody pays a little bit. Jobs will never be created by the wealthy and big corporations because they do not have many products americans want anymore. Right now, the american people have to understand the federal government jobs program is the only way to create jobs. We can do it with an INCREASE of taxes in several areas to create jobs..with more revenue coming in, programs will stabilize and then we can attack the waste, fraud and duplication which will stabilize this economy...wake up folks...think about this!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  254. Jerry

    We cannot afford to have the government shut down. It would take months to get most of the laid off workers retrained at a terrific cost.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  255. Scott

    If history is any indicator, when the furlough is over, Congress will vote to give all the furloughed workers back pay for the days they did not work, plus authorize overtime to catch up on all the work that piled up while they were gone. I say, you get one or the other but not both – classic case of double dipping. I've worked in government finance for years, and I still don't understand the mentality that allows this sort of thing to be acceptable.

    When will they realize that it is OUR money they are so freely throwing around? If Congress had any guts at all, they would legislate a minimum amount of tax that every corporation must pay – with no loopholes. The fact that GE and others will not incur ANY net tax liability while being extremely profitable is a travesty and a slap in the face of any one who believes that the tax collection system should be equitable across the board. Same goes for the wealthy folks who can afford to pay some big time tax attorney to help them duck their rightful tax liability.

    Let's bring common sense and equity into government................at all levels.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  256. Charlotte

    OBAMA needs to STOP incurring expenditures on his trips to other countries, when he can't take care of business here. He is all about 'appearances' with his lavish vacations, while he tells the rest of the country to cut back on spending. GIVE ME A BREAK! The Democrats had their chance, and all they can do is SPEND and give money for abortions and to illegal aliens healthcare in this country. I hope that the Republicans stand up for their agenda and if the Gov"t gets shut down until 2012!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  257. EP Sato

    Those of us who live in DC care a lot. It's not just the federal government that gets shut down here and not just the federal employees who will suffer. The District government is treated as a federal agency. So our local government can't spend local tax dollars on local programs during a shutdown. That means no DMV, no trash collection and no Cherry Blossom Parade.

    All the tourists in DC this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival's Parade (in many ways, an annual way of telling our friends in Japan that we love them) will be left in the cold. I'm sure they'll care. They'll have no access to the museums, no views of the beautiful pandas at our zoo, no access to the monuments, not even access to public restrooms!

    I love these sites, I love my city, and I love to give tourists directions, restaurant recommendations and anything else they need. Tourism keeps businesses in this city running and keeps the city coffers fed. All the waiters, store clerks, the people who rely on tips to survive. These people care if the government gets shut down in DC.

    The thought of all these millions of visitors, our friends, returning home to complain about how miserable they were in DC thanks to the ineptitude of Congress sickens me. DC has undergone a renaissance in the last ten years that needs to be seen to be believed. Yet, with a shut down, folks will see locked doors and overflowing garbage cans. I'm sure some will wonder if Marion Barry is mayor again. Most importantly, they'll tell their friends not to come to DC. I care. I care a lot.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  258. Gigi Oregon

    It doesn't mean that much to me. I have no vote in the matter and neither does the rest of "We the people". I do know, the Republicans ran the debt up and went to war with out a budget. And now they want "We" and our grand kids to pay for it. Like this would be the best idea since sliced bread.

    Belgium has been with out a budget for over a year and no one is jumping out of windows over there.

    And China is licking their chops ready to bailout the USA. So why worry!

    If I had a vote I would raise taxes on "Corporate America", Big time! And put the Republican congress on probation with no pay until the they grew up and acted like adults. And acknowledge their errors instead of blaming President Obama.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  259. trav

    All the news organizations bring up how 800,000 federal employees will not work if the government shuts down, but the true cost is much, much higher - how many contractors will not be working if the government shuts down?

    As a contractor who works for the government, if the government shuts down, not only am I not paid, I will never get that money reimbursed, as Congress reimbursed federal employees in the in the last shut down.

    Economics 101: A government should not cut spending in a recession! I am so frustrated that a small group of people in the media and government set the boundaries of the debate (we must cut spending) and then all public discourse is trapped within these narrow views.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  260. Jesse, Pittsburgh

    Paradoxically a government shutdown does not save money. Based on the previous shutdowns it costs about 1 billion extra dollars per week for the government to remain shut down. It seems the only thing congress can agree on is spending more money.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  261. Joe E - L.A. Ca

    Here is an idea for you.

    Cut the pay, benefits, and perks for all elected officials and their staffs if they do not create and approve a budget (on time) and keep their spending within the range of revenues produced by taxes. No budget, no money, no paycheck. Since we cannot fire them, this may be the only solution to getting these adolescents to grow up and act like responsible adults.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  262. Beth

    Leave it to the Tea Party Republicans to accomplish what the terrorists couldn't on 9/11 – the shut down of the U.S. government. Do I care? Of course. It represents how far the nations' politics have descended. The current GOP is shameful and mean spirited. They have resisted any reasonable attempts at compromise while blaming Democrats for all of societies' ills. Seems as though they are at war with the citizens of this country. All the Republicans I know are embarrassed at what their party has become.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  263. Matthew

    Everyone know's it's "silly season" with the presidentlal election cycle already well underway. While both parties scramble for political points U.S. citizens, particularly the poor and eroding middle class, are stuck on the sidelines wondering how they are going to pay their bills. Same on both the Obama Administration and Congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  264. Ken

    Jack:I don't know how many times my wife shut me for going over our household budget, I am still because she's not as crazy as the Republicans. We will show them what shut down really means in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  265. Shari from Madison

    Jack, I will say that I believe more in what the democrats want because I feel the Republicans and Tea Partiers want to cut aide to the poorest and neediest people in the country, and want to keep building weapons that destroy lives rather than build lives. There is defense spending that could be cut, but the Republican's and Tea Party members would rather money be used for this than used to help people eat, work and have a roof over there heads. The republicans and the tea party are attacking the elderly, the disabled and the poor. We are at a crossroads, do we remain a nation of the Have's and the Have nots? Shutting down the government is only another step towards the destruction of the elderly, the disabled and the poor.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  266. Ralph Nelson

    I am hoping they do shut down the government in the hopes the Republican Party well shortly be shut down later...permanently.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  267. Dominick Soprano

    They never keep there promises. NO NO NO they will not shut down. A shut down is to good to believe !!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  268. Da Professor

    Frankly, I do not care if there is a Shutdown.

    Better we shutdown than give in to the right-wing-extremist and Tea Party controlled Republicans with their anti-middle income agenda.

    Enough with the pussyfooting with Boehner and his extremist friends!
    Backbone is needed here. Leadership is needed here. New and intelligent ideas are needed here. Lets forget the Reaganistic "trickle down" theories. No one felt the drip drip drip other than the wealthy.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  269. Angela

    I care as much as living in a state with the Navy, Army, Air force, National guard, knowing that they will suffer at the hands of the goverment the Repuiblicians claim they do not wish to shut the goverment down... they are lowest of lives... children, whose father or mother are serving, deserve more, they seem to be the real losers in all this nonesense.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  270. Sceptikal

    I'm afraid this is one more example of our republican government failing. Our type of government is based upon virtue, of the government AND citizenry. But for a long time it has been "all about the bucks." In most representative democracies this sort of impasse results in a crisis of confidence, a collapsed government, and new elections. I'm not sure that would help in our case, as there might not be any group willing to compromise. Weimar Republic anyone?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  271. Steve, NY

    The Democrats have control of Congress since 2006. It's been down hill ever since. All they have done is blame the Reublicans for everything. Don't the Democrasts get it, they lost the election in 2010. If the Democrats can't cut spending, shut down the government for a year. Nobody will miss it except the left wing nuts.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  272. Jersey Phyllis

    It bothers me greatly, but it's only a partial shutdown. They ought to shut it completely down and then maybe people would see how much it is needed. Do you hear me teabaggers? You don't like big government, but you do like the services it provides.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  273. Brian

    A hundred years ago there was no welfare or food stamps, and government was not nearly as involved in people's lives as it is today, and guess what... people did just fine. What changed in America that people in droves need someone to hold their hand for them on every possible issue.

    Brian from Sierra Vista, Arizona

    April 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  274. Tom in Alabama

    Don't much care. Simply adds another reason why our congress is so ineffective and unresponsive to the taxpayers. And, when the government workers don't have to come to work, it'll simply be a paid vacation.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  275. calaurore9

    Great idea. Shut down all the funding, close all bureaucratic departments, fire everyone, bring the troops home. Start over with a clean slate.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  276. Ralph Spyer

    Government is the problem. If we can not pay for all the wars why and we still in them. Our politicans should have to take a vow of poverty,they come to do good and stay to do well.We have interchangeable candidates. Trade with China, Trade with Mexico. 10 million illegals, Money for wall street, There money in all these wars , This governmant shut down long ago.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  277. J.

    Jack,

    This whole thing is theater. Nothing more, nothing less. Will it accomplish anything... NO! All of this talk of cutting this and cutting that, in what doesn't amount to an ant hill, while billions are spent on "defense" whatever that is? If cuts need to be made, and surely they do. They need to be made ACROSS THE BOARD, all departments, including the Defense Dept., Homeland Security, all of them need to be cut. This idea of sacrificing some just doesn't cut it anymore. No more sacred cows, none!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  278. Eric

    As a current Department of Defense Civilian employee, I care! I'm sure the rest of the 800K plus Federal employees care also. Our paychecks will stop. I agree that spending and the deficit is out of control...But, sending home hard working people with famlies to take care of isn't the answer. At least Congress and the Senate will still get paid. What a joke...The Govt shuts down, we are put on the street and they still get paid. Paid for what?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  279. VICKY FROM MILWAUKEE

    I don't care enought to want the President to cave in to the Tea Party garbage. I hope that he just keeps up with the vetos until they lose interest (small minds have small attention spans)>

    April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  280. georgia

    If they shut down the government, the cuts should come from Congress...No pay to Congress, stop pension payments, and roll back their latest three raises, and other perks that the taxpayers pay.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  281. Angela

    Does this also mean they the senate will not get paid either? Tapping into ones personal purse tends to change a persons set mind quickly...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  282. John from Lafayette

    I think the Republican John Boehner sure stand up to the TEA PARTY, If he was man enough to stand up to them there wouldn't be a shut down. There are thing the Republican got In the budget that haven't got a thing to do with the budget. They sure work on other thing at later date, right now all they should worry about Is about the budget for the next six month. I think John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should man up and say enough Is enough to the TEA PARTY. But they won't because one a cry baby and the other one don't have a back bone. John Boehner keep saying the American People want us to do this and American People don't want us to do that. I just want to know what American People he taking too. It must be the 15% that Is the TEA PARTY , because the other 85% of American People don't want a Government shut down. John Boehner need to man up.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  283. Joshua Stevens

    It's great that we have so many Tea Party yokels shouting "shut 'er down," but when you are military veteran like me who is using their benefits to go back to school, possibly not having a benefits check is really going to hurt. Anyone who thinks the shutdown is a great idea, obviously isn't going to have to take the brunt of the sacrifice.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  284. Jim

    Anybody who has a permit to use a national park cares very much if the Government shuts down. Can you imagine planning for 15 years and spending ten thousand dollars to raft the Grand Canyon only to arrive at the river and have the rangers turn you around at put in because the park is closed? In the grand scheme of things it's not the most important reason to pass a budget but, in terms of "innocent victims"...

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  285. Andrea - San Francisco

    I don't understand how people can say that they don't care if the gov't shuts down or not. Doesn't anyone understand the people this effects are the regular, everyday people who work hard to provide for themselves as well as their families. This doesn't effect the people that are in Congress actually making the decisions. As someone who is anxiously waiting to see if I will be coming into work next week or not, I think the gov't needs to stop bickering at each other and think about us, the people of this so called "great" country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  286. Ken

    Jack:I don't know how many times my wife shut me down for going over our household budget, I am still standing because she's not as crazy as the Republicans. But I am concerned for the military families and paychek to paycheck retirees. We will show them what shut down really means in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  287. Joanne Krause

    The first cut should be Congressional salaries

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  288. JG in TN

    Both sides' willingness to send this country to 3rd world status is sickening. Treasonous even. If there was a way to do it, I would like to see every one of them picked up and tossed in a cell and brought up on Treason charges should they fail to do their elected duty and come to a concensus about this matter like rational adults. Maybe with some sort of consequences hanging over their heads, they will be more worried about doing their jobs than grandstanding and one-upping eachother in the name of party lines.

    JG, Nashville TN

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  289. Bert

    Hey Jack,
    The U.S. Dollar is worthless, and so is our Government.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  290. aelarsen

    I care because the politicians in washington are embarrassing themselves and the american taxpayer....oh..yeah do you idiots remember us the taxpayers....the whole world is watching and laughing at the united states.....you people are clueless

    April 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  291. D. Ricks

    Anyone who says they don't care about a gov't shutdown don't work for the gov't. How do you think 800,000 people will survive without a job? Be serious. Everyone needs their job!!! I do. I don't have anything else to fall back on and have bills to pay. I never realized their were so many hateful, spiteful poeple in America until the Tea Party came around. SAD!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  292. Mike in St. Paul

    Unfortunately it is the government workers that will shut down and not get paid. The elected politicians will still be on the payroll. If THEY shut down I would guess that, rudderless and adrift, the country would operate pretty much the same.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  293. Lew

    As a retired military officer, and a civil servant working to provide healthcare for our military members, this truly disgusts me. Those who blithely yell "shut it down" are naive, reckless, unthinking, unpatriotic, unAmerican, and in fact, are at least as much of a danger to our democracy as any terrorist. I saw a photo of an older one the other day, in a tri-cornered hat, with supplemental oxygen. Wonder if he wants Medicare to reposses his O2 tank? Send them all to a nation where there is no government, no taxes, and everyone is armed to the teeth - like Somalia. Should be like paradise on earth to them.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  294. Gerald (Tampa, FL)

    I care becuase I want Americans to be problem solvers. If we are to compete in the 21st centrury with other countries in science and technology, we better be able to first solve our differences here at home. Our children, though you may think differently, are in fact watching what we do.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  295. Dee from the Midwest

    This has a lot to do with greed and a quest for power.

    I have come to believe that the Republicans want a shut down in the hopes it might cause the economy to tank, taking President Obama's reelection hopes with it. Since corporations and the wealthy continue to do splendidly, Republicans will happily sacrifice the struggling middle and lower classes. They will be the ones hit hardest by a government shut down.

    If Republicans really cared about the budget, they would have voted to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  296. Cal (Maui)

    Of course we should care, but it goes to a larger issue of the inability of these congress people to achieve anything beyond their parties narrow concerns, in the mean time the american people suffer while the congress still get's their pay checks. America what a country.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  297. Dee in Oregon

    How can Congresspeople think they are essential (enough for a paycheck) if they can't do their job and the government shuts down? Let's help the budget deficit by abolishing Congress and the President can appoint a couple of commissions and we can get along with it!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  298. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, FACTS – GOP House passed stop gap funding bill that Obama is vetoing it. So who is really trying to shut down the government – Obama and the Dems!

    Troy, Minesh Baxi

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  299. Bob - Montana

    Jack,

    Shut it down under one condition: that during the shutdown the elected officials / talking heads and their 15 second redundant media sound bites be replaced by listing the amount of each cut by specific program, by political party and let the voters judge each official / party based on facts and individual values.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  300. Tonia

    I care very much. My husband works in federal law enforcement. He will have to work during the shut down, but will not see a paycheck. He has a dangerous job and works very hard. We are not wealthy, but pay our bills on time every month, and pay our taxes every year. It will not help the economy to have people like us put in a position where we have no income and are potentially unable to pay our bills. I am sick and tired of people like my husband being made a scapegoat in the current climate.

    I will be absolutely furious if no budget passes, we have to go without a paycheck and the members of Congress continue to collect their paychecks. I am convinced that our elected officials know nothing about the average person's life and do not care about their constituents back home.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  301. M.F. Stout

    I think the first people to lose their jobs in the government shutdown should be the government. Boehner, now there's a good place to start. Let's save some money and dump him.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  302. John

    I care because I am in the Military and Congress, Senators and the President still get paid but the back bone of the United States the American Troops are left wondering what are we fighting so hard for? Is it freedom, if so what freedom the freedom for the Institution to fail itself. We are spread thin throughout the world fighting in many different wars whether we agree with them or not and we do it because we are ordered to. I have no problem following orders and will continue to follow them, but being ordered to work and told you will not be paid until the goverment does pass something to restore those funds is plainly a slap in the face to the Armed Forces. We shed blood, sweat and tears for this our beloved country and we will continue to do it even if we arent recieving a pay check but I would like to see how long we continue to do it for free.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  303. Paul P.

    I don't personally care, but I am sure millions do. While balancing the budget is very important, it simply isn't going to happen in the next few hours, so it seems clear to me that quibbling over a few trees in this expansive forest is someone's idea of grandstanding and posturing for political points...again. Its depressing that so many people could suffer for a few representatives with agendas.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  304. Jim Bailey

    Since I am NOT a greedy, myopic, selfish anti-American fool I don't care very much if the Government is shut down.
    It's time for the Republicans to end this war on the middle class and stand firm against the blackmail of the President and all Democrats and their uber rich George Soros puppet masters.
    Jim Bailey
    Cripple Creek CO

    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  305. Independent from Boise

    I'm looking forward to a Government Shutdown. Hopefully it will last long enough that we can see how useless our Federal Government really is. I'm sick of Democrats talking about how Republicans are only out to help the rich–last I checked a large portion of the Federal Budget was giving money to the poor. I don't think folks understand math–a 10% tax on everyone still requires the Rich to pay alot more in Taxes than the poor...it's called a percentage (look it up). All Politicians are making me sick these days...make the tough choices to get this country on track–it will affect both the rich and the poor. Stop handing out free money to big corporations (no taxes) and cut back the entitlements! Where's the incentive to work hard when a person can make more money staying at home receiving Governement help?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  306. Marc

    While I tend to find Republican political posturing more repugnant than the Democratic version, both parties should be ashamed if 800,000 people cannot go to work on Monday. That is the bottom line.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  307. Ryan

    I care a lot. It's my livelihood. My wife is a government employee. She's going to be furloughed. A bunch of my friends will be furloughed. You're talking about effectively laying off almost a million people. Politicians like to spout off about how important jobs are, but they don't mind playing games with almost a million of them.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  308. Alex

    Congress doesn't care, as they still continue to work (aka do nothing) AND get paid for it, so why should I?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  309. deemarie@ Sweet Home, OR

    WHY can't congress/president just require that ALL who receive gov. moneys cut 10% or whatever it takes?

    Seems to me that would totally neutralize party politics.

    It would take the details out of the parties and congresses hands and put it where it belongs, in the hands of each programs budget departments.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  310. Fred in LA

    Well Jack,

    I guess we're all really seeing who the real 'Party of No 'is. The Democrats refused to pass a budget before we got to this point, and they refuse to pass one now. Shut er down!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  311. Ambe

    Too much of back and forth fighting with goal being politics as opposed to real people. I just want a budget that considers real people and real issues. Avoiding deficits is great. But when you have two wars over 8 years, a third war involvement in progress, housing market crash with ongoing forecloser, citizens paying more at the pump and getting less at their job sites, Republicans should face these issues. They are playing politics and I will reflect this when I vote in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  312. James

    Shut the doors and padlock them. Send them all home without pay. Bring in a dictator so we will all know who to blame with things go wrong.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  313. Jim, Southern Oregon

    I remember the last shutdown. What I remember about it is that it made absolutely no difference in my life at all. So go ahead and shut it down. Maybe more people will realize how much of it is an expensive waste.

    I wish the money not spent during the shutdown would translate into savings, but they will just approve it retroactively. Federal workers will get paid even though they aren't working. I don't know why they complain, they'll end up with free vacation time.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  314. John Stroud

    I predict that at tonight's meeting Obama backs off his threat of veto and a temporary extension is passed tomorrow! Obama continues to make promises he can't keep!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  315. Mark B.

    I don't care. How about we offer ALL government jobs to 6th graders and watch things improve?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  316. Jerry

    I'm in the Armed Forces and I can't believe that the folks in Washington have chosen to play politics with our livelihoods. While we are in the Middle East fighting in 3 conflicts, we now have to be distracted by how our families back home will provide for themselves without our paychecks. War fighting is a life-risking dangerous business that require one's entire focus just to remain alive and I proudly fight for my country. This distraction will not only affect my family's welfare but could cost the lives of some distracted soldiers.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  317. keagan brech

    I do not care if there is a government shutdown. Maybe this will finally make Americans realize that the republicans are obstructionists. They refuse to compromise and work with democrats as they have voted against the last 12 budget proposals. America needs to wake up and fire the republicans AND democrats who are not doing their jobs and elect people who honestly care about the citizens of this country and do not have a self serving agenda.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  318. Chris

    I feel very badly for those that would be affected by a government shutdown, knowing how much they'll be affected by the lack of pay. I do think it's somewhat surprising that the workers will likely receive backpay for days not worked. That's a pretty sweet deal.

    But, this government (and by government I don't mean Democratic or Republican controlled government, I mean AMERICAN government) has grown out of control on the Federal level. Our debt is insane and our money is getting even more worthless by the minute than it normally does.

    One thing I'd like to see asked is – what do the Congressmen and Congresswomen's constituents want? Doesn't that matter? Shouldn't a republican government represent the people that elected them and not their party affiliation?

    April 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  319. Hafeezah (Utah)

    Jack, The only thing I care shuts is the mouths and brains of those heartless people in Congress.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  320. Brad

    Pay our military, maintain essential services and keep the rest of the government closed for the rest of 2011. At least they will be unable to continue to bankrupt this country and pick our pockets. Also make sure NONE of our elected officials and staff get paid and not a penny retroactively.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  321. Sarah

    I definitely care because I'm a government employee (USGS). If the government shuts down, I won't get paid and that will make it difficult to pay my rent. I think we forget that there are 800,000 people who will be monetarily affected by this – it's not just a matter of shutting down parks and delaying tax returns.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  322. Sakthi

    This puts some citizens in tight spot, they may not get their paychecks if what we hear is true. This is the bad/worst part of a shutdown.

    Besides that its perhaps better to shut the govt down and send the lawmakers back home.

    Media needs to stop covering the circus going on in the house, senate and white house. Enough time has been given already.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  323. Bill, DFW, Texas

    Jack, I care. But not because I'm on the payroll, or getting a social security check, or because my cousin is in the military. I care because it's a matter of being responsible. This is MY country, and we're showing the world how irresponsible we have been and continue to be.

    This is simple math. The American people demand more than they are willing to give or sacrifice. We want private sector jobs, but we also want businesses to carry heftier tax burdens. We want income tax refunds, but we also want to maintain the Department of Education. Thanks to the obfuscation of congress and politics there is no longer any recognized correlation between our meager contributions and our generous expectations.

    America has forgotten the famous Democratic quote: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." What can you do for your country? YOU CAN SACRIFICE.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  324. Sue (Delray Beach FL) Texas Ex here

    I am concerned. It seems that people forget that we are a nation that cares. Well, it seems as though we care for everyone but each other. I care that people will be laid off and not paid. I care that people look at the surface and don't research what are in these cuts. "Google", OMB Riders HR1. That list is really scaring me.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  325. Maureen

    These politicians need to quit grandstanding and being so dramatic every time they are quoted. What other job allows you to not do your job and still get paid? If this were any other working stiff we'd be on the street. I'm sick of all the rhetoric and just want them to get this done. What about what the American people want? We want the poeple that have been elected to do their job and quit acting like children and always blaming the other person.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  326. Dave

    I find it reprehensible that the majority party in the House of Representatives is presenting a budget with cuts to healthcare and social services. Hurtful cuts aimed at those who are not strong enough to defend themselves... Make adjustments to our national budget that are across all catagories and make them meaningful. This process appears to me to be a game that the "merchant" class finds entertaining at the expense of the weak.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  327. Elaine-Oregon

    As a public servant in the federal government I am sick and tired of all this bickering at the highest levels of our government. The people who really will be hurt in this is the lower/middle working class. I will be furloughed and will not be paid for anytime not at my desk. I cannot even seek other employment. I can't voluinteer. I will have to file unemployment.

    Wake up America!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  328. Ritch Miller

    As a federal employee serving overseas (often in difficult locations) and having been around for

    the last one in 1995, I'd like to know why Congress and the White House are not working for no pay (excepted or essential status) until this is resolved. I'd bet a paycheck if I had one that it would be resolved quickly if they did. More importabtly, those serving our nation in the armed services deserve more from them (speaking as a veteran). Both sides of the aisle should be ashamed of themselves. "Bring it on?!". The Tea Party should switch to decaf...

    April 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  329. Nick, Holly Springs, NC

    So we want to shut down the FDA, Military, Airports, CDC, FBI, CIA, school funding, unemployment pay, EPA, OSHA, etc? Waiting for a terrorist attack, an airplane crash, starving people, more unemployment?
    Got some sick Republicans.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  330. Mike from Albuquerque

    If your going to close the government close the WHOLE government. Then folks can see and understand what dedicated civil servants really contribute to this great country. If you only close some of the government no real pain will be felt.
    Do any of the budget cuts being proposed eliminate those lucrative farm subsidies that more than a few of our congressional representatives get, or is that off the table?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  331. James Korp

    The reason I am writing is to tell BOTH SIDES to get their heads out of their Butts and stop playing Politics. If you DARE shut sown Government, (and therefore stop paying our Service Men and Women but at the same time continue your own Pay) expect repercussions from you voters!! I am a Disabled Vet, and I'll tell you plain and simple. The lives and CHECKS of my fellow Servicemen, Women and their families are 10000 times more important than EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOUR PARTIES!! WAKE UP AND LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING!!! You are showing all of us that it is Business as usual in Washington DC. Politics are more important as the wants and needs of the PEOPLE. Stop pointing fingers and trying to gain advantages by slowing this down.
    What we should do, is like they do in Sports, if there is a lockout/Strike (Government Shutdown) bring in the reserves (normal People instead of Politicians). I guarantee things will run a LOT better!!! After all, isn’t that what Democracy is all about, electing some of US to represent the rest of US? Not You (Politicians) doing what you like because you either forgot how it is to be one of US or you never were one of US (Normal workers with bills to pay, trying to make ends meet and not big business and Millionaires whom this does not affect).

    Jim Korp II
    Las Vegas, NV
    INDEPENDENT VOTER

    April 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  332. Jonathan Epstein

    I didn't realize we still had a government! But if we do.....do I still have to pay taxes whlle they are shut down? That is the ultimate in taxation without representation.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  333. JACK

    Iiunderstanthat most of the democrat cuts willautomaticallbeadded to 2012 spending.In other words these are not cuts but extentions to when the money is lost.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  334. Margaret (Maryland)

    I care a lot. Without a paycheck, I don't know how I'm going to pay my rent. Even worse is seeing democracy break down. Compromise is the backbone of democracy and the TPs refusal to do so is downright Unamerican.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  335. Greg in WA state

    The co. I work for will be shutting down because we work on fed. property. All non essential jobs will be shutting down. That should include congress. They haven't done their jobs in fifteen years. That is non essential in my book.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  336. Harry

    I care very much so, this is people's livelyhood. I bet if they shutdown members in congress will still make their money. If we are going to fix government they need to learn to work together. I got it why not make congressional position term based so we can bring in new people with new ideas. We know something has to be done about government spending however at what cost, if you cut the budget too much people will be out of work, and we are trying to create jobs, not destroy them.
    Harry (York, PA)

    April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  337. Dave

    Truth: military pay is an appropriation, and is not "protected." So our service members will be in harms way with no way to support their families back home. (Real patriotic, tea partiers.)

    And by the way, Social Security is "protected" because it is not an appropriation; it is funded from the Social Security Trust Fund.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  338. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    We need leadership that is focused on America!! Those in power should remember the prime directive, country first

    April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  339. david bidlack

    do any of you news people remember your history or do you just accept the republicans invented facts. saying that the democrats were in power and failed to pass a budget last year makes the coming shut down their fault or a question asked to a democrat as to why they didn't pass a budget. let me refresh your minds it was mitch mcconnell who lead his 41 no vote senate filibusters to shut down evey budget bill that didn't conform and support the republican ideology. he even said" we don't have to pass anything we can just wait for reinforcements to arive!". mitch mcconnell all by himself lead the charge to stop the democrats budget from a minority position. he bet the countries ability to opperate on his vision of a republican land slide in the last election! no w here we are really stuck not on money and budget but still on republican want of their ideology. if you guys are going to call yourselves newsmen than at least remember your history. deal with facts wolf and stop acting like a glen beck who also invents his own facts. find mitch mcconnell and ask him why he stop the buget action bvy the democrats last year if you can find him he seems to be hiding under a rock these days! god how i miss the days of my youth were the real news was reported instead of guys like you wolf making a living just stiring the pot to see what reaction you can get. give me a break! at least your trying to run some news shows without the spinning talking heads which gives the watcher a chose sides right or left exstreme. most american are not in either camp but are hungry for real news with real facts.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  340. Lionel

    I'm a federal employee. The government shuts down, there will be furlough days just like California, plus paychecks delayed and any vacation time already approved will be taken away. I got bills to pay and expenses just like any American out there. The whole world is laughing at us because we tell other nations how to conduct business when we ourselves can't conduct business. Blame all 3 Parties, and I mean ALL 3 Parties – Democrats, Republicans, and the Tea Party. If Speaker Boehner has any courage, he'd tell the Tea Party to pound sand, we're doing this for the good of the nation and I'm saying we pass a budget NOW.

    -Lionel, California

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  341. Chester

    Hey Jack: You always tell it like it is and I think the Government should shut down at midnight tonight, only if the elected officials are the only ones who don't get paid. After all they are the ones who got us in this mess. Like you said, they go around the world telling everyone else how to conduct their affairs, when all they would have to do is take all the money they are spending on war, and use it for a little peace and mind their own business. I always said, clean up around your own front door before you try to tell somenone else how to run their business, or in this case, countries. Thanks Jack. This is Chester from Arcadia Florida.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  342. Raymond Elliott

    If you split the country in two parts, democrat and republican and got paid and taxed according to your party, The republicans would be in great shape and the democrats would be twice as broke because of their spending. Shut the government down and take away the credit card. We all know who should compromise. THE DEMOCRATS. Give the people what they want.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  343. Barry Maine

    I am concerned for AD military families.Our government should never ever let AD families down. I am not in favor of debt. I am not in favor of decade long military actions, which in my view abuse our forces, but I put all that aside. Under no circumstance should our AD families suffer because DC politicians can't do their jobs.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  344. Jeff Howe

    I just watched your comments on CNN Wolf Blitzer show and now understand why I get my news from FOX. You stated that the majority of americans believe the lack of a budget is because of Republicans and not because of Democrats or the President. Well last year they controlled the White House, the senate and the house and still did not get a budget done. Maybe you should start telling the truth as to who is at fault then you might have more viewers and we wont have a government shut down as I believe we will in the next day or two. We the people live within our means and we expect our government to do the same.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  345. Canter

    I thought the Democrats agreed to cuts just not the riders? If the republicans were serious about the passing a budget based on cutting spending then pass the Damn Thing and move on but it has nothing to do with the budget its about scocial issues. Next years budget is going to be a hoot if they can't get this one done maybe they can get it passed in 2012

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  346. Charlotte

    Nobody will notice?? How about those of us who are suddenly going to be without a paycheck. We certainly are going to notice. Our mortgage holder will notice. And even when the gov't re-opens, we won't get our lost wages back retroactively, we will simply have lost out on our income. That's going to make life exceedingly difficult. I should look into whether we all can march down to the unemployment office Monday morning and all file, en masse, for unemployment benefits.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  347. s. graham

    A possible government shutdown is simply drama and lack of other news. It might sell advertising, but it does not help one US citizen. Our government has been shutdown for a long time!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  348. Alicia

    As a military wife & ex military, this is a slap in the face to us... My husband is currently deployed & he enlisted so that we would have financial security. Ha! If our pay stops, we can't pay rent, auto insurance, electric, gas for our vehicles, or buy food for our family. But we still have medical & dental! Too bad we won't have fuel for our vehicles to get to the doctor. I live in an area that is 3 hours from the closest military installation, so any "benefits" that other spouses may get during this difficult time-such as help with food or rent, is not available to me. I also live in a city who's food banks are stretched to their limits, so that is not an option either. So what do I tell my son? That I will feed him retroactively? What about my landlady? Should I give her an IOU? I need the number to the white house & our congressman's cell phone number so that I can change the outgoing message on my phone to let creditors know who is now responsible for paying my bills. This is going to be disastrous to so many families. How are our soldiers supposed to focus on what is important-staying safe & alive & completing the mission when they have this hanging over their heads?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  349. Mrs Karen Purvis

    It dont seem fair to us Americans, who have worked hard all our lives and deserve the money they worked so hard for and if this government shuts down, no money will get sent, then what? More folks on unemployment and now with the cost of gas going up to possibly $8 a gallon, folks will have to wind up choosing to either eat or buy gas. And congress still getting paid is UNFAIR!!! We didnt put our government in debt and if we have to go without, congress should too. Then they will see how the other half lives or in this case, trying to live!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  350. Sylvia Foringer

    Jack, what is going on with the budget is criminal. The Republicans are holding this country hostage for their agenda. How dare they not pay the men and women serving our country!!!! . I say all congress representatives are made to live on food stamps and a corporals pay for one month. Then maybe they will understand how serious this situation is for the so called little people in this country. oh by the way, food stamps were cut this month by 10%. it was done well no one was looking.
    wonder what else they will cut when no one is looking.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  351. Dual Military Couple

    I'm Active Duty and I'll care enough not to send in a absentee ballot supporting a democrat.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  352. Jennifer

    The impending government shutdown is ridiculous. Republicans need to consider the needs of others instead of using the budget negotiations to push their TEA party-inspired agenda. I don't agree with all of the Democrats' spending choices: however, I do believe there are other ways to get your point across besides shutting down the federal government. And, by the way, whose budget mess is this anyway? The Republicans should remember who put us in this position-Bush!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  353. Doreen Ledford

    The American people voted the Representatives and Senators into office to do a job on our behalf. They've had 6 months to complete this task and it's still not done. In the business world, if you were given an assignment and given 6 months to complete and didn't complete it you'd be fired...not given extension after extension. I say, let's fire the whole lot of them and get people with common sense and work ethics in there and not the stooges we have in there now. If they shut down the government because of their inability to compromise and "get the job done" while furloughing a lot of people thus putting them in another economical hardship with the high prices of gas and food eating up our paychecks as it is...why don't we not pay these lawmakers while they don't do their job? I always thought that if you didn't do your job you wouldn't be paid or at least that's the way it's always been for me when punching the clock. The clock's ticking America...wake up!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  354. Tom

    How in the world can I be watching an army wife on television crying about how she and her family will not be getting a check when the goverment shutdown occurs????????????

    The frickin goverment IRS will be PAYING their staff to collect income tax payment during this shutdown....

    The Congressmen and women will be paid....
    The Senetors will be paid...
    The President will be paid.....

    Wow....The people that are NOT doing their jobs are getting paid and the people that ARE doing their jobs are not...

    INCREDIB LE.....Lets get rid of everyone in Washington and start over.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  355. Joyce Hill

    I care a great deal. It is a disgrace that this country, once looked upon as the Jewel of the Nations, is now in absolute chaos and disfunction. Our leaders are so egotistical and selfish that they would rather see people lose their livelihood than to compromise. What offensive pride!!! Our soldiers on the battlefield now, in addition to the added pressures of war, face the possibility of having to worry that their families are able to buy groceries. This country deserves whatever it gets. I'm totally fed up. As far as I'm concerned we are no better off with these new leaders than we were with the old ones.

    Joyce Hill, Conyers, Georgia

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  356. Tom O. in Atlanta

    Of course it matters. We are just starting to grow our economy again, and the repercussions of a government shutdown are obvious to that process. No matter what your politics are–whether you like big government or small–we all know that seeing all federal employees abruptly lose their paychecks would be devastating. Democrats and Republicans and alike can agree on at least one thing: if the government shuts down, we look like a stupid and irresponsible country without discipline or a sense of responsibility. And it is all over silly political points, leaving both parties look ridiculous. I just hope that they come to their senses and agree one something, but that's an oxymoron.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  357. Jeanette in NY

    Shut it down. Vote Independent in the next election.
    Put term limits up for popular vote, and oh yeah I almost forgot....bring our troops home because all the Arab States hate our guts almost as much as the American People hate their so called Representatives.
    Our Government makes me sick! Shut it down, start over with the original Constitution.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  358. Richard T.

    Re: Govt' Shutdown: During the 90's shut down a friend hiked into the Grand Canyon in AZ and found comfortable US Govt' lodging in the "Fanthom Ranch". Business as usual and well funded.
    Of course politicians prefer more dramatic results to show the ever-eager media..Thanks, RT

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  359. Joe Garcia

    Why aren't they mentioning that the budget SHOULD HAVE been in place by OCTOBER of last year.
    This is a Democratic fiasco and they are now trying to put the onus of the blame on the new guys (i.e. mostly Republicans) by saying that they (the new guys) cannot come up with a budget that is acceptable to politicians who have been in office longer and who HAVE FAILED in their duty to us and them selves – WE THE PEOPLE!!
    They should pass a law that they will lose their jobs if they do not punctually meet their elected office duties.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  360. Debbie Williamson

    Maybe if all of them were facing losing their jobs, when the budget was not passed back in October, we would not be worrying about it now! When I had to present a buget at my job, it was due before the beginning of the following year. No excuses, or my job was on the line. There is no accountability for these people and we are all suffering for it. I think their paychecks should stop until this budget is passed, retro-active from October!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  361. Cristin Keller

    I care very much if our government is shut down for any amount of time . People in Government need to get off their buts and DO Their Jobs that they get paid for !
    Better YET : MAKE them do those jobs FOR FREE for a couple of weeks !

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  362. Beverly Murphy, Kansas

    No, the government should not shut down but the paycheck for the Obama and Congress should, permanently. Maybe when the rebel forces are done in Libya, they can come over here and give us the 101 on how to throw out an ineffective, self absorbent government. Both sides have done their part running this country into the ground, now all we have to do is wait and see who can pee higher on the wall.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  363. Maria Morrissey

    I think the fact that the House GOP cheered when Speaker Boehner announced the imminent threat of a government shutdown says it all. They are holding the American people–especially Vets, seniors & the poor–hostage by their refusal to compromise on the budget. Furthermore, they're proud of themselves for doing it. Why else would they have put an anti-abortion measure in the bill? If the GOP was really interested in balancing the budget, they would not have demanded that tax cuts for the rich be maintained. And then there is Paul Ryan's determination to cut taxes for the rich even more, to the tune of a 4 TRILLION dollar loss in revenue over the next 10 years! Gimme a break! Do they think we are stupid?!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  364. Bambi Morton

    I care, I care very much. Below is the message I sent to our state reps and senator as well as President Obama;
    I am writing to implore you to please find a way to pass legislation to provide a paycheck to our men and women fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. I cannot imagine that we as a country can ask them to fight, get injured, lose limbs and God foribd, die in the field of battle and not have a paycheck for doing what their government has asked them to do. This is wrong on so many levels I cannot even fathom they would have to go without pay...not be able to pay their mortgage or feed their families?? We ask too much of them already and to not pay them or their families for their sacrifice is just unconscionable. Our son just got back from a deployment in Afghanistan and witnessed his fellow soldiers being maimed and even losing their lives. I beg you, please dont let our brave sons go through even more sacrifice unnecessarily.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  365. Vi Payne

    Stop exploiting the military..my husband was active duty Navy from 1968 -1998. That span covered Viet Nam, Iranian Crisis and First Persian Gulf War. We had at least 2 shut downs during those years. No computers..no cell phones. A shut down would hurt us worse now as we have military retirement and a government job but I do not want to trade away programs that are important to so many citizens. My generation worked hard for women's rights and here we are back in the dark ages again. If it takes a shut down of the government then so be it. Social security and medicare are not welfare programs, they are insurance we have paid into for years. Corporate America doesn't want to pay into these programs anymore so they are pressuring the Republicans to end them.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  366. John

    I can't believe that we continue to keep these public servants in office. They need to find a budget that works for needed government services and programs and pass it. If it is a matter of one to 3 tenths of one percent (0.1% to 0.3%) that is holding up the whole budget then cut equally accross the board. Simple and done. This is my advbice because I do care.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  367. D.A.

    What is really happening,is that the republican's do not feel like they have the power as they did for years ,so they are trying to make our President Obama, the worst president every. They will even shut down the goverment to make the president look as if he not know how to run THE GOVERMENT this president is very smart an intelligent,so if they shut down the goverment who knows what will expire from this people get it together..

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  368. Micheal J.

    I care a great deal about a government shutdown. I serve in the military, and I stand to temporarily lose my pay check because Congress can't agree on a budget. Sure essential services won't be shut down (FBI, air traffic control) and wouldn't you know it Congress and the Predisent are deemed "essential." If their paychecks were tied to this funding, they might be more motivated to find a solution. They don't have to worry about how their kids are going to be fed. Meanwhile thousands of service members who lay their lives on the line for this country are struggling to figure out where they are going to come up with the cash to feed, clothe, and house their children.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  369. fed up

    Let them shut down....Not that it would matter to Congress....They'll still get their pay. If you work for the Federal Government you reap many benefits private sector employees do not. It's a chance you take with any job. Just because it effects so many people doesn't make it any worse than the millions of private sector employees that have lost their jobs....not for just a week or two, but permanently . It amazes me that they want to cut education (we can just continue to produce uneducated children), medicare, and God knows what other services that people rely on. If they made the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes there might just be enough money to keep the essential services..........oh, but wait........isn't it the wealthy that contributes most to political campaigns? Who cares what the majority of us Americans want. We elect these people and they turn on us and do whatever they want. They're not serving us...they're just out to get their political party on top. It's sickening, scary, and almost gives you a feeling of panic.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  370. effelbee

    To think that shutting the government down is the answer to anything is absolutely idiotic. There are millions of people who need disability, members of the military, employees just like the people who are saying "shut it down, not to mention the hundreds of thousands who benefit from the economic activity of federal programs. And, JAck, the reason "nancy Pelosi and the Dems" did not pass a budget last year was because the 60-vote Senate "super-majority" the GOP insisted pon for every vote would not break. The GOP knew what it wanted to do even then-banrkupt our country for tax breaks for the richest 2% of us.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  371. Jay

    I'm a Fed employee and would be terminated if I performed to the House and Senate standards. The members of of the House and Senate should have been sequestered back in January until they got the budget out. Hell yes I care and obviously more than blundering idiots on the Hill......this is Bureaucratic Constipation at it's worst.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  372. mack

    Ludicrous. I am unemployed thanks to the economy, yet lets cut the budget , put more people out of work, not pay our soldiers or government employees, and continue to pay congresss and provide them with health benefits for life. The people in the middle east who are burning buildings and risking thier lives just gained my respect.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  373. Charan Wadhawan

    Jack, Why shutdown our Federal Government? They call themselves Conservatives? What kind of madness is this? I am beyond embarassment – I'm sick! Perhaps if our Conservatives on the hill were educated enough this situation wouldn't exist. Where were they when Bush created this huge economic mess? Where were their cut backs back then? They are all out there to fulfill their own motive of making our president look bad. People do understand their agenda. They are not for average Americans and troops who have to live on the checks they receive.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  374. patty cruce

    OMG... I never thought I would say I feel nothing but "hatred" for every member of Congress!!!! My son is expected to come home in 10 days... after being gone a year to Afghanistan. Because you Democrats and Republicans care so much more about which party gets more "cudo's you are willing to sacrifice those who defend your ungrateful hides!!! Get off your egotistical high horses, think of the American people and not your reelection strategy and remember this... because I will never forget; "You drop your responsibilities to this Country and our Servicemen and Woman and I'll spend every extra minute fighting to be sure you never get another unearned paycheck from the honest, hardworking people of America. Again, get to work and don't you dare pick up a paycheck as long as our members of the armed forces can't. God help us all to finally get term limits for your clowns!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  375. Michelle

    I care a great deal about this government shutdown. Half of our family income is from a "non-essential worker". We don't know when he'll get paid for the work he has already put in or if he'll get paid for this forced time off. The congress seems to be missing another point in the big picture; "Non-essential workers" contribute to the economy through their paychecks. Putting them on a forced furlough takes that money out of the economy. People take these government jobs (when they could make a lot more money in private industry) for the "security" a federal job gives.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  376. Dorothy

    We should all care if the government is shut down, take those wages away from the Congress and pay the military families what they deserve!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  377. Randy Brawley

    Congratulations to Congress for being completely spinelss and inept! The Democrats were so lame, they could not pass a budget when they controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. Republicans are so spineless they let the fringe keep them from making a deal. But both sides gladly thow more of the country's treasure away for war. No issues there ebcause there is always money to attack other countries. What is the #1 rule for regimes who want to deflect attention away from domestic problems they don't have the will to solve, find an external enemy and attack them. Our Congress has no spine to even have a vote on the war with Libya. Once again, we just let the President go and follow him; GREAT! Help some American's back home? Got nothing for that. Time for a compete recall. Time to get our government out of the pockets of special interests and make them represent the people instead of lobbyists. Only complete election reform will fix our problem. Truth in advertising, I am a government employee so hell yes I care about a shut down. BY the way, I depend on the press to hold the government accountable. How come it isn't completely nailing them to the wall. How about some investigation into the lives of each of our representatives and publish whose pockets they are in?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  378. jonlok

    I feel that if these idiots can not come to a agreement then fire them !!! Period they are not doing their job's and that alone would save us money , Quit paying for these idiots million dollar homes – boats- planes -high end cars . I fyou do not do your job – Your fired!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  379. Gary

    If the jerks in Washington, allow the government to shut down and the soldiers fighting and dying for this country do not get paid, it is criminal. For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to call myself an American. All we are asking is for the Congress to do the job they were sent to Wasington to do. I notice that they get paid regardless.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  380. Marilyn

    This fiasco just proves that Republicans are only interested in helping the rich They want to take from those in need to give more to those who don't need it because they fill their pockets with donations. Instead of reducing subsidies to big oil companies and farmers, and stop giving tax breaks to the rich, they want to cut benefits for the elderly and others in need. They should be ashamed of themselves. I hope the American people will now see them for what they are – servants of the rich.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  381. NAVYNOAH

    As an active duty service member I care deeply if the government shuts down. Not so much for the actual money, but for the simple fact that my confidence in our "system" will go out the window, my legs are already hanging out. As for the people on here saying shut it down, I really do wonder how many of them are on a government payroll. Ask what we can do for our country; we the congressmen can hold out for issues WE feel so strongly about, which do not have a lot of relevancy to the actual budget, to the point thousands of the people we represent are put in stress. Don't worry, I will be here when called. We've got their back, who has ours?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  382. david bidlack

    dave from michigan here is a fact for you jack nancy and the house did pass a budget sent it to the senate were MITCH McCONNELL and his merry band of 41 plus no votes stopped the bill. when the house got it back they made more changes to the budget so it might pass sent it to the senate were McCONNELL stopped it again and again. he even said that "they didn't have to pass anything until reinforcements showed up to help". he was waiting for a landslide in the election that didn't come to the senate. McCONNELL seems to be hiding under a rock right now hoping that no one will remember what he did to the budget bills last year and the real reason its still not done!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  383. Chris

    I've cared from the beginning, due to being a member of the US Military. I am married, with three children who I'll have a very difficult time feeding should Congress not be able to make up it's damn mind. I have a mortgage that I will not be able to pay should they not be able to come to a consensus.

    It's funny to me that Congress is going to continue to get paid the money WE pay them to make these decisions, or in this case, NOT make the decision, and let the rest of us not get paid, NOT be able to feed our children, NOT be able to pay to house our children.... In my humble opinion, they need to have all their assets frozen and have their pay dropped to that of an E-1 (the most junior military rank) for at least a year. Let them try to live off of what we live off of all the time, and then tell them they're not going to get paid.

    I would like to see every last one of them fired. That's what would happen anywhere else, were you refusing to do your job.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  384. Mary McLamb

    I care that the government may have to shut down but I care more that the Dem. can seem to realize that our county is broke. As far a paying for abortions, I have said for years that I don't think it is far to pay for them with tax dollars.As long as the government keeps paying for them women will continue to refuse to be accountable for their actions. Now it is like popcorn, sleep around, get pregnant, have an abortion when does it stop.
    My husband draws Social Security each month but he says he would gladly give up his check to see our county try to get our spending under control. I hope the Rep sticks to their guns, DON'T GIVE IN.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  385. Steve

    When Government is the largest employer in any country, eventually that country will go broke. Doesn't it make sense that when you spend more than you bring in you cannot survive. DUH! economy 101

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  386. PGJack

    The Republicans won one election and think that means they get to undo 70 years of the policies that made America the greatest nation on Earth.

    Americans want all kinds of services but don't want to pay taxes.

    Our Presidents keep sending our military around the world to police other country's messes at tremendous cost while our Congress refuses to regulate or police the major international corporations that fund their campaigns.

    What a pathetic hot stinking pile of sniveling humanity we are.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  387. Ron

    Of course I care. It's disgusting that our politicians are unable to compromise – on ANY issue! In my opinion, the situation will only become worse - now that we have a 3 party system (the Democrats, the Republicans and the Tea Partiers).

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  388. Karl in Flint

    I don’ really care because there is a lesson to be learned. Hopefully it will show the Republicans up for the pathetic, corporate backed administrators they are and next election we can put sanity back in the Congress. The only way to fix this mess is to bring up the revenue, not cut more services. I’m tired of supporting the ungrateful fat cats and corporation’s that contribute nothing to the country that allowed them to make all their wealth. That’s who the Tea Baggers should be targeting. Not Grandma and school kids.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  389. Patricia

    This shutdown is a sham....the democrats agreeed to the figures the republicans asked for...what is holding up this is the riders to the bill which the tea party wants. These riders should not be added this financial bill and discussed lateer. The tea party wants it now. What does planned parenthood have to do with this...they jut want to kill it
    I think the tea party who likes to bring up the Costitution should realize we have this geeat Constitution l because of compromise....lessosn to be learned...our country thrives with compromise but not with holdouts..Canter wants Boehner' job so he is making a lot of noise about him being non productive...I think Boehner is a better citizen and is unhappy with this stalemate especially since the democrats have given in on everything but the riders.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  390. Richard Zuehsow

    Yes jack, I do care. I am a federal employee, not affected by the shutdown. I do know there is waste in the gov't, workers, and bosses who just show up, and I am stuck in between. even though I know this, I still feel it's still just wrong for this to happen. Would donald Trump shut down His business because of a budet impass,,, I think not. There needs to be cutting, and there needs to be tax increases. Even if the Bush tax cuts expired, we would still need to cut spending to balance the buget, because the buget is so out of whack, Whoever said give unto Ceasar's what is Ceasar's was correct. I don't suspect any in Congress is know who that was. Balance is the key.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  391. JOSAH

    As an Active Duty military member, I am disgusted that I should have to go without pay whilst the congressmen continue to "get theirs." Yes, I know I will "get mine," eventually, but my bills aren't going to wait until the government comes back online to be paid. And I'll be damned if I should have to dip into my savings for this bull. Ridiculous.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  392. Mitch

    I maybe a teenager but I can't understand why democrats and republicans can't put ther difference aside and get budget plan done. And if the goverment does shut down I believe that the troops should still get paid and Senators and house of representatives should not be paid. They all ready get enough money for doing nothing.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  393. Drew

    As a US service member stationed overseas, I care a great deal if the government shuts down. What I don't think a lot of people realize is that shutting down the government means the military doesn't get paid. We still go to work, we still put our lives on the line to defend our country, but we don't get paid. That means we can pay our bills. This adds a great deal of stress to your lives, and we have enough stress on a daily basis, so that's something we don't really need. Our families can't buy food, gas, pay bills or anything else until the budget is passed. Sure, people back home may just think the politicians are the only ones who get paid, but those of us who volunteer to defend our country deserve better. We will do our jobs, isn't it about time the politicians did theirs?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  394. Willie in Stafford Virginia

    I am disgusted at the irresponsible behavior of these elected officials who CLAIM to work for the people! What gives them the right to routinely legislate in a manner that affects the poor? Republicans are making it obvious that they don't care about working class citizens. As a veteran I find it shameful that our troops may go without pay. Congressmen are government employees – shutdown or not, if they can't do their jobs, they shouldn't get paid. Come 2012, some of them should be fired.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  395. Ron Cochran

    I see government workers whinning and crying about the government shut down. These people went to college on public grants to go to work for the government that has no money, when a sane person would've went to college with the intention to pay their loans back and work for a business that had the money to pay them. My question is why would people expend so much energy to work for an indenity that has no money? The government has no money, the people have the money and the people need to vote for people that has worked for their money that people in the government spend unwisely. My thought is these people that went to college to work for the government are either misinformed or stupid.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  396. Denny

    I do not care if government shuts down. All government workers, I mean them all were immune to a loss of there jobs during this financial crisis. Life went on for government workers as millions of Americans suffered job losses or reduced hours and pay. I care less if the government shuts down.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  397. Sean

    How much do you care if there is a government shutdown? Well, I am a Federal Employee. I have been with the federal government 10 years today. I have experienced so many CR's that it seems like business as usual. If the shutdown goes on for a week, I will probably not see any back pay nor unemployment compensation due to the political climate. I guess they call this public rather than private business because in private industry a budget is done before the fiscal year begins. Our leader leaves the two sides to work this out themselves while he is starting to campaign for another 4 years. That is true leadership? And with that all said they will get a paycheck. Is there something wrong with this?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  398. neolander

    Government spending is just an excuse and smoke screen. The GOP holding on to abortion and plan parenthood in budget cuts. Abortion is not unconstitutional and besides plan parenthood stopped spending tax payer dollar on abortion since 2009. Looks like the GOP just cornered themselves in all of this. There's bigger spending to cut from like defence. Secretary Gates has stated that there is $78 billion dollars that could be cut from defence spending.
    Big government Big government Big government! Ask yourself before you comment or post on here or do some research on what makes the government big and how is it that the government spends so much as people say. The problem with most Americans is that much of our knowledge is based on hear say which is not always accurate.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  399. Aleix

    Not paying our soldiers is like actively supporting terrorism by demoralizing our troops.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  400. Theresa

    Yes I care! They shut down, accomplishing absolutely nothing while getting paid for it. In the mean time, education across the country is expected to cut budgets by millions! Maybe their unearned paychecks should be forwarded to education. The battle out there is not over seas but within our own nation! Our government is cutting it's own throat and making the USA look absolutely incapable of taking care of itself in an efficient financial manner!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  401. Dennis

    If we need a government shutdown so be it. The republicans are using the treat of a government shutdown to advance their agenda. They don't just want to have spending cuts. They want to pick and choose what programs they want to fund according to their political platform. Make the rich even richer and the poor even poorer with no middle class. It's the republican way or the highway. No thanks!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  402. EV San Diego, CA

    Shut them down, I don't care. The temporary budget proposed was to take care of the military, Obama calls it a "distraction". Yet that side of the aisle (and CNN's puff piece on this) use the "military not getting paid" as a wedge issue. So WHO exactly is keeping the military from getting paid?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  403. charlie

    we pay our politicians to run the country...if they were in business they would have been fired for inability to do their job...so guess what...i am going to fire them all...at election time...my motto is
    IF THEY ARE IN [politics] THEN THEY ARE OUT!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  404. Suzanne in Los Angeles

    You know, what little respect I had for pols is now completely gone with the wind.

    Republicans are greedy and Democrats are weak! Boehner may be a nice man but he seems to have little backbone to stand against the fanatical Tea Party-ers who'd rather "win" than do the right thing (they're maybe a little Charlie Sheen-esque" in their attitude). They can't be silly enough to shut down the government.

    It's a Democracy folks. Compromise is not a dirty word except if one side is always the side compromising. I don't expect the whole shebang to close down. Probably more grandstanding for the Grand Ole Party than real negotiating.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  405. Isabel from Bokeelia

    I care a lot, Jack, because my "elected representatives" are NOT earning their keep while those fighting for our freedom will go without pay. The weakest – children and elderly people – are on the chopping block and it is ridiculous the way we go about determining priorities. But let's get the record straight: the President's budget not passing was not the fault of Nancy Pelosi but was the fault of the Republicans who refused to let the intentional sunset-legislation Bush era tax cuts expire, and refused to cut $40 billion of tax subsidies for oil, gas and coal companies. Sheesh, if those things had been allowed to happen, we might have been a lot closer to a balanced budget today and well on the way to reducing the deficit without preying on the most vulnerable. SHAME ON YOU for perpetrating this kind of mis-information. And shame on the legislators who draw a paycheck if our military does not.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  406. Kat

    One more thing–why is the budget tied up with hot issues like abortion anyway? This is beyond crazy.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  407. tanzer

    Shut it down but also DO NOT pay any person in congress, the executive branch including president and cabinet members, and the Judicial. Lets see how long they can go without a paycheck. Not all of them are independently wealthy.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  408. Sandy

    You people are freaking crazy...Period! Shut down means, no unemployment checks, no IRS checks.what is wrong with you freaking idiots....prozac is needed!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  409. David Rudes

    A trainee at work today was in tears wondering how she will pay the bills if she is furloughed. She has a new baby at home and a difficult job to learn (air traffic control). Don't these people who yearn for a shutdown have any idea of how this causes hardship for many while not saving a penny or resolving anything. A rational person would find an acceptable compromise while the irrational desire only chaos.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  410. Nicolle

    My husband is a Lance Corpral in the United States Marine Corps and deploys this weekend. We worry as it is how tight money is and I know we're not the only ones who do that are in the military. The last thing he needs to worry about while gone is how we are going to pay our rent, our car payments, let alone how am I going to buy groceries? Does this goverment not think our troops are putting enough on the line that now they must possibly sacrifice their homes and everyday lives as they know it?

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  411. Sue

    The Democrats should not give in to the Tea Party/Republicans blackmailing tactics. Republicans just finished blackmailed the Democrats by refusing to extend the unemployment benfits unless they agreed to extend the tax breaks to the rich. Now the Tea Party/Republicans are holding the nation as a hostage and enough is enough.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  412. Mitchell

    I think we should send all of the house and the senate members home if they really cared about the gov employees they would step up to the plate and do what is right. what does it matter to them thier pay will still be there the republicans better listen we got the dems out we can remove them from offie too.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  413. Ken

    Jack. I do care if the government shuts down, but not for the reason you think. If the government shuts down it will give the US population a glimpse of what will happen when the Tea-Party social conservative get what they want. A shutdown now will have little difference from the Tea-Party agenda. No money for national parks, no money for basic health care, no money for road/public transportation, no money for food and environment regulation, no FDA/EPA/, no money for unemployment, social security, and 1000s of other good social functions. They want the government to only have money set aside to wage war and help protect the rights of big business, banks and their foreign friends. People voted for the Tea-Party for fiscal responsibility which is good, but these voters forgot the other side of the Tea-Party coin "extreme social conservatism".

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  414. Lori Dennis

    I've been a Federal employee for over 30 years. The Federal budget has never been approved for the next fiscal year on time. Today we spent over an hour in a meeting discussing what will happen when we are furloughed. Even though congressional salaries are from a separate pot of money, they should also be furloughed, with no pay, especially since they voted themselves a raise. I agree with the statement that our government is broken–it has been for several years!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  415. Eanxdivr

    For those of you screaming to 'shut it down!', you are obviously not taking into account the individuals who will be hurt by a shutdown of even a few days. I work for FEMA, and I am currently deployed on disaster operations. When I am not deployed, I am on unemployment, as is my wife. If this shutdown happens, I will not get paid. I will be demobilized and sent back to my home state. When I am working, I make decent money. Last I checked, unemployment does not pay too well. Because there will be no one around to process it, I will not get my travel expenses, meal expenses, or any other kind of expenses paid for, which means that I will have to cover a few thousand dollars of bills that would normally be taken care of. This would be a devastating hardship for us, and it may cost us our home. Do you still think that it is such a great idea to just 'shut it down'?...You need to think before you start clucking.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  416. Adnan From Connecticut

    Im care a lot, because how are we going to get money? But I still want it to happen at the same time. Thats because Congress has been given ENOUGH time for a budget and they failed, the congress isn't doing their job and they should all resign.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  417. Laura L. Nelson, Ph. D.

    The Tea Party will not compromise on their 19th century notions that children, the poor, the soldiers, the aged, and the middle and lower classes don't matter. Cut 'em loose and let 'em starve because if God loved them, they wouldn't be poor. I also blame the Democrats for not getting the job done when they could. For us to be paying these so called legislators is a travesty. Do your jobs or get out of the way so people who are willing to actually govern can get the job done. And all those newly elected Tea Party members had better watch out: the vast majority of votes they garnered in 2010 are from people they are now screwing to the wall. One term? Oh, yes.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  418. Teri UT

    The government should NOT shut down!
    Congress and Senate elected officals should be the ones to go WITHOUT getting paid.
    Let's not pay them for 6 months, make them pay for their own health care and transportation.
    Stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.
    DITTO: on the thought of firing them all, but them that would be too expensive to replace them all.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  419. Douglas Shepardson

    Jack , I emailed my North Carolina Senator and the Speaker of the House for the first time , asking them both Dem . & Rep. to stop the political wrangling and do what is right for the people that put them in office.
    I am fed up with politicians and their self serving actions.
    I was self employed two years ago and prosperous ,now I am unemployed and not counted. I was a home owner , and investor . Now I am in foreclosure and filing chapter 7 .
    I guess they don't get the message. Drop the politics and get the country back to prosperity .

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  420. Thomas

    Mack from FL said:

    "You know, we really SHOULD "shut down the govt". I mean like Congress, all of them. Start over. Let's fire them all. NOW"

    I could not agree more. Let's get rid of these useless idiots once and for all.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  421. Rich T.

    Ya know...I could care less if some park employees, and some congressional and white house staffers get furloughed. But, to not pay the people that we've charged to defend this country (our troops) is absolutely criminal. These children we've elected to run this country are more focused on bickering over NPR and Planned Parenthood than doing anything of real substance to keep our government running. My God!!! These morons are an embarrassment to America.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  422. Markus Lindley

    I do not care if the Gov shuts down But NOT paying the military and paying yourself is Hypocrisy at its lowest. Shame on any government official that takes their check and does not pay our men and women fighting for their freedom. If they are not going to pay them bring them home so they can get another job and get food for their families. STOP HOLDING AMERICA HOSTAGE! Do the job we put you in office to do. I see the only cuts they are making are the benefits to the poor not the rich.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  423. Ron

    This stalemate over the budget is a perfrct example of why I am glad President Obama did not wait for congressional approval to send air strikes to help the rebels in Libya. How would you like to be one of these fighters on the front lines waiting for our congress to come to an agreement as to what we should do when they can't pass a budget that they should have passed last October?

    Ron

    April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  424. Ediana

    EVERY politician in DC, starting with BOEHNER, should get a 15% pay cut across the board. It is NOT acceptable to keep cutting into the paychecks of those who matter the most – our troops. Fellow Americans, P L E A S E...... stop voting into office mindless suits.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  425. steve - virginia beach

    I care about preventing a shutdown but I care even more about stopping the fiscal and Constitutional meltdown.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  426. Wayne

    What should happen if a shutdown occurs, the military should assume total control of the government, every member of the house and senate should be dismissed and special elections held in 60 to 90 days, after that we would have a functioning government for several years that could find common ground to pass a budget on each year, if, we the people, didn't perform on our jobs for 7 months like these clowns how long would we be employed. We are truly the laughing stock of the world. Every member of the house and senate owes the people they were elected to represent a personal apology and should hang their heads in shame, they are truly a joke.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  427. JoAnn

    Congress isn't doing their job, they shouldn't get paid. That would cut some money from the budget. Let's see some real work out of Congress then they can get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  428. Ed

    America this is it! An upcoming gov't shutdown. We are a country of intellectuals. Let our smart elected officials deal and think not for their but for the better future of this country. America from the history of its own we are survivor we need to Sacrifice.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm |