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On October 1, 2013, Congress failed to pass a new spending bill that would fund the government. House Republicans insisted that any spending bill include provisions that would defund Obamacare, arguing that Obamacare will hurt employers and that the medical device tax will send jobs overseas. Democrats insisted that no changes be made to Obamacare in the spending bill, arguing that Obamacare will expand access to health care, especially those with existing medical conditions, and bring down rising costs of coverage. The government shutdown forced 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed without pay, while another 1.3 million were required to report to work without pay. See recent government shutdown news
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Obama, for his lack of leadership. 1yr ago from a Republican in Menomonee Falls, WI.
The two party system with the "ruler" class of legislators who make careers out of being politicians and are completely out of touch with the real world. 1yr ago from a Republican in Cary, NC.
Both are equally responsible and the majority of congress should be removed from office for gross negligence and dereliction of duty to their constiuancy. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
He shoved Obama care down the nations throat without debate or agreement and the debate will now continue until there is some agreement. He is reaping what he sowed. 1yr ago from a Republican in Lakeland, FL.
The Senate is responsible because they have failed to pass a budget numerous times in the past few years. This is in direct violation of Federal law. I blame the Senate Majority leader initially, but his Caucus is equally responsible for not forcing a vote on the budget, or removing him from his position. 1yr ago from a Republican in San Jose, CA.
Tea Party and Boehner, with backing from the Koch brothers. 1yr ago from a Green in Gilford, NH.
Lack of term limits for Congress. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Audubon, NJ.
Multiple non-elected wealthy people and organizations that use money to persuade elected representatives. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Framingham, MA.
Democrats and the Established GOP, not all republicans. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Plano, TX.
Both Republicans and Democrats brought the Mexican standoff that led to the shutdown, using its threat as a weapon and tool to leverage what they wanted. The Republicans took it much further than the Democrats and so bear a greater responsibility for its consequences. 11mons ago from a Green in New York, NY.
Oregon has had moderate Republicans like Tom McCall -- but I don't think I will ever vote for a Republican again == Ponzi schemes, screw the middle class, starve the elderly and children... Republicans are most responsible -- and Waldron is a follower not a leader. 11mons ago from a Green in Federal Way, WA.
What harm did the the shut down cause? It seemed that that the fed people had to go out of their way to cause problems. I think we could shut down 10% of the federal government each quarter until we had 50% of the original and we wouldn't see any difference. All waste!!!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Argyle, TX.
Past and present legislators too afraid of losing their jobs. 11mons ago from a Republican in Mount Saint Joseph, OH.
Obama. He took pay away from our military personnel who defend the entire U.S. while he kept other lesser necessary people on the payroll. He shoved Obama care down the nations throat without debate or agreement and the debate will now continue until there is some agreement. He is reaping what he sowed. 11mons ago from a Republican in Bowling Green, KY.
Both parties acted in an iresponsbile manner. However, the Government and White House spending is out of control. The U.S. cant keep taking on m ore national debt. 11mons ago from a Republican in Usk, WA.
This matter should not be an issue of which side is at fault or at blame. The real issue is the lack of money that will occur if things are not fixed. Does the phrase "united we stand, divided we fall" mean anything to either party anymore? One's party affiliation doesn't matter, we elected these people for a reason, no matter what party, and that reason is to do what is required for the government to function. Doesn't seem like it's exactly functioning right now, is it? It's not just one person's fault, America as a whole will need to unite and coexist to fix the problem. 12mons ago from a Libertarian in Columbia, MO.
All sides have their share of responsibility. The hardliners developing in each political "group" are playing to a public wedded to sound bites and inflammatory positions - all of which implies the truly responsible people are the public at large who fail to vote or whom vote based upon dogma rather than informed policy considerations. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Lancaster, CA.
Democrats, who didn't read the healthcare Bill, refusing to negotiate with the GOP suggested compromise of mandate delays to the Bill and in return appropriate funds for it. For the Liberal historcally impaired people in the room, the Democrats went ahead with the delays when they realized the mandates were screwing with their re elections. 12mons ago from a Republican in Irving, TX.
Those who fund non-issues for the purpose of divisive actions in the body of society are completely and inexorably responsible for the federal government impotence and shutdown. Again pure capitalist activism has waged a war on American society and destroyed the very fabric from the top to the bottom. 12mons ago from a Green in Dana Point, CA.
The shutdown is the result of many previous decisions, but the big, public showdown was mostly the result of the Republican Party trying to make a point. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.
I am to uninformed to have an opinion. 12mons ago from a Democrat in El Cerrito, CA.
Obama, by his instruction to Harry Reid and Democrats to "no negotiate" any issues on budget expenditures were the cause of the shutdown. Obama's narcissism prevents him from accepting any compromise. 12mons ago from a Republican in Central Point, OR.
The Republicans inability to effectively serve its constituency by standing up to the Tea Party. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Cambridge, MA.
Probably both but it turned out to be a big nothing as the so called critical programs continued and government workers were given a three week paid vacation. 12mons ago from a Republican in Las Vegas, NV.
Both sides are guilty. The Senate has not provided a budget in 3 years. The House, Senate and President are all guilty of serving their own purposes vs. doing what is best for this counttry. Our current rate of spending is unsustainable and we are not funding the types of things the government should be funding like infrastructure. Green energy is a boondoggle and that money would have been better served rebuilding bridges, roads, airports, rail, etc and should not have been a taxpayer payback to Obama's donors. 12mons ago from a Republican in Houston, TX.
Democrats, Harry Reid, Obama, they did not want to deal at all and correct me if I am wrong, but compromise is what our government needs, not a bunch of old time Senate members who say it is my way or the highway, well maybe they will get the highway in 2014. Reid,Pelosi need to go!!!!!!!!!. 12mons ago from a Republican in Winchester, VA.
If parents, as head of house hold, are responsible for their children's behavior and CEO's are ( or should be held) responsible for their companies then the President should be held responsible for his staff congress, both republican and democrate,. 12mons ago from a Republican in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Supreme Court is to blame for allowing money to buy elections and gerrymandering. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Arlington, VA.
Republicans and their hate-mongers and evil intentions was 65% at fault. Democrats were 35% at fault due to their lack of initiative to act forthright on behalf of its constituents. 12mons ago from a Republican in Signal Hill, CA.
We have numerous small groups that have numerous permutations of ideas of what is best for the US Population. We group together in groups who have similar (yet still different ideas) The fact that we cannot 100% agree on what is best is what caused the shut down. 12mons ago from a Republican in Clatskanie, OR.
Due to what they were voting on which is (Obama care) I don't blame the republicans and the few smart democrats trying to stop or delay/reform it, I blame all those supporting it, primarily Liberals and Left wing fanatics since after all it will destroy us in the long run. 12mons ago from a Republican in Olathe, KS.
Both sides are responsible but republican strategy is to do nothing even if it brings ruin instead of trying to make the best of the situation of the benefit of the political process. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Portland, OR.
The president and the democratic party, the whole thing is clearly a political game to the democratic party, People out of jobs in this country and you would rather play games with health care BS politics as well as budget concerns that do not open up or create any jobs. Many are not getting a check and still suffer while idiots play games. 12mons ago from a Republican in Ridgeland, MS.
They are all corrupt dem or republicans alike.In the pockets of corporate america they dont give a damn about this country or the people in it. 12mons ago from a Green in Lapel, IN.
Harry Reid is responsible. He refused to let the House Bill come to a vote in the Senate. If he had, it either would have passed, resolving the issue or it would have been defeated, forcing an alternate solution. Instead, he (the Democratic representative) stalled everything in order to able to place blame on Republicans for not being flexible. 12mons ago from a Republican in Tempe, AZ.
Both sides and the voters that elect these fools are equally responsible. 12mons ago from a Green in Harbor View, OH.
American Democrats and American Republicans, voters and politicians. 12mons ago from a Republican in Granada Hills, CA.
Both Democrates and Republicans are responcible but some blame falls to the unenlightened citizens who elect these senetors and representives who only look to their real constituency, big business and the like. Until the American people wake up to the reality that we nolonger have representation in government we will only propogate this process. 12mons ago from a Republican in Olympia, WA.
Every Politician in DC!! They have lost all concept of who THEY work for and why they are there!!!!. 12mons ago from a Republican in Carlisle, PA.
Both side are equally responsible. To but in the most crass of terms, "they are in a pissing contest." Get over and do the right thing for the country. That is what you get paid for. 12mons ago from a Republican in Sargent, GA.
This is a result of the bipartisan system, and of the spread of government into the private sector. Obama care should not have been passed and is unconstitutional but the shut down should not have happened for the sake of all those working in the public sector. Cut your losses. 12mons ago from a Libertarian in Lake Alfred, FL.
American voter and both parties. 12mons ago from a Republican in Beaumont, VA.
The American people for allowing this to happen and not paying attention to our government. 12mons ago from a Libertarian in Norco, CA.
The parties do not cause the problem; the inflated government does. 12mons ago from a Libertarian in Avondale Estates, GA.
THE REPUBLICANS. when are they going to grow a spine and do what they know is right. All of our problems seem intractable now due to their racism and need for unchecked power. They will lose on this. YES they will. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Silver Spring, MD.
Stupid liberals who wouldn't compromise like the republicans. Republicans should have kept government shut down until the Unaffordable Obomination Care was destroyed for the sake of the country. 12mons ago from a Republican in Roseville, CA.
A shutdown was completely unnecessary and unfair to those who were supposed o accept 100% of the expected monetary savings. If the govt. is short 5% or whatever in revenue then all employees should have their paycheck reduced by that amount> Living on 93 or 94 or 95% of your previous paycheck is not going to wreak unnecessary hardship on anyone. My wife and I who ran a small business understood that while we could make more money nest year we could also make less and we better be prepared to live on what we made. That is a lesson that needs to be learned by all whether they are govt. o private industry employees. 12mons ago from a Green in Providence, RI.
The government shutdoen was caused by our entire government being more interested in getting themselves and their party re-elected rather than what is best for the American people. 12mons ago from a Republican in Madison, GA.
Both sides made it happen, perhaps not equally but it took two sides to disagree. Obama is an idealog and he uses his willing servants, the press to gain the favor of his public. He lies so often it's become expected. PolitiFact.com lists at least 6 pages of his lies. How can so many believe him, it puzzles me. Perhaps all politicians lie regularly but this is the president, you hope for more. Well we also had other famous liars in the White House who stared into a TV camera and lied, the darling of the left-Clinton and of course the vilified and hated Nixon. 12mons ago from a Republican in Beaverton, OR.
It's just all the temper tantrum politicians. Any members from the Republican or Tea Party parties that worked towards shutting the government down because the vote didn't go in their favor are at fault. It's completely unfair that they did that to all their employees, not to mention unethical and a violation of human rights. 12mons ago from a Green in Signal Hill, CA.