Worst Case Scenario For Possible Government Shutdown

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have only hours to avert a midnight Friday government shutdown that they say would inconvenience millions of people and damage a still fragile economy.

Federal employees and the military everywhere, including here in the east are concerned about the possibility of a government shut down.

According to the US Department of Defense, If the shutdown is enacted, active and reserve military members cannot be paid for duty performed after the shutdown, until additional legislation is enacted.

Obama and congressional leaders say another late night of talks Thursday had narrowed the differences over how to cut federal spending but there was no agreement. Obama hoped to announce a deal Friday, but wasn't optimistic.

Aides are trying to agree on how much federal spending to slash, where to cut it and what caveats to attach as part of a bill to fund the government through Sept. 30.

A temporary federal spending measure expires at midnight.

A closure would mean the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers and the services they provide, including processing many tax refunds.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Apr 9, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Lavon, you have a pickup truck? Obama will need you help to move out. Oh, he needs a pickup as your moped cannot handle anything beyond a 6 pack of beer. He will not need you till about a month after the election...I hear people will elect someone that has leadership and intelligence this time around. How is Obamas war in Libya going? I hear that a general wants troops on the ground...that war mongering Obama...he just cannot tell the truth...you better hope congress authorizes the money for it....Is Obama going back home to Kenya when you move his? He will need a boat instead of your pickup truck....
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:17 AM in reply to
        You had to question me, however, you made it very clear where you are in the scheme of things....thanks for leaving no doubt...
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    Can't wait until next year so I can help reelect President Obama for a second term
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:42 AM in reply to Lavon
      The only reason Obama even showed up last night for the budget hearings is so he could take another vacation today. Then he would have had to tell his children that he FAILED at doing his job by not getting the budget passed back in October.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Amazing, they actually avoided the shutdown. Maybe there's hope for our only government after all.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Apr 9, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to
      No, it has not been 'avoided'; wrong term. It has been accepted by the government so the citizens won't revolt; they knew it would cause a nationwide protest if they didn't 'participate' by giving up their OWN paychecks. They could have accepted it all along; I'm not impressed.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:23 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        Thank your local republican, who wanted nothing more than the collapse of the US Government and the suffering of millions. Criminals.
  • by To :Anonymous Location: from ; Theresa on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    You are the one with blinders on. No, Bush was not the best of Presidents but he was no where near as bad as obummer. It is a fact that the democrats had control the last 2 years of Bush's Presidency. That is when things started a fast downward spiral. My husband and I had never been laid off until this past year. Spending under obama skyrocketed, unemployment is outrageous, gas is almost $4.00 a gallon causing a rise in all other essentials and more foreclosures have occurred (and the list goes on). Bush did not cause me pain. We worked hard and were rewarded by that hard work. We had some savings, were able to take a vacation, and easily could afford to pay our bills. There was even money in the 401k. Now, however; we take a staycation, have lost alot of 401k, have had to dip into savings to afford essentials. This is not the fault of Bush. Our spending has not increased. It is a direct result of failed plans and policies of the present administration. Ultimately obummer. I, unlike you, dislike this administration because I am a hard working citizen and not a dependent relying on a hand out from the government. In case you don't know where you get your monies, it's from people who work such as myself. You can not possibly understand until you become a productive citizen who supports yourself.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    People, the government is bringing in less tax dollars than ever, more people out of work than in decades.... the government CAN NOT keep paying for all these handout programs. Where do you think obama's money comes from ? His stash ?? No, it comes from working tax payers. And yeah, I agree, these ALL CORPORATIONS should be paying their fare share but don't forget if you tax these companies 50% more... the cost of the products and services they provide will go up proportionatly. Close the loop holes, have a flat tax across the board, cut gvmt programs. We're spending over $ 5 BILLION per day, it HAS TO STOP. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/federal-gov-t-hit-debt-ceiling-march-14
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    Is it just me or has anyone else that Obama aint smiling in the picture. Nice smile Mr. Speaker. Enough diatribe for tonigh, nite all.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    Take a look at the national polls. Across the nation, the people blame the Republicans by a margin of 2-1. The longer the shutdown lasts, the more the Republicans will get the blame. It happened in 1995 and handed a second term to Bill Clinton.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:02 PM in reply to
      Did you see that on moveon.org, CNN, MSNBC? The Democrats controlled all three branches when the budget was due. How is that the Republicans fault?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to
        Because republicans try as hard as they can to destroy this country.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:44 AM in reply to
      Really? I think you are adding to much soap to your hog wash. You sound like a Notsee...you were not aware that the dems could have passed this budget in Oct? Keep up please. There was a bloodbath in the house regardless in Nov. Most of us don't go to your liberal web sites and liberal media...republicans are always drowning puppies and starving babies, and now, killing women, in their news. Nice of you to point out that republicans shut down government during Bill Clintons term...they balanced the budget you buys use as a rallying cry for clinton yet Gingrich was the one that did it. Clinton was a moderate, Oblamabush is an irresponsible kid with no clue what to do and it really shows...this is who you defend...now, how does that make you feel?
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    This shut down for the federal government will be the 16th shut down since PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER. Some of you need to read and study govt. history and not expound on things of which you know nothing.
  • by David Location: NC on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    By - Dick Morris on April 7, 2011 If the Obama government shuts down will our troops be paid? The House Republicans are voting to pay them regardless , but the Democrat Senate and Obama are refusing. They want to use our soldiers' paychecks as leverage to stop Republican budget cuts. The Democrats are holding our troops hostage! These men and women are fighting for our country. Their families are struggling to get by in their absence. Let's not make their pay a political football. Guarantee their pay regardless of the political squabbles in Washington!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    Don't blame Obama blame Bush. Teresa you need to take your blinders off. Stop blaming the man who just got into the white house. Blame the one who was there for 8 years and caused nothing but pain.
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      by Annonymous Military Dude on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to
      Stop blaming the man who just got in the White House and quadrupled the deficit? Lets blame the man who brought this country together and led them after the attacks on 9/11, blame the man who had the stock market at an all time high, blame the man who had the housing market soaring to record levels, blame the man who had an unemployment rate of 4.6 in 2006. Blame the man who had the stock market over 14,000. Then what happened? The Democrats took over both Houses and we havent seen the light of day since. Stocks dropped dramatically, the housing maket went belly up, unemployment rose. The country took an about face. The timeline doesnt lie. Honestly I think the Democrats did it on purpose just to regain control of the White House amd now that they cannot fix what they destroyed they revert to the blame game, it's Bush's fault, we had nothing to do with it. What a bunch of two-faced hypocrites.

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