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Republican Government Shutdown – Newspapers Respond

Daily Hampshire Gazette Editorial – The GOP’s ship of fools

Do not be fooled by fools. When operations resume, we should all remember why the federal government was forced to partially shut down Tuesday. It wasn’t gridlock or partisan bickering. It wasn’t irreconcilable, high-stakes demands by principled stewards of our two-party system.

The government closed because Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, deaf to reason from moderates in their party, took something granted to them only in trust — their Constitutional budget-making power — and turned it into a weapon against a president and a law they despise.

Louisville Courier-Journal Editorial: Shut down the shut ‘er downers

In a feckless, stunningly irresponsible move, a handful of hardline Republicans in the U.S. House have blocked a last-minute bill to fund basic government spending because it failed to meet their demand that it also dismantle the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

In doing so, they have triggered a federal government shutdown that leaves some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks, grinds most services to a halt and closed national destinations including parks, museums and Washington monuments…

The nation needs to demand GOP extremists get out of the way and stop using the budget bill as blackmail to try to get what they can’t get otherwise.

Kansas City Star Editorial – Unreasonable tea party demands drag nation into turmoil

The government of the people of the United States is partially shut down because a faction of the Republican Party insists on tying further spending to the crippling of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

This is a new low in our nation’s politics. Americans have every reason to be ashamed of their Congress right now.

Middletown Press Editorial – House Republicans’ stunning negligence

The House Republicans who voted Monday to shut down the government are not principled conservatives. They are not patriots acting in good faith but disagreeing strongly with President Obama.

They are know-nothings who are shaming our country and their own party through abject negligence.

Washington Post Editorial – House Republicans are failing Americans in their effort to kill Obamacare

Americans’ respect for their Congress has, sad to say, diminished in recent years. But citizens still expect a minimal level of competence and responsibility: Pay the bills and try not to embarrass us in front of the world.

By those minimal standards, this Congress is failing. More specifically, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives are failing. They should fulfill their basic duties to the American people or make way for legislators who will…

Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Budget Committee chairman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and their colleagues may be in a difficult political position. Honestly, we don’t much care. They need to reopen the government and let it pay its bills.

Arizona Republic Editorial – Put down the tea pot, Republicans, and back away

We need a clean funding bill now. Then we need a debate on the budget unhampered by proxy fights over “Obamacare.”

Most of all, we need the Republican Party to rein in the madness.

Bloomberg Editorial – Republicans’ Ideological Shutdown

…a vocal minority of Tea Party Republicans has forced a government shutdown over its opposition to Obamacare…

The shutdown, and the timid obstinacy that induced it, is not in the national interest. It should be even more apparent that it doesn’t serve the greater good of the Republican Party.

Seattle Times Editorial – Time for GOP independence during shutdown

Washington’s get-along, go-along Republican members of Congress must start showing some independence. A good place to begin is by voting “no” on the wacky ideological diversions of their fringe colleagues…

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has the power and the authority to do the real work of examining budgets, reviewing federal finances and taking hard votes. Do they ship real legislation to the Senate and work out differences in conference committees? No, not even remotely close.

What American taxpayers have gotten instead is high drama, no serious legislative work and a mindless shutdown of routine government services that will have real consequences throughout the land.

Lebanon Daily News Editorial – A battle GOP cannot win

This time, the “shutdown” of the federal government hit hard, fast and close to home…

These people are friends, family, neighbors. For some of us, we are these people.

How could this happen?

Well, we didn’t think it would. We didn’t think they’d do it. We thought Republicans had absorbed the lessons of 1995-96 and that the high risk of being blamed by the public would be a spur to common sense.

If nothing else, we thought, they’d be worried about the economic repercussions of a federal shutdown.

But we were wrong. Incredibly, Republican hard-liners – tea partiers, if you prefer labels – have triggered a shutdown in pursuit of a hopeless, quixotic quest to delay or even defund the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare, if you prefer nicknames.

This is a battle Republicans cannot win.

Fresno Bee Editorial: Boehner owns consequences of this shutdown

They can spin it all they want, but House Republicans manufactured the crisis that shut down the federal government and could end up wreaking havoc on world finances.

Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial: The House GOP’s clueless shutdown crusade

… It would be one thing if House Republicans were putting only their political futures at risk. But this political equivalent to civil war will likely cause civilian casualties. The federal government is the nation’s largest employer, and more than 800,000 employees are expected to be furloughed across the nation. Their absent paychecks will have economic ripples that extend far beyond their immediate families, with businesses in their communities taking a quick hit….

That Republicans are willing to risk all of this for what Obama correctly called an “ideological crusade” on Tuesday speaks volumes about their priorities and judgment.

Sacramento Bee Editorial: Holding budget hostage sets a terrible precedent

… the House GOP is responsible for manufacturing the current crisis by insisting that delay or dismantling of Obamacare be part of any funding plan. This comes after voters re-elected President Obama in 2012, and after Congress has rejected repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare.

If House Speaker John Boehner were to put a clean funding bill up for a vote, one that was stripped of language to undermine the Affordable Care Act, it would easily pass, with Republican and Democratic votes. Yet Boehner refuses to do so, fearful of a small minority of tea party extremists in his caucus that could end his leadership. Essentially, a minority of the minority party in Washington is holding the nation hostage.

Hopkinton Crier Editorial: A senseless shutdown

Tea Party Republicans Tuesday finally got what they wanted. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have gone on unpaid furlough, victims of America’s 18th partial government shutdown.

Fargo Forum Editorial: The House spinmeisters unconvincing

When inevitability of a partial federal government shutdown was clear, the Republican Caucus of the U.S. House sent out its most articulate members to justify obstructionism. It was a bizarre performance by spinmeisters, who certainly knew they were spinning an alternative reality.

Asked to restate the goals of the tea party wing of the House, a spinner said: to avoid a government shutdown and to delay or defund Obamacare. A perplexed reporter pointed out that House Republicans achieved neither. The government is shutting down; Obamacare insurance exchanges are up and running as of Tuesday.

If that’s what Republicans call success, how do they define failure?

Monterey County Herald Editorial: Small GOP group cause of the problem

A gaggle of Republicans trying to curry favor with insatiable tea partiers, many of whom are the beneficiaries of nationalized pensions and health care, is taking money away from hard-working government employees at places like the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute.

Locally, they are shutting down classes for thousands of military men and women committed to protecting this country…

News Observer Editorial: Boehner deserves blame for the government shutdown

President Obama had it exactly right when he called the shutdown of the United States government an “ideological crusade” on the part of right-wing Republicans. What a price the tea party element in the Republican Party is prepared to make the American people pay for the belief on the part of the extremists that shutting government down is no big deal and kind of fun.

This is a sorry commentary indeed on the ineffectiveness of Speaker John Boehner.

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