Who is responsible for the Government Shutdown?

President Obama is saying the fault lies with the Republicans, saying they have caused the first partial closure in 17 years as part of a non-stop "ideological crusade" to wipe out his signature health care law.

The Republicans are saying the fault lies with President Obama and the Washington Democrats, saying "Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening the government by refusing to engage in bipartisan talks."

Who do you think is responsible?

  • President Obama and the Washington Democrats
    40% (12)45% (13)42% (25)Vote
  • The Republicans
    60% (18)55% (16)58% (34)Vote
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Most Helpful Guy

  • I don't listen to MSNBC, FOX, ABC, CNN or any other major news network because even if they try to be fair, they have an agenda that gets the better of them the majority of the time. So I did my own research and I didn't listen to agenda tainted stories. As a result I came to an unbiased conclusion on hard facts and true principles.

    No matter how you look at it. The house of representatives sent bills that would fund the government and the senate denied them. The reason is because they would not fund Obama care. Let anybody spin it any way they want. The end result is that the senate made as a collective choice, to not pass the bill and as a result not fund the government. This is all because the bill did not include the affordable care act which has and embarrassing 49% disapproval rating with only 41% approval. Regardless of what parties are at play here, the house of representatives are acting in the majority interests of the American people by letting democratic principles be the deciding factor in how they use the funding for the government would go. The defunding of Obama care is proof that they were by the people, for the people, all others who opposed it are not for the people. This is the absolute.

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    • Actually they DO have the power to shut down the government. Maybe you should pay attention, eh? They are refusing to pass budgets and they are "filibustering" (though not proper filibusters) and being obstinate. They are the most obstinate party in the HISTORY OF OUR NATION!

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    • You have no idea what you're talking about... not a single f***ing thing...

    • If you want to make a good argument that's fine. However you are not doing you and anyone who shares your point of view any favors by insulting me. Baseless and reckless insults do not get you far when conveying your point. I have not insulted you, neither have I ignored what you have said. If you want to make a point or any valid offerings to help prove your hypotheses as facts, please, do your research and try again.

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What Girls Said 3

  • Let's be clear: the only people responsible for shutting the government down are the very people who did just that. Those would be representatives of the Republican Party. This is fact, not an opinion.

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    • Republicans tried to offer a compromise to avoid a shutdown, but Dems wouldn't come to the table.

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    • Rocksongwriter, they had a choice. They collectively made and executed that choice. No one forced them into a shutdown; that's such a pathetic excuse it would almost be laughable if it weren't not funny. It's not even a partisan issue because there are a number of Republican politicians who did not support that choice.

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      Seriously, my 1-year old niece has more maturity than these sniveling little douche bags.

    • I try me best to educate everyone, even if they have no brain with which to retain the facts I present :P

  • President Obama and the Washington Democrats

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    • The only problem with that statement is that the republicans don't have the power to shut down the government. They house of representatives sent a bill that would fund the government and defund Obama care. When the bill reached the Senate, it was then up to them wether or not they would shut down the government. Be careful, the media is very deceptive, journalism is pretty much dead. I recommend looking up the facts for yourself like I am.

  • Both.. I feel like the republicans were being big babies about a bill getting passed that they didn't want to get passes and Obama should have tried to reason with them.

    They could have really found a middle ground with Obamacare just saying.

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    • The only problem with that statement is that the republicans don't have the power to shut down the government. They house of representatives sent a bill that would fund the government and defund Obama care. When the bill reached the Senate, it was then up to them wether or not they would shut down the government. Be careful, the media is very deceptive, journalism is pretty much dead. I recommend looking up the facts for yourself like I am.

What Guys Said 11

  • Al of them

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    • You speak boldly. The only problem is that the majority of the public doesn't want it. If you paid attention to how the supreme court ruled it, it was ruled as a tax. However it was not introduced as a tax. Quit being so passionate that you being illogical. The bill has been rewritten and it may go to the supreme court again as a result. Several states have made progress to get it repealed for their domain. Democratically the people don't want it, and they should get their way.

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    • Sorry, no, the American people do want it. That is, when you ask them "Do you want the Affordable Care Act" and especially if you tell them what it does, polls show they want it. It's only when it's called "Obamacare" right now is it shown more negative. And why? Cause of propaganda of your beloved right wing media propaganda machines.

    • link By the way, no, the majority of Americans aren't against it see? Only 1/3 of our people want to defund/delay/repeal it. 1/3 != majority. I know math is hard for the right wing people, but this isn't that hard.

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  • fox news

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    • Can a t.v. network really shut down the government?

    • not directly, but they can turn people into a mob of frothing lunatics who would rather burn everything to the ground than allow poor people access to medical treatment.

  • The republicans. They have been talking about a government shutdown for months. A law was passed. Whether they like it or not, it was passed. They demanded that "Obamacare" be defunded or they shutdown the govt. They didn't get their way so they acted like children.

    Now, 800,000 federal employees won't get their paychecks. Of course, nobody in congress will lose theirs.

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    • Exactly! Why did the down voters disagree?

      Now the republicans can always say we tried everything to stop nObama care.

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    • The undeniable fact is that threatening a government shutdown has been part of the extreme right wing agenda for a while now. You can't honestly sit there with a straight face and say republicans didn't engineer this. They sent proposals that they knew had 0 expectations of being passed. They hinged the ACA on their plans. Don't pretend this isn't an Obamacare fight

    • Oh he'll sit there and claim with a straight face they didn't engineer it because he's blind and partylined and a fool. I.e. the general Republican voting base.

  • The government itself for spending so much money and getting to the point they need to shut down in the first place.

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    • This is ENTIRELY the Republicans. A law was passed, a law was signed into official legislation, the supreme court deemed it constitutional, tough sh*t for Republicans, they are shutting down the government just cause they don't like it and aren't getting their way.

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      Stop this "neutral" bullsh*t that both are wrong when it's clearly just one side.

    • The shutdown is costing us $150,000,000 a day.

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