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General News    H2'ed 3/31/11

Showdown On A Shutdown: Government Operations At Threat By Right

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Poli tical Language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"... George Orwell

The Political War In Washington Threatens A Government Shut Down Next Month

By Danny Schechter,  Author of The Crime Of Our Time

Forget Libya; the real bombing is not underway there. Pay less attention to Pakistan; the drone attacks there pale in comparison.

The real US war is about to erupt in Washington pitting those who believe government has a necessary role to play and those determined to weaken it.

The former understand that, without regulations, without rules, without programs for those in need, we could have a system collapse maybe even an uprising that will make Wisconsin look like a real tea party.

But America's would be political suicide bombers could care less. They are on a holy our way or the highway mission

What would a shutdown mean? The Boston Globe calls it a "downshift,"

"A federal 'shutdown' is more like a massive downshift -- the federal government reaches too deeply into the crevices of daily American life to close. Social Security payments would still be made. Air traffic controllers would scan the skies. The mail should arrive at the doorstep."

There are problems; apparently no one realized in the last shut down when the National Institute of Health was closed, no one was left to feed the lab animals. Ah, but who cares about them?

You can be sure the Republicans won't defund the military in part because their operation is run like a military campaign complete with deceptive propaganda and iron discipline.

Already conservatives are blaming Democrats for the problem, and, naturally praising themselves.

Here's House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, "House Republicans continue to offer serious solutions to get our fiscal House in order, but we cannot keep doing it alone. If Senators Reid and Schumer insist on shutting down the government because they want to protect every last dollar and cent of federal spending then that will be on their hands."

Democrats like New York's Schumer are firing back by calling them "extreme," "instead of lashing out at Democrats in a knee-jerk way, we hope House Republicans will finally stand up to the Tea Party and resume the negotiations that had seemed so full of promise."

Each party is blaming the other. Each deploys message points. Each acts sanctimoniously.

And, as the Zogby Poll illustrates, the public is, predictably confused.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.
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