Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place, there’s a better life
-We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

On Friday when all the polls seemed to be showing Republican and Tea Party favorable ratings in the toilet, I imagine many people on the right were thinking, “We gotta get out of this place.”

Today starts a new week (it’s also Columbus Day) and we’re in day 14 of the Federal Government shutdown. If you enjoy politics and government, then this is going to be exciting!

The Republicans are cornered and they are searching for a way out to save face. The Democrats may not be willing to give them an easy way out. They want to make sure there’s no way the Republicans can’t own the shutdown – and if the GOP wants to screw with the debt limit, the Democrats will make them own that, too.

This is going to be an interesting week because the debt limit deadline is Thursday. Thursday is the day when the United States would no longer be able to borrow. It will be like going to the store and using your credit card to make your purchase and having your card declined. 

If you’ve experienced that first-hand, you know how embarrassing it can be. Instead of you and I not being able to pay for groceries or gas; the USA may not be able pay our debt to China or make Social Security payments.

Default won’t happen overnight. The Associated Press has some key dates in regards to the debt limit HERE. One key date is October 23, which is when a $12 billion Social Security payment is due.

On Sunday, we witnessed some “heroic” action as three Tea Party members stormed the monuments in Washington, D.C. Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and former Governor Sarah Palin made a showing shouting, “Tear down these walls” and seemingly acting like they had just stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Chickenhawks act like that. Today we’ll undoubtedly hear right-wing radio exalt the bravery of these “patriots.”

Now that you have the song “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” stuck in your head, enjoy the video:



3 thoughts on “Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

  1. I think that it does cost a penny if not millions more! You are correct in that it is for money Congress has already spent. And by raising the debt ceiling it will allow the government to spend more money we do not have! By holding the debt ceiling where it is or even lowering it will force the Administration, the Senate and Congress to reduce spending to meet that level. If you want to spend money on something new, you have to cut something old. Or better yet, focus on fraud in government spending. Eventually, the US has to pay off the credit cards. And yes, we have done that in the past and need to do it again.

  2. Mike,

    I don’t know how it works in your house, but the bottom line is that you can’t spend more then you earn (tax). By raising the debt limit, it allows the government, yes both sides, to spend more more. We need to stop raising the debt limit and find ways to cut spending in the process. There is plenty of fraud in the government today, why wouldn’t both parties be on board to clean up spending to reduce the debt. It seems to me that liberals want to spend more and create greater entitlements programs to get votes to keep their power.

    Keeping veterans out of the WWII Memorial while letting illegals march on the Mall shows that the administration is making this more about politics You can blame the Republicans about the shutdown but it is the responsibility of the President to work out a compromise. At least he is not blaming George Bush anymore!


    • Barry – I think some people are confused about what raising the debt limit means.

      Raising the debt ceiling is not approving more spending, what it does is allow us to pay for what we already already spent. Many folks have said, including the President, that raising it doesn’t cost a dime, or add a penny to our deficit. It’s been raised many times, by both Dems and Reps.

      Veterans should be allowed to visit the memorials – and it looks like they have been allowed in.

      Tying the veterans into this mess is just a ploy by some to gain an advantage in the argument.


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