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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas talks during a TV interview about the impasse over federal funding and the Affordable Care Act, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate has the next move Monday on must-do budget legislation that has fueled a bitter congressional dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP)

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas talks during a TV interview about the impasse over federal funding and the Affordable Care Act, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate has the next move Monday on must-do budget legislation that has fueled a bitter congressional dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. (AP)

Guests

Noah Bierman, reporter for the Boston Globe. You can read his latest piece on the potential shutdown here.

Fred Bever, WBUR reporter

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Boston Globe “Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.”

The Atlantic “Tea Party members say they are expressing the public’s will. Gee, if only there were some way to judge popular sentiment in a democracy.”

Red State “But the more pressing and important matter is the Medical Device tax. Republicans want to repeal this tax and will see doing so as a big win. Democrats, with them, call it a stupid tax. Conservatives, preternaturally disposed to support the repeal of any tax, want to support it. Heck, I want to support it.”

National Journal “The government will shut down at midnight unless Democrats and Republicans reach a budget deal to keep it open, but with just hours to go, the two sides remain very far apart.”


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  • Booker T

    If you were affected by the government shutdown, vote thumbs down. If you have not been affected by the government shutdown, vote thumbs up.

  • http://profiles.google.com/barry.kort Barry Kort

    The shutdown of the Federal Government renews attention to the topic of Gaming the System.

    This topic has been around for a long time. I first wrote about it six years ago, when three economists won the Nobel Prize for devising a remarkable system in which it was not possible to unethically game the system by cleverly turning the rules against themselves.

    It’s long been a cliché to characterize the government as dysfunctional. Now we’ve transitioned to a nonfunctional state of paralysis.

    A system that ties itself up in knots by means of its own bureaucratic red tape is called a Polionic System. The US Government has contracted Polio — Infantile Paralysis.

    There is a way out of Polionic Paralysis, but the solution is technically sophisticated and almost surely beyond the limited mental capacity of politicians who are unschooled in 21st Century concepts in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

    At my age, I don’t expect to live long enough to witness the advent of functional models of government on this troubled planet.

    Color me glum.

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